North Macedonia Ancient and modern live side-by-side in the cities, while in the forests brown bears roam View All North Macedonia Holidays

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Ellie Marr
Macedonia Travel Specialist

North Macedonia holidays combine lake-side towns and cities bursting with ancient history, evenings spent tucking into sumptuous regional cheeses and wines, and explorations of national park landscapes networked by hiking trails and home to some of Europe’s last wild brown bears.

The old and new stand side-by-side in North Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, where black-clad orthodox priests walk the same streets as fashion-conscious teenagers. The Ottoman influence is still apparent in the Old Bazaar and the slim minarets of the mosques while, during the summer months, music festivals and cultural arts events highlight the city’s youthful outlook. Away from Skopje, visitors to North Macedonia discover a land of gleaming lakes and rivers, brooding mountains and remote stone villages with stunning, well-preserved monasteries. The picturesque but sleepy town Ohrid, one of the top visitor attractions in North Macedonia, on the lake of the same name, comes alive in the summer when visitors are drawn to its idyllic location and UNESCO-listed churches, basilicas and monasteries.

For nature and wildlife-lovers, North Macedonia offers something special. Travellers have the opportunity to join conservationists and park rangers to get stuck in and protect Macedonia’s stunning national parks, while also discovering the local flora and fauna with a local guide. Experiences range from watching eagles hunt and helping out at a deer conservation centre in Mavrovo National Park, to spending a night in a wildlife hide to watch out for brown bears and wolves in Pelister National Park.

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Skopje
Top Destination
Skopje
Little-visited Skopje is a city where the Ottoman influences are still strong, the narrow streets of the Old Town teem with tiny shops and mosques with ceramic-tiled interiors, and the ancient bazaar area bustles, overlooked by a striking 15th-century stone bridge.
Lake Ohrid
Top Destination
Lake Ohrid
Charming Lake Ohrid is thought to be one of the world’s oldest lakes - and it's stunningly beautiful, too.
Ohrid
Top Destination
Ohrid
Pretty Ohrid town is the best place from which to explore the lake, the surrounding countryside and the nearby rural monasteries
Mavrovo National Park
Ellie Marr's Recommendation
Mavrovo National Park
Here you can get hands-on with protecting North Macedonia's natural environments. Join the park rangers for conservation operations at the deer reproduction centre including maintenance and feeding activities.
Pelister National Park
Ellie Marr's Recommendation
Pelister National Park
This is undoubtedly one of the best places for nature-lovers in North Macedonia. Hike to densely populated bear areas and spend the night bear-watching from a wilderness hide.

Popular Destinations in North Macedonia

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   Skopje
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   Lake Ohrid
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   Ohrid



Specialist Recommendations

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   Mavrovo National Park
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   Pelister National Park


Regent North Macedonia Specialist


Ellie Marr
North Macedonia is not just a summer destination. Travellers who visit during the cooler months will find the country is both quieter and cheaper, offering in some ways a more authentic experience of North Macedonia. Perhaps opt to head up to the eastern town of Berova, which is popular among North Macedonians for its cool mountain air. Here you can visit local craftspeople and purchase locally-made souvenirs.

Ellie's Tips
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Skopje and Ohrid are fantastic for a short break if you don't have time to dive deeper into North Macedonia's landscapes.
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Discover North Macedonia's viniculture in the wine region around the Vardar River.
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North Macedonia's national parks are one of the few places in Europe where brown bears still roam. Nights in hides are exhilarating.




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