Macedonia’s territory was once a part of former Yugoslavia. Today, this small nation is looking towards a prosperous future as one of the newest republics within the European continent. Macedonia has an ethnically mixed population of Slavs, Turks, Albanians, Bulgarians and Serbs that unfortunately still cause racial violence and tensions. However, Macedonia boasts several wonderful lovely parks and charming cities worth exploring and is particularly appealing for adventurous travelers.
Top places to visit in Macedonia
Visitors to Macedonia will also find lush orchards, vineyards, medieval monasteries, modern shopping malls, Orthodox churches and traditional Turkish bazaars. Ohrid is one of Macedonia’s most popular tourist destinations, with brilliant Byzantine churches, art galleries, small cobbled lanes, decent accommodation and idyllic laid back beaches. Unique geological formations, rivers and streams, numerous springs and two glacial lakes can be explored in Pelister National Park, which is a rewarding destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Skopje is the capital of Macedonia. This proud city is located on the Vardar River’s banks in the Balkans’ heart. Throughout its history, Skopje has been plagued by catastrophes, with the 1963 earthquake being the worst, devastating much of the Macedonian capital. However, Skopje’s largest part has since been reconstructed and the old town is home to many Turkish-style domes, mosques and minarets. In addition, visitors should not miss visiting the ancient Oriental Bazaar as well as the 15th-century Turkish Baths.
Accommodation establishments throughout Macedonia can be rather costly, with many hotels charging visiting tourists double rates. More budget-friendly, private lodging facilities can be arranged easily and at the bigger bus stations foreign visitors will often be approached by touts so it is advisable to take care.
Most travelers arrive at Skopje Alexander the Great Airport (SKP), while Ohrid has an international airport as well. Train services provide the most convenient way of getting around Macedonia, with cheap and quaint trains following routes across some jaw-dropping landscapes. The public bus network is well organized with regular routes from Skopje to Ohrid and principal regional cities and towns.