• 1 Skopje
  • 2 Mavrovo
  • Vevcani Western Macedonia
  • Heraklea Western Macedonia
  • 1 Skopje
  • 2 Mavrovo
  • Vevcani Western Macedonia
  • Heraklea Western Macedonia

Western Macedonia

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Western Macedonia

LOCATION

Skopje

Enjoy the diversity of the Old Bazaar (Stara Carshija), which is one of the best preserved examples of the urban Ottoman architecture. Separated from the city by the Stone bridge and bordering the Kale Fortress, besides being full of restaurants, coffee bars, churches, mosques and museums, it is a real community of craftsmen creating with leather, copper and clay and selling jewelry and clothes. In addition, pay respect to the Noble Prize winner Mother Theresa by visiting her Memorial House where part of her relics are preserved, and enjoy the classical appearance of Skopje 2014 by sightseeing the classical government buildings and the monuments depicting historical characters.

Mavrovo/Galicnik/Jance

Mavrovo is the most popular winter sports ski-center, famous for the Bistra Mountain and the 12 km long artificial Mavrovo lake. The Mavrovo National Park is one of the largest of the three national parks in the Republic of Macedonia. Built on a steep slope of the Bistra mountain and surrounded by dense woods and rocky hills, the St. Jovan Bigorski monastery is a reminiscent of the cliff top monasteries of Mt. Athos in Greece. Since the monastery is dedicated to St. Jovan the Baptist, worshipers believe that the icons with his image are blessed with a miraculous healing power. Similar to Mavrovo is Galichnik, one of the oldest Mijak villages in the region famous for its traditional annual wedding festival and the yellow and white homemade cheese.

Vevchani

Vevchani is a village unique for its authentic environment and local restaurants. It has its own local self-government, passport and a souvenir currency called “lichnik”. The magnificent Vevchani springs and the Vevchani Carnival, which is a traditional manifestation held for more than 1.300 years on 13 and 14 January,that marks the beginning of the New Year (St. Basil’s Day or “Vasilitsa”) according to the old Julian calendar, give the village a unique spirit and make it one of a kind.

Ohrid

As one of the most ancient towns in Europe and part of UNESCO’s World Natural and Cultural Heritage, Ohrid presents its history at every single corner. This magnificent and exciting city is the home of the oldest Slav monastery of St. Pantelejmon that contains more than 800 Byzantine-style icons dating back from the 11th through 14th century. The monastery of St. Naum, famous for its location on a high, rocky outcropping over the lake, offers a unique view to the springs of the Crn Drim river, while the St. Zaum monastery and its small beach, built in 1361, cannot be reached over land but by taxi-boat only. One of the most exciting places to go is the village of Trpejca, which is known as the Macedonian Saint-Tropez and the Bay of Bones, which is a protected cultural monument that consists of 24 reconstructed prehistoric houses on a wooden platform, and therefore represents an exceptional archaeological complex. The Robev Family House and the Samoil’s Fortress are yet two of the most mysterious and surprising locations that are a must when one pays a visit to Ohrid.

Stobi

Stobi, the ancient town of Paionia, is the most famous archaeological site in ruins in Macedonia. It is located on the main road that leads from the Danube to the Aegean Sea and it consists of many other exceptional historical sites that are worth visiting.

Bitola

Bitola is a town in Western Macedonia famous for the ruins of the ancient city of Heraklea that date back to the Hellenistic period. During the early Byzantine period, it became an important episcopal center, while in the late 6th century, it suffered successive attacks by the Slavic tribes who eventually settled there along with most of the northern Balkans region.

Krushevo

Krushevo is the home of Meckin Kamen (Bear Stone) that tells a legend of several brothers who lived there and worked with agriculture and life stock. One day, coming back from the hill, the brothers were confronted by a big bear. The brave people of Krushevo were not afraid, and they attacked the bear. The bear rolled a rock down the hill towards the brothers, but they managed to kill it with their axes. The rock, which was rolled by the bear, has become known as Mechkin Kamen (Bear’s Rock) by the people and has remained as such. In addition, Krushevo is famous for the Makedonium museum, which is a historical and aesthetic monument that marks the Ilinden Uprising i.e. the fight, insubordination and aspiration of the Macedonian people to create free and independent state, and the Tose Proeski Museum, which gives a chronological view of the childhood, the teenage years and the artistic career of the late Macedonian legendary singer Tose Proeski, who also sponsored the construction of the St. Preobrazenie monastery (The Holy Ascention monastery).

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