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Flights to North Macedonia
Nestled in the Balkans Peninsula lies the Republic of Macedonia, or commonly called as Macedonia, despite disambiguation concerns with the province of Macedonia in Greece. Macedonia is a landlocked country bordered by Serbia and Kosovo to the north, Albania to the west, Bulgaria to the east, and Greece to the south. This geographical attribute shaped Macedonia as a nation with melting pot of cultures. It represents an interesting mix of Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish, and Mediterranean influences, with the population majorly ethnic Macedonian and Orthodox, and a number of Albanian Muslim minority. This feature makes Macedonia one of Europe’s last undiscovered and untouched realms. Seeping through natural paradise of mountains, Macedonia’s historical ruins and charmingly simple village life will captivate you in Ohrid. In Skopje, you can feel that modern times permeate through this timeless country. Endless pleasure awaits you in the entertainment capital of the Macedonia.
You can opt to explore Skopje by doing the Skopje City Walk, a self-guided city tour walk that lets the traveller traverse the old town and the modern part of the city centre. Each route will only take about an hour and a half, excluding breaks and museum visits. You can also opt to explore the Matka Canyon, which features a lake and a hydrodam. You can opt to swim in the river, which locals fondly do, or spread out your mat and have some picnic. From the hydrodam, there is a 6km walking trail which will lead you to another dam. Should you take the trail, don’t miss the chance to dine in at the Bear’s Cave near the kayak trail.
A UNESCO Heritage Site since 1980, Ohrid is a large town in Macedonia that is considered a lakeside resort having been sandwiched between high mountains and the Lake Ohrid. Interestingly, archaeological artefacts found here connotes that Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in all of Europe. While in Ohrid, you go and see the important churches such as the St. Sophia Church, which houses the biggest composition of 11th century frescoes preserved in the world. The St. Bogorodica Perivlepta is also of relevance, which strongly influenced the Byzantine art as we know today. Here, you can marvel at the frescoes on the eastern wall to the likes of St. Klement and Konstantin Kavasila, as well as the Lamentation of Christ work of art, which depicts a plethora of emotions of Christ’s suffering.
How to get around within Republic of Macedonia
From the airport to the city proper, you can opt to hail a taxi, which is a common mode of transportation. Most taxis in Macedonia charge a flat rate that also takes into consideration the extra kilometres added on. Cities in the country are relatively smaller compared to Western developed countries, and travel time will only take approximately 10-15 minutes from one side to the other. To explore most parts of the country, hailing a taxi is your best bet.
How to get there
The Republic of Macedonia has two airports. One is the main airport in Skopje named Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, and the other one is in the city of Ohrid named St Paul the Apostle International Airport. Skopje Alexander the Great Airport is being serviced by airlines such as Adria Airways, Aeroflot, Alitalia, Air Serbia, Austrian, Croatia Airlines, KLM, SAS, TAROM, Turkish Airlines, and Wizz Air. It flies from destinations coming from Ljubljana, Rome, Belgrade, Vienna, Zagreb, Istanbul, Dortmund, and Malmo. Meanwhile, the St Paul the Apostle International Airport in Ohrid also flies to destinations such as Belgrade, Ljubljana, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Tel Aviv, Vienna, and Amsterdam.
You can also opt to fly to Macedonia International Airport in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece and the capital of the region of Central Macedonia, and hail a public bus which will take you to the train station all the way to Republic of Macedonia. You can also get into the Sofia Airport in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. Upon arrival in Sofia, you can simply hail a taxi or a bus which will take you to Skopje.
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