Thursday, December 28, 2017

Top 5 best articles of 2017 about Macedonia

Macedonia with its natural and cultural attractions is attracting world medias and travel influencers to write and recommend this country on the list of best destinations.
Macedonia has plenty of places to visit, starting from National Parks, beautiful lakes, among them the oldest and deepest lake in Europe, Lake Ohrid and Ohrid city itself, which are part of UNESCO world heritage.
Here are some of the articles promoting tourism in Macedonia...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Evening Standard: The small country of Macedonia with great vineyards

When it comes to Macedonia you may think about Lake Ohrid as UNESCO site but the British Media “Evening Standard” promote lately in article the viniculture of Macedonia.

Macedonia may be small (just shy of 10,000 square miles) but its vineyards pack a punch. In wine region Tikves, 50 miles south of the capital, Skopje, Stobi offers a range of tours, making it a good bet for the time-pushed. Visits end with a tasting paired with traditional Macedonian cuisine.

Tikves is more touristy, with its firelit tasting room for sipping gutsy, award-winning prokupac and vranec. The relaxed tour takes you past barrels containing the award-winning Alexandria Cuvée adored by locals, and Domaine Lepovo pinot noir.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Top 10 things not to miss in Macedonia

Slavorum is an online publisher who writes articles about Slavic culture, food and touristic destinations. Macedonia is a rising destination and Slavorum lists top 10 things to experience in this country.  “This small nation country with its mixture of Ottoman, Roman and Greek history will lead you to an incredible journey through the amazing ancient cities, giving the modern touch and its natural wonders. You will have the chance to visit the villages with their own traditions, monasteries that will fascinate you, tons of delicious food and its natural treasures that will leave you breathless.” writes Lena Trkalevska the author of this article:
Photo credits: Nikolovskii / Flickr
Here is the list of top 10 things to experience in Macedonia:

Visit Skopje- The capital is the 21st century ever-changing city with its statues, fountains and monuments surrounding the city square. There is a lot to see, starting from the Byzantine and the Ottoman era, the amazing Old Turkish Bazaar, Skopje’s guardian Fortress Kale dating from the 5th century, the Stone Bridge.
Taste the best wine in Tikvesh Wine Region: This is the Macedonian heartland of wine since the 4th century. In the never ending fields filled with grapes, you will have a unique opportunity to taste one of Europe’s award winning wines.
Wander through National Park of Mavrovo: The best Macedonian ski resort, embracing a pine and birch forest, numerous waterfalls will leave you speechless.
Photo source: Slavorum

Horse riding in Galichnik
: Galichnik is famous for its traditional weddings. For the ones eager to do sports, this is the perfect combination of horse riding and nature at its best, while tasting the best traditionally prepared lamb
Kayaking and Canoeing on the Canyon Matka: Just outside Skopje, the Canyon covers 5,000 hectares and is a home to a couple of monasteries from the medieval period.
Photo source: Slavorum

Hiking and mountain biking: Numerous hiking clubs in Macedonia are organizing hiking activities on the mountains Korab, Jakupica, Shar Planina and Bistra.
Sailing on the Ohrid Lake: This recreational activity in the city of churches and monasteries, protected by UNESCO will give you the best sailing experience in Macedonia.
Visit the City of Consuls “Bitola”: The City of Consuls if filled with elegant people and beautiful buildings and sights of the old and the modern part of the city, offering you a unique café culture, Turkish mosques and the most famous pedestrian street Shirok Sokak.

Take a moment of peace in Zrze monastery: Once a spiritual center, this monastery is located near the city Makedonski Brod, in a tranquil location, with a view over the field of Pelagonia and its spacious lands.
National park Galichica: Just outside of Ohrid, there is a place with huge biodiversity of plants and wildlife animals. Once you climb the mountain top, you can enjoy the most beautiful view of the two natural lakes of Ohrid and Prespa.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Lonely Planet- Hiking across Macedonia: finding remote contentment

