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North Macedonia Travel Guide

Quick Facts

💰Currency Macedonian denar (ден)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = ден56.85
💬Language Macedonian
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Skopje
👥Population 2.07 million
🚘Driving Side right
🔌Plugs C, F
🕑Time Central European Time (UTC+01:00)
🍽️Must-Try Tavche Gravche, Ajvar, Sarma

Backpacker Budget: US$28 (ден 1,592)

Hostel Dorm US$10 (ден 569)
Takeaway Meal US$5 (ден 284)
Public transport US$1 (ден 57)
Long-distance bus US$15 (ден 853)
Entrance Fee US$5 (ден 284)
Beer US$2 (ден 114)

When to go?

May - September High Season: Pleasant weather, ideal for outdoor activities and exploring historical sites.
October - April Low Season: Cold weather, but fewer tourists and lower prices.

What's unique?

Hidden in the heart of the Balkans lies Macedonia, a little known destination rich in history, culture, and natural beauty.

One cannot speak of Macedonia without mentioning its fascinating historical heritage. From ancient Greek ruins to Ottoman-era mosques and Byzantine monasteries, this small country is a treasure trove of architectural wonders. The UNESCO-listed city of Ohrid, with its picturesque lake and well-preserved medieval churches, stands as a testament to Macedonia's cultural significance.

Nature lovers will be in awe as they explore Macedonia's dramatic landscapes. The rugged mountains provide breathtaking vistas for hikers and adventurers seeking an adrenaline rush. Lake Ohrid, one of Europe's oldest lakes, entices visitors with its crystal-clear waters and abundant biodiversity. If you truly want to explore Macedonia, venture beyond Ohrid and Skopje and you will be surprised by the amazing destinations you will discover.

But it is not just the tangible attractions that make Macedonia special; it is also the warm hospitality of its people. Macedonians are known for their genuine friendliness and welcoming nature, ensuring that every visitor feels at home.

Makedonium in Kruscevo
Makedonium in Kruscevo

Two Weeks in Macedonia
(2 weeks)

  1. 1
    Ohrid

    Ohrid is a historic town located on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid. It is known for its charming old town, ancient churches, and scenic lake views. Make this your base for exploring lake.

  2. 2
    Bitola

    This town is famous for its Ottoman-era architecture, including the Bitola Clock Tower and the Yeni Mosque.

  3. 3
    Prilep

    A charming small town that is a great base for the scenic hike from Marko's Towers to the Treskavec Monastery. If you are here on a weekend evening, don't miss the live music in the center.

  4. 4
    Krushevo

    Krushevo is the highest town in Macedonia. It offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Don't miss the Makedonium, a monument with cool architecture.

  5. 5
    Mavrovo National Park

    Mavrovo National Park is a beautiful nature reserve located in the western part of Macedonia. It is known for its pristine lakes, dense forests, and diverse wildlife. Go for a hike (but beware of the bears!) and visit Bigoski Monastery.

  6. 6
    Skopje

    Skopje is the capital and largest city of North Macedonia. For a European capital, Skopje is a rather new city - all the facades in the center adorned with classical motifs and grandiose designs were built just a few years ago to attract tourists!

Sunsert at Mavrovo Lake
Sunsert at Mavrovo Lake

Fun Fact

Macedonia is known as the birthplace of Mother Teresa.

FAQ

What are the must-visit tourist destinations in Macedonia?

Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Macedonia include Ohrid, Skopje, Matka Canyon, Bitola, and Mavrovo National Park.

Is it safe to travel to Macedonia?

Macedonia is generally a safe country to visit. However, it is always recommended to take normal safety precautions as you would in any other destination.

What is the official language of Macedonia?

The official language of Macedonia is Macedonian.

What is the currency of Macedonia?

The currency of Macedonia is the Macedonian denar (MKD).

What is the driving side in Macedonia?

The driving side in Macedonia is right.

Travel Tips

  • Money Card payment is often possible, but not always
  • ATM Fees Most ATMs charge no fees
  • Do remove your shoes when entering someone's home.
  • Do try the local cuisine and appreciate the hospitality of the locals.
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Cover: Lake Ohrid

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