Macedonia

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Ellie Marr
Macedonia Travel Specialist


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 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 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 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, 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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Popular Destinations in Macedonia

   Skopje
   Lake Ohrid
   Ohrid



Specialist Recommendations

   Mavrovo National Park
   Pelister National Park


Regent Macedonia Specialist


Ellie Marr
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 Macedonia. Perhaps opt to head up to the eastern town of Berova, which is popular among 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 Macedonia's landscapes.
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Discover Macedonia's viniculture in the wine region around the Vardar River.
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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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