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Macedonia Travel

 

A country of wild mountains, deep lakes, medieval monasteries, bazaars and a people devoted to having a good time. Macedonia, is a landlocked country in the heart of the Balkans. It is bordered by Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Albania.

Macedonia Travel

 

Sights

Skopje is the capital city, set on the Vardar River. Although it has the look and feel of a modern city, there's an ancient past lurking round many a corner. The Skopje Fortress is situated on the highest point of the city and was built by the Byzantines in the 6 th century AD. The Old Town is the most attractive corner with hundreds of shops and restaurants. Also here is the Church of the Holy Saviour. There are some beautiful frescoes, but it's most famous for the intricate wood carvings of biblical scenes, that hang on the icon screens. For a superb view of the city, head up to the Sveti Pantelejmon monastery on Mount Vodno. There's a 12 th century church and a traditional restaurant.



There's an even older Macedonia that awaits you in the town of Ohrid, by the shores of Lake Ohrid. There have been settlements here since 2500 BC. It is said that Ohrid once had 365 churches, one for every day of the year. The pristine crystal -clear waters of the lake are a beautiful sight and it's famous for the fish that grace the local tables.

The mountain resort of Mavrovo offers the fitness fanatic many pursuits including hiking, skiing and mountain biking.

In Bitola, Macedonia's biggest town, the tourist has a vast array of historic sites to see. A special treat is the Ajdar-Kadina Mosque with a minaret that's more than 40 meters high.

 

Transport

There are international airports at Skopje and Ohrid that connect with many European destinations. There are also a number of bus lines that connect Macedonia with its neighbouring countries as well as an international rail network. By road the E-75 that runs from Serbia to Greece, bisects Macedonia. Inside the country, cars are a good way of getting around as most of the attractions are near main roads. Buses have improved greatly over recent years and many have air conditioning.

 

Climate

Macedonia tends to have hot dry summers and mild and rainy winters.

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