Showing posts with label paragliding Macedonia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label paragliding Macedonia. Show all posts

Monday, May 29, 2017

Paragliding, the Macedonia's alternative tourism

Talking about tourism in Macedonia almost always leads the conversation towards Ohrid. The Ohrid Lake and the town of Ohrid are protected by the UNESCO as a world natural and cultural heritage site – the lake was listed for its environmental value in 1979, and the town for its cultural value a year later. Therefore, it is no wonder that the Ohrid Lake is considered as the main tourist site in Macedonia. However, over the last few years, so-called alternative tourism is thriving as one of the possible areas for further economic growth. Together with hiking, biking, and ecotourism, paragliding is among the most promising areas for development of the country’s alternative tourism.

Kruševo and its paragliding opportunities were recently listed as one of Macedonia's top natural and historic treasures by National Geographic. In the top-ten list, right after the Ohrid Lake and before the painted mosque in Tetovo, Kruševo's “prime conditions for paragliding” are emphasized. The town's gifts have recently been celebrated also by the web-magazine Cross Country, a specialised publication for paragliding, praising Kruševo’s ideal environment.

“Unusually, the town sits in a natural bowl on the ridge top, so launch is an easy walk from there. The grassy take-off sits above wooded slopes that drop down to the Pelagonia plain, stretching south to the Greek border”, reads the web-magazine, adding that the best flying conditions are from June to September. In case of bad weather or family vacations, attractions for the non-flying tourists include “several museums, the Ilinden uprising monument, monasteries, and the ruins of the Roman town of Heraclea Lyncestis in the town of Bitola”.

See full article:
https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Areas/Macedonia/Krusevo-s-paragliding-wonderland-180180


Monday, November 14, 2016

Paragliding in Macedonia - even if you don’t fly, you can just enjoy the nature

Paragliding has a certain tradition in Macedonia. Thanks to its specific terrain configuration, easy accessibility to the mountains,  and weather conditions that allow flying almost all year around, Macedonia has become a place of pilgrimage for paragliding pilots around the globe. It has grown rapidly as a sport as well as a tourist attraction enabling almost everyone to get that amazing feeling of flying like a bird.
 The center of the ‘party’ is Krushevo, the highest town in the country at 1,350m above sea level. It rises above Pelagonia, the biggest valley in Macedonia. That is the place with perfect conditions for flying on most days of the year as well as for landing in the valleys around. Both professionals and beginners just love to fly from here.  Different international flying competitions are held here every year, so most of the time you will find pilots from all around the globe hanging out and flying high….
All year around, Krushevo town hosts many paragliders, including members of the Macedonian paragliding clubs, their friends and clients for tandem flights.. They all enjoy the heights, the beautiful nature, hanging out and having good food.
Another famous destination for flying  is Ohrid, or, more specifically, Galichica mountain.  Here you can enjoy tandem flights during the entire summer. Starting at around 1,700m above sea level you will see amazing views of Ohrid lake, a mountain and the old town of Ohrid. The adrenalin runs high and you get a sense of both nature and freedom at its best.
The third famous location of my choice is Shar Mountain… Starting at 1,600m altitude some pilots reach even 3,000m and higher. As an extra bonus, you will meet a stunningly beautiful  mountain that will take care of you at high altitudes...
Of course, if you are not able to go as far as Ohrid or Krushevo or Shara, then Skopje flying area is also a place that offers tandems both from Vodno Mountain and from Skopska Crna Gora.

Even if you don’t fly, you can just enjoy the nature...

Author: Anita Palceska @balkanwibe
Source: https://www.balkanvibe.com/story/On-the-Wings-of-Adventure-Paragliding-in-Macedonia/229