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WHY VISIT AND WHAT TO SEE IN MACEDONIA

The capital is Skopje: you can discover the old bazaar, hammams, mosques, and a beautiful fortress, but most of its sites were destroyed during the 1963 earthquake. However, it offers many cultural and festive events and has superb museums. Ohrid is the real tourist capital, a UNESCO heritage because of its medieval architecture: built on the banks of a lake, it also offers the traveler beautiful beaches and marinas.

There are several archaeological sites in the country, it would be a shame to miss the Neolithic village Tumba Madžari, a suburb of Skopje; the painted cave of Tsotev Kamen; megalithic observatory Kokino, which is the fourth oldest in the world. Do not forget to mention the national parks, three in number, that feature the mountains of the country, their wildlife such as deer, wolves, bears and lynx, and flora, including species as the endemic Macedonian pine.

Other wealth of this country: its many lakes, traditional villages, handicrafts, monasteries in Byzantine architecture, and Ottoman mosques. Some places to explore for those looking to think outside the box: Devich from farms near the river Treska, who practice alternative tourism in a beautiful location; the top of Pelsiter, 15 km from Bitola, with its pristine landscapes, its springs, and lakes; Golemo Ezero and Kopanki mountain shelters near the lakes of the same name.

WHEN TO GO TO MACEDONIA

Weather in Macedonia

The best period to visit Macedonia is from April to September.

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

The climate is continental, except in the south where it is more Mediterranean. The winters are cold and summers are hot, but dry air makes them bearable temperatures, either very low (-15 ° C) or very hot (sometimes 40 ° C). In the mountains, snowfalls in abundance and summers are cooler. In the south, winters are milder.

Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Macedonia

January

Vevcani Carnival – Struga

Epiphany festivities in Macedonia

Celebrating Orthodox Christmas

St. Athanasius Among Roma people

February

St. Trifun

Days of Comedy – Kumanovo

March

Days of Macedonian Music – Skopje

Skopje Film Festival – Skopje

Skomrahi Theater Festival – Skopje

21 March – World Poetry Day

Strumica Carnival – Strumica

Tribute to Dionysius – Skopje

April

Fool’s Day

Month of the Dance

Theatre Fest – Skopje

May

Small Bitola Monmartre – Bitola

May Opera Evenings – Skopje

OFFest – Skopje

Amateur Drama Festival – Kocani

June

Vojdan Cernodrinski Theatre Festival – Prilep

Skopje Summer – Skopje

Linden Celebrations – Skopje

AsterFest-Strumica

July

Blues and Soul Festival – Skopje

Balkan Festival – Ohrid

Ohrid Summer – Ohrid

Traditional Galicnik Wedding

Monodrama Festival – Bitola

Beer Fest – Prilep

Alarm Festival – Ohrid

August

Struga Poetry Evenings – Struga

International Classical Drama Festival – Stobi

Balkan Square Festival – Ohrid

Ilinden Days – Bitola

September

Chamber Theater Festival Risto Siskov – Strumica

Manaki Film Festival – Bitola

MOT Youth Open Theatre – Skopje

International Children’s Folklore Festival “Oro Bez Granici” – Skopje

October

Interfest – Bitola

Skopje Jazz Festival – Skopje

“Peace Unlimited” Festival – Skopje

November

Autumn Music Festivities – Skopje

“Zlatno Slavejce” Children Songs Festival – Skopje

Kumanovo Jazz Festival – Kumanovo

December

“Taksirat” Festival – Skopje

New Year’s Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra Concert – Skopje

HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH MACEDONIA

To circulate in the country, trains and buses help you reach most cities and towns, even if you sometimes have to combine both means of transport to reach some remote places. The easiest way is probably to rent a car. Beware though the poorly maintained roads and bad lighting. In big cities, you will easily find taxis whose fares are very cheap.

by plane, the main airports are:

by train

by car

GENERAL INFORMATION ON MACEDONIA

health tips & vaccination: none

local currency: Macedonian denar

local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)

electricity: type C and type F (230 V – 50 Hz)

mobile phone operators:

WHAT TO DO IN MACEDONIA

typical food in Macedonia

  • Pindžur, spicy roast pepper, and aubergine relish;
  • Kifli, half-moon-shaped bread roll filled with feta cheese and topped with sesame seeds;
  • Gravce tavce, chunky bean stew cooked in a skillet and flavored with spices including paprika;
  • Shopska salata, a mixed salad made by combining tomato, peppers, cucumbers, onions and crumbled feta cheese;
  • Kebapči, minced meat sausages typically served with flatbread, kajmak (a type of clotted cream) and onions;
  • Ajvar, a relish made from roasted red bell peppers, paprika and garlic;
  • Burek, a flaky pie filled with combinations of ham, cheese, spinach, and ground beef;
  • Selsko meso, a thick stew of meat, potatoes, onions, tomatoes and carrots cooked in a clay pot;
  • Kačamak, a porridge-like cornmeal mixture often sprinkled with feta cheese;
  • Tulumbi, fried dough rolls covered in honey and nuts;
  • Rakija, a potent fruit brandy made from grapes;
  • Mastika, an Ouzo-style aperitif seasoned with mastic and served over ice;

souvenirs from Macedonia

  • hand-painted icons
  • handcrafted leather slips
  • hand-embroidered cloths
  • musical instruments
  • wood carved figures
  • jewelry ethnic accessories
  • ceramic and terracotta items
  • Macedonian Traditional costumes

SIMPLE DICTIONARY

Hello: Здраво (Zdravo)

Goodbye: до гледање (do gledanje)

How are you?: Како си? (Kako si?)

Thank you: Ти благодарам (Ti blagodaram)

What is your name?: Како се викаш? (Kako se vikaš?)

How much is it?: Колку е? (Kolku e?)

Sorry: За жал (Za žal)

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