Macedonia is a funny little country. It is a place where east meets west. Mosques stand next to ancient churches, and both seem to co-exist beautifully. It’s a place where we had some of the best foodie experiences of our entire 5 month trip through Europe. It’s a place which does not get the love that is deserves.
We only got to explore two of the main cities in Macedonia during our time there; Skopje and Ohrid. We really wanted to get out and explore some more, but our visit coincided with Orthodox Christmas and despite our best efforts, we were not able to organize a rental car during our visit.
In the end, we didn’t mind spending an extra bit of time in Ohrid, and it ended up being one of my favourite places on our entire Eurotrip.
So we will start our photographic journey with….
The Most Photographed Church in Macedonia
The little church of St. John at Kaneo, on the banks of Lake Ohrid is a beautiful little thing. It’s no surprise that this is the most photographed church in Macedonia.
The Capitol of Macedonia – Skopje
Skopje, the capitol of Macedonia is a funny place. The city is sort of everything you would expect from a form soviet city. Wide streets, grand public buildings, and statues absolutely everywhere. Except the statues are not of the communist variety, these statues were erected after the fall of communism and celebrate the identity that Macedonia is trying to carve for itself.
Another special thing about Skopje is its beautiful old town. This jumble of cobbled streets is home to beautiful buildings, great restaurants, and a whole lot of character.
The Statues of Skopje
And speaking of the statues of Skopje… here are some of our favourites.
The Lakeside town of Ohrid
The lakeside town of Ohrid is full of great views, historic churches, friendly locals, and great food. We loved this little lake side town and could have easily spent weeks there.