What to see in Macedonia
Macedonia is still very much uncharted territory for contemporary travellers, but it is rich and exciting land well worth the trip. Most visitors will start their trip in Skopje, the historic capital of Macedonia. Since 2014, Macedonia's ruling party has undertaken a massive urban rejuvenation project in the Skopje. As a result, travellers will encounter soaring Italian-style colonnades and massive neoclassical buildings which tower over the streets. There are also public areas dominated by massive sculptures like the Millenium Cross. This project was controversial and earned Skopje an unwanted association with kitsch. However, that doesn't mean that Skopje isn't a treasure trove of genuine historical and architectural wonder.
Head over to Skopje's Turish bazaar. Here, you'll find a 15th century stone bridge and the Kale Fortress which dates back to the 5th century. From here you take in much of Skopje's sights and sounds, such corner cafes where locals play chess and drink coffee, or wander through some of Skopje's outstanding contemporary art exhibits.
However, outside of the city is where Macedonia's real value is to be found. The town of Ohrid, next to Lake Ohrid should be first on the list. Lake Ohrid is mesmersing with glassy, blue waters which stand as a portal to Europe's deepest lake. The lake and its town are a great summer destination for swimming and relaxing, or sauntering through the town's cobbled streets and sampling some truly delicious local cuisine. The summer crowds can be numerous, although mass tourism has not yet taken over. Travellers should ensure that they book accommodation well in advance.
If the water gets too much, the mountains and forests are sure to offer a suitable remedy. Pelister Park has been a national park in Macedonia for since 1948, and is home to myriad wildlife such as wolves, bear, trout and deer. The park covers 66 square miles (171 sq km) and boast enormous mountains, many of which are well over 1,200 miles (2000m) tall. From Pelister Park, travellers should be sure to visit Golem Grad (Big Island), a historic places of peace for victorious rulers to engage in contemplation. Just be careful to avoid the snakes which are the rulers of the island.
Macedonia is great for local flavour and those with a taste for adventure.
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