Continent Macedonia


Why Travel Macedonia?


Macedonia is a landlocked Balkan nation which is famous for its mountains, lakes and ancient towns with Ottoman and European architecture. The capital, Skopje, is known for its sprawling Old Bazaar quarter and historic buildings turned museums, including the National Gallery of Macedonia, housed in a 15th-century Turkish bath complex. The southern city Ohrid, on a lake of the same name, has a medieval townscape and hilltop castle.


There are some really interesting facts about the country that you should before knowing what to visit. Aa per NASA, Kokino located approximately 30 km from the town of Kumanovo, and about 6 km from the Serbian border, is the fourth oldest astronomic observatory in the world; with the oldest three being Abu Simbel, Egypt; Stonehenge, Great Britain; and Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Country’s Ohrid Lake (declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979) is the oldest and one of the deepest lakes in Europe (max depth 288m or 940ft). Lastly, this country has more number of mountains and mountain peaks than any other country in the world. The country has as many as 34 mountain peaks, each with a height of more than 2,000 meters above the sea-level; with Mount Golem Karb being the highest at 2,753 meters above sea-level.


Apart from the factual information, must visit is the Skopje City Centre which has from the Triumphal Gate (pictured) to the giant statue of Alexander the Great, simply immense. The area is buzzing with nightlife as well, with many of the city's most attractive bars, coffee shops and restaurants being located on the Makedonija street.


For those who love to know the history, should visit monuments that are located in the old part of the town, near Samouil’s fortress. Located on the highest place in Ohrid, Samouil’s fortress is the most dominating structure even today. Another must visit place in Ohrid is Plaoshnik, which is located right underneath the fortress and will leave you breathless with its astounding history and architecture. The Church of St. John at Kaneo, is also on the path through the old town. It is the most iconic landmark in Ohrid, situated on a rock just above the lake. Its beauty and location are synonymous with the town's history together with a fresco of St. Clement and St. Erasmus painted on the walls.


Another important visit includes the Saint Sofia church, old Skopje Bazaar, monastery of St. Naum, monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski, national Parks (Mavrovo/Pelister/Galichica), monastery of St. Joakim Osogovski and Gevgelija, the "Macedonian Las Vegas".


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