Places to visit in Macedonia
From untouched and undiscovered nature to prehistoric temples and archaeological sites.
If you want to explore medieval churches and monasteries there are more than 1.000 in Macedonia. The frescoes in most of them are beautifully preserved surviving centuries. In many icon galleries around the country, you will find out more about medieval wooden icons, or even older early Christian terracotta icons. You can also visit the remains of some of the hundreds of early Christian churches with extraordinary floor mosaics.
The Archaeological Museum of Macedonia and the city museums are full of artifacts exclusively from this piece of lend.
As a crossroad of ancient civilizations, all around Macedonia, there are thousands of detected archaeological sites, thousands smaller or bigger fortresses or fortifications, many of them remain untouched. Visiting Macedonia, you will find out about the prehistoric observatories and temples, like Kokino or Cocev Kamen.
For nature lovers, with 35 high mountains, Macedonia will be a real paradise. It offers natural, glacial, man-made lakes and rivers, waterfalls and natural parks, more than 300 species of birds, many indigenous species of flora and fauna.
There is almost no city or town in Macedonia that was not founded in the period before Christ. All of them, without exception, have at least one name given before Christ, and another existing one from the medieval period. They basically lаy on layers of civilizations.
If you visit the rural areas of Macedonia, in the villages you can see an old specific architecture in almost each of them. The best local food and drinks you will find in the villages – delicious recipes with natural ingredients.
In Macedonia, wine is being produced from the ancient times. Today in about 80 wineries Macedonia produces wine on some 22,400 hectares (55,000 acres) of vineyards. Red wine dominates the Macedonian wine production, with around 80 percent. While part of the federation Yugoslavia, Macedonia was a major producer of wine. In the 1980s, it accounted for around two-thirds of the Yugoslav wine production. The grape varieties common in cultivation include a large proportion of indigenous varieties and varieties common to Central Europe and the Balkans, as well as some international varieties. Red varieties include Vranec, Kratosija, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. It should be noted that Stanušina Crna is a unique variety of grape of Macedonian origin, capable of producing very high-quality wines. White varieties include Smederevka, Welschriesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, and Žilavka.