Things to do in Macedonia…
Monasteries, mosques and market places are just some of Macedonia’s marvels. Culture vultures will be flying high in Macedonia, with Byzantine, Ottoman and Roman influences not just tucked into remote corners, but omnipresent. At the bazaar in Skopje, among the cacophony of churches and their bells in Ohrid, and monasteries clinging to the along the cliffs of Matka Canyon or in lapping distance of Lake Prespa. In fact, it’s just a country to lap culture up full stop.
With three national parks, boasting peaks and plateaus, canyons and caves, hiking in Macedonia has to be one of Europe’s greatest secrets. Remote villages host homestayers, boast traditional tavernas and, with plenty of local wine and cheese en route, toast visitors. And with plenty of waymarked ways and not too many vertiginous peaks, self-guided trekking is a great way to go here.
In such a small country, cycling takes you into varied terrain quickly and easily, from the rocky plateaus above Lake Ohrid, the shores of Lake Prespa, up to traditional mountain villages, where you will be served mezze style meals with that inimitable mountain/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern mix to fill those hollow legs.