The country is a fascinating combination of ethnicities, history and cultures that coalesce in a small land-locked, but immensely picturesque nation, at the heart of the Balkans. Travellers get to explore pristine, unspoiled landscapes, delve into the country’s complex history, and discover a unique cultural fusion of Ottoman, Greek and Roman influences. Most visitors cannot resist the lure of the picture-perfect Lake Ohrid. Complete with sparkling waters and a historic lakeside town of bustling cobblestone streets and a hilltop castle, Lake Ohrid is the jewel in North Macedonia’s crown. While in nearby Pelister National Park, the country’s sheer natural beauty is on full display with shimmering glacial lakes, craggy mountains and peaceful walking trails. Venturing further north, the country’s lively capital Skopje is a city of contrasts, where the ostentatious neo-classical architecture of its modern districts transforms into the winding, cobbled alleys and mosques of the Ottoman old town.

Top Recommendations

  • Hike into Mt Pelister National Park, taking in the Vlach village of Maloviste en-route
  • The undulating vine-covered hillsides and placid lakes in the Tikves wine region
  • Refine your haggling skills in Skopje’s Carsija, a Turkish bazaar at the heart of the city. Plus marvel at the city’s quirky statues bridges and neoclassical-style buildings
  • Explore the town of Ohrid and the lake from which it takes its name

When to Visit

April to September is the best time to visit. The temperatures are warm and hot, peaking in the low 30s during the height of summer. While the days are long and relativity clear of rainfall.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Skopje.