Macedonia – Undiscovered tourism treasure
Google does not know everything! One can get informed, but not get direct experience. What some coffee looks like, but not how it tastes. Where certain place is located, but nothing about how it feels to be there! Which are the good places for going out, but it cannot replace the feeling of holding hands. Where there are secrets – but one needs to discover them. Exploring is left to us. Therefore, put your hat on, put the backpack on your back, and go ahead – discover Macedonia!
The CITY of the SEVEN GATES
You can in time hear this expression about Skopje, to be called “the city of the seven gates”. Due to the long history, which is depicted from ancient times, the city spreads different legends for its foundation and the origins of its name. The most incredible is the one for the Skopje valley which tells the story of a big, stone rock that was actually the head of an enchanted giant. The wizard that cast the spell on the giant was very evil, but a hero, enhanced by the injustice that was committed to the giant, provoked a fight with the wizard and won it.
A CITY of LIGHT
Macedonia – the most important crossroad in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula is a still undiscovered and mystique country which warmly welcomes all the travelers who want to reveal its secrets. Through the centuries, Macedonia has kept treasure of natural beauties, traditional values and different cultures. In the south-western part of the country, there is a city called Ohrid – one of the oldest and most authentic cities on the Balkan Peninsula. Its name is Lychnidos meaning “the city of light”. Ohrid is the cradle of the Orthodox spirituality and that is the very reason why it is called the Slavic Jerusalem.
There is NO OTHER PLACE like STRUGA
On just 171 km from the capital Skopje and 15 km from the Balkan Jerusalem, Ohrid, there is a city called Struga, the smooth cradle of poetry in the splendid valley of the Struga field, spreading on both sides of the River Crn Drim, which, as a golden thread embroiders and flows out of the waters of the Ohrid Lake.
CITY OF CONSULS
The Parisian Champs Elysees in Bitola is called Shirok Sokak or “The Bitola Korzo” which is the main pedestrian circulation. Most probably, that is the first thing that comes to mind when mentioning this city. That’s where all citizens meet daily, just as the friends, business partners, casual passengers, and love couples, that’s where the word for some novelties is spread. This street is full of coffee bars, shops, also the theatre with the opera, as well as numerous old architectural works of art.
CITY in the CLOUDS
Have you ever wondered which the highest place on the Balkans is? On 1350 metres above the sea level, Krushevo is the city that proudly carries this title. Situated in central Macedonia, with population of around 5000 citizens, this small city is special for many things, yet the most recognizable are the unique architecture, which is thoroughly in the spirit of the Macedonian tradition. Formed by narrow houses with amphitheatric posture and tiny streets, known for the most important Macedonian uprising against the Ottoman Empire, this calm and silent mountain city is several times per year a centre of cultural and sport happenings.
A gudie to the famous products, places, landmarks and events in Macedonia
This guide has been planned and designed to provide visitors with inspiration and directions when planning a trip in Macedonia in order to organize a way to visit the products, places, landmarks and events of significance. This edition has been illustrated with high quality maps and photographs that would bring the included selected segments closer to you.
A gudie to the monasteries in the RM
Despite its European location, the Republic of Macedonia is still surprisingly unexplored country, abundant in natural beauty, history and culture. The monastery tourism in this country, from a historic perspective, has a long tradition being supported with evidence of the hospitality of the monasteries in accommodating travelers.
Ottoman monuments in Macedonia
Islamic monuments in Macedonia are spectacular buildings, which have been telling the story of the Ottoman Empire’s wealth and magnificence even to this day. In the late 14th century, Macedonia was part of the Ottoman Empire, which was one of the largest empires in the history of human kind. Ottomans were present in Macedonia for 5 full centuries (until 1912) influencing the culture, religion and architecture of the entire Balkan Peninsula. The long period of contact with Turkish culture had a great impact on the mentality, language, food and many other aspects of everyday life in Macedonia, while its towns increasingly gained some oriental urban features.
The taste of Macedonia
Macedonia is a small country in the southeastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, surrounded by land on all sides. Yes, every country has its own story about the sun, the mountains, the lakes, the rivers, the archaeological sites, the history, the tradition and the culture. Stories, more or less intriguing depending on the personal curiosity. However, the thread that connects everyone, the thread that weaves the hours spent in exploring and verifying any eventual story, colouring the day and the mood, is the segment that everyone takes for granted with pleasure – the food.