Macedonia travel guide

Macedonia travel guide

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Macedonia, which is generally easy to get to and where there are all the benefits of Western civilization, continues to be one of the most unexplored countries in Europe. Its majestic historical ruins, pastoral villages, pieces of natural paradise in the mountains are still mysteries sealed with seven seals.

Coming here means not only discovering all these and many other treasures, but also being in the very center of one of the most contrasting mixtures of cultures on the whole continent: Macedonians and Albanians, Orthodox and Muslims, Turks and Greeks ...

The route is light, we see historical sights and walk in the mountains without backpacks. Combines perfectly with our Greece tours if you want to extend your vacation and see 2 countries in one trip.

Visa to Macedonia is NOT required

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How to get there

Visa is not required to visit Macedonia. Only travel insurance is required for the duration of the trip.

There are two airports in Macedonia: Skopje and Ohrid. We recommend flying to Skopje. Flights to Ohrid from Russia are usually expensive.

It doesn't matter which flight to fly, you must arrive before 7:00 on the second day of the route (or earlier). Group gathering in Skopje in our cozy hostel for the first day. Check-in from 15:00. Before that, you can leave your things on the respawn and go for a walk around the city.

How to get from Skopje airport to the city: Skopje Airport is named after the great commander Alexander the Great and is one of the ten best airports in Eastern Europe. The airport is relatively new. The size of the "Alexander the Great" is small, but there are not many passengers either. 1) by shuttle bus, cost 180 denars. A bus ticket can be bought at the Manora shuttle ticket office on the first floor of the airport. Stop right in front of the exit from the building. There is also a hint in the form of a BUS 2 sign) by taxi (about 20 EUR, 1220 denars)

As for currencies, we recommend taking euro with you.

Macedonia is a country famous not only for sea and sun, it is a real gastronomic paradise for tourists. Recommend a food tour to Macedonia to your tourists! After all, this is an opportunity for a few days to escape from the everyday hustle and bustle and spend them in peace and bliss, enjoying the delicious dishes of Macedonian cuisine and the famous wines of this region.

Recipes for proper relaxation

Macedonia is the leader among European countries, embodying everything you need for a quality holiday: a mild Mediterranean climate, clear sea, traditional cuisine and its own winemaking. The national cuisine of Macedonia is a combination of Balkan, Mediterranean and Turkish traditions. Tourists and guests of the country are delighted with spicy smells, amazing recipes, an abundance of vegetables and fruits. All products are safe, vegetables and fruits are full of health and taste, and surprisingly low prices will delight any tourist.

With a long and rich tradition of winemaking and cooking, Macedonia is well known to connoisseurs of good wine and connoisseurs of fine cuisine.

Small, private hotels provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in Macedonian culture, while having all the modern conveniences.

As soon as guests check into the hotel, they must immediately ask for the menu, because some local dishes are ordered with half a day's reserve. Particularly delicious are pita (a puff pastry pie stuffed with local hot cheese, spinach or leeks) and roasted lamb.

Traditional Macedonian feasts can last for hours and often end after midnight. In general, the locals eat 3 times a day.

For light snacks in Macedonia, they use vegetables, fruits, legumes and cheese, as well as their combinations - ayvar, shopska salad, tarator, churba and other dishes.

Lunch is the largest meal of the day. As a rule, fresh sheep cheese, tomato salad, homemade bread, meat (most often meat baked over a fire) and potatoes are served at the table. In general, there are many meat dishes in Macedonian cuisine - grilled meat, pies, sausages with spices, meatballs.

Macedonians prefer stewed vegetables, rice, noodles and fried potatoes as a side dish. Red and green bell peppers are included in almost any recipe. The fish is popular in some regions, such as near Lake Ohrid and the Radika River. It is worth considering that spices and hot seasonings are spared in the cuisine of Macedonia.

The wooded village of Galičnik is famous for two events: the annual wedding festival and the production of hard cheese from raw milk. Cheese is made in the old way. One of these cheeses is Sirenje. It is one of the main ingredients in the traditional Macedonian Shopska salad, which includes tomatoes, cucumbers and onions combined with a spicy, crumbly white cheese.

