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Skopje, Macedonia
Scenic view of Skopje, the capital.

Bordered by Serbia 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.

Sometimes 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 unscathed.

Today, Macedonia 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.

The first 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.

ohrid macedonia

Another Macedonian 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.

For nature 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:

- 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.

Republic of Macedonia travel guide - Wikitravel - Excellent overview of the country's history and culture including top attractions in major towns and cities, travel advice and safety tips, maps and photos, plus helpful Macedonian travel phrases with pronunciation guides in the Macedonian phrasebook.

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