The Republic of Macedonia is a country located in the central Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe, the capital city being Skopje. It is a landlocked country that is bordered by Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Albania. From the capital, Skopje, to the eastern and western towns and villages, Macedonia offers genuinely surprising attractions at every turn, whether it’s traditional restaurants and delicious and authentic cuisine, the most diverse and beautiful landscape, mildly continental climate, hoard of monasteries and churches or the cutting-edge monuments and sights all around the country.
Most of the towns represent essential cultural destinations, thus making Macedonia a country of a rich cultural heritage where each region looks and feels different. In general, Macedonia is a carefree and relaxed place and the Macedonians’ liberal attitude to virtually every aspect of life is certainly one of their most significant qualities.
Macedonia’s beauty lies mainly in its magical landscapes and the biodiversity that they offer. The mountains and their reachable peaks make it a perfect place for doing extreme sports, such as hiking and paragliding. The crystal clean waters of the natural and artificial lakes and the mountain rivers are a real feast to one’s eyes and soul. On the other hand, the fertile soil gives an opportunity for many vineyard locations, thus making our country a leader in the high- quality wine production business. The food is not an exception. The tourists enjoy the rich flavor and aroma of the seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, especially the taste of the homemade Macedonian cheese, sour cream, yoghurt, kiselo mleko (sour milk) and kajmak.
There is an astonishing variety of places to visit, from the Old Bazaar, a blend of Ottoman, Byzantine and Modern architecture, the Mother Theresa’s Memorial House, the ancient theater of the UNESCO protected city of Ohrid, and a large number of churches and monasteries, to Herakleia, dating back to the Hellenistic period, Stobi, a site considered by many to be the most famous archaeological site in the Republic of Macedonia, the ancient megalithic observatory of “Kokino”, the famous Kale, Samoil and Isar’s fortresses, and a great number of authentic villages that represent cradles of history and culture.
The importance of these traditions is felt deeply by Macedonia that fights hard to preserve and develop its national culture and strives to maintain its traditions as diverse as architecture, pottery and, of course, food.
Besides the rich cultural heritage, Macedonia offers a scope of outdoor activities such as walking, hiking and sailing in a perfectly clean environment, but if you need more urban stimulus and excitement, do not hesitate to visit the nightclubs, coffee bars and restaurants that Macedonia offers in abundance.