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Lake Prespa’s Forgotten Hotel Evropa
Today, Lake Prespa is a place of almost perplexing tranquility. Macedonia’s second-largest lake sees nothing of the tourism that reaches the shores of nearby Lake Ohrid. But it hasn’t always been so neglected. The abandoned Hotel Evropa, on the western shore, is proof that Prespa was once a major tourist destination… Read More

Oct 25, 2014


Golem Grad, Better Known as Snake Island
The only island in Macedonia is completely uninhabited… at least by humans. Found in the south of Lake Prespa, near the Albanian border, Golem Grad is most frequently referred to as “Snake Island”… Read More

Oct 25, 2014


From Lake Ohrid to Prespa
A scenic drive through the Galičica National Park connects Macedonia’s two largest lakes, Ohrid and Prespa. And for those willing to hike, it’s possible to see both lakes from one incredible mountaintop view… Read More

Oct 24, 2014


A Hike in the Pelister National Park
We dedicated one of the days we spent on Lake Prespa to the nearby Pelister National Park. Extending roughly from Prespa to Bitola, and down to the border with Greece, this park was established in 1948 to protect 170 square kilometers of southern Macedonia’s pristine mountain land… Read More

Oct 24, 2014


A Quiet Stay at Lake Prespa
Poor Lake Prespa, always playing second-fiddle to Lake Ohrid. This is Macedonia’s second-biggest lake, behind Ohrid. It’s not as old, not as fascinating, not as pretty, nor does it have water so blue. It’s almost completely bypassed by tourists and locals alike, and its shores (relative to Ohrid) are nearly devoid of life. But we spent four nights here, and gave the lake our full attention. It’s your time to shine, Prespa. Impress us… Read More

Oct 23, 2014


Malovište: Pelister’s Picturesque Vlach Village
After leaving Bitola, the road to Ohrid passes by the Pelister National Park. If you take a left into the park, you’ll reach Malovište: a formerly wealthy Vlach trading village. We spent half a day walking around its streets, meeting some of the locals, and photographing one of the most picturesque towns we had yet discovered in Macedonia… Read More

Oct 22, 2014


The Stone Dolls of Kuklica
Once upon a time, long, long ago, a village girl was anxiously awaiting her wedding, which was scheduled for the afternoon. Having prepared everything days in advance, the girl wasn’t sure how to fill the morning hours. She’d heard about another wedding in the neighboring village and decided to see the happy couple who were sharing her special day….. Read More

Oct 22, 2014


The Monastery of Sv Joakim Osogovski
Found in the hills near the border with Bulgaria, outside the town of Kriva Palanka, Sv Joakim Osogovski is one of Macedonia’s most popular monasteries. But we were visiting on a quiet Monday afternoon, when the only other people present were the priest and a few workers cleaning the church’s carpets… Read More

Oct 22, 2014


The Church of St. George in Staro Nagoričane
Near Kumanovo, the tiny town of Staro Nagoričane is home to the Church of St. George, which was built in the early fourteenth century and possesses some of Macedonia’s most important frescoes. We swung by on our way back to Skopje, after having visited Kokino… Read More

Oct 21, 2014


The Megalithic Obervatory of Kokino
Before arriving in Macedonia, I might have guessed that the country would offer gorgeous nature, good food, and beautiful mountain villages. But I was not expecting to find megalithic observatories! We had already visited Cocev Kamen near Kratovo, and now turned our attention to the “Stonehenge of Macedonia”, Kokino… Read More

Oct 21, 2014


The Forgotten Observatory of Cocev Kamen
Megalithic observatories aren’t really all that common. It’s not like you are going to find one in every town you come across, behind the Walmart. But Macedonia has been blessed with not one, but two megalithic observatories (and not a Walmart in sight). The most well-known is at Kokino, but we would first be visiting Cocev Kamen… Read More

Oct 20, 2014


The Rock Dwellings of Golemo Gradište
There are a lot of amazing spots in Macedonia, which almost no tourists know anything about. And it turns out, there are some spots which very few Macedonians are aware of. Near Kratovo, we found an ancient village carved out of rock. It’s completely unmarked and almost totally unknown, even to locals. Golemo Gradište wasn’t easy to pinpoint, but this was one of the most exciting discoveries we made in Macedonia… Read More

Oct 20, 2014


Kratovo: The Town of Towers and Bridges
Nestled in the pit of a volcanic crater about an hour northeast of Skopje, Kratovo is famous for its distinctive architecture, including Ottoman-era towers and high stone bridges. We spent a day exploring its back streets, enjoying the lively atmosphere and walking along the steep ravine which divides the town in two… Read More

Oct 20, 2014

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