Sonntag, 13. April 2014

Македонија/Macedonia

Devil's Wall - Republic of Macedonia

Skopje Novo Lisice AIR CAM

Samstag, 12. April 2014

Ohrid on the Lookout for an Airline Connection to London


The Municipality of Ohrid will subsidize two flights per week, connecting the Ohrid-based St. Paul the Apostle Airport to one of London’s airports, Utrinski Vesnik daily reports.

The municipality has launched a public call and has decided to earmark funds to an airline that would connect the city of Ohrid with London-based airports. The airline is obliged to offer two flights from Ohrid to London a week, starting from June 15th until September 15th this year, as well as in 2015 and 2016.

Authorities have said that the subsidies were included in the working program and budgetary funds have been earmarked for that purpose. According to them, launching a public call in the middle of an election campaign is not disputable, since these activities have been planned in advance. The public call was also approved by the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption, Utrinski Vesnik writes.


Introducing new, low-cost airlines was an initiative raised by Ohrid Mayor Nikola Bakraceski, in an attempt to further boost the tourism. The idea was first presented last autumn, and it was supported by the Mayor of Struga, Zijadin Sela, as well. Although they had the same idea, they disagreed on the destinations. Struga mayor preferred Zurich and Germany, while the Ohrid mayor wanted direct flights to be introduced to Ljubljana and northern Italy.

Meanwhile, initial consultations and discussions with the low-cost airline Wizz Air and others have taken place. Ohrid made the first move, and in early April, its Council decided to launch a public call. According to the call, the Ohrid municipality will provide funds for introduction of a direct flight to London.


Freitag, 11. April 2014

Peshna Cave Hides the Secret of the Human Fish and Krali Marko’s Sisters



Peshna Cave Hides the Secret of the Human Fish and Krali Marko’s Sisters According to speleologists Peshna has the biggest entrance in the Balkans. Photo: static.panoramio.com

In the embrace of the Porece region, just below the crust of the earth where you can feel the breath of the sky, the gorgeous cave Peshna extends in the depth.

Peshna Cave is situated 6 km from Makedonski Brod on the regional road to Samokov and it is one of the most attractive natural beauties of Macedonia. Unfortunately, not many people know about it, so it is still an undiscovered treasure and a completely unexploited tourist destination, although it was proclaimed a natural heritage of Macedonia. The road that leads to the cave is enclosed with trees and bushes and leads right to its incredibly huge entrance.

Fascinating cave system

Montag, 7. April 2014

Macedonia and Turkey record the highest increase in passenger traffic for February

European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE released its traffic results for the month of February, across the European airport network. Europe’s airports saw an overall increase in passenger traffic of +5.3% compared to February 2013.  
EU airports registered a welcome increase averaging +4.1% - with almost all national markets reporting healthy growth, including in those countries most affected by the recent Sovereign debt and economic crises. At non-EU airports, passenger traffic grew by +9.6%, with Iceland, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova and Israel growing well above this average. 
Aircraft movements for the whole of Europe reported an increase of +2.5%, reflecting a moderate yet uneven increase in airline capacity being put into the market. Meanwhile, freight traffic also posted positive growth at +3.1%.  Airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year (Group 1), airports welcoming between 10 and 25 million passengers (Group 2), airports welcoming between 5 and 10 million passengers (Group 3) and airports welcoming less than 5 million passengers per year (Group 4) reported an average adjustment of +4.5%, +6.6%, +5.3% and +5.1% respectively when compared with February 2013.
  
Airports that experienced the highest increases in passenger traffic per group, when comparing February 2014 with February 2013 were:  GROUP 1 Airports - Moscow SVO (+11.5%), Istanbul (+11.4%), Paris ORY (+8.1%), London LGW (+7.8%) and Barcelona (+6.3%)  GROUP 2 Airports - Istanbul SAW (+39.6%), St Petersburg (+17.3%), Hamburg (+13.2%), Tel Aviv (12.1%) and Malaga (+10.5%)  GROUP 3 Airports - Kiev (+29.5%), Lanzarote ACE (+17.1%), Ankara ESB (+13.2%), Izmir (+11.9%) and Catania (+11.1%)  GROUP 4 Airports - Vatry (+76.0%), Bournemouth (+44.7%), Kaunas (+43.5%), Skopje (+36.5%) and Arad (+35.9%)   'ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report – February 2014’

New hotels and ski trails - Popova Shapka will become one of the biggest ski resorts

Development Plan for Popova Shapka and its transformation into one of the biggest ski resorts in Southeastern Europe are provided in the new program of VMRO – DPMNE.


