Nestled in the enchanting landscapes in the western part of North Macedonia, the Municipality of Vevchani proudly holds the distinction of being the first destination in the country recognized in the prestigious Green Destinations Top 100 Good Practice Stories. This accolade is a testament to the municipality’s commitment to sustainable tourism and its exceptional natural and cultural offerings.

Vevchani boasts a breathtaking protected area that encompasses a diverse range of natural wonders. The Monument of Nature “Vevchani Springs” is a sanctuary of pristine beauty, with gushing springs, crystal-clear streams, and lush vegetation. This protected area supports remarkable biodiversity, harboring a wealth of plant and animal species that thrive in this ecological haven.

Adding to the region’s natural charm is the majestic Mount Jablanica, nestled within the protected area of Vevchani, a mountain paradise renowned for its exceptional natural rarities, towering peaks, lush forests, and diverse ecosystems that make it a haven for biodiversity and playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The forests are a sight to behold, with their dense canopies and vibrant hues. They are home to a myriad of plant species, including rare and endemic varieties. From the majestic beech and oak trees to delicate wildflowers that carpet the forest floor, the flora of Mount Jablanica is a testament to the region’s rich natural heritage.

The heart and soul of Vevchani ultimately lie within its warm and welcoming community. The locals are passionate about their traditions and eager to share their way of life with visitors. Engaging with the community allows travelers to gain a deeper understanding of local culture, participate in traditional festivities, and even learn age-old crafts and skills.

Vevchani’s sustainability journey is commendable, as the municipality engages in initiatives to minimize its environmental impact, conserve natural resources, involve the local community in decision-making processes, and promote responsible tourism practices. The destination particularly takes pride in its Good Travel Seal certified businesses which prioritize sustainability and eco-friendly practices. These businesses play a crucial role in preserving the region’s natural and cultural treasures while providing visitors with unforgettable experiences.

All in all, the municipality of Vevchani stands as an example of sustainable tourism and responsible practices. Its protected area, rich biodiversity, unique architecture, cultural heritage, and commitment to sustainability make it an ideal destination for travelers seeking an authentic and environmentally conscious experience. Vevchani’s Good Travel Seal certified businesses, traditional cuisine, and vibrant local community further contribute to the destination’s appeal. A visit to Vevchani is not just a journey through stunning landscapes but a chance to support and engage with a community dedicated to preserving their natural and cultural treasures for generations to come.


A well-known destination in Albania, in the center of the country, is Pllaja e Dumresë (Dumre Plateau). Dumre is located between the river Shkumbin and the river Devoll which define Dumre’s natural borders.  Belsh is the most well-known city and economic center in the region. The city of Belsh has played a significant role in the cultural and historical development of ancient Albania since the Early Bronze Age.  Today, the area around Belsh is a thriving agricultural and agrotourism region, known for its numerous lakes, olives groves, and saffron fields.

Its central location, alongside the interurban road that connects the north with the south of Albania, makes Belsh suitable for economic interactions and development. Artifacts and ceramics found at archeological sites confirm the development of the first proto-urban Illyrian towns. Research also shows that during ancient times, the characteristics of the region helped in developing of the area as a cultural and economic center.