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4 Days Cultural Horse Riding Tour in Bitola, Macedonia

Villa Dihovo, Dihovo, Macedonia

Macedonia Horse Riding Holiday

This tour offers typical Macedonian tourism experiences, world cultural heritage, local tradition, and intact nature. Its starting point is the village of Malovista, it's the only settlement within National Park Pelister, proudly facing all the challenges of existence for more than 20 centuries. Due to its social and economical flourish, especially in the 19th or 20th century, Malovista is the only village in Macedonia that has an official urban planning, specific architecture, and urban layout of its territory. Malovista is the home of the St. Petka Church, the largest Orthodox cathedral church located in a rural area, comprehending stunning collection of icons and beautiful wooden iconostasis.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 264 pounds / 120 kilograms
  • Tack Type: Traditional wooden tack
  • Horse Breed: Local breed horses

Highlights

  • A city tour of Bitola
  • 1 donkey riding in Kuratica
  • 1 full day of horseback riding in Malovista
  • 1 guided hike in the National Park Pelister
  • Daily breakfast and homemade lunch
  • 3 nights accommodation

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Villa Dihovo has been mentioned in the latest Lonely Planet's edition of 50 secret places in Europe as the seventh most secret place, the only one from Macedonia.

Accommodation and Facilities

The guest house is complemented by a spacious enclosed lawn and vegetable gardens just outside. The villa is a restored traditional house, built in 1928, in the typical Macedonian stone-and-wood style. The three guest rooms are all built of natural wood with traditional carpets and décor. Each room has a double bed and two additional single beds, cupboards, and a wardrobe. Currently, all rooms have their own private bathrooms constantly supplied with hot water.

The villa’s downstairs living room serves as a common area equipped with a kitchen and refrigerator that can be freely used by guests. Being made of stone and also furnished in traditional style, it has a relaxing, rustic feel, staying cool in the summer, and kept warm by a working fireplace in winter.

Outside, above the villa’s garden, guests can enjoy a homecooked meal or drinks under the covered patio’s lengthy wooden table. The lawn, which offers sunbeds and a hammock, is also equipped with a summer kitchen and a built-in oven. Guests may also enjoy having their meals on private tables on the lawn in the summer.

Services and Offerings

Villa Dihovo offers a variety of home-cooked Macedonian specialties, made with fruits and vegetables coming from their own private gardens. They also serve domestic brandy and wine in wooden barrels, as well as a range of homebrewed beers. The villa also offers free wireless internet to its guests and provides 24-hour reception desk service. Villa Dihovo also offers therapeutic sports massage upon request.

Program

From Malovista, the trail ascends to the church of Holy Salvation. The hiking is followed by unforgettable overviews and sceneries of National Park Pelister's forests, slopes, peaks, rivers, perfectly green meadows, colored in black and brown by famous Malovista horses. Since the ascent of the trail enters only one forest, the blues of the sky are a constant hiking companion and energizer.

From Holy Salvation, which is the sanctuary with the highest location in the Republic of Macedonia, 2,000 meters above sea level, via the Chun and Kodro passages, the trail starts to descend to the Church St. Ana, where, in the calmness of the deep beech forest shadows, hikers can regain their spirits and end the journey. St. Ana welcomes each guest with pure mountain water, which, for centuries, the local population believes helps women to get pregnant.

Included excursions

  • Hike through the oldest national park in the Republic Macedonia, National Park Pelister.
  • Visit the village with 20 centuries of history and the only village within the National Park Pelister, Malovishta.
  • Visit the largest cathedral church in the rural areas of the Balkans, St. Petka.
  • Visit St. Ana Monastery, famous for its miraculous springs.
  • Visit the sanctuary built on the highest altitude in the Republic of Macedonia, St. Spas (Salvation).

Location

Located in Dihovo, a relaxing village in the foothills of Mt. Pelister, Villa Dihovo is a friendly, family-run guesthouse serving homemade traditional food and drink and offering plenty of outdoor activities for those wishing to explore the forested mountains, lakes, and the river; immediately accessible from the village.

Bitola, known as the ‘City of the Consuls’ in Ottoman times, offers good shopping, cafés, and nightlife; other attractions include nearby monasteries and the impressive ruins of the ancient city of Herakleia, only two kilometers south of the city.

Food

Daily breakfast and homemade lunch are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Within the villa’s grounds, guest can enjoy morning aerobics, field hockey, and other fun games on the spacious lawn, or simply relax with a book or sunbathe. Being surrounded by forests, Dihovo is perfect for hiking and river walks, on your own or with a professional guide and dog, if desired.

Dihovo’s outdoor, spring-water pool is very popular with people of all ages and good for a dip on a hot summer’s day. There are also nearby natural rock pools for swimming in the River Sapungica, which runs through the village. Visitors can also enjoy an exhilarating 700-meter river walk, leapfrogging boulders along the way.

In addition, organized hiking trips to Mt. Pelister and the crystal-clear lakes (‘Pelisterki Oci’) near its summit, can be arranged; the 8-kilometer-long trek takes about four hours. Mountain biking is also possible here. During the winter, guests can enjoy skiing on Mt. Pelister. Villa Dihovo staff can provide all the necessary equipment and gladly offer ski instruction for beginners.

What's included

  • 1 day of horse riding in Malovista
  • 1 donkey riding in Kuratica
  • Bitola city tour
  • 1 guided hiking in National Park Pelister
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and lunch

What's not included

  • Dinners
  • Additional activities
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Driving direction

For those coming by car from Bitola, head west on the road towards Ohrid and look for a small sign leading to Dihovo. Proceed straight down the entry road and take the first left when reaching the center of the village. Immediately, you will see the restaurant; just after it, look for the ‘Villa Dihovo’ sign on the right-hand side and park your car next to the gate.

Although it is very much still a bucolic traditional village with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, Dihovo also has modern infrastructures, including a restaurant and post office. Asphalt roads lead from Bitola to Villa Dihovo (a 5-10 minute drive), which is located in the center of the village, just past the restaurant.

Arrival by taxi

If you are coming by taxi, please note that the average fare from Bitola to Dihovo is about 2 EUR.

Arrival by bus

Bitola itself is well connected with other national and international destinations. There are frequent buses to the popular tourist destination of Lake Ohrid, one hour to the west and three daily trains to the Macedonian capital of Skopje (3.5 hours total, 330 MKD for a return ticket). Bitola is also just 14 kilometers north of the Greek border and the town of Florina, which has connections with Thessaloniki and other places in northern Greece.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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