North Macedonia travel guide
North Macedonia's journey to international recognition has not been easy. Firstly, its very name was long disputed by Greece. Second, France blocked its accession to the EU. And third, it's former PM, Nikola Gruevski, spent practically the entire economy on a neoclassical nationalist vanity project in the country's capital, Skopje. What is easy, however, is your decision to visit North Macedonia. It's a small country, the same size as Sicily, and, thanks to its landlocked position, influences by neighbours and occupiers, including the Ottomans, Romans and Greeks, have created a fascinating blend of Balkan brilliance.
North Macedonia was not just a token stop on a Balkan road trip. It was a place that simply stopped us in our tracks. We could have spent a month in Matka and Mavrovo alone.
Its Communist era means that the mountain ranges were untouched by tourism, ancient villages unspoiled by second home ownership, and lake lands undisturbed by jet skis and jet setters. And it is so small, you can hike in the mountains in the morning, saunter around Byzantine beauty in the afternoon, and swim at one of its fine lake beaches at sunset.
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North Macedonia is/isn't...
North Macedonia is...
small. But a big player when it comes to ancient beauty, sacred history and natural abundancy. Not only in landscape, but in the peopleís inherent largesse.
North Macedonia isn't...
Greece. The name is still hotly disputed by Greek nationalists but as of February 2019 it officially became the Republic of North Macedonia.
Things to do in North Macedonia
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