Solo Female Travel in North Macedonia

North Macedonia, located in the southeastern region of Europe in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, is a country widely recognized for its rich history, diverse culture, and breathtaking natural landscapes. Renowned for its fascinating blend of ancient civilization and modern attractions, North Macedonia is proud of its capital city, Skopje, known for its fortresses, Ottoman-era architecture, and a Roman-era Aqueduct. Visitors are captivated by the beauty of Ohrid Lake, one of Europe's deepest and oldest lakes, offering stunning views that form an absolute must-see. The country is also celebrated for its vineyards and wineries, producing some of the finest wines in the Balkan region. Its multi-ethnic fabric weaves a tapestry of Orthodox Christian and Islamic cultures, evident in the country's traditions, cuisine, and the numerous churches and mosques that dot the landscape.

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Is North Macedonia good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

North Macedonia is considered relatively safe for solo female travelers. Local residents are generally friendly and willing to help. Petty crime exists but is not rampant and is usually targeted at locals rather than tourists. Public transportation is reliable. As long as standard precautions are taken, such as avoiding isolated areas at night and being aware of your surroundings, traveling alone in North Macedonia should be a safe experience.
Transport:

Transport:Moderate

North Macedonia offers a mix of both urban and rural landscapes. Navigating the cities, especially the capital Skopje, is not overly difficult due to the presence of public transportation and the general walkability of city centers. Rural areas can be a bit more challenging due to less frequent public transportation and language barriers. English is not commonly spoken in some areas, which may complicate communication while traveling. Nevertheless, locals are usually helpful and friendly. The country is pretty safe for a solo female traveler.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

North Macedonia offers a wealth of activities suitable for various types of travelers. The country has an abundance of natural beauty that can be explored through hiking, for instance around the magnificent Lake Ohrid or Mount Vodno, where one can experience the iconic cross atop the hill. It carries great significance to locals and offers panoramic views of the capital city of Skopje. The city itself, with its old town, modern city center, and many monuments and museums will resonate with history enthusiasts. Additionally, the local cuisine is wonderful for food lovers, it would not be uncommon to find yourself enjoying pastries in a centuries-old food market, or indulging in traditional Macedonian meals at a local taverna. However, while it is generally safe and welcoming, it's less conventional for women in some parts which can limit interactions with local culture.
Food:

Food:Above average

In North Macedonia, you'll find a wealth of culinary diversity influenced by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. Traditional dishes are hearty and flavorful, with fresh vegetables, dairy, and meats featuring heavily. Vegetarians might find options slightly limited, and dishes may be a little too heavy for some. However, the opportunity to try homemade rakija and local wine, coupled with a food culture immersed in sharing and hospitality, offers a unique experience. It's an unexpectedly savory culinary adventure.
Budget:

Budget:Affordable

North Macedonia is generally considered to be quite budget-friendly for travelers, particularly when compared to Western European countries. Accommodation, public transport, food, and attractions are relatively inexpensive. Even though the prices are lower, you can enjoy high quality services, tasteful traditional meals, and beautiful sights. However, it is still advisable to plan and budget accordingly to avoid any financial surprises.

Is North Macedonia worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 5 experiences

Things to do

4.5/5

Safety

4.1/5

Food

4.5/5

Budget-friendly

3.7/5

Solo travel experience

My stay in Macedonia lasted 5 days, I visited Skopje and Ohrid. I never felt in danger there. I even walked alone in the streets at 3 in the morning and didn't feel threatened. The prices were really good, the food tasty, and the people friendly.

Posted: December 27, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I highly recommend Lake Ohrid. I took part in a wine tasting in the mountains, which I also highly recommend. I also really liked Skopje, which is the capital, with charming restaurants and equally charming old town.

Posted: September 13, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I loved North Macedonia. I stayed in Ohrid at a hostel in the old town which was charming and one of my favorites. In Ohrid, there are plenty of places to swim as well as a cool church and monasteries to visit. In Skopje, I stayed at the Get Inn Hostel, which was also nice and very cheap. There are plenty of things to do in Skopje, including the Mother Teresa monument, the main square, all the bridges, the Archaeological Museum, and the fortress which is free, the old bazaar and the old railway station.

Posted: October 24, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Travel plan: 3 days in Ohrid 3 days in Skopje Safety: I felt very safe. Recommendations: Macedonia is a beautiful country and really an underrated travel destination.

Posted: September 25, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Meet locals in North Macedonia

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Dilge

Dilge

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Hello, I'm Dilge I'm 22 years old I am a Turkish student studying and living in North Macedonia. I am studying medicine. Actually, the city where I was born and raised is Mersin in Türkiye. Mersin city is a small, quiet sea city in the south of Turkey. Its next door neighbor is Antalya. Mersin is very beautiful I want to improve my language learning, meet people from different cultures, and see different places.

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Dian

Dian

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I organize weekly events every Sunday, bringing together expats, travelers and locals who share a passion for connecting, making new acquaintances, and engaging in captivating conversations about diverse cultures. I like traveling and meeting new people, sharing tips, language exchanges...

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Local tips

- Skopje (capital) - good hiking trails in the Vodno mountains, which are not far from the center - Visit the old Turkish Bazaar, great small shops and cafes there. - Great places for hiking: Galichnik near Ohrid. I heard that you can ride horses there - Megalithic observatory in Kokino (about 60 km northeast of Skopje) - Monastery of St. Joakim in Kriva Palanka (towards the Bulgarian border) - Ohrid because of its lake and old town full of churches and Samuel's Fortress - Smolarski waterfalls in Strumica in the southeast of the country - Mavrovo National Park in the west - Popova Kuma winery in the city of Demir Kapija in the central region of Macedonia. Other good wineries also in this region.

Posted: September 22, 2022
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Stay with locals in North Macedonia

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Dilge

Dilge

North Macedonia

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3 days

About me

Hello, I'm Dilge I'm 22 years old I am a Turkish student studying and living in North Macedonia. I am studying medicine. Actually, the city where I was born and raised is Mersin in Türkiye. Mersin city is a small, quiet sea city in the south of Turkey. Its next door neighbor is Antalya. Mersin is very beautiful I want to improve my language learning, meet people from different cultures, and see different places.

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Hatice

Hatice

Skopje

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hello, I'm a Turkish girl living in Skopje with my family, including my husband and our cat daughter. 😺 I would like to make friends from all around the world who are animal lovers and have no prejudices. That's it. I'm here! 🙋🏻‍♀️

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Upcoming visitors to North Macedonia

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keke

keke

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I love travelling and meeting new people!

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Lena

Lena

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Hey there :) Ever since I enjoyed my Gap Year travelling around the world, I can't get enough of it. Currently, my studies kinda keep me in one place, but I try to escape as often as possible. I live in the south of Germany rn, so if you are looking for meetups or tips, I have some pretty cool tips (also for good coffee ;) - ask me anytime :)

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