Is North Macedonia Worth Visiting?

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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Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 5 experiences

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Things to do

4.5/5

Safety

4.5/5

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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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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Katarina

Katarina

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Caci

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Hey, I'm Caci and I live in Gevgelija

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Marija

Marija

Gostivar

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7 days

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My name is Марија (Mariya), I am 22years old. This year I am getting my bachelor’s degree as a student of a double major program in Political Science and Psychology, but I am pursuing a career as an educator. I am interested in everything! Anything you’d like to talk to me about, I’d like to hear it. I try to be friendly, outgoing and enjoy life with a smile, but sometimes I get overwhelmed and then I love watching stand-up comedy or going to stand-up poetry performances to lift up my mood a bit. I’m a huge book lover, and proud small home library owner. Writing is a huge hobby of mine, I write constantly and I’m hoping to publish some of my works soon. My days are always so full and busy that I got very used to the lifestyle, so I sometimes don’t know how to slow down. Hosting somebody encourages me to stay grounded and open-minded as I meet people from across the Globe, but it also means that I get to relax, do something spontaneous and pay respect to somebody that gets to live in my home for a bit.

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5 days

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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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Lena

Lena

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Hey there :) I am currently enjoying my gap year, and I try to fill it up with as many trips as possible. This year, I have been to Ecuador and Japan, and my next stop will be Egypt very soon :) 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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