Macedonia Region

Macedonia, officially the Republic of North Macedonia, is a small country in Southeast Europe, situated in the heart, in the center of the Balkan Peninsula as a natural bridge between East and West, North and South.

“THE CROSSROAD OF MANY CIVILIZATIONS” as mentioned in several articles, N. Macedonia is a unique patchwork of cultures, religions and nations that has coexisted for thousands of years. A chest filled with unique cultural treasures found at more than 4.500 archeological sites in the country. Those interested in history can travel to the Macedonian past and hear the stories and legends about Alexander the Great; the “Apostles of all Slavs” and “Patrons of Europe” Ss. Cyril and Methodius and their disciples St. Clement and St. Naum Ohridski. For those attracted by the charm of the Orient can explore the heritage of many sacral and profane buildings that rich Ottoman feudalists left as a bequest.

Approximately 80% of the country consists of hills and mountains that abound in natural beauties and rarities. Many have named it “THE PEARL OF THE BALKANS“. There are three National Parks Mavrovo, Pelister and Galicica, and about fifty lakes in the country, of which the three tectonic ones – Ohrid, Prespa and Dojran are the most significant. The magnificent lakes and high mountains, ski slopes, natural wonders and curiosities make it an ideal destination for the nature and adventure lovers all year round.

The sun is the symbol of the country, no wonder with about 280 sunny days per year. The mild climate allows for fruit and vegetables to be one of the major exports from our country but also helps in establishing N. Macedonia as a foody destination. Yet Macedonian dishes are even tastier with a glass of wine. Our main export product, our pride and joy, is the production of wine in the Povardarie or Tikvesh region. With its 80 private wineries it is among the 30 biggest wine exporters in the world.

As one can conclude, the potential and infrastructure for different types of tourism is great yet it is understandable why the greatest interest is for the cultural, religious, active and rural tourism, followed by the gastronomy. In the past ten years tourism has been on a significant rise and seen an increase of 15% year by year. It established the country as an emerging destination in the Balkans and aroused interest for guests from various European and World destinations. In numbers:

  • 2 Mil Tourists visited N. Macedonia, in 2019 and made 3.3 Mil overnights in
  • 230 hotels or 17.235 rooms and
  • Dined in some of the 4.383 restaurants

The tourist capital of N. Macedonia, Ohrid, has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Together with Skopje they are the two most visited cities in the country.

Virtual tour of N.Macedonia

  • Ancient Observatory Kokino – 4-th oldest megalithic observatory in the world
  • Rich Archaeological Region – 4.500 sights
  • Cradle of Slavic Christianity and Culture
  • Birth Place of Mother Teresa
  • European Jerusalem – Ohrid
  • Cleanest and Deepest Lake In Balkans
  • Country of Forgotten Crafts
  • Best Wine Region in the Balkans – Povardarie
  • Residence of Hospitably People

North Macedonia is divided into eight natural and statistical regions that we will present as 10 tourist destinations: Skopje, Polog (Mavrovo and Shara), Southwestern (Ohrid), Pelagonia (Bitola and Prilep), Povardarie, Southeastern, Eastern and Northeastern.

Independent state since: 9/8/1991

Area: 25,710 km²

Calling code: 389

GDP: 12.7 billion USD

Population: 2.107 million

Capital: Skopje  570,000


Macedonian (66.5%)

Albanians (25.2%)

Turks 3.86%

Romani 2.66%

Serbs 1.78%

Currency: Macedonian denar (MKD) 61,5 MKD = 1 Euro

Climate: Mediterranean, mountainous & mildly continental

Region: Balkan Peninsula

Coordinates: 41°40′N 21°45′E / 41.667°N 21.750°E

Highest point: Mount Korab · 2.764 m

Lowest point: Vardar River (near Gevgelija ) · 50 m

Largest lake: Lake Ohrid 348 km2

Largest National Park :Mavrovo 780km2

Total water area: 857 km2

Neighbors – Border crossing:

Greece – 3, Bulgaria – 3, Serbia – 2, Albania – 3, Kosovo 2

Border lines:  748 km of boundaries

Kosovo (159 km)  to the Northwest

Serbia (62 km ) to the North

Bulgaria (148 km) to the East

Greece (228 km) to the South

Albania (151 km) to the West

Longest river: Vardar 388 km long & drains an area of around 25,000 km2

Shopska Salad

It consists of chunks of tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, and some olive oil and salt. It is a dish originating from the Northeast region bordering with Serbia and Bulgaria, so it is popular in those countries as well.

Tavce Gravce – Baked Beans

Made of boiled beans, seasoned with a roux that includes dry red pepper. The mixture is baked in a pan or skillet, and often it is combined with a good sausage and fresh bread.

Ajvar – Red Pepper Spread

Made of roasted red pepper, paprika, and eggplant. These ingredients are mixed, mashed, and slowly fried with salt and oil for several hours.

Pastrmajlija – Macedonian Pizza

Baked dough pie, oval in shape, with a crust that is neither too thick nor too thin. Pastrmajlija is topped with small chunks of salted diced pork or chicken meat.

Sarma – Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

It is a winter dish made of fermented cabbage leaves, rice, and ground meat. The vegetarian version is without meat, for the summer version it is made with young wine leaves.

2 Airports: Skopje International Airport, Ohrid – St. Paul the Apostle

Close airports: Pristina -72 km; Nish -160 km; Sofia -120; Thessaloniki -96 km, Tirana -122km

Land connections:

The European route E75 starts in Norway in the Barents Sea, it continues to the south through Finland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Macedonia, as far as to Sitia on the island of Crete in Greece.

E75 highway from Belgrade –Serbia to Athens- Greece

E871 highway from Sofia – Bulgaria

E852 & E65 highway from Tirana – Albania

R6 highway from Prishtina – Kosovo

BY TRAIN -international



Prishtina – Skopje

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