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15 Reasons to visit Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M)

15 Reasons to visit Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M)

Planning to visit Macedonia? Good choice! I went here last year, and I loved it. While it’s not your typical destination, it’s certainly a destination that deserves far more attention.

Here are 15 Reasons why you should visit Macedonia!


Did you know that Macedonia produces great wines? I had no idea when I arrived, but already at our first restaurant visit I found some great local wines, and they were cheap too! When I got back home I did some research and read that wine has played a big role even since Roman times, and in the former Yugoslavia, Macedonia produced a big quantity of wine.

When I got back home I did some research and read that wine has played a big role even since Roman times, and in the former Yugoslavia, Macedonia produced a big quantity of wine.


I love being outdoor, and even more when it’s not crowded. In Macedonia, you can enjoy beautiful nature without having to share it with hundreds of other tourists at the same time.

Beautiful lakes, big national parks, and mountains combined with a wide range of outdoor activities make it a great destination for all outdoorsy travelers.

kozjak lake

Kozjak Lake – Photo/Shutterstock


You don’t have to worry about breaking the bank while traveling in Macedonia. The price levels are way cheaper than the European average, and I found it was not only affordable but we also got great value for the money we spent.


How many of you have been to Macedonia? Hands up. Probably not that many, and that’s another reason why you should visit Macedonia. It’s unexplored, and you will find hidden gems everywhere.

I love traveling to countries that aren’t crowded with tourists. It’s something exciting to explore new places!

Rich history

The history goes way back, and Macedonia is actually one of the places that have been settled the longest in Europe, and there is evidence showing that a civilization flourished here as early as 7000 years BC. That means you will find plenty of historic sites here.

The location itself is interesting too because the region has had so many different eras and rulers over the years. So, if you like history this is one of the places to visit in Europe!

things to do in Skopje


The Macedonians are in general warm and welcoming, and the majority of them understand and can speak decent English. Most younger people can speak English without a problem, and many from the older generations understand and can speak a little English.

I found the Macedonians to be very chatty and interested in what I thought about their country. Many even showed interest about Sweden and what it was like living there.

Delicious food

It’s not only the wine that’s delicate here in Macedonia, the food is also nice and another good reason to visit Macedonia. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from who serve authentic Macedonian cuisine. Some dishes that you should try include Tavce Gravce, Pastrmajlija, Kacamak, and of course Turli Tava.

Best Places to visit in Macedonia

While I haven’t been everywhere, I’ve been to some nice places in Macedonia and others recommended from friends.


I really liked Skopje, it was a vibrant city full of restaurants, bars, and a nice vibe. This was combined with the old parts with cobblestone, the fortress and all of the majestic statues, squares, and museums. Skopje also had good shopping, and it was easy to get around.

Read more about the top things to do in Skopje

old bazaar

Old Bazaar – Photo/shutterstock

National Park Mavrovo

Fresh air, hiking, quaint villages are just a few reasons why you should explore the national park Mavrovo. The St. Jovan Bigorski Monastery is also a place of interest.

Mavroro is huge and stretches 192,000 acres from Lake Mavrovo to the Albanian border. If you like skiing this is the place to go, and you will find the best ski slopes of Macedonia in Mavroro, and the best time for skiing is from November to April.

Pelister National Park

The oldest of Macedonia’s three national parks offer beautiful views and a rich wildlife.

Lake Ohrid

From the photos, you can see that this is a magical place, and it’s probably the most famous place among tourists in Macedonia. The natural beauty speaks for itself and Lake Ohrid shouldn’t be missed out.

Stay at least 1-2 nights and indulge nature, go for a hike and enjoy some stunning scenery. Also, don’t miss the Monastery of St. Naum, where you can admire some of the best fresco paintings in all Balkan.



Mentioned as the Macedonian version of Las Vegas, Gevgelija will give you a good time if you like casinos, resorts, and spa treatments. galleries, nightclubs, and concerts.


One of Macedonia’s most significant historic cities, which was first founded in the 7th century. The reason why Stobi became an important city is because of its location along an old Roman trade route.

It’s just a short ride from Skopje, and if you have time, you should go here!


If you love wine, you shouldn’t miss out on visiting Povardarie, which produce some really good wines. The most popular varieties are Vranec and Smederevka, and there are several wineries where you can go for a wine tasting experience.

Matka Canyon

Another natural spot, but a bit closer to the capital of Skopje, just a 30-minute drive away. Go for some kayaking here and walk along the Canyon walls. The color of the water is remarkable, and if you feel adventurous there are also some caves that you can explore.

matka canyon skopje

My personal opinion on why you should visit Macedonia

First of all, why not? I mean, the major cities and destinations in Europe will probably stay the same year after year, but Macedonia is an upcoming destination. With low-cost carrier airlines starting to offer cheap flights it’s just a matter of time before tourism picks up.

It’s easier than ever to get here, either by plane or bus, and this is the time to enjoy genuine Macedonia. I’ve been to many places in the world, and this country is one of the most interesting ones I’ve visited.

I can highly recommend visiting Macedonia while there are still so many hidden gems to discover!

Another good reason to visit Macedonia, it’s really cheap and you get lots of value for your money. You can stay in luxurious hotels for way less than in bigger cities, and if you stick to middle-class hotels you get very affordable deals, without compromising standards.

It’s one of the least explored countries in Europe, and that’s why you should visit Macedonia, it’s really interesting, welcoming, and affordable!

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Matka Canyon – Skopje, Macedonia

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I hope this post got you inspired to visit Macedonia, and if you’ve also been here, feel free to share your tips in the comment section below! 

Elefterios Mitsos

Monday 4th of June 2018

Macedonia is a beautiful country and most importantly, its NOT Greece !!


Thursday 8th of March 2018

Also visit the huge cross on the hill above Skopje. Macedonia has amazing mountain peaks.


Wednesday 12th of April 2017

Great read! It is a gem in the Balkans ❤


Monday 10th of April 2017

I am from Macedonia and now living in South Sweden :) It is so nice when I read that a swedish person has visited my country and has wonderful words to describe it. When you put political situation apart , Macedonia, with all nature, is rare precious pearl. I miss that beauties so much, especially Mavrovo, sv.Jovan Bigorski monestery and Ohrid with all it's surrounding, cheap retro restaurants hidden somewhere in the nature and our traditional food. I am nature lover, so next time when you visit Macedonia, do not hesitate to ask for advice ;) PS: Maybe you can visit and write something for Karlskrona and the islands :) Or share something more for Sweden.


Monday 10th of April 2017

Macedonia is a magical place, next time you are in the country reach out to us and we will show you some secret locations ;)