Toss together quaint villages with gorgeous landscapes and buzzing bazaars and you’ll end up with Macedonia – the country with a little bit of everything.
Underrated Macedonia just might be the perfect travel destination. Between its colourful history, postcard-worthy landscapes, tasty cuisine, and endless adventure opportunities, there’s something for every traveller.
History buffs can get lost in hundreds of Byzantine monasteries and Roman ruins, foodies can gorge on tasty mezze, cheeses, stews and meats (and wash it down with potent rakija), and wannabe wine critics can swish and swirl their way through Macedonia’s finest drops. Then there’s the great outdoors. Endless green pastures, rugged peaks and glacier lakes at every turn, perfect for thrill-seekers at every level.
Be among the first to discover this oft-overlooked Balkan gem – you won’t regret it.
Macedonia travel highlights
Strolling Skopje’s atmospheric old bazaar is like stepping back in time. Ornate mosques, Turkish baths and shops selling various artisan goods line the narrow streets.
The ‘Pearl of Macedonia’, beautiful UNESCO-listed Ohrid has it all – ancient ruins, a castle with views, secluded beaches and handmade pearls that last forever.
Pelister National Park
Take a deep breath of fresh mountain air at Macedonia’s largest national park. Hike scenic walking trails, rock climb or simply pack a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors.
Choose your own adventure and climb, hike, swim, dive or kayak while exploring stalactite-filled caves, medieval monasteries and natural beauty galore.
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Macedonia holiday information
Local culture of Macedonia
Food and Drink in Macedonia
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Geography and Environment
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Macedonia travel FAQs
Australia: No – not required
Belgium: No – not required
Canada: No – not required
Germany: No – not required
Ireland: No – not required
Netherlands: No – not required
New Zealand: No – not required
South Africa: Yes
Switzerland: No – not required
United Kingdom: No – not required
USA: No – not required
Travellers from most nations do not require a visa to visit Macedonia for stays of up to 90 days. It is recommended that your passport is valid for at least six months following your date of departure from Macedonia and that it has a couple of blank pages. Travellers should contact their local embassy or consulate for up-to-date information about visa requirements.
Leaving a 10% tip is customary at restaurants.
Internet can be accessed at internet cafes and hotels in large cities and towns, but is limited in rural and remote areas.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Macedonia. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.
Western-style flushable toilets are becoming increasingly common in Macedonia, though squat toilets can still be found in public restrooms and at some cafes and restaurants.
Cappuccino from a cafe = USD 1.40
Bottle of local beer = USD 2.30
Simple meal at a local restaurant = USD 4
Sit-down dinner at a nice restaurant = USD 8 – 10
Tap water is safe to drink in Macedonia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water and fill a reusable bottle instead.
Macedonia is largely a cash society so expect to pay cash at most places. Credit cards are generally only accepted at upscale restaurants and hotels.
ATMs can be found in larger cities and tourist areas but are less common in small villages or rural areas. Make sure you have enough cash before leaving urban areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Geckos are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1: New Year’s Day
Jan 7: Orthodox Christmas Day
April 17: Orthodox Easter Monday
May 1: Labour Day
May 24: Saints Cyril and Methodius Day
Aug 2: Republic Day
Sept 8: Independence Day
Oct 11: 1941 Partisan Day
For a current list of public holidays in Macedonia go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/macedonia/public-holidays/
Discretion is highly advised for LGBTQI-travellers in Macedonia. A staunchly conservative nation, the Rainbow Europe index continually ranks Macedonia’s gay rights among the worst in the region. There are no laws protecting the LGBTQI community from discrimination and travellers are advised to avoid public displays of affection. That being said, there is a small gay scene in Skopje.