Macedonia is a country with endless outdoors adventures. Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide platform, promotes the outdoor tourism in Macedonia. Alex Crevar the author of this article shares his experience on the mountains of Macedonia.  
Camp on Šar Mountain, with view of Titov Vrv (2748m) © Aleksandar Donev / Lonely Planet
‘For explorers and adventure travellers who don’t know this undiscovered expanse of Macedonia, a country on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe, an excursion to this dovetailing string of summits and massifs (which include the Šar, Bistra and Jablanica Mountains) means some of the best, and most unheralded, hiking on the continent. But even for the horseback members of the group assembled – all of whom live in the Balkans and have spent a significant amount of time scaling the region’s topography – this was a treat.’ says Alex.
Karanikola glacial lake viewed from Karanikola peak (2409m) © Aleksandar Donev / Lonely Planet  
Over the course of eight days, we would hike (and gallop) stages that began in northwestern Macedonia, straddle the Kosovo border, and then steer south along the Albanian frontier. Our journey traversed a national park, and included visits to centuries-old Orthodox churches and a monastery built by St Clement more than 1000 years ago. We stayed in huts wedged into hillsides, and woke with frosty morning dew clinging to our tents. We had stove-cooked-coffee conversations with locals about a myriad of subjects from politics to sheep shearing, and watched as those same locals dragged thick, work-tested fingers across smudged maps and explained how the mountains here once defined the edges of Yugoslavia. The journey ended on the shores of the ancient, Unesco-protected, tectonic Lake Ohrid, 300m deep and stretching over 34km.
As we cantered back into Sherpa’s Galičnik ranch, the sun had shifted to the other side of the horizon. We were worn out and dusty, but immediately buoyed by dinner. The smell of green, red and yellow piquant peppers, cooking naked on an iron stove, wafted above the corral. Wedges of young, white cheese sat beside pans of a savoury pastry called burek, and waited on a rough-sawn table. We sat and clinked glasses of strong, amber-coloured rakija.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Paste Magazine: Macedonia, the landlocked country is a paradise

Paste Magazine, a well- known media for its unique articles about travel all over the world,  has dedicated a lot of publications about Balkan countries, including Macedonia. Sarah Bennet, the freelancer journalist visited Macedonia and published her impressions about the country on Paste Magazine.

“The Republic of Macedonia is regarded as one of the world’s oldest and most culturally rich civilizations. For travelers, “this landlocked country, which sits in the center of the Balkan Peninsula, is paradise. Each town throughout the country holds a different opportunity to celebrate ancient traditions and the spots between—with some of region’s highest peaks and deepest waters—is heaven for adventure travel. And, at the end of each day, explorers will enjoy superb domestic wine and absolutely the freshest cuisine.”

What to do in Macedonia? Sarah come up with a list of 5 things to do in Macedonia:

1. Fill Up on Traditional Foods
Whether you’re beginning a day of exploring or ending a long night of partying, Macedonia boasts some delicious dishes. One of the country’s best-known delicacies is moussaka, a casserole oozing with layers of eggplant, potatoes and red meat (often green peppers and tomatoes, too). Another favorite is burek—a thin, flaky pastry filled with a combination of onion, potatoes, feta, spinach, ground beef or lamb and a side of homemade yogurt for dipping.
2. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
If you’ve been wanting to take an athletic route through the historic hills of Europe, Macedonia is the place to do it. There are multiple races throughout the summer months, like the Tour de Galicica bike race through Galicica National Park in June. Trail running events are also popular—and you’ll have continual photo ops in the Sharr Mountains, a range that connects the country to Albania and Kosovo. Jeep safari tours are a great option for large groups and often offer scenic rides to remote villages.
And one of the best parts of Macedonia is that you can view its incredible terrains from more than just the ground level. Take a dive into Lake Ohrid (pictured at top), one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes. Under the serene waters you’ll see paleolithic settlements scattered among the sandy banks that date back an estimated 2 million years.
3. Explore Matka Canyon
Treska River flows southwest out of the Vardar River, eventually tapering off after flowing through a total of 82 curvy miles. This vast river flows through many different lakes, including Lake Matka (pictured above), which is cradled in one of Macedonia’s most popular destinations for tourists and locals, Matka Canyon.
Photo by Jason Rogers/Flickr CC BY

4. Celebrate Wine Country and Drink Local Liqueur 
The longer you spend in Macedonia, the more you’ll notice groups of friends shouting, “Na zdravje!” as glasses clink. The ritual is an important part of dining, as is rakija, the schnapps that is more than likely in their glasses. This brandy is often made at home with locally harvested ingredients ranging from walnuts to plums. Mastika is another common drink that resembles rakija, but is made with spices from mediterranean trees. Grab a glass and join in the toast which loosely translates, “To your health!”
5. Be a Tourist, See Skopje
Downtown Skopje has recently gone through a drastic reboot—this bustling part of the city has been labeled “Vegas-like” due to the bright lights and newly erected statues. One example is a prominent 72-foot depiction of Alexander the Great that stands in Macedonia Square.
However, if you walk toward the northeast corner of the city, you’ll find its most well-preserved sector: Old Bazaar. As one of the Balkans’ largest bazaars, the streets are filled mosques, galleries and museums housed by Byzantine and Ottoman architecture dating back to the 12th century. Whether it’s jewelry, souvenirs or authentic food you’re shopping for, you’ll find it here.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Top 5 things to do in Lake Ohrid, impossible to resist

Things to do on Lake Ohrid that will make you fall in love

by TravelTheGlobe4Less

"Lake Ohrid is a UNESCO protected lake and town in South-West Macedonia. Squeezed into the border of Macedonia and Albania, it is a heady combination of crumbling villas, terracotta tiles and gigantic statues. This is a town where you will fall in love – with early morning mists hovering over the lake, with deserted castles and monasteries and with delightful, natural springs bubbling from emerald waters. I’ve put together five top things to do in and around Lake Ohrid, enough to tempt even the cold-hearted into a romantic clinch. These fabulous destinations are like a tempting vixen or charming prince, impossible to resist.