Traditional Macedonian food:

  • Tavče gravče - beans in a pot
  • Ajvar - roasted red pepper sauce
  • Pinđur - summer pepper sauce
  • Malidzano - eggplant salad
  • Kebapchinya - small beef kebabs
  • Polneti Piperki - green bell pepper stuffed with rice, meat and cheese
  • Burek - baked or fried dough stuffed with cheese, meat or vegetables
  • Pastrmalija - spicy pie
  • Pleaskavitsa - pies with different types of meat
  • Desserts are made from dough, which is dipped in sugar syrup and sprinkled with nuts. They are very similar to Turkish sweets. Baklava, Ekler and Tulumba are delicious with strong Turkish coffee.

Sveti Naum Monastery

There are many natural, historical and architectural attractions around Ohrid. Many are easily reachable by bus in a short time, making day trips based in Ohrid possible. One of the most famous monasteries in Macedonia - Sveti Naum - is located on the steep shore of the lake, literally a kilometer from the Albanian border.

Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to admire the monastery from a distance - it is almost completely surrounded by the building of a huge hotel, from behind which the bell tower is only slightly visible.

To get to Sveti Naum, you need to take a bus at one of the stops on the main Ohrid street - Tourist Boulevard (1.8 euros). The bus takes 30-40 minutes and when it gets to the monastery, it turns around and goes back, stopping at the Albanian border.

"Republic" Vevchani

In the village of Vevchani there is neither Roman antiquity nor medieval pomp, but there is a history of, probably, the most beloved business of the Balkan peoples - the struggle for independence. The story, however, is somewhat comical because of its scale and outcome. In general terms, it was like this. The beginning of the 90s in Yugoslavia. One after another, the former republics are disconnected, their centers of separatism and state formations that do not exist now arise within them. Wars are going on, everything is bad.

Against the background of all this, an armed conflict flares up between the village of Vevchani and the district administration over the fate of the village source. The villagers defended the source, and after a general vote they declared their independence and the creation of all the necessary state paraphernalia. The times of confrontation have passed, and now Vevchans' passports and money are used at the annual village carnival.

The Vevchansk springs, which caused the contention, are located just outside the village, in a wooded ravine with paths, bridges and a small chapel.

You can get to the village by regular bus from Struga - a city near Ohrid with a predominantly Albanian population. The ticket Struga - Vevchani - Struga costs 1 euro. The village has a well-developed tourist navigation - boards with diagrams and explanations are almost at every corner. Buses run from Ohrid to Struga every 15-30 minutes.

Struga itself could be almost a complete double of Ohrid: the same picturesque surroundings, the same lake, the distance - nothing at all. But there is no historical center in Struga, and since there is not at least something from a set of tourist attractions, then instead of walking and happy with life foreigners immediately appear flocks of gypsies rummaging in garbage dumps along the roads (although, perhaps, they are Albanians).

Tetovo

The bus Ohrid - Tetovo takes 3 hours, the ticket costs 7 euros, Tetovo - Skopje - 40 minutes and 2 euros, respectively. If you've watched the movie "Eurotour", then you probably remember the feelings of the main characters who have just found themselves in Bratislava instead of Berlin and looking around in horror. Tetovo at first caused the same sensations.

This is the unofficial capital of the Albanian minority of Macedonia. Already at the entrances, the usual inscriptions in almost native Macedonian are replaced by Albanian Chinese letters. In the city, almost all the signs are exclusively in Albanian, the flags are also only Albanian. The tradition of pouring waste directly where it is generated is clearly visible as soon as you turn off the main street.

Peculiarities of holidays in Macedonia

Educational tourism does not necessarily have to take place in a country promoted by travel agencies, somewhere far from home. You can have an interesting and fun rest in one of the Balkan countries. Why not, for example, turn your gaze to Macedonia. This amazing country, although it is slightly away from the usual tourist routes for Russian-speaking travelers, does not mean at all that the local rest will be worse than in neighboring Bulgaria or Greece. Macedonia has everything you need to make your long-awaited vacation a success - clean air, warm sun and rich history. All tourists who dare to visit this small country will be able to make sure of this.

