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Macedonia : When and where to go?
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Macedonia: Climate & Weather
The climate of the country is of continental type, except in the south where it is more Mediterranean. Winters are cold and the summers warm, but the dry air makes the temperatures bearable, either very low (down to -15 ° C) or very hot (sometimes 40 ° C).
11°C - 52°F
Skopje, updated 00:30 GMT
What to do in Macedonia
The capital is Skopje where you can discover the old bazaar, its hammams, mosques, and a beautiful fortress, but most of its sites were destroyed during the 1963 earthquake. However, it offers many festive and cultural events , And have superb museums. Ohrid is the true tourist capital, classified as UNESCO heritage because of its medieval architecture: built on the shores of a lake, it also offers the traveler beautiful beaches and marinas.
There are several archaeological sites in the country, which it would be a shame to miss: the neolithic village of Toumba Madjari, in the suburbs of Skopje; The cave decorated with Tsotev Kamen; The megalithic observatory of Kokino, which is the fourth oldest on the planet.
Let's not forget to mention the three national parks that showcase the mountain ranges of the country, their wildlife such as deer, wolf, bear and lynx, and their flora, including species Endemic species such as Macedonian pine.
Other riches of this country: its many lakes, traditional villages, crafts, monasteries with Byzantine architecture and Ottoman mosques.
Some places to explore for those looking to get off the beaten path: the Devich farms near the Treska River, which practice alternative tourism in a beautiful location; The summit of Pelsiter, 15 km from Bitola, with its virgin landscapes, springs and lakes; The mountain refuges of Golemo Ezero and Kopanki near the lakes of the same name.
Macedonia : The basics
You do not need a visa for a stay of less than three months, an ID card or a passport is sufficient.
The current currency is the Macedonian Dinar (MKD).
Guests can arrive by plane to Skopje Airport, which is about 20 km from the city, or Orhid Airport, 6 km from the city center. To travel in the country, trains and buses will allow you to reach most towns and villages, even if you are sometimes obliged to combine two means of transport to reach certain isolated places. The most convenient is probably to rent a car. Beware, however, of poorly maintained and poorly lit secondary roads. In the big cities you can easily find taxis, which are very cheap.
Budget: about 60 € per day for an average standard of living without depriving you but without excess.
Health: nothing to report in this country, it is simply advisable to have your classic vaccinations up to date.
Security: there is no particular security measure to take in this country, stay alert in Skopje as in all major cities of the world. Avoid gatherings and demonstrations.
Shopping: to bring back from a trip to Macedonia, icons, that you will choose made in series or hand painted according to your budget.