In all Macedonian cities, travelers can see carefully preserved architectural monuments of the Middle Ages and antiquity, and the unique natural environment allows to consider the country as one of the best European centers of active recreation. Hiking and mountaineering, caving, white water rafting and sport fishing – just a few ideas on how to spend a vacation in Macedonia.

The country's capital is Skopje, a city known since Roman times. The modern capital of the country is divided into two parts - the old town, populated mostly by Muslim Albanians, and the new town, populated by Macedonians. After the devastating earthquake of 1963, the architectural appearance of the city has changed a lot. However, older buildings can be surrounded by ultra-modern houses with a unique architecture, which seems too dashing for the narrow winding streets of the old districts.

From the old Skopje, there remained only the central part, adjacent to the fortress of Calais, and the colorful market district, considered the best oriental bazaar in Europe. Of special interest are the Turkish baths of Daoud Pasha, where the City Art Gallery is located, a tiny Orthodox Church of Sveti Spas, Mustafa Pasha Mosque, a picturesque Turkish stone bridge and the Clock Tower. Numerous cultural venues include the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Macedonia, the Theater of the National Minorities, Macedonian National Theatre and Skopje University.

The new part of the town is worth seeing due to Orthodox Cathedral, the Academy of Sciences, the City Museum, the House of Parliament of Macedonia, the Historical Archive in Skopje, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National History Museum, the National Art Gallery and many others. Near Skopje, one will see the ruins of the Roman town, the center of the province of Dardania. On the slopes of nearby Mount Water, there is Panteleimon church, decorated with the frescoes of exceptional artistic value.

Macedonian Old Monastery

Bitola is the second largest city in the country, located near the border with Greece. The main attractions are the ruins of the ancient Heraclea Lintsestis, founded by Philip II in the 4th century BC. No less interesting is Dojran Lake in the east, whose neighborhood can be considered the finest in the country. One’s health can be cured by visiting Debar mineral springs.

In Macedonia, the tourists will also find some of the most scenic canyons in Europe and the gorgeous Radhika waterfall, the highest in the Balkans. When visiting the local natural attractions, many of the tourists come to have a look at the nearby Matka Monastery, St. Andrew’s Monastery and the Monastery of St. Nicholas Shishovski.

The authentic pearl of Macedonia is Lake Ohrid, located at the Albanian border. This lake is one of the most fabulous and cleanest in Europe, one of the world’s oldest lakes and a popular resort area. Located on the shores of the lake, Ohrid city is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans. Neither numerous wars nor earthquakes could cause the city some significant damage, so in our days Ohrid is one of the most interesting cities of the country. Ohrid is famous for its architectural monuments. The stronghold of Samuel with 16-meter high walls is a real masterpiece, just as the gate of Gorna Porta and the Basilica Saint Sofia.

Travel agents for Macedonia are doing their best to make sure this underrated country continues to impress the unsuspecting tourists. Tour operators in Macedonia are fully capable, professional and extremely friendly.