Western Balkans: time-tripping in southeastern Europe
The Balkans have attracted adventurers for centuries – literary bigwigs Lord Byron and Rebecca West penned romantic accounts of journeys through these, once foreboding and mysterious lands...
Places in Macedonia
Western Macedonia gets most of Macedonia's visitors, and no wonder: its mountain ranges provide a stunning backdrop, running south from Šar Planina to the gentler Jablanica range, ending with the 34km-long Lake Ohrid. Lying outstretched southward, and flanked by Galičica National Park, the lake is dotted with coastal and upland villages.
Sublime Ohrid is Macedonia's prime destination, with its atmospheric old quarter with beautiful churches along a graceful hill, topped by a medieval castle overlooking serene, 34km-long Lake Ohrid. Nearby, mountainous Galičica National Park offers pristine nature, while secluded beaches dot the lake's eastern shore.
South of Ohrid, a long, wooded coast conceals pebble beaches, churches, villages and camping spots. In summer the big, resort-style hotels and beaches are crowded and dirty (beyond them are better spots). In summer, buses and kombi operate every 15 to 30 minutes until Gradište; further destinations such as Trpejca, Ljubaništa and Sveti Naum are served every hour or two.
Skopje is among Europe's most entertaining and eclectic small capital cities. While a government construction spree has sparked controversy in recent years, Skopje's new abundance of statuary, bridges, museums and other structures has visitors' cameras snapping like never before and has defined the ever-changing city.
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Western Balkans: Europe’s new adventure playground
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Road-tripping the Balkan Peninsula
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Macedonia’s unusual nature getaway
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