Nidze Mountain (Ниџе планина)

Nidze Mountain is located in the southernmost part of the Republic of Macedonia with the highest peak Kajmakchalan, 2,521 meters high. It stretches in the direction northeast-southwest and along the crest of Nidze Mountain leads the state border between Macedonia and Greece. Besides Kajmakchalan, other important peaks on the Nidze Mountain are: “Nidze” – 2361 m and “Starkov grob” – 1876 m.

Kajmakchalan chapel on the peak Kajmakchalan - 2521 m
Kajmakchalan chapel on the peak Kajmakchalan – 2521 m

View from the peak Kajmakchalan - 2521 m on Nidze mountain
View from the peak Kajmakchalan – 2521 m on Nidze mountain

View from the peak Kajmakchalan - 2521 m on Nidze mountain
View from the peak Kajmakchalan – 2521 m on Nidze mountain

During the First World War some of the most important battles on the Macedonian front happened on Nidze mountain. In addition to the Battle of Kajmakcalan, the location of Dobro Pole is particularly interesting, where on September 15, 1918, the breakdown of the Macedonian Front occurred.

Dobro Pole - Nidze Mountain
Dobro Pole – Nidze Mountain

The plateau of Nidze in the northeast begins with the peak “Kravica” 1.682 m., continues to the passage of “Bela zemja” 1.635 m., from where it climbs to the peak “Sokol” 1.822 m. From “Sokol”, the crest climbs to the highest peak “Kajmakchalan” 2.521 m from where it shifts the direction westward through the peaks “Stefanec” 1.825 m, “Starkov Grob” 1.876 m., “Rogosh” 1.353 m., ending with the small peak “Golash” at altitude of 774 meters above the village of Zivojno in the Pelagonija plain.

Nidze is one of the richest mountains with flora and fauna in Macedonia. This is due its inaccessibility, distance, poor population and unfavorable traffic and road connectivity. The most frequent representatives of the animal world on Nidze are: the wolf, bear, wild boar, deer, wild cat, various birds, most of which eagles, falcons, vultures, etc.

Gradeshka River - Nidze mountain Macedonia
Gradeshka River – Nidze mountain Macedonia

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