Located in the Balkan region, the Republic of Macedonia is a combination of natural beauty and historic places. This country is home to the scenic Ohrid Town and the famous Ohrid Lake, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pearls from Ohrid are the most sought-after souvenirs by tourists visiting Macedonia. Skopje, Macedonia’s capital, is a tourist’s delight owing to the number of historical sites located here. Enjoya glass of locally made red wine and a hearty meal to complete your Macedonian experience.
Best time to visit Macedonia
The climate of Macedonia can be best classified as Continental, with very hot summers and very cold winters. The ideal time to visit this country is from May to October when the weather is warm. However, evenings tend to be cooler, so carry clothing suited for both weather types
How to reach Macedonia
Fly from major cities of India to the Republic of Macedonia with international airlines like Air India
, Etihad Airways, and British Airways
. Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport and St. Paul the Apostle Airport in Ohrid are the two main airports of Macedonia. Travel within the country by cars, trains, or taxis. During the peak tourist season, taxi charges can increase considerably (especially in Ohrid). Direct flights to Macedonia are not available from India. The scheduled flights may stopover at the layover airports in Munich, Istanbul, Vienna, Dubai, or Mumbai.
Where to stay in Macedonia
The best accommodation facilities in Macedonia are available in Skopje, Ohrid, Krusevo, and Bitola. The average cost for an overnight stay at the hotels in these cities starts at INR 3,000, INR 2,500, INR 4,000 and INR 2,000 respectively. You can also stay in private accommodation for INR 1,000 per night. It is difficult to get a suitable place to stay in Macedonia during the peak months of July and August, so advanced booking is required.
Must-visit places in Macedonia
Although it a small country, there are many interesting places to visit in Macedonia like Skopje, Ohrid, Bitola, Gostivar, Tetovo and Struga.
Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, is home to the landmark statue of Warrior on a Horse in the center of Macedonia Square. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from Kale Fortress located on a hilltop in the Skopje valley. Other attractions include Stone Bridge, Porta Macedonia, Feudal Tower, Double Hamam, and Bedesten. Various churches, mosques, museums, and Ottoman inns are also located in this area, making it a tourist’s paradise.
Ohrid, a UNESCO heritage site, is a beautiful town located on the banks of Lake Ohrid. Once the capital of the Bulgarian Empire, this city has many churches, galleries, museums, and fortresses to its credit. The top destinations are Church of St. John at Kaneo, Samuel’s Fortress, Plaosnik, Ancient Theatre of Ohrid and Church of St. Sophia.
Must-buys in Macedonia
Pearls from Ohrid are a specialty of Macedonia. The Talev family and Filev family are two major producers of this one-of-a-kind pearl. Be cautious while shopping for these pearls as fake ones are also available in the markets. Leather products, handmade paper, wooden carvings, and shoes are other must-buys in Macedonia.
Cuisine of Macedonia
Grilled meat or Skara is one of the locally available delicacies in Macedonia. Enjoy a bowl of Macedonia’s famous Shopska Salata which is a mix of tomatoes, cucumber, and grated white cheese called Srenje. Try the Tavce gravce which has beans, paprika, and other veggies as main ingredients. Also, relish drinks like Rakija (grape brandy), T'ga za Jug (local red wine), Traminec, and Temjanika (local white wine).
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