Close to the Vevcani Springs in Vevcani, you can find this panel with information about hiking trails.
It describes two hikes:
1) Vevcani - Peak Crn Kamen - Gorna Belica - Vevcani
Start 910 m; Crn kamen 2258 m; Total denivelation 3400 m; Distance 21.8 km; Average hiking time 8h15min; Grade moderate to difficult
We did this hike in 2012 in the opposite direction, see Vevcani – Gorna Belica – Crn Kamen Peak – Lake Lokva – Vevcani hike. It was one of the best hikes I have done in Macedonia!
It starts at the springs near the Church of St Rusa Sreda, where there is a sign pointing to two trails (see the pictures):
A) Village Gorna Belica, 5.2 km, 1h45min
B) Peak Crn Kamen (one way), 12.9 km, 5h45min
The other trail described on the sign on the main picture is:
2) Vevcani - Peak Crn Kamen - Village Labunishta
Start 910 m; Crn kamen 2258 m; Total denivelation 3450 m; Distance 23.4 km; Average hiking time 8h45min; Grade moderate to difficult
I just describe the information panel here, I did not walk the second trail myself. So I don't know how well the marking is.
This is the description of this house, on a sign mounted to the house. Typically Macedonian, this sign was mounted so high up the wall that it was impossible to read. I took a picture of it and had to magnify the text...The sign says:
Deep house with double orientated central terrace (1887)
This house is connected with an influential personality that stays in the memory of Vevcani inhabitants - Kuzman Gogov. He was a great tradesman who built the house one century ago, adding onto an already existing house.
As the major of the village (1928-1932) he proved to be a great organizer. He made deadlines for the people and advised them how to arrange the village. He was persistent with the idea of making everything possible for the development of the village.
In his time the hospital was built, the streets were paved with kaldrma (small square stones), the "white road" was built and the road to the Monastery of St Spas was built. The inhabitants say that in this period Vevcani developed much more than other neighboring villages.
There is a working watermill in Vevcani, close to the Vevcani Springs.
The mill is used to grind e.g. corn.
Very interesting to see how effective the simple construction is!
This fountain in the center of Vevcani is fed with the water of the Vevcani Springs.
Remarkably, there are fish swimming in this fountain and they apparently don't jump out!
According to a sign attached to the Green Market, it was constructed with the help of the American people, through the United States Agency for International Development, in collaboration with the Municipality of Vevcani in February 2005.
The Vevcani Information Center is right next to the Green Market.
Vevcani has a new tourist information center!
Unfortunately, the friendly woman who was working there, did not speak English...Typically the Macedonian way of doing things I guess :-)
The information center has a useful free map of Vevcani, with all the important sights on it, as well as the restaurants and accommodation.
You can buy the famous Vevani Passport here as well, for the overpriced amount of 100 MKD (1.70 euro)
The center also has a very interesting free booklet called "Ohrid-Prespa Region; Municipalities of Ohrid, Struga, Resen, Debarca and Vevcani, Republic of Macedonia" and free copies of FTG (Free Time Guide Macedonia).
You may easily miss the information center, since the sign saying "Info Center Vevcani" in English can hardly be noticed unless you are looking for it. The employee asked us if she could take our picture. I guess that was not because of my good looks, but probably to show her boss that actually people found their way to the information center!
Once you know it is next to the Green Market, you cannot miss it!
The village Vevcani, northwest of Lake Ohrid, has some scenic springs.
The area has recently developed into a small park with picnic areas.
The water from the springs flow everywhere through the village, and the sound of the running water really adds to the special atmosphere this village has.
The springs are located on the eastern slopes of the Jablanica Mountain, close to the village, at about 936 m above sea level.
The main spring is situated in the hole of a cave, see the pictures.
In the spring, the amount of water produced is about 1500 liters per second!
There are also two churches at the springs, the Church of St Rusa Sreda and the Church of St Nedela, as well as a small Chapel.
This Church of St Rusa Sreda (Blond Wednesday) is located at the Vevcani Springs.
It was built in 1972.
Inside the church is a source with holy water from the springs.
Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin (1858-1935), also known as Michael I. Pupin, was a Serbian physicist and physical chemist.
Pupin is best known for his numerous patents, including a means of greatly extending the range of long-distance telephone communication by placing loading coils (of wire) at predetermined intervals along the transmitting wire (known as "pupinization").
This was the house of his parents.
It now houses a hotel and restaurant, which also serves as a small museum.
We were shown around by the cook, he let us see the rooms of the house which now serve as rooms for the hotel guests.
The lower Church of the Holy Savior (St Spas) - White Slab is at the entrance to Vevcani, on its north-east side. It is called "Lower" (Dolni) St Spas because of the other Church of St Spas high in the mountains above Vevcani.
It is also called "White Slab" (a white flat stone plate) because of a legend: The location of the church used to be at a spot called Pelvec, close to the village Velesta, near a stone slab. The Christians of Vevcani used to go here to pray and light candles.
The citizens of Velesta wanted to take the slab with horses and bullocks in order to put it in the courtyard of their cemetery. When they did not succeed, they started to desecrate the sanctuary.
However, God appeared in an old man's dream and told him his cow would bear two calves. When the calves would be three years old, he should hitch them to a sled, go to Pelvec and bring the slab to Vevcani.
When the old man asked where he should put the slab, God said he should leave it on the place the sled breaks. So it happened and this place is now called White Slab.
The Monastery of St Spas is built on a rock, and the western wall of the church itself is natural rock.
The iconostasis is from the first half of the 19th century, see the pictures.
The Monastery of St Spas (The Holy Savior) is located on the slopes of the Jablanica Mountain. The view from the monastery offers an exceptional view of the Struga valley and part of Debarca.
The present location of the monastery dates back to the 19th century. the former locations were first near the village of Velesta, then at the entrance of Vevcani and after that on a place called White Slope. The new location, high in the hills, was chosen because of the sacrilege by the Ottoman Turks.
Three times a year there are church services in this monastery, the first one is on the feast of the Holy Savior, the second on the Thursday before St Demetrius'day and the third service is on the Thursday before the feast of St Athanasius.
The monastery grounds includes the Church of St Spas, a bell tower with a covered picnic place with table and benches. It seems that they are also constructing another building on the site, or maybe they once started and stopped building it.
See this link for pictures of the interior of the church: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tp/20413c/
It is a steep but pleasant walk to the monastery, there are two trails leading to it.
This watermill is located south of the Church of St Nikola, at the river.
It was used for washing. You can see a carpet drying next to it.
Unfortunately, it was closed when we visited.
Building of this church dedicated to St Nicholas started in 1834 and was finished in 1862.
The church has the shape of a three naval basilica and it quite large for Macedonian standards.
It is supposed to have beautiful frescoes painted by Dico Zograph and his son Avram, but the church was closed when we arrived.
However, in the backyard were some picnic tables with a nice view over the village.
This Church dedicated to St Barbara (Sveti Varvara) and St Babbas the Sanctified (Sveti Cava from Jerusalem) dates from the end of the 18th or beginning of the 19th century.
It can be found on the graveyard of Vevcani.
Several graves have been discovered that indicate that the site itself dates back to much older times, probably the Roman period.