North Macedonia, formerly known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), is known for its long and eventful history, stretching back to the Bronze Age. It is known for its strong religious tradition, and there are hundreds of picturesque Orthodox cathedrals and mosques that are each distinctly beautiful. North Macedonia is known as having an underrated food culture, with an emphasis on farm-to-table cuisine and fresh produce. For as small as North Macedonia is compared to its Balkan neighbors, the geography is surprisingly varied here, home to Europe`s two oldest lakes and over 50 mountains higher than 6,000 feet.
The best times to visit North Macedonia are during the shoulder season and the high season. The shoulder season occurs from April to May, when temperatures are cooler but not too cold, and crowds at attractions are of a more manageable size. The high season is when you will see the best weather, but it is also the busiest time of year for tourist sites. The high season begins in June and runs through early September.
We recommend approximately 3-8 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in Skopje and Ohrid.
We recommend seeing North Macedonia by air. Travel between Skopje and Ohrid by air, and utilize taxis or feel free to rent a car while you are in the country if you want to see more of the countryside.
The currency of North Macedonia is the Macedonian denar (written in shorthand as den). U.S. dollars are not accepted. Be prepared with the correct currency on hand or exchange your dollars (or Euros if you are arriving from the Eurozone) for denars upon arrival in North Macedonia. There are currency exchanges and ATMs at the airport, most high-end hotels, and in many other locations across the country.
The official languages of North Macedonia are Macedonian and Albanian. English is a common foreign language in Skopje and Ohrid, especially among younger people. Away from these areas it may be more difficult to converse with people in a language that is not Macedonian. Be prepared to learn basic Macedonian phrases like hello/goodbye, please/thank you, how much is it?, where is the bathroom, and the numbers from 1-10 and 50, 100, and 1,000. To say `Do you speak English?`, say `Dali zboruvaš angliski?`