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Macedonia Travel Guide

Key Facts

25,713 sq km (9,927.8 sq miles).


2.1 million (2013).

Population density

81.2 per sq km.




Republic. Gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

Head of state

President Gjorge Ivanov since 2009.

Head of government

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski since 2006.


220 volts AC, 50Hz. European round two-pin plugs are used.

Macedonia is a mountainous land in the heart of the Balkans, sprinkled with beautiful valleys and lakes. It has a rich Hellenic heritage.

The capital, Skopje, has many delights, including Kale Fortress, dating from the 10th century with its views over the capital, and the sixth-century Stone Bridge. Shop in the Old Bazaar (the largest in the Balkans), or revel in one of the many lively bars. Macedonia’s many churches and mosques, contain fine examples of art and architecture from the Byzantine and Ottoman periods.

Macedonia is blessed with outstanding natural beauty. Do not miss a trip to one of the large lakes, Pelister Mountains, Shar Planina in the West, and the fascinating rolling hills and mountains of the East with its rice fields. Ohrid, one of the oldest towns in Europe (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site), nestles serenely on the shores of the lake of the same name and is the perfect place for a quiet retreat.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 24 January 2015

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Most visits to Macedonia are trouble-free. Occasional acts of criminal violence occur, although foreigners are not generally targeted.

There are occasional protests in central Skopje. Check local media and avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings.

Take particular care if you travel to the northern and western border regions of Macedonia.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism.

Mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus are present.

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