Welcome to North Macedonia

Welcome to North Macedonia. North Macedonia is a country in Southern Europe that is known for its history, culture, and natural beauty. It is situated between Albania and Bulgaria with Greece to the south and Serbia to the north.

Map of North Macedonia

Basic Stats

Travel safety rating: 7/10

Targeted groups: No groups found

General Sanitation Rating: 8/10

Food Safety Rating for Foreigners: 7/10

Tourism Infrastructure Rating: 6/10

Fluency in English Rating: 2/10

Languages spoken: Macedonian

These stats were collected through general studies by prominent institutions that analyzed Macedonia's tourism sector. They represent Macedonia as a whole, not certain parts of the country that are either better or worse-off. These studies were then summarized into a given rating.

Top Attractions

Skopje

Skopje is the capital and largest city of North Macedonia.

Skopje

Bitola

Bitola is a city in Macedonia near the Greek border that is known for its architecture and natural beauty.

bitola

Kumanovo

Kumanovo is a city in North Macedonia that is known for its history and architecture.

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History

The first to conquer North Macedonia were the Paeonians, who were conquered by the Persians in the 6th century BCE. After around two hundred years of Greek and Macedonian revolts, the Persians were forced to abandon their European territories. In the 4th century BCE, an independent Macedonia led by Alexander the Great began to take hold. The country conquered large parts of Southern Europe, Africa, and Asia and was one of the largest empires to ever exist on our planet. Macedonia was eventually conquered by the Roman Empire. Slavs arrived in Macedonia in the early Middle Ages as the Roman Empire was collapsing and were forced to join the new Byzantine Empire. By the 9th century, Macedonia was conquered by the First Bulgarian Empire. Macedonia was reconquered by the Byzantine Empire in the 11th century but brief periods of Serbian and Bulgarian rule continued. Macedonia was conquered by the Ottoman Empire at the end of the 14th century. During a series of wars between Balkan states in the early 20th century, Macedonia was invaded by the Kingdom of Serbia. Although many Macedonians resisted this did not matter since Serbia soon joined a union with other Balkan states that became Yugoslavia in 1929. After World War Two, there were frequent revolts in Macedonia against Yugoslav rule which eventually led to Macedonia declaring independence in the early 1990s and the establishment of a new state called North Macedonia.

Transportation

"Intercity rail travel is economical and generally comfortable, although the network is somewhat limited due to the mountainous nature of the country. ... Visitors should note that Ohrid is not accessible by train, and longer-distance buses are the only public transportation option." - iExplore

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