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Hi there,

My space here on VT is mostly about Macedonia. My girlfriend is from Skopje in Macedonia, I am Dutch and we live near Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Macedonia is located in the Balkan and borders Serbia and Kosovo in the north, Bulgaria in the east, Greece in the south and Albania in the west.

The links in bold refer to pages that in my opinion are extra worthwhile.

Follow this link for information about Hiking in Macedonia .

Follow this link for information about Monastery accommodation in Macedonia .

West Macedonia

Skopje, the capital of Macedonia and the artificial Lake Matka.

West Macedonia: Lake Ohrid and surroundings

The east side of Lake Ohrid: Ohrid, Leskoec, Velgosti, Ramne, Velestovo, Konjsko, Pestani and Trpejca.

The west side of Lake Ohrid: Struga, Kalista, Radozda, Oktisi, Vevcani, Visni and Gorna Belica.

West Macedonia: Lake Prespa and surroundings

The west side of Lake Prespa (Stenje), Konjsko and the uninhabited island Golem Grad.

The east side of Lake Prespa: Podmocani, Kurbinovo, Slivnica, Nakolec, Ljubojno and Brajcino.

West Macedonia: From Skopje to Ohrid

When you travel by car from Skopje to Ohrid, you can take the direct road via Kichevo, or a more scenic route through Mavrovo National Park via Debar. Here are some suggestions for stops along both routes:

Along the direct road from Skopje to Ohrid: Tetovo, Lesok, Gostivar, Tajmiste, Kicevo, Vrbjani, Lesani, Velmej, Meseista, Volino and Orovnik.

Along the scenic road from Skopje to Ohrid (also via Tetovo):
Mavrovo National Park, Galicnik, and Debar.

Macedonia by other geographical regions:

South-west Macedonia: Prilep, Krusevo, Resen, Bitola and Maloviste.

North-east Macedonia: Kumanovo, Staro Nagoricane, Kriva Palanka, Kratovo, Lesnovo, Kocani, Vinica, Morodvis, Veles, Stip and Berovo.

South-east Macedonia: Negotino, Kavadarci, Demir Kapija, Strumica, Valandovo, Staro Dojran and Gevgelija.

Archeological sites

Heraclea Lyncestis near Bitola,
Stobi near the village Gradsko,
Bargala near Stip,
Golemo Gradiste near Kratovo,
Plaosnik in Ohrid,

Roman Baths at Bansko, Skupi near Skopje, Antigona near Negotino, Isar Marvinci near Valandovo, Vardarski Rid near Gevgelija.

Fortresses: Kale Fortress in Skopje, Tsar Samoil’s Fortress and Gradiste Fortress near Ohrid, Towers of Marko near Prilep, Ottoman Fortress above Tetovo, Vinica Fortress above Vinica, Isar Fortress in Stip, Tsar’s Towers at Strumica, Kale ruins near Veles and Castle at the Pcinja River between Skopje and Veles.

Other interesting places

The ancient observatories Kokino near Kumanovo and Cocev Kamen (Tsotse’s Stone) near Kratovo.

The natural rarity The Stone Dolls near Kratovo and the Volcano Duvalo near Ohrid.

Caves: Vrelo Cave at Lake Matka, Bela Voda Cave near Demir Kapija, Kup Cave and Ajducka Cave near Stip, Pesna Cave and ruins of a fortress near Prilep and the Jaorec Cave near Velmej.

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