to the north, Albania
to the west, Bulgaria
to the east, and Greece
to the south. the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia is considered
the last remaining part of "undiscovered" Eastern Europe.
confused with the Greek province of Macedonia, this amalgam of
Slavic, Albanian and Turkish influences emerged from the violence
that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 90's generally
offers tourists the buzz and excitement of its capital, Skopje,
along with the spectacular natural beauty of Ohrid, and
everywhere throughout this culturally diverse nation significant
historical ruins and picture-perfect villages that have remained
unchanged for centuries.
stop for many on a trip to Macedonia is the capital city of Skopje,
the birthplace of Mother Theresa, where east meets west in a fascinating
array of Christian churches and Islamic mosques. Old and new also
intermingle at the old market combining the fun and hubbub of
bargain hunting with a deep sense of history.
For a veritable
walk through time, also don't miss the old fortress (with its
sweeping views of the city center) or a scenic stroll over the
Kameni Most, the city's old stone bridge that dates
back to ancient Rome and now connects the old town with the more
western part of Skopje.
At night, this city of half a million
people comes alive with clubs, bars, discos (and a big emphasis
on hotel gambling casinos!) along with a happening cafe scene
for those who want to just kick back and relax.
travel highlight is the resort town of Ohrid (photo, above) located on one of the deepest and most pristine lakes in all of
Europe, and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
lovers, hikers and adventure lovers, breathtaking natural wonders
also await at Mavrovo
National Park featuring the highest mountain peaks in Macedonia
and the country's best skiing.
More about Macedonia travel & tourism around the Web:
Macedonia.com - The official site, with special guides
devoted to major attractions in Skopje, Ohrid, Bitola, and Stip
with online hotel booking, practical travel tips, maps and photos.