FYR of Macedonia Off The Beaten Path

  • Dragar River in Bitola
    Dragar River in Bitola
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    Lake Lokva
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FYR of Macedonia Off The Beaten Path

  • Getting Out of Town

    Skopje Off The Beaten Path

    A huge steel cross, lit up at night, oversees Skopje from Mount Vodno. It is a good purpose for a short hike! The cross is 66 meter high and was built in 2002 to celebrate 2000 years of Christianity. It is divided in 33 stages, each for one year of the age of Jesus. We took a cab from the center of Skopje to the last big parking (Middle Vodno)...

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    Ohrid Off The Beaten Path

    The only active volcano in on the Balkans can be found about 7 km from Ohrid, in the village Kosel along the road from Ohrid to Resen and Bitola. There is a sign along the road that points to the volcano. Volcano probably isn't the right word, because it never erupted. Geothermal surface feature would be more correct. Sulfur gasses (hydrogen...

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  • Neighborhoods

    Skopje Off The Beaten Path

    If you walk the ulica Samuilova onwards, you will walk by the Topana district. Once it was here where most of the Gypsies lived. Nowadays (after the earthquake of 1963) they live mostly in Shutka. On the left side you will see the French military cemetery dating from WW 1, which is not accessible.

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    Ohrid Off The Beaten Path

    Some 30km south of Ohrid on the lake is the beautiful, if small, monastery of St. Naum. The monastery was built in 900AD by its namesake, St. Naum, who came to Ohrid after being expelled for his disobedience to German priests in Great Moravia. His body is now interred within the monastery, and he attracts many devoted tourists every day of the...

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  • Relaxing

    Skopje Off The Beaten Path

    The Gazi Baba Woods are located on a hill north-east of the center of Skopje, north of the river Vardar. Most locals from Skopje that I asked about the woods did not even know about them, and we had to show the taxi-driver on a map! Consequently, it is very quiet there, and a perfect place for some jogging, a stroll, or a picnic in one of the...

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  • boat trips

    Ohrid Off The Beaten Path

    Crkvata Sveta Bogorodica Zaumska – the Church of the Holy Mother of God at Zaum is the beautiful, richly decorated edifice. It is located approximately 20 km from the city of Ohrid, at the stunning location, on a small secluded beach squeezed between almost vertical rocks of Mount Galicica on the east, and water of the Ohrid Lake on the west. It is...

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  • Mother Teresa

    Skopje Off The Beaten Path

    This plaque marks the spot where the house stood in which Mother Teresa was born in Skopje. [She was of Albanian ethnicity.] There is a double irony here... first many people missed this plaque even though it was right on the walking area going towards the main shopping center. The second irony is that it is no longer there because people kept...

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    Ohrid Off The Beaten Path

    The website provides an interesting article on the large mosaic that was discovered on the site. There are two main locations where you can see the mosaics currently. Under the wooden roofed walkway are the ones already excavated. Nearer the church itself under a tent are the ones till being worked on.

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  • Hiking on Mount Baba in Pelister...

    In Bitola, we took a cab which took us to a dead-end road close to a hotel at the foot of Baba mountain (Baba means grandmother).From there we did a short hike through the forest to the mountain hut Kopanki, where we cooked our dinner (soup + pasta, it´s hard to make something else on the rudimentary cooking-range in the little kitchen next to the...

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  • Paths leading to the monasteries of...

    There are some recently published PDF files about hiking trials that lead to the monasteries of Mountain Baba (=Grandmother).They are published under the name "Paths that lead to the monasteries of Baba Planina".Currently I found 4 of them, i.e.Brajcino - Golem Ezero (Big Lake) - NizepoleGrnchari - Kurbinovo - Slivnica - Brajchino - Ljubojno -...

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  • Mount Vodno, Skopje

    A huge steel cross, lit up at night, oversees Skopje from Mount Vodno. It is a good purpose for a short hike!We took a cab from the centre of Skopje to the last big parking before the top. Several marked paths lead to the top and the cross. During the trip, there are several very good panorama points that give a great overview of the Skopje valley....

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  • Springs of Vevcani

    Nestled at the base of the mountain and at the back of the town of Vevcani in Western Macedonia are the charming Springs of Vevcani. Rushing forth from a cave is a considerable stream of fresh, mountain spring water. There is a very walkable path from the town to the Spring complete with bridges, benches and viewing areas. The nearby restaurant...

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  • Galicica National Park

    Proclaimed a national park in 1958, the Galicici National Park covers and area of 25,000 hectares in SW Macedonia including borders on Lake Ohrid and Prespa Lake. The highest peaks of Kota and Magaro tower over 2,250 meters above sea level and the lakes of Ohrid and Prespa. The views from the pass between Prespa and Ohrid are nothing short of...

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  • Hiking in Macedonia

    Macedonia is a perfect country for hiking. It has many mountains and hills, and a lot of churches, monuments and scenic places to visit during the hikes. Unfortunately, it is still hard to get information about the trails, and descriptions are hard to find, if they already exist.The several hikes that I have described are scattered over individual...

