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Top Choice Area in Skopje

Čaršija

Čaršija is the hillside Turkish old town of Skopje and evokes the city's Ottoman past with its winding lanes filled with teahouses, mosques, craftsmen's stores, and even good nightlife. It also boasts Skopje's best …
Top Choice Island in Galičica National Park

Golem Grad

Adrift on Lake Prespa, Golem Grad was once the summer playground of Car Samoil but is now home to wild tortoises, cormorants and pelicans, and perhaps a few ghosts. A settlement endured here from the 4th century BC …
Top Choice Monastery in Lake Ohrid

Sveti Naum Monastery

Sveti Naum, 29km south of Ohrid, is an imposing sight on a bluff near the Albanian border and a popular day trip from Ohrid. Naum was a contemporary of St Kliment, and their monastery an educational centre. The icon…
Top Choice Monastery in Mavrovo National Park

Sveti Jovan Bigorski Monastery

This revered 1020 Byzantine monastery is located, fittingly, up in the gods along a track of switchbacks off the Debar road, close to Janče village. Legend attests an icon of Sveti Jovan Bigorski (St John the Baptis…
Top Choice Beach in Ohrid

Ohrid Boardwalk & City Beach

Skimming the surface of the water along Ohrid's shore, snaking towards Kaneo fishing village and the town's most famous church, this over-water boardwalk propels people towards a gorgeous outcrop of rocky beaches an…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Skopje

Old Town Brewery

The siren call of tasty craft beer sings to locals and tourists alike at Skopje's only microbrewery, which is justifiably popular for its Weiss beer, IPA, Golden Ale and dark beer – all brewed on-site and accompanie…
Top Choice Museum in Skopje

Archaeological Museum of Macedonia

All gleaming and shiny new, this supersized pile of Italianate-styled marble has been a giant receptacle for Skopje's recent splurge on government-led monuments to boost national pride. Inside, there are three floor…
Top Choice Seafood in Ohrid

Letna Bavča Kaneo

There are three terrace restaurants dipping their toes in the water at Kaneo and this one is marginally considered the best. A fry-up of plasnica (a diminutive fish commonly eaten fried in the Balkans; 190MKD), plus…
Top Choice Macedonian in Skopje

Pivnica An

Skopje's Čaršija is still home to a couple of ans – ancient Ottoman inns, similar to desert caravanserai – and the Kapan An houses this upmarket restaurant, serving some of the city's best Macedonian fare. Try butte…
Top Choice Church in Ohrid

Church of Sveti Jovan at Kaneo

This stunning 13th-century church is set on a cliff over the lake, about a 15-minute walk west of Ohrid's port area, and is possibly Macedonia's most photographed structure. Peer down into the azure waters and you'l…