Macedonia Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Macedonia

Where is it: Macedonia is located in southeastern Europe, north of Greece

Why do people go here: Due to civil and ethnic unrest, continued pockets of resistance, and unexploded ordinances, many travelers choose to leave Macedonia off their list of places to visit. People who do visit, however, are charmed by the people and drawn to Ohrid, home to Lake Ohrid, the deepest lake in Europe, and to the town’s ancient ruins.

What are the main entry points: Travelers generally take a bus to Skopje from Yugoslavia, or enter the country from Greece into Gevgelija.

Currency used: Macedonian dinar

Country Code for Phones: 389

Area codes for Major Cities: Skopje 2

Religion: Macedonian Orthodox 67%, Muslim 30%, other 3%

Population: 2.1 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Macedonian 64.2%, Albanian 25.2%, Turkish 3.8%, Roma 2.7%, Serb 1.8%, other 2.3%

Government: Parliamentary democracy

Languages: Macedonian 70%, Albanian 21%, Turkish 3%, Serbo-Croatian 3%, other 3%

Travel Information

Major Cities: Skopje

Attractions: Ohrid, Churches, Countryside

Accommodation: Macedonia Hostels

Health Issues: No vaccines are required to enter Macedonia. If possible, health services should be sought outside of the country.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Macedonia has mild-weather year round.

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Specific Events/Holidays: Uprising Day, 2 August (1903); note – also known as Saint Elijah’s Day and Ilinden

Getting Around: Bus it baby and book in advance!

Good to know: Macedonia is famous for its scenic mountains and rich cultural heritage.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Macedonia is the Alexander the Great Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Macedonia travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.


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