The Republic of Macedonia is situated in the central Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. The landlocked country is accepted in the UN under the provisional reference the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Republic of Macedonia is bordered by Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, Albania to the west, and Kosovo to the northwest. The capital and largest city is Skopje.
What to see & do
Church of St. John - The Church of St. John, also called Saint John the Theologian, Kaneo, is a Macedonian Orthodox church located on the cliff over Kaneo Beach in Ohrid. The church is dedicated to John of Patmos, writer of the Revelation, also believed to be the same person as John the Apostle. According to archaeologists, the church is believed to have been constructed some time before the rise of the Ottoman Empire. The church was restored in 1964.
Stone Town of Kuklica – In the village of Kuklica, near Kratovo, is an area that contains over 120 naturally formed stone pillars. The formations are found on the right bank of the Kriva River valley. There are two legends explaining the origin of the stone formations: one tells of how a woman stumbled upon her fiancé’s wedding with another woman and angrily turned everyone at the ceremony into stone, while the other claims that the area was a wasteland with such low temperatures that when an army passed through, the soldiers turned into rocks.
Skopje Zoo – The Skopje Zoo occupies an area of 12 hectares in Gradski Park. Founded in 1926, the zoo houses approximately 500 animals of 100 species. It was formerly criticised due to the poor living conditions of the animals, but starting in 2008, the zoo began working on renovating and improving the facilities. By 2010, 18 new enclosures had been built.
How to get around within Republic of Macedonia
Macedonia has a well-developed bus system within the capital and throughout the country. Intercity bus networks operate through all the major centres and cities. The railroad system is very reliable and convenient as well, although has slower service. The main train operates from Skopje to Bitola and Skopje to Gevgelija. Taxis are also a very common mode of transportation around Macedonia, especially for tourists. Around Lake Ohrid, boats for charter are plentiful.
How to get there
Macedonia has two international airports: Skopje “Alexander the Great” Airport and Ohrid “St. Paul the Apostle” Airport. The larger Skopje Airport is also the busier one, and is located 17 kilometres southeast of Skopje. It is served by Adria Airways, Air Serbia, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Belair, Corendon Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Edelweiss Air, flydubai, Germania, Helvetic Airways, Jetairfly, Nesma Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress, Swiss Internatoinal Air Lines, Turkish Airlines, and Wizz Air. There are regular flights to Skopje Airport from Istanbul, Geneva, Barcelona, Basel, Beauvais, Bergamo, Charleroi, Cologne, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Friedrichshafen, Gothenburg, Hahn, London, Lübeck, Malmö, Memmingen, Nuremberg, Sandefjord, Stockholm, Treviso, Zürich, Zagreb, Dubai, Vienna, Rome, Belgrade, and Ljubljana. As for Ohrid Airport, the only regular scheduled services are from Zürich, provided by Helvetic Airways, and from Basel, provided by WizzAir. There are seasonal flights between the Republic of Macedonia and Amsterdam through Arkefly, and Brussels through Jetairfly. Seasonal charter services are provided by Austrian Airlines, Corendon Airlines, and Corendon Dutch Airlines to and from Graz, Linz, Vienna, Dalaman, Amsterdam, and Eindhoven.
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