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Macedonia

If there is one region that 'has it all' it is surely Macedonia. The country's biggest province has urban fun, fabulous beaches, great hiking, fascinating history and first-class gastronomy.

FormaThessaloniki is Greece's second city and its gastronomic capital, and it's a city so magnetic, you'll struggle to leave. Key archeological sites at Pella and Vergina depict the extravagance of the area's ancient rulers, while Greece’s highest peak and the home of ancient gods, Mt Olympus, is a great place for hiking. For idyllic beaches, head for the two tentacles of the Halkidiki Peninsula, stretching into the Aegean Sea; Athos, the third tendril, is home to the much revered monks' republic of Athos.

More beaches dot the wooded Pieria coast, punctuated by a clifftop Byzantine castle at Platamonas. Traces of this heritage meet shimmering waters again in Macedonia’s far northwest, where basilica ruins and frescoed church grottoes meet the Prespa Lakes.  

Litohoro sits on the mountainside and looks onto beaches and the snow-kissed peaks of Mt Olympus. It’s a great hiking base. The town itself has a small centre with brick bell towers and wooden-balconied houses, and steep, winding streets.  

Six kilometres east, Plaka Litohoro’s stretch of coastal hotels and campgrounds springs to life during summer. The general area is known as Pieria, and nearby beaches such as Leptokarya and Skotina are very popular with Greek and foreign tourists.  

Both Litohoro and Plaka Litohoro are well positioned for trips to Mt Olympus, mystical Ancient Dion and Platamonas Castle. If you don’t have a car, think carefully about where to base yourself; public transport is scant between town and coast, so you’ll be reliant on taxis.  

Skopje –  

Skopje is Macedonia’s capital city and cultural hub – a stopover point that merits a minimum of a couple of days. Here, you’ll get a taste of how the country has embraced a modern European way of life while still paying tribute to its ancient past. There is combination of old and new across Skopje’s Stone Bridge, which links the new side of the city to the old Ottoman quarter. Crossing from a neighborhood of modern office buildings and condos to the Old Bazaar is like traveling back in time. 

Canyon Matka –  

Situated just 17 kilometers southwest of Skopje, Canyon Matka is a beautiful day trip from the capital. Visiting Matka Lake surrounded by the steep walls of a dramatic gorge is the perfect outdoorsy experience for those who enjoy being in nature. Most visitors come Canyon Matka to rent a boat to take them around to see the caves then have lunch at the Canyon Matka Hotel and Restaurant. Canyon Matka boasts 10 caves and several rock formations and crevices. Vrelo Cave is the most impressive one of all – the deepest underwater cave in Europe! It’s also home to more than 70 species of butterfly, some of which have only recently been discovered. Both Matka Lake and the nearby Treska Lake are popular kayaking spots because of their calm waters and lush scenery. 

 Mavrovo National Park –  

This National Park is Macedonia’s biggest, stretching over 192,000 acres from Lake Mavrovo to the Albanian border. Mavrovo National Park is home to the highest peaks in Macedonia and country’s best skiing. The Mavrovo Ski Resort has three and four-star hotels in and around the town of Mavrovo for those looking to book a ski vacation. The best time for skiing in Mavrovo is from November to April. In the warmer months, Mavrovo National Park becomes lush and verdant. Lake Mavrovo is the largest artificial lake in the country. In the summer it becomes a popular swimming and boating destination. Many choose to stay in Mavrovo for a couple of days at one of the hotels along the lakeshore. One unusual thing about Lake Mavrovo is the submerged St. Nicholas Church. It was purposely flooded in 1953 when the lake was dug, but has since become partially exposed, creating an unexpected sight. 

Ohrid Town –  

The town of Ohrid is the largest town along Lake Ohrid and a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural significance. Ohrid is the perfect place to stay for a few days as you explore the old town sites, Lake Ohrid, and the surrounding monasteries. Don’t skip out on visiting Tsar Samuil’s Fortress for gorgeous views over the lake and the city. Nearby is the 13th century St. Clement Church and the Ancient Theatre. Other must-do’s in Ohrid include seeing the frescoes of Saint Sofia (Sveti Sofia) Church and photograph St. Jovan of Kaneo Monastery. Finally, a boat ride on Lake Ohrid is something you can’t miss. 

Monastery of St. Naum –  

The Monastery of St. Naum (Sveti Naum) sits about 18 miles from Ohrid, located on a rocky cliff near the border with Albania. Its impressive 16th and 17th century frescos make it a popular tourist attraction and great day trip option from Ohrid. Visitors enjoy panoramic lake views and the chance to visit the nearby Drim River, which flows from Lake Ohrid and into the Adriatic Sea. Take a half-hour rowboat tour through the springs of the Drim River. Afterwards, stop at Restaurant Ostrovo on one of the islands at the edge of the springs to try traditional Macedonian dishes. 

Heraclea Lyncestis   

The ruins Heraclea Lyncestis are located 2 kilometers from the city center of Bitola and comprise an archaeological park that holds several buildings dating back to the Roman rule of the city (Roman baths, theatre, basilicas, etc). But perhaps the most notable attractions of the site are the beautiful floor mosaics depicting religious imagery from the Byzantine era. 

Bitola –  

Another of Macedonia’s beautiful cities, Bitola, lies nestled within the Baba, Nitze, and Kajmakčalan mountain ranges. This ensuring some dramatic, eye-popping scenery. Largely untouched by the tourist industry, this town is Macedonia’s secret cultural hub, with its refined galleries, museums, restaurants and thriving coffee shop culture making it one of the best places to socialize in Macedonia. From its rock monument Veluška Tumba dating back to prehistoric times, to its neoclassical buildings not unlike the quirky streets of New Orleans, Bitola is a gorgeous melange of architectural styles and is the perfect place to take some great photographs. Home to The Bitola Museum and various beautiful churches and mosques, notably including the elegant Yeni mosque, there is simply no reason not to visit Bitola. 

