Lake Berovo is about 7 km out of the center of Berovo.It is not a natural lake, but a reservoir with a big dam.We went to see the lake and to cool down during a hot summer day. Unfortunately, the lake is not really suitable for sunbathing and swimming, because the shore is steep and overgrown and cannot easily be reached.Fortunately, we found a...more
This is a 19 km round trip from the recreational village Suvi Laki to the Ograzhden Peak and back. The height difference about 680 m, but total climbing is more. This hike was prepared for us as a GPS file by Noir from http://www.mkdmount.org/, for which we are very thankful!Suvi Laki is located half-way the road from Berovo and Strumica, so we...more
Budinarci is a small village that you will pass on the way from Kocani to Berovo. It is about 10 kilometers from Berovo.The town has many old houses and a very rural feel and look. Some of the houses are just used as stables for e.g. goats.We saw this village from the road and had a short stop. There turned out to be an old church as well! The...more
Iliya Markov Popgeorgiev (1805-1898), better known as Ilyo Voyvoda (military commander) or Grandfather Iljo Maleshevski, was a revolutionary from the region of Macedonia, who is considered a national hero in both Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia. He fought against the Ottoman occupation.The sign at the monument says: "With respect and...more
The shores of Lake Berovo are pretty steep and do not offer a good place for sunbathing or swimming.We found a small beach on the shore opposite to the dam. This actually is an old road that was flooded when the dam was build, so the shore is more shallow here and you can lie there and walk into the water instead.I took a refreshing swim here at...more
Like in many cities, the tourist information office is located in the town hall.They can e.g provide you with an English booklet about the history of Berovo and a map with 5 hiking trails in the surroundings.The tourist office is at the top floor of the big white building at 11th Oktomvri, a bit out of the center of Berovo.In case the museum of...more
At the Berovo Tourist Information Center you can get a free map with 5 hiking trails in the surroundings. A description of these trails can also be found on the website of Hotel Manastir, see the website below. I did not do any of these trails, and I don't know if they are marked well. You probably best hire a local guide!The descriptions of the...more
This male monastery is located just outside of Berovo, along the road towards the lake. Presveta Bogorodica Balakija means Holy Mother - East FridayThe church was built in 1972-1975, on the foundations of two ancient earlier churches.Every year on 28th August, the holy assumption of the great virgin Mary is celebrated here and allegedly thousands...more
The church of the Monastery of St Archangel Michael was built between 1815 and 1818.A legend tells that the Ottoman occupiers allowed the church to be build under three conditions:1) It had to be built below the road so it could not be seen2) It had to be built in 40 days3) The priest Peco had to give his youngest daughter, Sultana, to the sultan's...more
The museum is located in a nice building from the late 19th century, close to the town square. This building used to be a school.It consists of one big room with several posters (in Macedonian) about the wars and revolution in Macedonia.There are also a reconstruction of a Macedonian room, some costumes, tools etc. The pictures summarize most of...more
Nikola Petrov Rusinski (1875-1943) was a revolutionary and socialist. He was a member of TMORO, the Secret Macedonian-Odrian Revolutionary Organization.The texts on the statue says "Only with organized internal military forces we can free Macedonia" and "All Macedonia is my birth land"more
We did not stay in the hotel, but we had dinner here one evening.The food was pretty good, with excellent service. We sat outside, next to the pool.Price for two persons including drinks was 900 MKD, about 15 euros. This is almost twice as much as the food in a local restaurant, but it was worth it. The desert, Pancake a la Manastirmore
Normally I would not write a tip about a supermarket.
However, this one has really good bakery where you can buy pastry and sandwiches for on the road, like we did...
What to buy: Bread
What to pay: above average for bread
As we were driving through Berovo on our way to the lake we came across a funeral procession. The hearse was a covered pick-up truck with the head of the deceased sticking out the back. In the picture you can see the priest waving the censor and blessing the departed one.
See my Ohrid sports tip for fishing license info! These young lads are whiling away the day happily within reach of food and toilets, but far away from the world ...