The region along the Vardar River, including the capital and largest city, Skopje
  Western Macedonia
Full of the bulk of Macedonia's tourist attractions, in particular the three national parks and Ohrid
  Eastern Macedonia
Not as many tourist attractions, but some spectacular vistas of rural life.


  • Skopje — the nation's capital, home to many historic landmarks and architectural monuments, and a great number of cultural places of interest
  • Bitola — Macedonia's most "European" town, with an ancient city, Ottoman monuments, a lovely shopping promenade, great nightlife, and more
  • Kratovo — a picturesque town situated in an extinct volcano crater
  • Kruševo — a museum-city nestled high up in the mountains of southwestern Macedonia; it is one the most historically significant destinations in the country as it was the site of a revolt against the Ottoman Empire; also home to great skiing
  • Ohrid — a lakeside resort and UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered the jewel in Macedonia's crown
  • Prilep — tobacco fields, medieval monasteries, and strange rocks
  • Veles — in the center of the country, a dense city situated on hills on both sides of the Vardar

Other destinations

  • Galičica National Park — consists of the mountainous land between Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa.
  • Mavrovo National Park — the largest of Macedonia's national parks. It is home to the country's highest peak, Golem Korab, as well as several picturesque villages and monasteries.
  • Pelister National Park — separates Bitola from Prespa. It covers the Baba Mountain area and features two glacial lakes known as "Mountain Eyes" that feed multiple rivers.
  • Prespa — contains most of the Great Prespa Lake, shared by neighbouring countries. Galičica to the west and Pelister to the east complement the scenery provided by the lake.
  • Stobi — an ancient city that is now one of the largest archaeological sites in the country

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