Right in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, Macedonia is a country steeped in history and great Byzantine heritage where unsurpassed hospitality of local people provided a welcoming atmosphere to international visitors for decades.
In Macedonia, you can uncover the lost empire of Alexander the Great and a range of cultural landmarks including many churches, mosques, monasteries and most notably the UNESCO World Heritage old town of Ohrid. The mountainous landscapes with crystal clear lakes are alluring, while wildlife remains undisturbed. Close proximity of Greece and Albania and numerous day trips on offer make Macedonia a truly desirable country to visit.
A scenic boat trip along the lake for exploring neighbouring villages and places of interest is a firm favourite among visitors to Ohrid, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer's day. The Old Town's pedestrianised centre is lined with a variety of traditional shops and craftsman selling hand made products, including world famed Ohrid pearls that are still manufactured under 100-year old stringent standards and even worn by the members of the British Royal family! There are a number of beaches and coves ideal for sun bathing and swimming in the warm lake and more energetic guests will find flat paths surrounding Ohrid particularly suitable for cycling. At night, the main square and lakeside promenade come alive with strollers, buskers and street performers, some of whom take part at the highly acclaimed Ohrid Music Festival.
Attractive local gifts can be found in markets and local shops, popular items include lace, crystal glass and speciality wines. Large shops can be found in sizeable resorts or towns.
Food & Drink
Close proximity to Greece and historic presence of Ottomans have influenced Macedonia's cuisine which combines Mediterranean flavoured peppers, tomatoes and aubergines with Turkish-style grilled meats and feta cheese or spinach stuffed puff pastries. Try fresh water trout or carp from the lake, creamy baked beans straight from the oven named 'tavche gravche' and 'ajvar' pepper relish which is a near compulsory ingredient! There are amazing local wines including the indigenous 'Vranec' the Macedonian king of red wines! By tradition, every meal ends with a range of oriental sweet desserts like baklava, beautifully seasoned by a sip of Turkish coffee.
The monetary unit in Macedonia is the Denar. There are approx. 70 Denars to £1 (at June 2018). Foreign currency can be exchanged at the banks, exchange bureau, post offices and hotels. Cash machines are available in larger cities and the more important tourist areas. All major credit cards are accepted in the main resorts.
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