St. Naum monastery: A visit to the monastery is as much about the journey as the arrival. You feast on beautiful coastal views, and glimpses of the Bay of Bones, the President’s summer house and the only five-star resort on the lake.
The hulking outline of mountains rising on the opposite side of the lake in Albania add drama to the monastery’s location. Like a guardian angel, it perches on a rocky outcropping, overlooking the bay. It’s free to visit the inner courtyard but 100 Den to go inside the small monastery (30 if you are a student!)
Inside, frescoes line every inch of wall space, so dated they look like smudged crayon drawings which have rubbed away over time. A sense of serenity overwhelms me and I find myself reliving the sensation of meditating on an Indian retreat.
Once you have taken your ecclesiastical fill, wander down the hillside towards the few restaurants and village shops. En route, you will pass boat owners touting short trips into the emerald green springs. Negotiate a price and jump onboard.

St. Naum springs. It’s silent apart from the water lapping at the hull of the boat and the oars splashing as we row slowly through the springs of St. Naum. Vivid green waters hide gurgling springs below, the main supply of lake water. We can just make out huge bubbles spewing from the ground into the cold waters like potions in a cauldron.
My tour guide, Nikola is something of a storyteller regaling me with tales of previous mishaps on the boat. I struggle to understand everything he says but am happy to stare into the crystal clear waters and thank my lucky stars I am fortunate enough to be here.
We row (yes, Nikola is crazy enough to allow me to take the oars!) to a tiny monastery hidden in the bush, the colours so vivid it looks as though the pop filter on my camera has been applied to the scene. It’s truly stunning, like a quaint little cottage hidden in the woods.
Cost: the boat trip costs 10 Euro per person and you can book your own trip with Nikola at Nikoturs.

Samuil’s Fortress, Ohrid
This fortress is a Goliath. With remearkably well preserved walls, a huge inner courtyard and a gigantic flag fluttering above, it can be seen from almost anywhere in Ohrid. If you want specatcaulr views a little closer, however head to the church of Perivleptos where you have the perfect vantage point of the castle.
It pays to get here early too. Although the official opening time is 9am, I arrive at 8.30 and wander through the gates to find myself alone. Like an excited child, I rush up onto the ramparts to admire spectacular views of the town slowly waking from a slumber, wisps of hazy clouds lingering. The video gives you an idea of how fabulous this attraction is (100 Den or 30 if you are a student) especially when you have it entirely to yourself. I have one of my quiet, wow moments, one where I feel a little overwhelmed with a wondrous sense of delight.
Does anyone else experience that sensation when travelling?

St John at Kaneo Church
The Wizz Air site proudly displays a picture of this church, which probably sub-consciously influenced me to book the flights. It’s a red terracotta delight perched high on the cliff, above stunning azure waters. I’m drawn to it like a moth to a flame, carefully skittering down the hillside to take a closer look. The architecture resembles many other churches in the area (365 apparently!) with a small dome in the middle and pale-red brickwork.
You can reach the church by following a boardwalk along the base of the cliff from the old town of Ohrid. After passing a little shingle beach, the path weaves its way up the hillside until you arrive at a bluff overlooking the church.

The monastery of St Pantelejimon
In the shadow of the castle and high above the water, another monastery greets you with roman pillars suggesting a grand, bygone era. It is clearly an auspicious monument as our visit coincides with that of the Macedonian president meeting Serbian orthodox priests. My curiosity gets the better of me and I decide to pay the 30 Den (student price or 100 for adults: £1.50) so I can get my first glimpse of the president.
I wander around the church, snapping pictures of the mind boggling roof shapes then stop to sunbathe. I am basking in the shade of the roman ruins when a posse of people emerge into sunlight. I immediately identify the president (something about the scary looking bodyguards surrounding him!) who passes by so close I can almost reach out and grab him (but I don’t fancy being shot today!).
His security is pretty limited and I’m astonished that I can get so close with no security clearance and no search. It makes an amusing interlude to my day but I soon forget about it in my quest to discover Ohrid.
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