Samstag, 21. Dezember 2013

Visit Macedonia – the Ancient Country

Macedonia or the Republic of Macedonia is a country located in the central Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. Macedonia is a mountainous country with  more than 50 lakes and sixteen mountains higher than 2,000 m (6,562 ft).  There are three large lakes ( Ohrid Lake, Prespa Lake and Dorjan Lake), each divided by a frontier line, and the country bisected by the Vardar River.

Macedonia has warm, dry summers and autumns, and relatively stable winters with warm temperatures. Macedonia is blessed with outstanding natural beauty. Do not miss a trip to one of the large lakes, Pelister Mountains, Shar Planina in the West, and the fascinating rolling hills and mountains of the East with its rice fields. The Country has 3 National Parks (Mavrovo, Galicica, Pelister).

Macedonia is dotted with beautiful Orthodox churches, monasteries, and Ottoman mosques. The territory of the Republic of Macedonia has a proud history. Macedonia has been part of many countries, but until its incorporation into Yugoslavia it was never acknowledged as an administrative “state.” The country officially celebrates 8 September 1991 as Independence Day.

The national tourist attraction is Ohrid and Ohrid Lake.  Ohrid is more expensive than any other destination in the Republic of Macedonia. The hotel prices are very expensive throughout the country and charge double rates to foreigners. It is therefore advisable to stay in private accommodation.

The Macedonian cuisine is particularly diverse. It is a representative of the cuisine of the Balkans—reflecting Mediterranean (Greek and Turkish) and Middle Eastern influences. The famous salad is Shopska Salad (mixed salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, and grated cheese). Another local speciality is ajvar, a red paste made from roasted peppers and tomatoes, which is either used as an appetizer or side dish. Another typical local dish is tarator which is comparable to the Greek tzatziki. It is made of yogurt, cucumbers, and garlic and it is served as a cold soup. Macedonian cuisine is also noted for the diversity and quality of its dairy products, wines, and local alcoholic beverages, such as rakija. Rakija is a strong grape or plum brandy and it’s a national beverage.  The national dish in Macedonia is Tavce Gravce. It basically consists of beans, peppers and other vegetables so can be eaten by vegetarians. Traditionally, it is served with cut sausage mixed and eaten with bread. It is a delicious meal that will definitely leave you feeling full!

Meet Macedonia through several outstanding photos

Macedonia Square, Skopje, Macedonia

Millennium Cross, Skopje, Macedonia

Triumphal Gate, Skopje, Macedonia

Stone Bridge, Skopje, Macedonia 

The Aqueduct, Skopje, Macedonia

Fountain “Warrior on a Horse” on Macedonia Square, Skopje, Macedonia


Fortress “Kale”, Skopje, Macedonia

Archaeological Museum of Macedonia
 
Lake Matka, Skopje, Macedonia

Ohrid Lake, Ohrid, Macedonia

Church St. Jovan Kaneo, Ohrid Lake, Macedonia

Ohrid Lake, Macedonia

Old part of Ohrid, Macedonia

Robevci House, Ohrid, Macedonia


Bay of Bones Museum, Ohrid, Macedonia


Ohrid Lake Springs, St. Naum, Ohrid, Macedonia

Debar Lake, Macedonia

Krushevo – the Ethno Town, Macedonia

Kozjak Lake, Macedonia

The Sunken Church, Mavrovo Lake, Macedonia


Koleshino Waterfall, Macedonia

Smolare Waterfall, Macedonia

Duf Waterfall, Macedonia

Markovi Kuli, Prilep, Macedonia

Korab Mountain, Macedonia

Dojran Lake, Macedonia

Berovo Lake, Berovo, Macedonia




Aurora Resort & Spa, Berovo Lake, Berovo, Macedonia









Prespa Lake, Macedonia

Shara Mountain (Shar Planina), Macedonia



Popova Shapka, Shara Mountain, Macedonia

Stone Dolls of Kuklica, Kratovo, Macedonia

Macedonian Mountains under Snow

Kozuf Mountain, Macedonia



National Park Pelister, Macedonia



National Park Mavrovo, Macedonia


National Park Galicica, Macedonia

Peshna Cave, Macedonia


Cave Vrelo – World deepest underwater cave, Macedonia



River Radika, Macedonia

Springs in Vevchani, Macedonia

Ancient Megalithic Observatory Kokino, Macedonia

Few More Amazing Photos From Macedonia
















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