So you might say what’s all the fuss about Macedonia or why is it even worth mentioning. Well, there is lot more than just a country with simultaneous mountains and rivers. The cultural and history heritage is something you won’t simply find anywhere else in this world. Monasteries and churches, fortresses and ancient cities, monuments and museums, all among the many hidden treasures out there, waiting to be unveiled. You will find yourselves in places, lost in time and space, silently speaking about the kings and conquerors, who ruled over these lands, and myths and stories of the past, entailed of brave heroes and men, who fought against repression and injustice. But there is lot more and here is why you should visit Macedonia.
1. Eye-catching Natural landscapes that will leave you etching for more
Nature reigns supreme in these lands, with natural parks and lakes that will revive the adventurer in you. Hiking around the Mavrovo Lake, in the deep forests of Bistra Mountain, or taking the getaway at the Canyon Matka, an outstanding piece of nature, with well-preserved natural and geographic characteristics, guarantees an energetic experience filled with unique landscapes and inherent environment. Macedonia’s astonishing natural parks thus makes it an ideal travel destination for swimmers, rock climbers, skiers, cavers and hikers, as well as for artists and wildlife photographers.
2. Historical museums, cities and monuments that will take you back in time
The history heritage of Macedonia dates back from the ancient era of Alexander the Great, who’s considered as one of the most successful commanders of all time, and a king of the ancient kingdom Macedon. Dramatically changes in the region influenced Macedonia over the years and made it what is it today, a “phoenix” in its true form. The Archeological Museum in Skopje is among the many museums that are worth visiting, as well as the Bay of Bones, the so called “museum on water”, a prehistoric settlement dating from ancient times.
3. The Magical City of Ohrid, known as the “Balkan Jerusalem”
There is something mystical related to the city of light, whether is the crystal bright lake or the friendly atmosphere surrounding the city. Ohrid once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Known for its rich religious and cultural heritage, Ohrid is amplified with unique architecture and monuments, and without doubt a crown jewel in Macedonian historical treasure. The natural environment as well as the turquoise water of the Lake Ohrid has made the city a popular summer and tourist destination due to its one-of-a-kind churches, beaches and rich vegetation.
4. Rich tradition and cultural events
Many traditional events take place in Macedonia, including the famous Galicnik weeding, that’s arranged every year in the village of Galicnik, in western Macedonia. It’s a wedding ceremony with more than a half century tradition. Many long-established rituals are performed during the ceremony that represents the culture and history of the Macedonian people. Tourists from all around the world come to witness the story-like crowning of love.
5. Monastery surrounded with legends for its mystical icons with healing powers
There are a lot of monasteries in Macedonia, but one among many worth mentioning is the St John the Baptist monastery, dating from the 11th century, that stands even today as a historical and cultural relic. The unique wood carving iconostasis and its famous fresco paintings cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The place holds cultural and religious importance and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country. It’s believed that some of the icons with the image of St John are blessed with a miraculous healing power and people often come to pray for health and wellness.
6. Mouthwatering traditional cuisine and highest quality wines
You can’t just leave Macedonia without trying something of its rich traditional culinary delicatessens. Tasting “gravce-tavce”, “ajvar” , fish dishes and many more will only enhance your experience in Macedonia. Don’t forget to try some of the highest quality wide-known Macedonian wine during your meals. The luscious taste of the wine will definitely be “cherry on the top” of your Macedonian visit.
7. It will leave you with a story to tell for generations to come
Macedonia is not something you will easily forget once you leave. You will probably want to come back and explore more of it. One can spend anywhere from a few days to weeks or even months here, and always find something new and exciting to see or do. See what these travelers have to say about Macedonia.
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