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Macedonia most commonly refers to:

  • Republic of Macedonia, a country in southeastern Europe
  • Macedonia (Greece), a traditional geographic region, spanning three administrative divisions of northern Greece:
    • Western Macedonia
    • Central Macedonia
    • Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
  • Macedonia (region), a region covering all of the above, as well as parts of Bulgaria, Albania, Kosovo and Serbia (see map)
  • Macedonia (ancient kingdom), also known as Macedon, the kingdom that became Alexander the Great's empire

Macedonia, Makedonia, Makedonija, or Makedoniya may also refer to:

Macedonia (Bradt Travel Guide)

Thammy Evans

Catch a rare sighting of the Balkan lynx in Mavrovo National ParkExplore Kokino’s megalithic observatoryRide the cable-car up Skopje’s Vodno MountainCelebrate Kavadarci’s Grape Harvest FestivalCave, climb and kayak – indulge your inner adventurerAll the best accommodation options, from mountain huts to boutique hotelsA once-fractured country, as its complex history proves too well, Macedonia now offers a rich mixture of sightseeing options. Nature lovers and history buffs will be delighted by pristine landscapes and an impressive archaeological heritage. Visit the crumbling Treskavec Monastery, bathe in the hot springs at Katlanovska Banja and wander through the backstreets of Kratovo, a village set entirely within an ancient volcanic crater.The most comprehensive guidebook to Macedonia is now in its fifth edition. Written by Thammy Evans, a political analyst who lived in Macedonia for five years, Bradt’s Macedonia makes the ideal travelling companion, whether you’re trekking throughpristine Pelister National Park, viewing stunning mosques and monasteries or just relaxing with a cocktail on the shores of Lake Ohrid.

For 91 Days in Macedonia

Michael Powell

For 91 Days in Macedonia is collection of stories, photography and advice from three months spent in one of Europe's least-discovered countries. Mike and Jürgen are travelers who spend 91 days in various locations around the world, capturing the history, lifestyle and culture of their temporary homes. With the enthusiasm of newcomers, they spent three months exploring the Republic of Macedonia, leaving no stone unturned, from the capital of Skopje to beautiful Lake Ohrid... and everything in between.Packed with information about the food, towns, nature, history and culture of Macedonia, this e-book follows Mike and Jürgen as they embark on hikes, visit small-town wineries, and meet some of the most hospitable people they've ever encountered. The story is fleshed out by historical anecdotes, observations on Macedonia's diverse ethnic tapestry, and practical advice for visiting the country. The book contains over 250 professional full-color photos, along with indexes organized alphabetically and by category. For 91 Days in Macedonia isn't a traditional guidebook, but an impartial and colorful account of three months spent in this unforgettable country. Whether you're planning a trip of your own, or simply curious, Mike and Jürgen's experiences will help to enrich your own.

Macedonia: History, Monuments, Museums

Ioannis Touratsoglou

An archaeological travel guide.

Macedonia, 4th (Bradt Travel Guide)

Thammy Evans

A treasure trove of adventures, Macedonia is emerging as a top new tourist destination. With its unspoilt mountains, lakes and spas, traces of old communism, and plenty of friendly hospitality at boutique hotels it’s not hard to see why. The wines are rich, the history steeped, and the culture varied. This updated guide includes details of new historical sites, walks, accommodation and spas. In 2010 the International Herald Tribune ranked Macedonia 21st in its top 31 destinations to visit and the country also appeared in a CNN tourism special.

Republic of Macedonia Map (English, French, Italian, German and Russian Edition)

GiziMap (Firm)

This folded tourist and road map of Macedonia features shaded-relief and elevation tinting. Major and minor roads are depicted along with railways, distance in kilometers, state boundaries, airports, historical sites, points of interest, tourist sites, and natural features. Includes index of placenames. Legend in 6 languages: English, German, French, Italian, Russian, and Macedonian. Scale is 1:250,000.

From the Bluegrass to the Balkans: Living, Loving, and Leaving Macedonia

Benjamin Shultz

Benjamin Shultz considered himself to be a worldly, educated, and well-traveled student of culture, ready to take on any adventure. After completing a Ph.D. in geography and teaching at an American university for a few semesters, love took him to Macedonia, his wife’s home country, where he encountered a whole new world for which all of his previous travel and studies had left him unprepared. Almost immediately after his arrival in 2013 he began documenting his experiences as he negotiated completely different social customs, navigated notorious Eastern European bureaucracies, and learned a new language. While there he discovered a proud nation and beautiful culture that places a strong emphasis on friendship, family, and enjoying life, but at the same time suffers from political corruption, poverty, and a lack of opportunity that pushes thousands of young people to emigrate permanently. At times comical, at times serious, this book gives a glimpse of what life is like in one of Europe’s smallest and poorest countries as it struggles to transition from its socialist past, even 25 years after gaining independence from Yugoslavia.

