Resources

Macedonia Timeless (https://macedonia-timeless.com) The country's official tourism website.

Exploring Macedonia (www.exploringmacedonia.com) Information on activities and North Macedonia's cultural and historical heritage.

Balkan Insight (www.balkaninsight.com) Useful website for Macedonian news on everything from politics and business to culture and lifestyle.

Skopje Official Website (www.skopje.gov.mk/en/) Lists important phone numbers for services such as hospitals and has a downloadable city map.

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/north-macedonia) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Top Tips

  • Hire a car. To really see North Macedonia, public transport is of little use, and outside of Skopje and Ohrid, the real gems are in the rural parts of the country.
  • Bring books or an e-reader. There aren't many book exchanges in hotels and the local books stock little in English.
  • Exchange/withdraw your money in MKD in Skopje before heading out into the more rural areas – you may find it difficult to find an ATM outside of the capital and card payments can be tricky.
  • Learn some Macedonian – the locals appreciate a 'hello' and 'thank you'.

What to Take

  • European plug adaptor
  • Phrasebook – English isn't widely spoken and some signage is only in Cyrillic
  • If driving, a GPS (though it might not be up to date)
  • Good hiking boots – North Macedonia has some spectacular mountains

What to Wear

Outside of the big cities, Macedonians dress conservatively and usually cover their shoulders and knees (particularly women) – inside the big towns, this custom is most apparent in the čaršijas (old Ottoman bazaars), where women may get stared at if they're dressed in skimpy clothing. At the very least, men and women should both cover shoulders and knees when visiting churches, monasteries and mosques.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you’re travelling
  • Buy some euros for larger payments such as hotel bills
  • Bring appropriate clothing, such as for covering shoulders (for women, a shawl is good) and knees when entering religious buildings
  • Arrange travel insurance