Republic of north Macedonia
The Republic of North Macedonia is located in South-Eastern Europe, in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula. It is positioned as a strategic crossroads connecting Europe and the countries of Asia and the Northern part of Africa. The country belongs to the Western Balkans and it borders Serbia and Kosovo to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south and Albania to the west. The Republic of North Macedonia has a total area of 25,713 km2, out of which 80% of the country is delineated with mountain ranges – 38 mountains and 20 peaks with elevation of more than 2,000 meters. On the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia there are 3 national parks, 43 lakes out of which 3 are tectonic, 25 glacial and 15 artificial. The country has an incredible number of 280 sunny days throughout the year. North Macedonia is a country that offers a perfect balance between leisure and relaxation.
The Republic of North Macedonia has a population of almost two million citizens. The Capital of the country is Skopje, which numbers about half a million citizens. The Vardar River divides the city into two parts – traditional and modern.
The city of Ohrid is called the Balkan Jerusalem and it is known as the city of churches because it has 365 churches – a different church can be visited every day of the year. The city is located 695 meters above sea level while the Ohrid Lake has tectonic origin and is one of the biggest basins of fresh water in Europe. The Lake is 4 million years old and is protected by UNESCO, as the world’s natural heritage. This Lake is the home of more than 200 endemic species of fish, including the Ohrid trout.
Sharena Mosque (Decorated Mosque) is located in Tetovo and is unique in its type due to its internal and external paintings originating from the 15th century. The Bigorski Monastery (devoted to St. John the Baptist) was founded in 1020 A.D. and it houses an iconostasis constructed in 1829. Krushevo is the highest town in the Balkans; Lake Dojran nurtures healing algae, while the Tikvesh region produces 80% of the well-known red wine.
The Republic of North Macedonia has excellent flight connections, regular lines and charter flights to and from the airports in Skopje and Ohrid. If you have decided to drive, the highway E-75 starting in Norway and ending on the island of Crete in the Mediterranean, will take you straight to the heart of the country, which is a treasury of millennia old culture and tradition, untouched nature and unforgettable gastronomic experiences. The country is a multi-ethnic and multicultural society, fostering different religions.