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Kratovo

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Kratovo, also recognized as the city of towers and bridges, is a small quiet but unique town with lot of tradition and history, located in the northeast part of Macedonia. Got its name from the place where it lays, for an extinguished volcano crater still lies there even today.

Kratovo is considered as one of the oldest urban settlements, known for being an important mining town where the first country coins appeared. Nearby is the stone village of Kuklica, the famous doll village. These stones dolls are a very popular tourist attraction because of their relation to actual people and the urban legend that comes with it. 

The towers in Kratovo were constructed and owned by the owners of the mines, they used to live in them together with the guards and the coins that were made from gold and silver mines. Although in they were 13 in total, only six remain till this day. For better protection the towers were connected with underground tunnels that enabled the owners to escape the incoming raids with their gold and coins. It’s suspected to this day, that there is some treasure lost by the fleeing owners in the deep-down tunnels, waiting to be found.

As for the bridges, nowadays there are only 4 left that function. Out of the four bridges the most famous is Radin Bridge which has its own legend. The bridge was built by three brothers and as soon as they started to raise the bridge, it fell apart the very evening. A local prophet warned them that in order for the bridge not to fall again, they must sacrifice one of their brides. The brothers sat down that evening and agreed that whoever's wife came the following morning first will be made sacrifice and put in the built foundations of the bridge. The two older brothers told their wives about the plan but the youngest one did not. His wife Rada was the first to come the following morning and was thrown in the foundation of the bridge by the two older brothers. Therefore, the bridge got the name by her, Radin Most (Rada's Bridge).

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Places not to miss in Macedonia

  • 1Matka Canyon
    Matka Canyon
    Matka Canyon is one of the outstanding work of nature included in most of our tours. During its long geological history of vertical erosions the Treska River created step notches of over 250 metres and sides 1000 metres high . The main phenomenon of this European natural treasure is the canyon with well preserved natural and geographic characteristics in which rare and endemic species found their escape. It is the most visited spot in the vicinity of Skopje and based on tourists feedback it is a must see destination in our tours.
  • 2Kokino
    Kokino
    One of the most popular archaeological sites and the forth-oldest megalithic observatory in the world recognised by NASA, Kokino is listed side by side with ancient observatories as Stonehenge (Great Britain), Abu Simbel (Egypt) and Angkor Wat (Cambodia). If you plan a trip to Macedonia, count Kokino in right from the start, you won't be disappointed.
  • 3Saint John the Baptist Monastery
    Saint John the Baptist Monastery
    Dating from the 11th century, the St. John the Baptist monastery presents an important cultural and historical place surrounded by legends for its mystical icon with healing powers. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the religious pilgrimage in Macedonia. The complex contains a priceless and rare wood carving which was never surpassed by any other in the world. 
  • 4Ohrid
    Ohrid
    Ohrid is a city on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid. It has about 42,000 inhabitants making it the seventh largest city in the country and the most visited tourist destination in Macedonia. Ohrid was known for the fact that once had 365 churches one for each day of the year and has been referred as the "Macedonian Jerusalem". If you plan to travel to Macedonia, Ohrid is a must see destination in our tour and holiday packages.
  • 5St Naum Ohrid
    St Naum Ohrid
    The area around St. Naum monastery is among the most beautiful along the shore of Lake Ohrid. The magnificent greenery surrounded by the Crn Drim river springs, the spacious sand beach, the monastery complex and the unique view of the location makes it one of the most attractive tour destinations and another reason to visit Macedonia.

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