Macedonia

Macedonia, Skopje
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Macedonia, authentic traditions
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Untouched nature
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A warm welcome
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Delicious cuisine
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Mecedonia, Ohrid
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Macedonian, traditional vine
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Macedonia, Skopje
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While easily accessible from all points abroad, and boasting all the amenities of the Western world, the Republic of Macedonia remains one of Europe’s last undiscovered countries. Natural paradise of mountains, lakes and rivers, where life moves to a different rhythm, amidst the sprawling grandeur of rich historical ruins and idyllic villages that have remained practically unchanged for centuries. If someone was looking for an off the beaten path destination with a largely preserved culture, unspoiled by herds of tourist buses, Macedonia is a good place to visit.
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  • Cities in Macedonia
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Skopje

Skopje

Skopje is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, the City that lies in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, at the crossroad of important communications, a city with a 2000 years old tradition. Skopje is a modern city with population of almost one million and presents Macedonia’s major political, economical, educational and cultural center.
Skopje also is a very attractive tourist destination with its fortress, cultural and historical monuments, archaeological sites, sport halls, caves in the canyon of the River Treska and Lake Matka and a health spa in the eastern part of the city.

Ohrid

Ohrid

Ohrid, the famous UNESCO World Heritage site in Macedonia, belongs to the group of the oldest cities in Macedonia. Even in ancient times there existed an urban settlement. In the III century BC it is mentioned under the name Lihnida.
In the second half of the IX century as a result of the missionary activities of Clement and Naum of Ohrid, the city grew the most and had developed into cultural, educational and religious center of Macedonia.
Today Ohrid is the most developed and the most attractive tourist destination in the Republic of Macedonia, with many modern hotels, restaurants, camping beds and private households.
The rich natural and cultural heritage enabled Ohrid to be declared a UNESCO City (1980).

Struga

Struga

Struga is a town and popular tourist destination situated in the south-western region of the Republic of Macedonia, lying on the shore of Lake Ohrid. Once known as "Enchalon" -Eel, Struga has a population of approximetly 15 000 inhabitants. It has been known since the time of the Ilirs, and many old writers of traveling guides have noted that Struga was a very vivid city, with developed trade, great markets and the houses of the wealthy citizens were always beautiful and decorative. That is why the well-known saying: "There is no other place like Struga" exists since then. Except the Ohrid lake in Struga there is a river called Crn Drim which flows gently through the town, as it does not want to disturb the visitors walking along its banks, thrilled by its crystal clear waters. In the evening when many lights are turned on, the river has even a better view by the reflection of light from its waters.

GENERAL FACTS

Macedonians today are very peaceful, happy and friendly people. The most commonly observed religion in Macedonia is Orthodox Christianity, while a third of the population is Muslim. They have a good sense of humor and were welcoming everywhere you went.
It is fairly cheap to travel in Macedonia as compared to other countries in Europe. Macedonian Dinar is the official currency in Macedonia, although most vendors will happily accept Euros. Credit cards are accepted at most places.
It is possible to visit Macedonia anytime of the year. It follows climatic patterns of the Northern Hemisphere. Macedonia has warm, dry summers and autumns, and relatively stable winters with warm temperatures.
Yummy and healthy food. Macedonians tend to eat locally grown foods that are found in season. Practically everything is made from scratch in conventional ways.
Traditional Macedonian dishes include Tavče gravče (beans in skillet), Ajvar (roasted red bell pepper dip), Pinđur (summer pepper dip), Malidzano (eggplant salad), Kebapchinya (mini kebabs of beef), Polneti Piperki (green bell peppers stuffed with rice, meat and cheese), Burek (baked or fried phyllo filled with cheese, meat or vegetables), Pastrmalija (savory pie), and Pleaskavitsa (mixed meat burger patty).
There are namely three wine regions in Macedonia - The Central (Povardarie), Western (Pelagonia-Polog), and Eastern Regions (Pchinya-Osogovo). There are altogether 80 wineries in Macedonia. Seeing Macedonian wine outside of Macedonia is rare. If anything, it’s because all of it is being consumed before it even has a chance to cross the border.
The water there is also clean so feel free to drink straight from the tap.

Capital: Skopje

Government: parliamentary democracy

Currency: Macedonian Denar

Area: 25 713 sq km

Population: 2.107 million (2013 estimates)

Language: Macedonian 97%, Albanian 1%, Croatian 3%, Slovene 2%, other 4%

Religion: Macedonian Orthodox 97%, Jewish 3%

Electricity: 220V/50Hz (European plug)

Country code: +389

Internet TLD: .mk

Time Zone: UTC +1