No tour around the Balkans can be complete without a stop at scenic Macedonia – a country with an abundant natural and historical diversity. Whether you’re travelling with close friends or in a large group over 20, Balkan Tales knows what to show you:
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The restored fortress, rebuilt in medieval style, lends a picturesque appeal. Skopje is also famed for the Memorial House dedicated to Mother Teresa – she was baptized there. The City Museum is in the former train station, or rather in its remains after the 1963 earthquake which also brought the fortress down. Also musts to visit are the Museum of Macedonian Struggle, and the Holocaust Memorial Centre.[/accordion-item]
According to legends, it once had 365 churches; they now also abound, so visit at least the most notable ones. St. Vrači is a church whose frescoes date from the 14th century, and so does an icon shown on one of the Macedonian banknotes.[/accordion-item]
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The canyon area will show you a bundle of interesting sites. The caves there are 10; the shortest is 20 metres, and the longest one’s length is 176 metres. Other impressive landmarks are the two pits, over 35 metres deep. Special mention will deserve the Vrelo Cave, belonging with the top sites worth visiting worldwide. There, two lakes are located at the end, and in the middle the highest stalactite will impress you. It has a name derived owing to its shape: Pine Cone.[/accordion-item]
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The mountain range itself is rugged and comprised of shale and limestone only. If you want to climb Mount Korab, the mountain’s highest peak, join the international expedition organized yearly by the mountain club in Skopje. Alpine, ice and rock climbing are popular activities in the mountain, as well as technical mountaineering and ski mountaineering. This is a heaven for aficionados of nature’s rugged beauty.[/accordion-item]
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The lower areas of the mountains are covered with forests, and the upper one with pastures, the largest pasture area in Europe. They are fascinating with the flowers dotting the areas. Another name you can hear for this mountain is Carska Planina, or Tsar’s Mountain. It is due to the two capitals, Prizren and Skopje, and, too, to the monasteries in the area. Go to Šar for unforgettable hiking and mountain biking.[/accordion-item]
The Staro Selo – Ljuboten trail offers medium difficulty, through forests and pastures, and show off the western mountain part’s beauty. The Ljuboten peak is 2,499 metres high. The trail to Kozja Stena and to Livadichko Ezero will show three kinds of relief, rocks, the ridge, and the lower part with the lake. For hiking, choose July and August as the best months.[/accordion-item]
The Skopje Cathedral was destroyed by an earthquake, and then rebuilt. A museum to Mother Teresa, born in Skopje, can be visited there. The Strumica Dormition Cathedral was finished in 1931. The Catholic Church of the country has its Apostolic Exarchate there. St. John Monastery boasts ancient wood carving, and an icon proclaimed to have healing powers. The 11th century established St. Joakim Osogovski is near Kriva Palanka; founded by the anchorite Joakim, whose relics attract pilgrims, it draws pilgrim crowds.[/accordion-item]
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The Saint Mother of God is a fascinating church in Ohrid, Macedonia. It dates from medieval times. The architecture, unique not only for those times, is in what is known as Palaelogus style. The frescoes date from the 13th and the 14th centuries. By the entrance door, on the left, a belfry stands, with a bell which was donated in 1924. To the right of the church, the Ohrid Icons Gallery is located.
The present name, Church of Saint Clement, is due to the transferral of Clement of Ohrid’s relics to it from Saint Pantheleimon Church, which was turned into a mosque.[/accordion-item]
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