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  • Mount Vodno

    On top of mount Vodno is a huge Cross built in 2000. Vodno is 1066 metres high, there are marked hiking paths to the Cross for the fit people. Looking at it from Skopje was enough for me,

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  • Via Egnatia Trail, Gorna Belica near...

    Gorna Belica is a tiny village high in the mountains northwest of Lake Ohrid. It is close to the Vevcani springs.According to the information panel that we encountered while walking from Gorna Belica to the Church of St Clement, this 8 km trail takes you along:- Gorna Belica (1450m)- Jankov Kamen (1200m, a picnic place with benches)- Vajtos...

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  • Hike to the Monastery of Treskovec,...

    The Monastery of Treskovec lies 10 km outside Prilep. It is built on the ancient town of Kolobaise (3rd century BC - 7th century AD). The Church of St Bogorodica (Holy Mother of God) on the complex dates back to the 14th century, but was built on the foundations of a 6th-century basilica. You should take a flashlight to be able to see the frescoes...

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  • From Lake Ohrid to Lake Prespa

    At St Naum, you can arrange for a cab to take you over the mountain (Galicica National Park) to Lake Prespa. Ask the driver to stop at the panorama points, the view on both lakes is magnificent. A good stopping point is the little chapel of St George, on top of the mountain, see the pictures.From a certain point, you can see both lakes, with just a...

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  • Have a picnic

    If you are visiting Veles and have some time to spare, you can have a picnic out of the town. The place is called "Babuna" but it is also known as "Peshti". It is a very peaceful place where you can spend a whole day or just a couple of hours. It is placed by the river Babuna, surrounded by rocks and trees. All you need to do is get some food,...

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  • Lake Matka

    Lake Matka is a man-made lake by damming the river Treska, about 30 minutes by car or bus (number 60) from Skopje. It lies in a steep ravine of the Treska Valley and is quite panoramic. It´s nice walking in this area! Around the lake you will find several marked trails, leading to churches, and the ruins of Marko's City. The link below will take...

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  • Pesna Cave, near Makedonski Brod

    This cave has an enormous entrance. Before the entrance, there are the ruins of a Byzantine fortress.The legend has it that this fortress used to be the home of Pesna, the sister of King Marko (1335- 1395). The spring of the river Peshnica is located in the cave itself.The cave is close to the village Makedonski Brod. If you take the road from...

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  • Mavrovo National Park

    Mavrovo was proclaimed National Park in 1949 and is the biggest National Park of Macedonia, located in the north-west and bordering Albania. It covers an area of more than 73,000 square hectares.The structure of the park is diverse, covering a part of the alpine mountainous region from the Shara Mountain and Pind Mountainous system. This area...

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  • Fortress Towers of Marko (Markovi Kuli,...

    High above the town of Prilep stand the Markovi Kuli, Towers of Marko, named after the last Macedonian king Marko. Marko Mrnjavcevic, son of Tsar Volkasin Mrnjavcevic, was of Serbian origin. When his father died in 1371 in a fight against the Ottomans, the crown was passed to Marko. Prilep, which was the capital of Marko's empire, eventually fell...

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  • 3-4 day trip Ohrid-Prilep-Krusevo-Ohrid

    We did a very nice 3-day trip, starting from Ohrid, where we had our accommodation. To visit Ohrid and surroundings you at least need 2 or 3 days, see my Ohrid page.The trip contains two hikes and numerous places of interest.From the bus station in Ohrid, we took the bus to Prilep. We stayed two days in Prilep, in the up-market hotel Crystal...

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  • Hike from monastery of St Spas to...

    After our visit to Prilep (this is part of a 3-4 day trip from Ohrid-Prilep-Krusevo-Ohrid) we took a cab to the monastery of St Spas in Trstenik, on the road from Prilep to Krusevo. The road to the monastery is down in the valley before the road starts climbing up to Krusevo. We arrived there in the evening and got a room in the new part of the...

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  • Hikes in Pelister National Park

    You can do a very nice hike in Pelister National Park, starting at Hotel Molika in Bitola.The description leaves several options open to yourself, such as length, duration, steepness and the option to spend the night in a mountain hut.See the link below for my travelogue with the description.

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  • Lake Ohrid

    The best known tourist destination in Macedonia is Lake Ohrid. Old Cliffie has to confess that he hasn't been there on his recent visits to Macedonia. In fact, it must be 35 years since he spent some time in Ohrid, when it was still part of the old Yugoslavia. He wandered along the lakeside until he reached the dire warnings about approaching the...

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  • Climbing Mount Korab, highest peak of...

    Mount Korab (2764 m) is the highest peak of Macedonia, located in the Mavrovo National Park in the northwest of Macedonia.Since Mount Korab is on the border with Albania, it is not allowed to climb this mountain without authorization from the Macedonian government, which allegedly is hard to get.However, once a year the Mountain Club Korab arranges...