Pelister National Park –  

Renowned for its diverse ecology and hiking trails, a visit to Pelister National Park makes for a great walking holiday. Here hikers can view a diversified range of flora and fauna and will perhaps be lucky enough to spot a roe deer, a wild boar or a red-billed chough. A celebrated ski resort alongside Mavrovo, Pelister is an intimate destination and a great spot in which to take advantage of 1172 meters of vertical descent void of the crowds of other popular ski resorts. As well as gorgeous natural camping grounds, there are several hotels dotted around the park and Bitola is only 30 km away, meaning that visitors can split their time between the urban buzz of the city and the refreshing natural beauty of the park. 

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Skopje is Macedonia’s capital city and cultural hub – a stopover point that merits a minimum of a couple of days. Here, you’ll get a taste of how the country has embraced a modern European way of life while still paying tribute to its ancient past. There is combination of old and new across Skopje’s Stone Bridge, which links the new side of the city to the old Ottoman quarter. Crossing from a neighborhood of modern office buildings and condos to the Old Bazaar is like traveling back in time. 

Situated just 17 kilometers southwest of Skopje, Canyon Matka is a beautiful day trip from the capital. Visiting Matka Lake surrounded by the steep walls of a dramatic gorge is the perfect outdoorsy experience for those who enjoy being in nature. Most visitors come Canyon Matka to rent a boat to take them around to see the caves then have lunch at the Canyon Matka Hotel and RestaurantCanyon Matka boasts 10 caves and several rock formations and crevices. Vrelo Cave is the most impressive one of all – the deepest underwater cave in Europe! It’s also home to more than 70 species of butterfly, some of which have only recently been discovered. Both Matka Lake and the nearby Treska Lake are popular kayaking spots because of their calm waters and lush scenery. 

This National Park is Macedonia’s biggest, stretching over 192,000 acres from Lake Mavrovo to the Albanian border. Mavrovo National Park is home to the highest peaks in Macedonia and country’s best skiing. The Mavrovo Ski Resort has three and four-star hotels in and around the town of Mavrovo for those looking to book a ski vacation. The best time for skiing in Mavrovo is from November to April. In the warmer months, Mavrovo National Park becomes lush and verdant. Lake Mavrovo is the largest artificial lake in the country. In the summer it becomes a popular swimming and boating destination. Many choose to stay in Mavrovo for a couple of days at one of the hotels along the lakeshore. One unusual thing about Lake Mavrovo is the submerged St. Nicholas Church. It was purposely flooded in 1953 when the lake was dug, but has since become partially exposed, creating an unexpected sight. 

The town of Ohrid is the largest town along Lake Ohrid and a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural significance. Ohrid is the perfect place to stay for a few days as you explore the old town sites, Lake Ohrid, and the surrounding monasteries. Don’t skip out on visiting Tsar Samuil’s Fortress for gorgeous views over the lake and the city. Nearby is the 13th century St. Clement Church and the Ancient Theatre. Other must-do’s in Ohrid include seeing the frescoes of Saint Sofia (Sveti Sofia) Church and photograph St. Jovan of Kaneo Monastery. Finally, a boat ride on Lake Ohrid is something you can’t miss. 

The Monastery of St. Naum (Sveti Naum) sits about 18 miles from Ohrid, located on a rocky cliff near the border with Albania. Its impressive 16th and 17th century frescos make it a popular tourist attraction and great day trip option from Ohrid. Visitors enjoy panoramic lake views and the chance to visit the nearby Drim River, which flows from Lake Ohrid and into the Adriatic Sea. Take a half-hour rowboat tour through the springs of the Drim River. Afterwards, stop at Restaurant Ostrovo on one of the islands at the edge of the springs to try traditional Macedonian dishes. 

The ruins Heraclea Lyncestis are located 2 kilometers from the city center of Bitola and comprise an archaeological park that holds several buildings dating back to the Roman rule of the city (Roman baths, theatre, basilicas, etc). But perhaps the most notable attractions of the site are the beautiful floor mosaics depicting religious imagery from the Byzantine era. 

Another of Macedonia’s beautiful cities, Bitola, lies nestled within the Baba, Nitze, and Kajmakčalan mountain ranges. This ensuring some dramatic, eye-popping scenery. Largely untouched by the tourist industry, this town is Macedonia’s secret cultural hub, with its refined galleries, museums, restaurants and thriving coffee shop culture making it one of the best places to socialize in Macedonia. From its rock monument Veluška Tumba dating back to prehistoric times, to its neoclassical buildings not unlike the quirky streets of New Orleans, Bitola is a gorgeous melange of architectural styles and is the perfect place to take some great photographs. Home to The Bitola Museum and various beautiful churches and mosques, notably including the elegant Yeni mosque, there is simply no reason not to visit Bitola. 

Renowned for its diverse ecology and hiking trails, a visit to Pelister National Park makes for a great walking holiday. Here hikers can view a diversified range of flora and fauna and will perhaps be lucky enough to spot a roe deer, a wild boar or a red-billed chough. A celebrated ski resort alongside Mavrovo, Pelister is an intimate destination and a great spot in which to take advantage of 1172 meters of vertical descent void of the crowds of other popular ski resorts. As well as gorgeous natural camping grounds, there are several hotels dotted around the park and Bitola is only 30 km away, meaning that visitors can split their time between the urban buzz of the city and the refreshing natural beauty of the park.