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Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

Macedonia

The Balkan nation of Macedonia is a landlocked country jam-packed with mountains, walking trails, sparkling lakes and European architecture. It is home to over two million people and 3,700 plant species, the abundance of which is breathtaking in the country’s National Parks.

This glorious, landlocked country is steeped in Greek, Roman and Ottoman history and boasts breathtakingly rugged terrain punctuated by mountains and scenic waterfalls. Culturally rich in art, poetry and music, the people of Macedonia enjoy music and drama festivals throughout the year. You’ll find them to be warm, welcoming and very sociable so be sure to immerse yourself in their culture for the most authentic experience.

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  • This is where the sway of the Mediterranean meets Central Europe and blends with the exotic East. From the Danube to Dracula's castle, the layers of history are evident at every turn.

  • Discover the land where Alexander became Great and the Gods were consulted through mysterious Oracles. Explore sun-kissed temples and magnificent monasteries and enjoy superb lakeside scenery.

  • Cruise the waters of the Adriatic in comfort and style on-board your modern mega yacht. Discover new ports of call each day, hidden coves and ancient sites steeped in history. Step ashore to experience the cultural diversity of Dalmatia's islands or bask under the sun, swim or read a good book.

When it comes to immersing yourself, there is no better place than the capital of Skopje – a quirky city with both cultural and historical monuments in amongst museums and enormous fountains. This thriving, riverside capital has become a stimulating metropolis where ancient history meets modern development. Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, visit her memorial house or marvel at the 1400-year-old Skopje Kale (Fortress). At dusk, head to Plostad Makedonija Central Square at the heart of the city and enjoy the atmosphere from one of its countless bars and restaurants.

For those after a slower pace, Macedonia serves up sensational spa towns, such as Kosovrasti and Negorci, alongside its diverse cuisine reflecting Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Be sure to try the national dish, Tavče gravče, a fresh beans recipe served in authentic earthenware.

In a nutshell, Macedonia is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful countries to add to your list, both naturally and architecturally.

Travel director recommendation

Food for thought

Try to learn a few phrases to use on your vacation. It's amazing how far a 'hello' or 'thank you' will go with the locals - your Travel Director will be around to help if you get stuck.
Tour Director - Gigi Smith

Gigi Smith-Bromage

Travel Director, Western Europe

Factfile

Know before you go
  • Spring

    Mar-May

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 18˚C65˚F

  • Summer

    Jun-Aug

    Sun

    Av temp: 30˚C86˚F

  • Autumn

    Sept-Nov

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 16˚C61˚F

  • Winter

    Dec-Feb

    Rain

    Av temp: 4˚C39˚F

  • Time difference

    GMT +2

  • Currency

    Macedonian denar (MKD)

When to go: Located so far south in Europe, Macedonia is great to visit most of the year round. It is particularly welcoming during spring and autumn, outside the high tourist seasons and when the weather is at its most pleasant.