Party leader Nikola Gruevski yesterday in Tetovo said that they made master plan for development of Popova Shapka in two stages, one is state’s investment, and the second stage is investment predicted for the potential concessionaire.

- What the state needs to invest is already obligated ELEM, which is building new modern six seat cable car to the ski resort Popova Shapka, construction of parking space for 350 vehicles at Popova Shapka, building new hotel with spa center and new snowboard park at the ski resort Popova Shapka, Gruevski said.

He added that in parallel to this will looked for concessionaire who will be expected to build new trails for skiing, new hotels that will provide possibility for Popova Shapka to become one of the biggest ski resorts in South East Europe and beyond.

Gruevski said that according to the nature of the terrain Popova Shapka is one of the five best ski resorts in Europe and it only takes to invest more than human hand.

ELEM is already doing projects and as Gruevski stressed, ongoing is the Call for a concessionaire.

For this project it is necessary the support of the mayor of Tetovo, because if you do  not adopt detailed urban plan, the project cannot be implemented.

Sonntag, 6. April 2014

Mariovo - A View into the Past and Ghost Villages



Mariovo - A View into the Past and Ghost Villages Wild and cruel, yet quite picturesque, Mariovo land awakens interesting, pleasant, and mystic feelings in all who visit it. 

Mariovo is a mountainous region in southern Macedonia known for its natural beauties and wonderful white traditional costumes. The Mariovo area is somewhat large but since there has been no urban development in these spaces over the past century, the region contains no actual towns, only rustic villages. Today Mariovo is like an open-air museum.

Situated at the elevation of 1050 meters and surrounded by the mountains of Selechka, Nidze, Kozjak, and Babuna, the region of Mariovo is one of the most interesting and most inaccessible areas in Macedonia. Its morphological features include barren and dry hills, deep stone river gorges, but also magnificent woodland areas in the higher regions of the mountains. Those majestic mountains of Mariovo area divide the Vardar part of Macedonia and the Aegean part of Macedonia.


The legend of Mara

To the north of the Nidzhe mountain is a hilly area with grasslands, canyons and rocks. Ancient villages with rustic stone houses are standing almost empty, and they are only connected by small unpaved roads. Some villages are almost completely deserted. It suffered heavily during WW1 and most of the remaining population left for cities during the 20th century.

It is said that Mariovo was named after the beautiful and brave girl Mara. The legend says that some turkish Pasha who has conquered the villages of Mariovo, has fallen in love with this girl and, enchanted by her beauty, was prepared to do everything to gain her love. But Mara’s father was not approving on it, because his daughter was a Christian, and the Turk was a Muslim.

The Pasha would not give up. Mara answered his persistence with one condition: she would become his wife, but the entire region, from the Poloski monastery, Selecka mountain, to the village by the name of Brod, then the Bitola region, the Nidze mountain and to the reach of Kozjak, to remain Christian and that not a single Turk should be inhabited there. The Pasha agreed to this condition, signed papers on that decision and took Mara with him. He took her on the road leading to the village of Dunje, Mara suddenly took the knife from her folds and killed herself. Taking away her life, she did not surrender to the pasha, who later, although he wanted to, could not annul the contract he previously signed.

By the power of this document, the guarantee that the entire region should remain Christian was respected. In the honor of the girl and her courageous act, and the love for her fellow people, the region was named Mariovo.

With only a little bit less than five hundred inhabitants, Mariovo is today almost completely deserted. Among the stones that make company to the large and fertile plains, among the many markings and directions that point the way to a temple of God or a shrine that once existed here, from time to time a fireplace can be observed, a house once in a while, the home to the most persistent who, besides everything, could not resist the extraordinary attractiveness of this picturesque region.

Witness of history

And amid these fairly devastated houses from which the curious and a bit puzzled eyes of the shepherds greet you, in one of the old villages, Manastirec, a real surprise awaits you. Among the fragile buildings and unmentioned yards, almost in the center of the village, there is the opulent basilica, the monastery church St. Nikola, an elegant beauty that reminds of the past times of wealth and well-being.

One of the most beautiful architecture constructions in the Mariovo’s area is known to be the stone bridge. The bridge spans over the Gradeshka River in an immediate nearness of the Mariovo’s village Zovikj. Under the bridge on one of the highest rocks there is a picture of the saint Gjorgi. This picture actually is remaining of the little church that existed there.



