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The hike from Jance to Galicnik and back is about 14 km in length with 850 ascent/descent.
It is a nice but not spectacular hike. To get back to Janche you have follow the same trail as the way up, something I usually try to avoid. The good thing however is the option to relax in beautiful Galicnik, have lunch and a beer to charge the batteries for the way back.
It's probably very hard if not impossible to go back from Galicnik to Janche by public transport. Even taxi or car is not a good option, as it is quite a long trip because there's no direct road connecting the two villages.
Initially, we tried to approach Galicnik via a slightly different route, the one that goes to the right at the electricity pylon where the 4x4 road from Janche ends, and where the official trail continues straight on as a small track. However, this "alternative way" soon turned out to be very overgrown and would have a very steep ascent, so we abandoned that idea and used the official track. This alternative route has been deleted from the GPS track by the way.
There's a small spring/fountain along the route.
Another interesting sight is what looks like the imprint of a foot in the rocks, just where the trails starts to level off after the climbing. According to folklore, this is the footprint of King Marko who jumped from here to the other side of the valley in the 14th century. You won't see this imprint when you are not looking for it. This site is also known as "Markovi Nogi", "Markova Noga" or "Markova Stopalka", meaning King Marko's legs or footsteps. The location is indicated in the GPS file.
The following is taken from the scientific paper "A flow of ideas through symbolic images of the sacred stones in Macedonian folk tradition" by Dragica Popovska in Nar. umjet. 49/1, 2012, pp. 95-111:
"Anthropomorphic and zoomorphic forms of some stones are in close relationship with Krale Marko (King Marko). Because of that, they have obtained cult significance in humans. These stones usually carry the epithet of Markovi (Marko’s) or they are not specifically named. We think that the identification of the stone with the heroism of a “supernatural” creature such as King Marko, leads to the ritual repetition, and that magic happens creating a new beginning on a new basis. He is one of the most popular characters in Macedonian oral folklore. There are many stories about Marko’s stones which show that the character that has been created has eclipsed the historical figure. Epic Krale Marko, among the people, is seen as a hero, with supernatural attributes (Popovska 2010). Very often descriptions of people about these stones are: “from above it has a hand, like a giant’s hand”, or “from above it has arrows and prints from Krale Marko’s horse, a child”. Here is a description of Markova Stopalka (Marko’s Footstep): “One footstep of Krale Marko is here in Gali?nik and the other is on Krcin mountain, away from the village. Near the footstep is the print of Krale Marko’s horse.” We consider that the stones, which have had these and other similar impressions, thanks to the flow of different cultural ideas, have received mythic dimensions which has increased the belief in their curative properties."
"They (sacred stones) are mostly big and usually have some hollow parts, located on a very high, lonely place. Their function, according to beliefs is to provide fertility and health for recipients of the stone’s power.
"Cultic stones are characterised by difficult access and very often require long walks to reach them. The rising of the stones, high on the hills or mountains, is interpreted as a symbol of their connection to the sky. With one part down on the earth, and with the other above in the sky, the stone is a manifestation of power, eternity and holiness for visitors – believers and also for the majority of people in the community where the stone is situated. Just pointing up, in a religious sense, is to be filled with holiness. In fact, climbing to reach the stone marks the way to get in touch with the “divine” which is hard, this means the difficulty in reaching the stone should be noted. According to collected material, there is the belief that reaching the stone is an expression of human effort to get closer to the “divine”, closer to desire.
"Requests of the visitors are directed to God. They are almost always accompanied by leaving coins and promises of sacrifice."
Indeed, there were several coins left behind in the footprint.
See also my review of King Markos footstep in Nakolec at Lake Prepsa, which is not difficult to access nor requires a long walk...
Once we arrived in Galicnik we had a very nice lunch in a small restaurant/bar (see picture). The Shopska salad was really good and make sure you do not miss out on the local white cheese!
The Church of St peter and Paul which plays an important role in the famous Galicnik Wedding Festival was closed.
After the church we made a little loop around Galicnik. Besides that this is a really nice small and green trail, it will give you some good views of Galicnik from different angles.
The hiking part alone would get 3 out of 5 stars from me, but because this includes a visit to beautiful Galicnik where we had a very relaxing lunch, my rating is upgraded to 3.5 out of 5 stars.