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  • Sharkova Dupka Cave, Mavrovo

    The cave Sharkova Dupka is located in the National Park Mavrovo at 280 degrees west from the Mavrovo Lake in Mavrovo. The cave slit (entrance hole) is at the same height as the hotel Bistra roof on the hill just opposite it.The cave as a well-like entrance with diameter of 2 m, goes down 2 m straight, then 6 m oblique under an angle of 20 degrees,...

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  • Go hiking

    Once you are in Klinka Palinka, take a walk not a taxi and go throught the beautiful forest surrounding the monastery St.Joakim Osogovski. This is especially recommended through the winter time and beware of some bears that returned to this region recently. Very exciting though.

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  • Mosques

    Again a strange pictures for my "differently exercised" eyes : Mosques, so many mosques. High mountains, little villages...and a mosque in front of the massif. There are many of them in Skopje or in Ohridand and elsewhere with a big historical background. About that on these pages.

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  • The Villages and Roads

    Again and again the villages in the mountains were impressive for me. Quite particularly the position, high above in the mountains. As like as a coloured blot in the green landscape.The powerful mountain massifs and the little houses at the slopes are a charming contrast.The roads not less impressive. Sometimes I was glad that I could look by the...

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  • Look beside and byroad

    Schauen Sie in die Seitenstrassen, haben sie ein Auge für die manchmal aufregend einzigartigen kleinen Dinge am Rande. Abseits der Einkaufsstrassen oder der Sehenswürdigkeiten bietet sich oft erst der Eindruck des wirklichen Lebens in Mazedonien. Ob es ein altes Haus ist, ein gepflegter Hof oder Garten, die Schönheit des Zerfalls, Blumen oder...

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  • Hiking on Jakupica Mountain

    This was the first hike we did in Macedonia, and pretty much our first hike ever. So we were totally unprepared :-)We took the train from Skopje to Bogomila. In fact we stopped somewhere in the middle of nowhere, were there was no trainstation. We hooked up with two guys that also got out there and that had done the hike to mountain hut Ceples...

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  • Old Stone Aqueduct, Skopje

    Just outside of Skopje lie the ruins of an old aqueduct, surely worth visiting if you´re into things like this. You´ll probably have to do this by car (we did) or cab.

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  • Old Architecture

    In all the towns you'll be able to visit the old parts and find very sweet old houses like this one.This one has been taken in Kriva Palanka.

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  • Sveti Naum

    Sveti Naum is an old, peaceful monastery on the shores of Lake Ohrid close to the Albanian border.From the outer walls of the monastery there are fantastic views over the lake.Below Sveti Naum there's an idyllic lagoon with a restaurant that offers tasty trout dishes.The monastery is ca. 25 km south of Ohrid Town via a scenic road along the...

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  • coffee break in Aquarius...

    there are MANY archeological and historical places in Ohrid to be seen, to be visited...But when you've had enough of it, try going to "Aquarius" - cool cafe/bar by the lake...early in the morning, to enjoy the sound of the peacefullness of the water, or in the afternoon ours for some quiet moments of cosy chat... or... in the eve...

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  • The Galicnik Wedding takes...

    The Galicnik Wedding takes place in late May each year. It is a REAL wedding of two young people chosen from those who have applied. The wedding is traditional Macedonian one that preserves various historical rituals and includes the performance of traditional Macedonia music and dance. The most famous dance is 'Teshkoto' [The difficult one'] The...

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  • Have a break... Have a ...

    No, not a Kit-Kat...:-)Village of Trnica. Famous for the so-called "kachamak" or "bak'rdanik" (made out of corn-meal), the delicious "kiselo mleko" (thicker than buttermilk, but not the typical sour-cream) and the white cheese.Just make a stop, give yourself a treat and then you can continue either toward the monastery St Jovan Bigorski, or...

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  • Bitola

    If you're on your way from Macedonia to Greece the pleasant town of Bitola near the border is well worth a visit for its lively pedestrianised center with beautifully restored houses and cafés.

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  • The crowd in the natural...

    The crowd in the natural ampitheatre at the Dolneni music Festival..The Dolneni music festival is held in late May in a natural amphitheatre. The small town is near Prilep. Please visit my Dolneni page!

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  • There are some beautiful...

    There are some beautiful canyons and caves, too. You will like the town of Ohrid at the Ohrid lake (Lihnida is the old name of the town it had in the Roman times). And the old tzar Samuil's fortress on the hill right next to the lake, as well as the small churches near the lake and on the hills around it. Go to Bitola - was known as the City of the...

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  • Do not forget to hike on the...

    Do not forget to hike on the beautiful mountains with their unique and wonderful flora and fauna. After that, you will feel enlightened.Very often, during winter months, the mist embraces my hometown of Skopje. Near Skopje, the mountain Vodno is a nice place to go hiking, escape the mist, get some sun... There are countless paths that lead to the...

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  • The city of Kriva Palanka was...

    The city of Kriva Palanka was founded in 1634, during the rule of the Turkish vizier Bajram-Pasha. In order to strengthen their rule against rebellious Macedonian population, the Turks built a fortress preserving the safety of the caravans from Skopje, Thesaloniki and Dubrovnik and other cities which used to pass through the region of Kriva...

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