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Spend a couple of days in Skopje and gawp at the mind-boggling faux neoclassical architecture and the Čaršija with its historic mosques, churches, museums and Ottoman castle. Visit the nearby Canyon Matka and kayak into the canyon, skirt the cliffside walkway and dip a toe in the cool waters.
Next head to North Macedonia's most charming and historic town, Ohrid, for swimming and drinks by the spectacular lake. Admire its frescoed medieval churches, beach-flanked Sveti Naum Monastery, and overwater Bay of the Bones museum.
Complete the week by staying in a village guesthouse on the edge of Pelister National Park, with hiking and top-notch home cooking. Cross Lake Prespa and admire the pelican-inhabited, ruin-strewn island of Golem Grad.