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North Macedonia (proclaimed North Macedonia in January 2019) is a landlocked Balkan nation of mountains, lakes and ancient towns with Ottoman and European architecture. An unspoiled country with nature reserves, it is also has fabulous wine and food with opportunities to enjoy the produce of local farmers and wine-makers in local restaurants and farmhouses. An unforgettable experience!
Modern-day North Macedonia is a melting pot of Persian, Greek, Roman, Ottoman, Serbian, and Soviet flavors. Here you can linger over coffee in outdoor cafes where locals clink glasses of rakija. Rounded domes of Orthodox Christian churches share the skyline with towers of Muslim mosques, limestone-crusted mountains rise over quiet villages, and glittering lakes punctuate the wild countryside.
Explore Skopje, where you will find the statue of Alexander the Great as a centrepiece of the main square. Take the cable car to the top of Vodno mountain to view the Millenium Cross, and enjoy the spectacular view over the city. Walk up to the Kale Fortress, built in the 6th century with some of the stones from ruins of the nearby Roman city of Scupi. An interesting city with an eclectic mix of architectural styles, from baroque and classical to modern and contemporary.
Ohrid, a much smaller city, has an outstanding position on the banks of the crystal clear lake Ohrid, the region being UNESCO protected. An ideal spot for nature-lovers. Mavrovo National Park, Matka Canyon, over 300 karst limestone caves and Mount Ljuboten are ideal places for walking, hiking, kayaking and just enjoying the beautiful countryside of this remarkable country.
North Macedonia remains one of Europe’s last undiscovered areas. Being centrally located in the Balkans, this country is a crossroad between the East and West, Christianity and Islam, a melting pot of civilizations, which reflects in its culture and overall way of life even today. Its unspoiled natural country is a joy to explore on foot, kayak down the Matka Canyon, or canoe across lake Ohrid.