Vevcani is a small village in Macedonia, found in the southwestern range at the foot of the Jablanica mountain range. It is located 14 kilometres away from Ohrid lake and the town of Struga. Its natural beauties such as the Vevcani Lakes and Springs, makes this village a desirable place to relax and get away from everyday's reality. Vevcani is also the cradle of one of the most controversial carnivals in Macedonia and the Balkans, the Vevcani Carnival, and it's one of the main reasons why people choose to visit Macedonia in that time of the year.
The Vevcani Carnival is the most significant event and it is held once a year, every year. It's believed that it has existed for over 1,400 years. The purpose of the Vevcani Carnival is the celebration of the New Year according to the Julian calendar. On this carnival, the locals and people from around the country, as well as lot of tourists from all around the world that decided to travel to Macedonia to see this unique event, dress up in their own manner and occupy the streets filled with music and laughter.
Although this event is based on pagan beliefs and rituals, the costumes are humoristic and sarcastic, reflecting the contemporary trends and problems in the society. The costumes of the participants called "Vasilicari" are designed properly and realisticly, with attention on every small detail, making the most of them look really scary and controversial.
Vevcani Natural Attractions
By all means,Vevcani is also rich with many natural lakes and springs. The springs are located on the eastern slopes of the Jablanica Mountain, close to the village, at about 936 m above sea level. The area near the springs is recently developed into a small park with picnic areas. The water of the springs flows through and wakes up the village with the freshness and the calm sound of the water. At the springs you can also find the Church of St Rusa Sreda and the Church of St Nedela, as well as a small Chapel. There are so many places to explore, that's why travelers choose to visit this small but uncommon place, as part of their trip to Macedonia.
Other than the springs, within the vicinity of the village of Vevcani there are many glacial lakes. The highest and most prominent glacial lake is "Lokva", which is situated at over 2000 metres above sea level on Mount Jablanica. It is the main provider of water to the "Golina" spring.
If you are interested in visiting this small but rich with traditions village, just choose a tour that includes a trip to Vevcani. Explore Macedonia at its finest!