At the same time ancient and completely new, it is struggling to find its place in the post-communist world. Black-clad Orthodox monks are part of its renewal, as are hordes of teenagers, in the latest Italian fashion, while sipping coffee in the capital's luxury bars.
For nature lovers, this is paradise. Its vast wilderness offers many opportunities for those who like hiking, mountaineering and skiing. Visit the beautiful Mavrovo National Park in western part of North Macedonia, for the best skiing in the country and unforgettable mountain landscapes.
Solunska Glava is not the highest peak in the country, but it is still a very challenging mountain perfect for adventurers. It is located on Mokra Planina, in the Jakupica mountain range. The hiking trail to Solunska Glava takes you through some of the most picturesque places in North Macedonia. Up on the mountain, when you pass rocks and pastures, close to the sky, a view of rolling hills in front of you and deep cliffs just a few meters away from you will take your breath away.
Smolare Waterfall is the largest permanent waterfall in North Macedonia, with a water drop of over 38 meters. You will find it on the northern slopes of one of the oldest mountains in the Balkan, on the river Lomnica, above the village of Smolari.
Paragliding in Kursevo is the most popular adventure in North Macedonia. Krusevo has witnessed many world cups of paragliding competitions over the past years. It has the best terrains for takeoff and landing, and the most favorable winds for this activity.
In the meantime, the old ruins will fascinate even those without any interest in history. Visit the amazing monastery of St. Naum, one of the most important monasteries in North Macedonia. A culturally rich city, Ohrid is one of the main attractions of North Macedonia, with its beautiful lake and spiritual significance. Both Ohrid and Lake Ohrid have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1980.
Skopje is the capital and largest city of North Macedonia with a long tradition and rich history. In 1963, Skopje was hit by a strong earthquake and 75% of the buildings were destroyed, which is why, despite a long tradition, Skopje has a modern look. Skopje also has the largest bazaar outside Turkey - the Old Bazaar, which is a kind of a blend of Muslim and Christian culture.
Temperatures vary; summer temperatures can reach 40 ° C, and winter temperatures can drop as low as -30 ° C. Summers are hot and dry, and snow falls in the mountains from November to April. The best time to visit North Macedonia is between May and September, and the peak of the tourist season is from mid-July to mid-August.
Thanks to the beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna, and rich culture and tradition, North Macedonia offers a handful of diverse activities for all types of visitors.