Balkans Travel Guide: Your essential guide book for travelling in the Balkans

Michael Rozenblit

Travelling in the Balkans can be an entirely different experience to travelling elsewhere on the European continent. Not only is the region both geographically and ethnically diverse, it can prove more challenging to travel outside of the EU and Schengen area.These issues aside, the Balkans remain one of the last regions in Europe to be untouched by mass tourism. It won't stay this way for long, however, and now is the time to travel in the Balkans!Our Balkans Travel Guide includes:How To Budget - Learn exactly how much each part of your Balkans trip will cost. We break down the cost of accommodation, transportation, food, activities and entertainment to help you determine an appropriate daily budget.How to Plan An Itinerary - Understand key things to consider when planning a Balkan itinerary and what makes travelling in the Balkans unique.Sample Itineraries - A range of sample itineraries that can be used for different trip lengths and interests. A Guide to Balkan Cuisine - The best local dishes to eat when you travel through the Balkans and everything you need to know about rakija - the Balkans national drink.Essential Country Specific Information - Extensive guides to each country in the Balkans including top destinations, things to do, our favourite local restaurants and accommodation picks. We cover Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro and Serbia. Travel Tips - Important tips to have you prepared for visiting this incredible part of EuropeWe have spent several months travelling through the Balkans and have created this ebook to share all of our first-hand knowledge about travelling in this undiscovered corner of Europe.

Macedonia in Depth: A Peace Corps Publication

Peace Corps

The Republic of Macedonia is a small, landlocked country in the Balkan Peninsula, bordered on the north by the newly independent Kosovo and Serbia, on the east by Bulgaria, on the south by Greece, and on the west by Albania. It forms part of the historical region of greater Macedonia, the rest of which is now in Greece and Bulgaria. The capital is Skopje. Formerly part of Yugoslavia, it became independent in 1991 and was admitted to the United Nations as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia under pressure from Greece, which objected to the use of what it considers a Hellenic name. (The ancient kingdom of Macedonia, situated in the north of modern Greece, was established by Perdiccas I in about 640 B.C.) Although a small country today, Macedonia was once the dominant power in the Balkans. In the Middle Ages it competed with the Byzantine Empire and greatly influenced the cultural life of the region until it was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in the late 14th century. In 1913, Macedonia was annexed by Serbia and, in 1918, it became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (later known as Yugoslavia). From 1944–90, the country was part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In 1990, a coalition of reformist communists and Macedonian nationalists took office and, in 1991, Macedonia, following the example of Croatia and Slovenia, declared its independence from Yugoslavia and adopted a new Constitution. Greece, which controlled the southern part of historical Macedonia and feared claims on its territory by Macedonian nationalists, opposed recognizing the new nation under the name “Macedonia” and imposed an economic blockade. Macedonia gradually won recognition from most of the international community, however, and was admitted to the United Nations (U.N.). The Republic of Macedonia is the constitutional name of the country (recognized by the United States and others) and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is the internationally recognized name by the United Nations. The name FYROM is not popular with Macedonians and should not be used within the country. In Greece, FYROM is the only name they will recognize. In 1993, Kiro Gligorov of the Social Democratic Alliance (former Communist Party) was elected as the first president of Macedonia. Over the next several years, the young democracy made slow progress in developing a stable government. In early 2001, internal tensions resulted in an armed insurgency led by radical elements of the ethnic Albanian minority. After six months of armed conflict, with negotiations conducted in parallel, the Ohrid Framework Agreement (OFA) was signed on August 13, 2001. The provisions of the OFA included the reaffirmation of the multi-ethnic identity of the country; equitable representation; the use of language, flags,and symbols; and decentralization and municipal reforms. As a result of the ongoing implementation of the OFA, interethnic relations became more relaxed, with isolated incidents of minor intensity and influence on the stability of the country. As of the date of this welcome book, nearly all elements of the OFA have been successfully implemented with a few items still under discussion, primarily regarding compensation for ex-combatants. With the declaration of independence in Kosovo in 2008, the official establishment of diplomatic relationships in 2009, and the finalization of the border demarcation with Macedonia the same year, all are having a significant contribution to regional stability. Decentralization reforms, especially the Law on Territorial Division that reduced the number of municipalities from 124 to 84, were passed in 2005. These reforms decentralized authority to local government for education, health care, infrastructure, and other services. Financing these local-level responsibilities is critical to the success of this reform.

