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Welcome to Macedonia

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Ohrid Boardwalk & City Beach is one of the top attractions of Macedonia. It is an over-water boardwalk and takes you along to an outcrop of rocky beaches and a hand full of small bars and restaurants. You will be able to visit the Kaneo fishing village, which has the towns most famous church. By night the boardwalk is illuminated by the quaint house shaped street lights that you would see in the town. If you do not want to walk both ways you will be able to catch the small taxi boats, which will take you up and down for a small price. On the boat, if you ask to extend your trip, the driver will take you up past the church´s cliff to visit the natural beaches and caves.

Carsija is the old Turkish hillside town of Skopje. The town is filled with tea houses, mosques, craftsmen´s stores, and even good night life. Carsija runs from the Stone Bridge to the Bit Pazar, which is a vegetable and household goods market. With all of the beautiful narrow streets in this small town, you will for sure get pleasantly lost.

Set on a cliff over the lake, a 15 minute walk west of Ohrid´s port area is the beautiful 13th century church and is most likely Macedonia´s most photographed structures. There are waters behind the church, if you peer down into them you will quickly see why medieval monks found spiritual inspiration in there. Beneath the church, around the cliff you will see bobbing boats that sit waiting and ready to take passengers back to the harbour.

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Climate

May to October is probably the best time to visit Macedonia, as it is the warmest and driest part of the year.

Macedonia normally features hot summers and cold winters.

The average temperature in the Summer is 23ºC and around 2ºC in the winter.

Duty Free

If you are travelling to Macedonia, your import allowances are; 200 cigarettes, 250g of tobacco, 1 liter of an alcoholic beverage over 22%, 2 liters of wine, 50 ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.

Anyone under the age of 18 are not granted relief from import duty payment for tobacco products, alcohol or alcoholic beverages.

Getting Around

The most popular means of transport for visitors to Macedonia, is by taxi. It has been advised for tourists not to hail a cab outside of train and bus stations, try and hail you cab from marked stands, or call one from a genuine firm.

If you want to travel by train, the journeys are normally economical and comfortable. The train services can be limited due to the mountainous nature of the country. 

The bus service in Macedonia has improved year after year. The buses are comfortable and air-conditioned. There are two bus stations, where you will be able to choose a route to all major destinations, with hourly departures.

Health

If for any reason yo do have to visit a doctor or use an emergency service whilst in Macedonia, then are are able to do so.

There is a reciprocal health care agreement for British nationals, which entitles you to free emergency treatment. To be able to get this treatment you will have to show your passport and your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

If there is any after treatment such as medicines, you may then need to pay some of the initial costs, due to the widespread shortage of medicines and other essentials in Macedonia. 

Language

The official language in Macedonia is Macedonian. This language is the most widespread and corresponds with the various ethnic groups. 

There are six other language that you may hear being spoken whilst visiting Macedonia which are, Albanian, Turkish, Romani, Serbian, Bosnian and Aromanian.

Money

The official currency in Macedonia is the Macedonian denar (MKD).

You should only change your money in banks or official exchange offices, do not change your money with street dealers. 

If you are travelling from Scotland or Northern Ireland, you will not be able to change Scottish or Irish notes into Macendonian denar.

Credit and debit cards are accepted in most hotels and shops.

Safety

There have been several reports of foreigners being pick pocketed by gangs of children and bag snatchers, especially in the main shopping and entertainment areas late at night.

It is extremely rare that you will hear of attacks against foreigners. There are organized criminal groups, particularly in the North of  Macedonia. 

You may hear of some shooting incidents, however these are not targeted at foreigners.

Be aware of gunfire shots, you will hear these, but do not be alarmed as they are part of a celebration act.

Time

Macedonia is in the Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00).

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