Holidays to North Macedonia take you away from the beaten track, with natural beauty and heaps of history along the way.

New kid on the block

As a country, North Macedonia only dates back to 1991. While it may be fresh-faced compared to neighbouring Greece, it’s finding its feet in the tourism game fast, thanks to a destination full of historic buildings and tasty local food – expect a mash-up of Greek and Turkish dishes.

Outdoor action

If there was a beauty contest for natural scenery, North Macedonia would be a sash winner. Over half the country is covered with mountains, while its forests and lakes are teeming with wildlife. Add a dose of the great outdoors to your trip and take it all in with some adventure-filled activities and experiences, from kayaking to mountain biking.

Traditional trinkets

Lake Ohrid is a big name in the pearl business. These organic gems harvested and hand-painted before being turned into jewellery. More than a couple have hung around a royal neck over the years – even Princess Di had a necklace from here. For some less spenny souvenirs, explore the oodles of craft shops, where you can pick up things like colourful ceramics and traditional butterfly brooches.

At a Glance

  • Hike, bike and paddle your way through national parks
  • Treat yourself to traditional jewellery during a craft-market shopping spree
  • Try Macedonian stews and sip on local wine

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