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About Macedonia

Known as Macedonia until February 2019, North Macedonia is a landlocked country in the south-central Balkan. Rich in breathtaking natural landscapes, as well as Ottoman and Roman heritage, this country has so much to offer. With around 1,000 churches and monasteries, national parks, shimmering lakes, postcard-worthy valleys, untouched mountain massifs, traditional village cottages, and mouthwatering cuisine, it is a perfect tourist destination. Today, the country offers foreign visitors a remarkable level of medical services at affordable prices as well. Each year, the number of medical tourists seeking high-quality medical treatment is rising significantly, with dental services as the most popular treatment. Hospitals and clinics in the country are armed with advanced technology and groundbreaking equipment, as well as highly-trained medical professionals. 

Popular Cities and Regions in Macedonia

Famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa, Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, has plenty of charm. Its Ottoman- and Byzantine-era sights can be found around its delightful Čaršija, the city’s hillside old town. Besides Čaršija, other popular attractions in the city include the National Gallery of Macedonia, Archeological Museum of Macedonia, Tvrdina Kale Fortress, Sveti Spas Church, Museum of Macedonia, and Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia. Another popular destination besides the capital is Ohrid, the jewel in North Macedonia’s crown. It boasts an atmospheric old quarter that is packed with beautiful churches and the ruins of a medieval castle. While its historical buildings are undeniably beautiful, the city is mainly famous for its lake, Lake Ohrid

Transport in Macedonia

The main airport in North Macedonia is Skopje “Alexander the Great” Airport. It has several flights to Europe and the Middle East, including Dubai, Barcelona, London, and Copenhagen. The most common way to travel around the country is by bus. The buses are quite reliable and frequent but can be a little slow, old, and crowded. Trains are a nice alternative to crowded buses, though they can be slow as well. Taxi is the most common mode of transport for tourists. 

Visas in Macedonia

North Macedonia’s visa policy is similar to the Schengen Area. Holders of passports of around 85 countries can visit the country without a visa for up to 90 days, including citizens of all EU countries, Canada, Brunei, Switzerland, the UK, and the US. All other countries not listed in the visa-free agreement need to obtain a visa in advance to visit the country. 

Weather in Macedonia

North Macedonia experiences four seasons, including spring (March-May), summer (June – August), autumn (September – November), and winter (December to February). Summer in the country can be really hot, while the winters are snowy and cold. Autumn and spring are considered the best times to visit the country, but they are also the wettest seasons. 

Additional Info
  1. Local Currency: The Macedonian Denar (MKD) is the currency of North Macedonia. The conversion rate from 1 USD is around 52 MKD. ​​​​​​
  2. Money & Payments: ATM machines can be found in major cities. However, they are hard to find in Ohrid. Cash is king in the country, so ensure to bring cash. Tipping is not expected, but tipping 10% in restaurants is the norm. 
  3. Local Language: Macedonian and Albanian are the main languages in North Macedonia. There are five national minority languages, including Turkish, Romani, Aromanian, Serbian, and Bosnian. English is widely spoken. 
  4. Local Culture and Religion: The largest religion in North Macedonia is Orthodox Christianity, followed by Islam as the second-largest. Other religions, including Judaism, are freely practiced by the population as well. 
  5. Public holidays: Ed Al Fitr, Orthodox Christmas, Independence Day, and Republic Day are some of the most celebrated holidays in North Macedonia.