Given its relatively small size, the people of Macedonia are larger than life. Perhaps the two most famous people who were born here are Alexander the Great and Mother Teresa.
Sculpted by mountainous terrain and the waters of Lake Ohrid, nature and culture go hand in hand in Macedonia. While Phillip II (Alexander’s father) founded Heraclea Lyncestis, one of Macedonia’s finest archaeological sites, what you see today is actually the result of the later Roman invasion, including the baths, amphitheater, basilica, and episcopal palace. Galičica National Park runs along the shores of Lake Ohrid, thickly wooded and serene. Both Skopje and Ohrid have lively old quarters that come to life in the summer time. Music festivals and nightlife are a big part of Macedonian summer culture. In the winter, the Mavrovo National Park’s slopes are full of skiers. Explore the hidden depths of Macedonia with Exeter International.
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The best time to travel to North Macedonia is April-June and September-October. High summer can be extremely hot.
While North Macedonia is a newly independent country, its history spans back for nearly two millennia. From Roman to Byzantine, Ottoman to Yugoslav and now Macedonian rule, Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, has an incredible array of architectural styles and historical sites. The city is proud of its long history, and it shows in the many statues you will find around the city.
The eastern Macedonian shore of Lake Ohrid is famous for its well-preserved monasteries and churches. Shared by Macedonia and Albania, the lake is of tectonic origin and is one of the oldest and deepest lakes in Europe, and it is a protected UNESCO site. The mountainous area north of the lake is famous for its medieval cave churches as well, most of which are from the 13th – 15th centuries.
Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you. We suggest combining a visit to North Macedonia with Albania. You will have a private driver-guide with you throughout your entire trip!