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Best Vacation in North Macedonia 2021 See Latest Update

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You need to taste what vacation in North Macedonia is all about. It’s just fun all the way. You have a lot to explore in this stunning country.  North Macedonia, officially the Republic of North Macedonia, is a country in the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe.

Best Vacation in North Macedonia 2021 See Latest Update

With all the amenities of the Western world, North Macedonia remains one of Europe’s last undiscovered countries: a natural paradise of mountains, lakes, and rivers.

However, where life moves to a different rhythm, amidst the sprawling grandeur of rich historical ruins and idyllic villages that have remained practically unchanged for centuries.

The majority population is ethnic Macedonian and Orthodox but there is also a significant Albanian Muslim minority.

Therefore, one can expect a wonderful mix of architectural and ethnic heritage. The country represents the Balkans in the truest sense, consisting of a fascinating mix of Greek, Albanian, Turkish, and Mediterranean influences.

Languages of North Macedonia

The two main & official languages of North Macedonia are Macedonian and Albanian. Apart from Macedonian and Albanian, North Macedonia officially recognizes five national minority languages: Turkish, Romani, Serbian, Bosnian, and Aromanian.

The Macedonian Sign Language is the country’s official sign language.

Currency of North Macedonia

The Macedonian Denar is the currency of Macedonia. Our currency rankings show that the most popular Macedonia Denar exchange rate is the USD to MKD rate. The currency code for Denars is MKD, and the currency symbol is ден.

Climate of North Macedonia

The mildly continental climate is the most characteristic for the Republic of Macedonia, since it covers the biggest area of the country.

It is characterized with relatively cold and humid winters and warm and dry summers. The spring is colder than the fall.

Food Cost: ($2- $10/meal)

If you head into a bakery or small cafe, you can get Burek (meat, cheese, or veggie-filled pastry) for under $1. If you want to sit down in a nice restaurant, it won’t likely cost you more than $6 / meal.

In fact, there are many meals on the menu for under $3! Meat is often eaten, but there are many options for vegetarians – stuffed peppers, grilled vegetables, soups, and dips to name a few.

 Accommodation Cost: (Average $25/night)

Traveling as a couple of quite good value in Macedonia (FYROM) as rooms are rarely over $30 and usually this price includes breakfast.

In the off-season, there are some discounts to be had, and often, on the budget end of the spectrum, you can save about $5 – $10 / night (you’ll have to bargain).

Dorms are cheap. Around $10 / night will get you a comfortable bed and breakfast as well. If you’re traveling with a friend, consider a double room as many of them have two single beds and are much nicer than the dorms.

Activities Cost

Most attractions in Macedonia are either free or cheap. Enjoying the kitschy statues of Skopje and wandering through it’s old quarter won’t cost you a penny.

Enjoying the lake-side breezes of Lake Ohrid and the sight of its picturesque St John of Kaneo are also completely free.

Going into some of the churches, museums, and fortresses will incur you a small fee, but they are usually very reasonable.

For example, the Museum of Macedonia in Skopje will cost you 100 MKD, or about $2.40 dollars, and Samoil’s Fortress in Ohrid will cost you 30 MKD, about 70 cents Australian.

Transportation Cost in North Macedonia

By Bus: Intercity bus is the normal way for locals to get from the city of the city. The buses are modern and comfortable.

The Skopje bus and train station are in the same building. At present (2018), you cannot buy a bus ticket online; you can only buy it at the bus station.

The bus between Skopje and Ohrid takes about three hours by the shortest route and costs about 500MKD … about $10, one way.

There are about 15 buses a day on this route. In high-season, they may be sold out, so it is best to go over to the bus station the day before to get your ticket.

By Car: If traveling by car, be sure your tires are good enough. Especially in spring and autumn, weather in the mountains (OhridBitola) can differ significantly from the weather in the area you’re coming from.

You shall be aware, that even if the roads are bad, there is a toll charge which can be as much as 1,50 EUR for a 20 km bad road (Eg from Kumanovo to Skopje).

In general, the main roads are good. (Stay off the very minor ones … watch your map!) They may be narrow and winding, as they pass through mountains. North Macedonia requires lights to be full-on at all times, day or night. No turns on red lights.

If you rent a car, don’t miss the drive over Galicica mountain between Ohrid and Prespa. Incredible views! (But watch the road too.)

By Train: National trains are slow, but they are nonetheless a nice alternative to hot, crowded buses in the summer. The main train line runs from Skopje to Bitola and Skopje to Gevgelija. No trains run to Ohrid.

By Taxi: Taxis are perhaps the most common mode of transport in North Macedonia amongst tourists. Most will usually charge a flat rate of 30 denars (in Skopje 50 denars) with the extra kilometers added on.

Be careful when negotiating the price of the fare beforehand. Within city limits, prices over 100 denars are considered expensive even though the amount only converts to a few Euro.

North Macedonia cities are much smaller in comparison to most western developed countries and would only take approximately 10-15 minutes to travel from one side of the city to the other by car.

In Skopje, the capital and largest city, this should work out to an amount of about 100-150 denars.

Tourist Centers in North Macedonia

1. Skopje

Most trips to Macedonia will start in Skopje, either landing at the airport or grabbing a bus from Sofia, Tirana, or Greece.

Visitors will find that there are fantastic things to do here, but the real joy is simply strolling the quirky streets and enjoying the juxtaposition of the city’s delightfully slow pace with its urban atmosphere.

Highlights include visits to the Old Bazaar, Skopje Fortress, and the stone bridge. Don’t forget to check out the city’s decidedly strange architecture.

2. Mavrovo National Park

While Lake Ohrid attracts international travelers, the rest of Macedonia’s natural wonders are far less known outside of the country.

Yet Mavrovo National Park is home to the country’s highest mountain (Mount Korab), the best ski resort (Zare Lazareski), and one of the country’s most beloved festivals (the Galičnik Wedding Festival).

So if you’re looking for somewhere that offers interesting culture and beautiful nature year-round, look no further.

3. Bitola

Located in the southern part of North Macedonia near the border with Greece, Bitola is the country’s second-largest city. Yet it receives a fraction of the tourists of Skopje or Ohrid, so it has a decidedly off-the-path feel.

Start your time here in Magnolia Square underneath the clocktower, before making your way through the city’s important religious sites.

You don’t come to a sleepy Bitola to rush, so take your time by enjoying the local cafe scene on Sirok Sokak, the city’s main pedestrian drag. 

4. Pelister National Park

Located about an hour outside of Bitola, Pelister National Park is the second-largest national park in the country. The most famous landmarks here are the two mountain lakes known as Pelister’s Eyes.

Visitor’s come for spectacular views, hiking, camping, rock climbing, and horseback riding. So basically Pelister National Park is an outdoor paradise.

5. Tetovo

The city of Tetovo has an Albanian majority, so while here you’ll see the city’s interesting mosques including its most famous, the painted Sarena Mosque.

You’ll also want to set aside time to see Tetovo Art Gallery, located in the former bathhouse, the city’s beautiful churches, and the beautiful stone bridge.

If you come to Tetovo as a day trip from Skopje, pair your visit with a stop at the nearby fourteenth-century Monastery of Leshok. 

In conclusion, the best time to visit North Macedonia may well depend on whether you’re looking for lakes or mountains with scorching summer temperatures often cooling the higher up you hike.

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