The Republic of Macedonia is a less popular country among tourists, but an amazing place to visit with many things to offer. The country is located in the Balkans and it is great for visiting April to October, when the average temperatures vary between 13°C and 24°C and the climate is generally dry and warm.
Did you know?
- The main regions of Macedonia are Povardarie – this region includes the capital and largest city, Skopje; Western Macedonia – most attractive region for tourists and Eastern Macedonia – a region that offers a great preview of the rural life of the country.
- The most important cities here are Skopje, Ohrid, Bitola, Kruševo, Prilep, Struga etc.
- The three national parks of Macedonia are some of the beautiful places in this country that are definitely worth a visit: Galičica National Park, Mavrovo National Park, Pelister National Park.
- Speaking of the important cities, Ohrid and Ohrid Lake are very important here: the lake is the oldest(4 million years old) and one of the deepest lakes in Europe (the maximum depth is 288m). It was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.
- Macedonia is the country with the highest number of mountains and mountain peaks in the world: 34 mountain peaks, all with a height of more than 2000m, some of which has never even been visited by humans.
- It seems as Macedonia is a country of superlatives: the biggest cross in the world can be found here, on the top of the Vodno Mountain. It is about 66 metres high.
- Supposed parts of the cross on which Jesus was crucified are on the foundations of the monasteries of St. Bogorodica Prechista in Kichevo and St. Jovan Bigorski and St. Georgij Pobedonosec in Debar.
- If you are interested in the history and the religious side of this country, there are some absolutely fascinating churches in Macedonia that you can visit, such as St.Sophia church from the 11th century, St.Bogorodica Perivlepta from the 13th century and St.Pantelejmon – Plaoshnik from the 10th century – these are all in Ohrid.
- One of the biggest winter festivals in Europe takes place in Macedonia at the end of November and beginning of December – it’s called Taksirat Festival.
- Kruševo is a wonderful museum-city located in the mountains of southwestern Macedonia . Here, you can visit St. Nikola Church, St. Jovan Church, the Nikola Martinovski gallery (62 paintings donated by the contemporary painter Nikola Martinovski; a small ethnological museum has also been set up inside the house) and the Museum of Ilinden Uprising (a wonderful summary of the historic background of Macedonia and the Ilinden uprising).
- Visit Skopje’s central square to see the monumental statue named “Warrior on a horse” – it is 28 metres tall, weighs 30 tons and costs an estimated €9.4 million.
- Trpejca is a small, quiet town on the banks of Lake Ohrid, but it is known as the St Tropez of Macedonia.
There are more interesting places to visit in Macedonia, you can start by checking out the major points of interest in Skopje and go from there.
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