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Find North Macedonia Travel and Tourist Information
with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources
for visitors to North Macedonia.
About North Macedonia
A landlocked country in the Balkan region, the
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, or FYROM, is now known as
the Northern Republic of Macedonia (North Macedonia); in a bid to join NATO and the
European Union, without causing Greece to veto their applications.
Countries neighbouring North Macedonia are: Albania,
Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria
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The use of the stand-alone name of Macedonia was contested by
Greece, when the former Yugoslav republic declared itself an independent nation in 1991,
but the United Nations eventually accepted the compromise name of FYRO Macedonia.
Tensions exist in North Macedonia, especially between the ethnic
Albanians and the ethnic Macedonian Slav majority, but ethnic cleansing hasn't been
Macedonian Slavs speak a Slavic language, known within the republic as
Macedonian was proclaimed a language in 1944, although Greece doesn't
recognise this name. The language uses the Cyrillic script and is closely related to
When visiting North Macedonia be sure to purchase a good map and be
aware that signs may be in Cyrrilic.
Skopje (Alexander the Great) is 25km (16 miles) from the city.
To/from the airport:
Taxis are available to the city centre (journey time 25 to 30 minutes).
Include duty-free shop, bar and restaurant, bank/bureau de change, baggage facilities,
post office and car hire.
There is also an airport at Ohrid.
Getting Around By Air
There are no regularly scheduled domestic flights - however, there are
occasional flights between Ohrid and Skopje.
Macedonia by Rail
Intercity trains operate between Skopje and Belgrade (Serbia). Trains also run between Skopje and Thessaloniki (Greece).
Getting Around by Rail
All the main internal road and rail services are operating normally,
with links from Skopje to Kumanovo in the north, to Stip in the east, to Veles and
Gevgelija in the south, and to Prilep and Bitola in the southwest.
InterRails One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six
or eight days in one month within North Macedonia.
Macedonia by Road
The international bus station in Skopje serves buses destined for
Tirana (Albania), Sofia (Bulgaria),
Belgrade (Serbia) and Istanbul (Turkey).
There are also buses to Germany.
Getting Around by Bus
The bus network in North Macedonia is well developed with frequent services
from Skopje to Ohrid and Bitola. Long-distance buses need to be booked well in advance.
The official National Tourism Portal of Republic of Macedonia.
Travel 2 Macedonia:
Their aim is to become the number one tourism portal for the Republic of Macedonia.
The capital of North Macedonia is in the
north of the country, on the Vardar River.
Skopje, then called Scupi, was the capital of the kingdom of ancient
The Serbs and then the Turks came through in the late Middle Ages, and
it became an important city in the Ottoman Empire.
An earthquake destroyed most of the city in 1963, including many
Hotel Turist: Skopje.
|Gjuro Strugar Street 11.
and refurbished in 2002, Skopje's Best Western Hotel Turist is an international class
hotel with a local ambience.
Its central location, in the very heart of Skopje, makes the Best Western Hotel Turist
an ideal base from which to explore all the major sights on foot: shopping malls, the
House of Parliament and the birthplace of Mother Teresa are all within easy walking
|Vasil Agilarski 2.
|With 178 rooms on 9 floors, the Holiday Inn Skopje offers views of Stone
Bridge (15th-century bridge over the river Vardar) and Skopje Fortress Kale (sixth
Hotel amenities include the Le Grand Casino, gym, sauna, gift
shop, 24-hour business centre, Iris Restaurant, Ogniste Restaurant, and Aperitif Bar.
Hotels in Macedonia
Bitola, Gevgelija, Ohrid,
Skopje, Struga, Tetovo.
Near Bitola, in the southern part of North Macedonia, are the ruins of the Greek settlement of Heraclea Lyncestis.
Known as The Balkan Jerusalem, Ohrid's ancient past makes it a
cultural, spiritual and tourist centre today - a world cultural and natural heritage
listed city, under the protection of UNESCO since 1980.
There are a number of interesting art galleries in and around Ohrid.
National Park Galicica
Situated on Mount Galicica, between the Lakes of Ohrid and Prespa, the park is renowned
for its exceptional natural beauty and extremely opulent and endemic flora and fauna.
Mid-July to mid-August is the time
to enjoy Ohrid at it's artistic best.
Where to Stay in
Selection of Ohrid accommodation, some of it situated around the lake.
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