Macedonians are very hospitable and friendly people. They treat the smallest tourists with increased attention and sincere care. In the hotels of any resort in the country for young guests it provides everything necessary for a comfortable stay. By the way, hotels and hotels in Macedonia are of different levels. In the capital of the country, Skopje, you can stay in luxurious apartments or spend the night in a clean and inexpensive hostel. Small resort towns of Macedonia offer tourists comfortable rooms in family mini-hotels, boarding houses or small hotels. In ski resorts and Lake Ohrid, you can rent private apartments for your holidays. Renting an apartment in Macedonia is comparable in value to living in a good three-star hotel. By the way, most of the country's hotels are certified. read in full

Visa to Macedonia

phone/fax: (499) 124-33-57, 124-33-59, 982-36-34

And for those for whom the period of stay up to 90 days in Macedonia is quite sufficient, when passing the border, you only need to have a passport, which expires after leaving this country. You also need to show your medical insurance and confirm your financial viability with a certificate. read in full

Useful information

About Macedonia, most tourists only know that geographically this small country is located in Europe, or rather, on the Balkan Peninsula. Some of the travelers even know that many centuries ago the famous Alexander the Great wanted to make Macedonia the center of his powerful state. But the fact that this small country has picturesque natural corners and well-preserved architectural monuments of antiquity and the Middle Ages is known to few of the Russian-speaking tourists. But if you look closely, it turns out that the little-known Macedonia with its marvelous lakes and caves, sacred monuments and various excursion programs is an attractive option for active tourists and travelers who are fond of educational tourism.

So, once at one of the popular resorts of Macedonia - Ohrid, Skopje or Bitola, tourists will find a mixture of modern and ancient national buildings, well-groomed streets in flowers, as well as a large number of monuments and picturesque natural objects. This interesting country is home to hospitable and friendly people who speak a language that is funny and incomprehensible to many of us. It is rather difficult to make out the Macedonian speech. Due to the abundance of hard consonants, it is difficult for tourists to perceive. And only due to the fact that many Macedonians living in resort towns speak English well, the problem with communication is successfully exhausted. read in full

Peculiarities of holidays in Macedonia

Educational tourism does not necessarily have to take place in a country promoted by travel agencies, somewhere far from home. You can have an interesting and fun rest in one of the Balkan countries. Why not, for example, turn your gaze to Macedonia. This amazing country, although it is slightly away from the usual tourist routes for Russian-speaking travelers, does not mean at all that the local rest will be worse than in neighboring Bulgaria or Greece. Macedonia has everything you need to make your long-awaited vacation a success - clean air, warm sun and rich history. All tourists who dare to visit this small country will be able to make sure of this.

Macedonians are very hospitable and friendly people. They treat the smallest tourists with increased attention and sincere care. In the hotels of any resort in the country for young guests it provides everything necessary for a comfortable stay. By the way, hotels and hotels in Macedonia are of different levels. In the capital of the country, Skopje, you can stay in luxurious apartments or spend the night in a clean and inexpensive hostel. Small resort towns of Macedonia offer tourists comfortable rooms in family mini-hotels, boarding houses or small hotels. In ski resorts and Lake Ohrid, you can rent private apartments for your holidays. Renting an apartment in Macedonia is comparable in value to living in a good three-star hotel. By the way, most of the country's hotels are certified. read in full

Visa to Macedonia

phone/fax: (499) 124-33-57, 124-33-59, 982-36-34

And for those for whom the period of stay up to 90 days in Macedonia is quite sufficient, when passing the border, you only need to have a passport, which expires after leaving this country. You also need to show your medical insurance and confirm your financial viability with a certificate. read in full

Useful information

About Macedonia, most tourists only know that geographically this small country is located in Europe, or rather, on the Balkan Peninsula. Some of the travelers even know that many centuries ago the famous Alexander the Great wanted to make Macedonia the center of his powerful state. But the fact that this small country has picturesque natural corners and well-preserved architectural monuments of antiquity and the Middle Ages is known to few of the Russian-speaking tourists. But if you look closely, it turns out that the little-known Macedonia with its marvelous lakes and caves, sacred monuments and various excursion programs is an attractive option for active tourists and travelers who are fond of educational tourism.

So, once at one of the popular resorts of Macedonia - Ohrid, Skopje or Bitola, tourists will find a mixture of modern and ancient national buildings, well-groomed streets in flowers, as well as a large number of monuments and picturesque natural objects. This interesting country is home to hospitable and friendly people who speak a language that is funny and incomprehensible to many of us. It is rather difficult to make out the Macedonian speech. Due to the abundance of hard consonants, it is difficult for tourists to perceive. And only due to the fact that many Macedonians living in resort towns speak English well, the problem with communication is successfully exhausted. read in full

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