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Macedonia is still largely unexplored, so enjoy the exclusivity of having spectacular lakes and gorgeous Byzantine churches all to yourself. This is a country that specializes in scenic churches and monasteries. The most popular and stunning Macedonian destination is Ohrid, a small town that sits on the side of the deepest lake in the Balkans; early mornings bring misty waters dotted with sleepy swans. The concentration of Byzantine structures here is unrivaled in such a small area, and you’ll do well to spend a few days exploring. Further inland, Treskavec Monastery sits on the windswept peak of Mount Zlato, and is one of the country’s ...

Macedonia is still largely unexplored, so enjoy the exclusivity of having spectacular lakes and gorgeous Byzantine churches all to yourself. This is a country that specializes in scenic churches and monasteries. The most popular and stunning Macedonian destination is Ohrid, a small town that sits on the side of the deepest lake in the Balkans; early mornings bring misty waters dotted with sleepy swans. The concentration of Byzantine structures here is unrivaled in such a small area, and you’ll do well to spend a few days exploring. Further inland, Treskavec Monastery sits on the windswept peak of Mount Zlato, and is one of the country’s most isolated and beautiful places. The capital, Skopje, is a curious mix of historical and contemporary, with the kasbah-like old town filled with the smells of kebab houses and Turkish coffee. Macedonian wine is appreciated in the region, so make sure you have a taste. Head for the Tikveš Region, the country’s wine land. Skiing is popular in Mavrovo National Park, and Pelister National Park offers some fine walking and an exploration of mountain life in local villages.

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Vesna Maric has contributed to Lonely Planet guides since 2004, including titles such as Croatia, Cyprus, Sicily, and Sardinia, as well as sections on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia for Western Balkans and Eastern Europe.

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