"Macedonia - Country of Charming Extremes" Top 5 Page for this destination FYR of Macedonia by elgin99

FYR of Macedonia Travel Guide: 3,232 reviews and 11,694 photos

Stunning Country

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Short, but not too short was my journey to discover how gorgeous is that little country in the neighborhood of Bulgaria, Greece and Albania, Serbia and partially Kosovo.

Macedonia was the southernmost autonomous republic of former Yugoslavia and exclaimed its independence a little later than Croatia and Slovenia. It is, the only former autonomous republic this one its independence gained without bloodsheds. It is a mountains country with several dozens of two thousands, under this Vardar arises from some peaks of 2700 to 2,800 m. The river in the western high mountains near the limit to Albania or to Kosovo and flows through the entire country in the direction of the Southeast. Its climate is relatively rough in the mountainous inland region. It lies in the transition between the Mediterranean and the continental climate generally.

I could go to the capital Skopje and the city of Ohrid with its marvellous lake. Two journeys by the country along the river Vardar, past at the border of Albania, have filled me with enthusiasm through the the fascinating mountainous region, so that I have decided to create this general country page. How and where could I report about it otherwise? Ohrid and Skopje I dedicated extra pages.
I would like to come back there soon. So much I didn't seen or too quick over.

Here is a map of Macedonia.

Tourism Facts

Macedonia is medieval monasteries, vineyards, orchards, timeworn Turkish bazaars, Orthodox churches and space-age shopping centres. It is also the drone of the local bagpipes, Turkish-style grilled mincemeat and some of the cheapest wine on the planet. The country is unbelievably green; its people are hospitable and welcoming.
July and August are Macedonia's busiest months, but also the best months to catch festivals: the Balkan Festival of Folk Dances and Songs is held in Ohrid in early July, while the Ohrid Summer Festival takes place later that same month. Unless you're planning on heading to the mountains where temperatures can reach as low as -30°C (-22°F), the weather will be bearable year-round. In the higher mountains the snow can stay until the end of May, which makes it great for skiing.
Macedonia's summers are hot and dry though cool nights take the edge off. Warm Aegean winds blowing up the Vardar Valley moderate the continental conditions prevailing farther north. The temperatures can vary widely: summer temperatures can reach 40°C (104°F), while in winter it can drop as low as -30°C (-22°F). Snow falls on all the mountainous areas from November to April.

The People

The ethnic tensions that once plagued Macedonia have greatly decreased. However travellers should continue to exercise caution in the regions along the frontiers with Kosovo and Albania.

Slavonic Macedonians 64,18 %
Albanian 25,17 %
Turks 3,85 %
Romanies (Gypsies) 2,66 %
Serbians 1,78 %
Bosnians 0,84 %
and other

About 45% of the population have not made any statements on their denomination or are not religious. Orthodox Christians are the second largest group with about 32.4% of the population, 16.9% are Muslims and approximately 5% belong to other religious communities, among other things for the Roman Catholic church.

  • Last visit to FYR of Macedonia: May 2007
  • Intro Updated Mar 19, 2009
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  • antistar's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2007 at 1:03 PM

    Aw...those dogs were cute and not totally passive, unlike some countries... and hahaha! you just HAVE to check out my Skopje airport tip ;).

  • CliffClaven's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2007 at 12:46 AM

    Worth a visit - and still generally undiscovered by tourists

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2007 at 12:11 AM

    Lovely country - lovely page! Thank you!

  • Karolina01's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Thank you for this wonderful page about Macedonia.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2007 at 6:58 AM

    A great page with some wonderfully interesting tips. (I Know nothing about this country.)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2007 at 5:18 AM

    Tag, Hildruth! Vielen Dank für die herzliche Geschichte! I enjoyed reading your stories and feel like going there...

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Great start, Hildruth! I absolutely admire your pictures of the Macedonians! Awesome!!! Keep up the good work!

  • mary2u99's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Beautiful photos. ;-) Aw sorry to hear about the problem with Alitalia.

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