The wall of the bridge is built of huge rocks, under which goes the village river. Clear and cold water had made little canyon going through the cliffs. No one can really withstand to this beauty. One man simply stands in front of the dilemma: should we run an look for money or leave that killing fight with the day and night in order to breathe the life with full chest, in this kind of peacefulness?

In Vitolishta, Dunje, Staravina, and other villages, the ambience depicts the scenes and pictures of another, ancient time. The time here has stopped long time ago.

Take a walk across Dunje, a village with specific ancient Macedonian architecture. The noise of the population snuffed out long time ago along these stone walls, along the decade migration. How many people would come here if they had known about this kind of place, when a person can feel really alone, out of the civilization, at least for a moment to feel the smell of an adventure, but the escape from the chaos of our routine life?

Here, along this area, went true the Solun’s forward line, during the First World War. Then, Mariovo roared across it whole length. The remains of that time are everywhere, even the trenches and the bunkers where the soldiers were hiding.

There is a tiny church dedicated to Saint Eliah - Sveti Ilija made up of weapons, shells and barbed wire fence off the church, in a testament to eternal peace and a crypt for the soldiers who heroicly died in the battle. Yet nothing could prepare visitors for its breathtaking beauty, quietness and solitude, in contrast to the intolerable noise of the battle that raged there nerly 100 years ago.

One may not find gold or treasure during time spent in the Mariovo wilderness, but spending time in this fascinating and beautiful region of Macedonia, something much more valuable can be discovered …a hidden gem. Wild and cruel, yet quite picturesque, Mariovo land awakens interesting, pleasant, and mystic feelings in all who visit it.

- See more at: 
http://www.independent.mk/articles/3495/Mariovo+-+A+View+into+the+Past+and+Ghost+Villages#sthash.JuInVpEQ.dpuf

Samstag, 5. April 2014

Wizz Air launches Skopje - Paris/Skopje - Köln flights


Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air launched a direct Skopje-Paris flight on Thursday. Passengers will be able to travel to Paris twice a week from the Skopje Airport 'Alexander the Great' for a one-way ticket fare of EUR 30-70.

"Today, in cooperation with Wizz Air, we are promoting the new routes to Paris and Cologne. Two days ago the direct flights from Skopje to Brussels and Frankfurt have been also introduced," Transport and Communication Minister Mile Janakieski said at the flight promotion, also attended by TAV Macedonia Director General Zoran Krstevski and French Ambassador in Skopje Laurence Auer.

"TAV Macedonia keeps meeting the expectations of its customers. By launching Paris, along with Brussels, Cologne and Frankfurt, the Wizz Air is now offering flights form Skopje Airport to 15 destinations," Krstevski said.
Auer, one of the passengers of Skopje-Paris first flight, said the new route offered excellent opportunity for advancing the relations and cooperation between Macedonia and France.



Mittwoch, 2. April 2014

Skupi Roman Theater to Become Skopje's Cultural Hub



Over hundred workers and an expert team of 15 archaeologists and restorers are working at the archeological site Skupi, located in the vicinity of Skopje. Skupi spreads on an area of 25,000 square meters, making it the biggest ancient site in Macedonia, which is to be restored and reconstructed by 2017, Utrinski Vesnik daily reports.

The second phase of the research began over a month ago. Last year, the Ministry of Culture, the institution that funds the excavations and conservation, said the restoration would offer conditions for hosting cultural events at the theatre with over 9,000 seats for spectators.

This Roman theatre dates back to 120 - 150 A.D., during the reign of the Roman emperors Hadrian and Antoninus Pius.

The Museum of the City of Skopje and the Faculty of Philosophy are excavating, exploring, conserving and restoring the theatre, so as to make it suitable for public use.

"Teams have worked at this Roman theatre on several occasions. Initial archaeological excavations were conducted in 1927. Works continued in 1935 and 1937, led by Nikola Vulic. The following excavations were done between 1959-1950, when the works were halted," Antonio Jakimovski, project manager says.

Viewing the area from above offers a sense of excitement, a feeling one gets only when attending outdoor performances at ancient theaters and sites, like the ones in Stobi, Heraklea and Ohrid.

The project is planned to be finalized by 2017.

"By then, the theatre will become Skopje's cultural hub," Antonio Jakimovski says.