Excursions

Excursions are designed to show the most prominent part of the region, as vegetation around the lake, forest and non-forest vegetation on silicate and limestone bedrock. As this area is in the contact of Mediterranean and continental climates and there were glacial refugia, we can find in the region the biodiversity hotspots that offer us to see many interesting plants and habitats. Due to relatively high altitude (Ohrid cca 700 m), this period of the year is optimal for a study of flora and vegetation.

Pre-symposium excursion: water and shoreline vegetation of the Lake of Ohrid. The vegetation will be studied below St. Naum church (one of the oldest churches in the region), near to the source of Crni Drim. In the afternoon a visit of the town of Ohrid is foreseen.

Excursion to the Pelister National Park: during the excursion to the Pelister National Park the participants will get acquainted with the endemic Pinus peuce forests, as well as forest edges, forest clearings and tall-herb vegetation along streams. In the late afternoon visits of an ancient town of Heraclea and Bitola are foreseen.

Excursion to the Galičica National Park: the excursion to the limestone massive of Galičica will deal with montane beech forests and subalpine rocky grasslands. The Galičica massive is a part of Galičica National Park and harbours many endemic species.


Ohrid Lake is one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes with unique aquatic ecosystems.

Ohrid Lake is one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes with unique aquatic ecosystems.

Subalpine pastures will be studied on the Galičica mountain range.

Subalpine pastures will be studied on the Galičica mountain range.

Pinus peuce forests and stone rivers on Pelister mountain.

Pinus peuce forests and stone rivers on Pelister mountain.