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Macedonia
Globochica-Lake of Secrets
Globochica-Lake of Secrets
Photo © Nace Popov
Dojran Lake
Dojran Lake
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Globochica
Globochica
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Korab
Korab
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Galichnik
Galichnik
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Mavrovo Lake and surrounding mountains, Macedonia
Mavrovo Lake and surrounding mountains, Macedonia
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Dr. Reis Church, Kajmakcalan
Dr. Reis Church, Kajmakcalan
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View overlooking Ohrid Lake from Galichica Mountain Galicica National Park, Macedonia
View overlooking Ohrid Lake from Galichica Mountain Galicica National Park, Macedonia
Photo © Nace Popov

Warm summers in its fields and forest, and snowy winters on its ski slopes are typical of geographically and culturally diverse Macedonia.

The Republic of Macedonia, a small gem embedded in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, is embraced in the east and west by dramatic mountain ranges, studded with breath-taking lakes, and threaded throughout with rivers. Through thousands of years, the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires have shaped Macedonia’s rich culture and traditions. In this modern day republic, the past is with you everywhere: early Christian basilicas with ancient mosaics; enchanting Byzantine churches with world-renowned frescoes; and the many mosques with their delicate minarets. The site of a megalithic observatory near Kumanovo is some 3,800 years old.  Ohrid, with its many treasures and beautiful lake, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Skopje, the capital and a bustling city, offers the Stone Bridge crossing the River Vardar, the Ottoman-era Old Bazaar with its innumerable handicraft shops, and the ruins of the Kale Fortress. Nearby, the spectacular Matka canyon is home to medieval monasteries, caves, varieties of plant and animal life, and is a center for alpine hiking, with kayaking on the Treska River, plus fishing and hunting. Visit Macedonia with its benign climate year round: in winter, join the pagan carnivals; in spring, participate in wine harvests; in summer, traditional local dances and music beckon; and, in autumn, visit mountains, canyons and national parks emblazoned in rainbow colors. Travel to a traditional village and enjoy home-prepared food, often a savory Turkish cuisine, accompanied by the great Vranec red wine.  Macedonia leaves visitors with unforgettable memories. 

municipality of Tetovo
 Historic or Pre-historic...

The Painted Mosque of Tetovo, Macedonia

This brightly painted Mosque is located on the right bank of the river Pena (Artat) in the old...

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Macedonian "Zelnik"
 Regional Routes

ALL TASTES OF MACEDONIA

The land of sun is the land of the tastes. This biblical country still preserves the aromas and...

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Galichnik Wedding Festival, Galichnik, Macedonia
 Festival or Event

Galichnik Wedding Festival, Galichnik, Macedonia

The Galichnik Wedding Festival is an annual event held in the village of Galichnik near the...

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AREA:  25,713 sq km (9,928 sq mi)

POPULATION:   2,077,000

ETHNIC GROUPS:  Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish, Serb, Other

RELIGION:  Macedonian Orthodox, Muslim

LANGUAGE:  Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish

CURRENCY:  Macedonian denar (MKD)