Slovenia/Croatia/Serbia/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Montenegro/Macedonia

Freytag-Berndt und Artaria

Explore the former Yugoslavia with this Freytag&Berndt double-sided road map. The best way to plan your trip, prepare your itinerary, and to travel independently in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and FYROM. This double-sided map contains a place name index and shows inset maps (Belgrad, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Sarajevo) in a booklet. Touristic information: places of interest, airports, monuments, archaeological sites, camp-grounds. The legend is in English, Serbo-Croatian, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Slovak, Hungarian, and Czech.

Exercise normal security precautions

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Crime

Petty crime (pickpocketing, purse snatching) occurs, especially in Skopje’s main downtown pedestrian zone, the Ramstore Mall, the Trgovski Centar shopping mall and Alexander the Great, Airport. Foreigners have been the target of muggings. Remain vigilant at all times.

Occasional acts of inter-ethnic violence can occur.

You should exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to the western border zone due to heightened criminal activity in the area.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations and political protests occur in Skopje and other towns, and striking workers may set up roadblocks. Avoid all demonstrations, protests and large gatherings, as they have the potential to suddenly turn violent. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.

Road travel

Exercise caution when travelling by road, especially after dark. Secondary roads are poorly maintained and lack adequate lighting. In mountainous areas, most roads lack guard rails and are little more than dirt tracks above deep gorges. Ice and snow make driving hazardous in winter. Farm equipment and stray animals pose additional risks.

Travellers may face delays at border crossings. Apart from designated crossing points, border areas are considered military restricted zones where travel is forbidden without official permission.

Public transportation

Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

Fraud/scams

Credit-card fraud is common. Pay careful attention when your card is being handled by others during payment processing.

See our Overseas Fraud page for more information on scams abroad.

General safety information

Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.

Emergency services

Dial 192 for the police, 193 for firefighters, 194 for an ambulance and 196 for roadside assistance.

Health

Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.
Vaccines

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread by contaminated food or water. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.

Influenza

Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.

Measles

Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.
 

Rabies

Rabies is a disease that attacks the central nervous system spread to humans through a bite, scratch or lick from a rabid animal. Vaccination should be considered for travellers going to areas where rabies exists and who have a high risk of exposure (i.e., close contact with animals, occupational risk, and children).

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Risk
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
Recommendation
  • Vaccination is not recommended.
Food/Water

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in Southern Europe, food and water can also carry diseases like hepatitis A. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Southern Europe. When in doubt, remember…boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!

Travellers' diarrhea
  • Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
  • Risk of developing travellers’ diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.
  • The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Insects

Insects and Illness

In some areas in Southern Europe, certain insects carry and spread diseases like Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, tick-borne encephalitis and West Nile virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.


Malaria

Malaria

There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals

Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in Southern Europe, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person

Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.


Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

Most medical facilities are poorly equipped, and specialized treatment may not be available. Immediate cash payment is usually required for medical services.

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.

Illegal activities

Do not photograph border crossings and military or security installations.

Homosexuality

Homosexuality is not widely accepted in Macedonia.

Driving laws

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is recommended.

Drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts at all times. All vehicles must use side lights/dipped headlights during the day. The use of a cellular telephone while driving is prohibited.

Police routinely stop vehicles for inspection.

Customs

To avoid difficulties upon departure, travellers carrying foreign currency, expensive jewellery or electronic equipment should make a customs declaration upon arrival in Macedonia.

Money

The currency of Macedonia is the Macedonian denar (MKD).

The economy is cash-based. The euro (EUR) is the currency of choice, although U.S. dollars are also accepted. Automated banking machines (ABMs) are available in Skopje and are becoming increasingly widespread throughout the country.

Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels and shops, except in some small grocery stores. Traveller’s cheques are sometimes accepted in hotels, but are readily convertible at banks. Foreign currency can be exchanged at all major banks and at numerous exchange facilities.

When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs upon entry or exit if you have at least €10,000 or the equivalent in other currencies. The sum can be in cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible assets. This does not apply if you are travelling within the EU or in transit to a non-EU country. For more information on the EU legislation and links to EU countries’ sites, visit the web page of the European Commission on cash controls.

Climate

Macedonia is located in an active seismic zone, although serious earthquakes are rare. Take note of the contact information of the Consulate of Canada in Skopje in the event of an emergency.

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