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    The Republic of Macedonia is a small country situated in the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula. It abounds in natural beauties and rarities. Many have named “The Pearl of the Balkans”. Attractive lakes, mountains and spas are the distinctive features of this country.

    The main tourist resorts are located around the three lakes of Ohrid, Prespa and Dojran, which are the best tourist attractions. Popova Shapka, Mavrovo, Krusevo and Pelister are attractive winter sports and recreation centres. Macedonian spas- Katlanovska, Negorska, Debarska and Bansko are well know for their medicinal and recreational qualities.

    The climate is moderately continental (in the north) and Mediterranean (in the south).

    The Republic of Macedonia is ecologically clean. The three national parks; Mavrovo, Pelister and Galicica offer good conditions for pleasant recreation.

    The country has a good public transport system. The air traffic operates through the two international airports at Skopje and Ohrid. The railway and the road network is in good condition.

    The cultural map is exceptionally rich and varied. The cultural heritage is testified by valuable archaeological sites, large number of churches and monasteries with their icons, frescoes and woodcarvings, as well as by mosques, baths, caravanserais and other examples of Islamic buildings. Several international cultural events and festivals are held each year – Ohrid Summer Festival (July, August) Balkan Folklore Festival (July), Struga Poetry Evenings (August).

    National folklore and traditional arts and crafts are still cherished (Galicnik Wedding). The old town and village architecture is still attractive for tourists.

    Macedonian cuisine abounds in well-know national and regional specialties, as well as good wines.
















    Some websites for more information;

    http://www.exploringmacedonia.com/

    http://travel2macedonia.com.mk/

    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/macedonia

    http://travel-macedonia.com.mk/

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    Lonely Planet's Top 10 best value destinations for 2012

    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/macedoni...articles/76857

    8. Ohrid, Macedonia



    There’s always a race for the next big thing in Europe, and budget-friendly Macedonia is rising in popularity for its mountainous setting of vineyards, lakes and Byzantine churches; it’s also a mainstay stop-off on Balkan trips. Beyond the lively capital Skopje, the spiritual heart is three road hours’ west at Ohrid, a lovely town with a medieval castle looking over church-lined hilly streets and the lush coastline of Lake Ohrid. Private rooms are easy to find for €10 euro or less, while opulent historic villas turned into B&Bs run for under €50 (US$71.50). Bus services run to sites along the lake coast, including Galičica National Park with hiking, boating and swimming spots.

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    Facts about Macedonia;

    http://travel2macedonia.com.mk/did-you-know

    Did you know this about Macedonia?

    • Mother Teresa (Agnes Gondza Bojadziu) was born in Skopje on August 26. 1910. She died on September 5, 1997.
    • The sun crystal that Alexander The Great used to blind his Persian enemies, can be found only in Macedonia. The Macedonian mine “Alshar” on Kozuv mountain is the only world source of Thallium, and a potential 'mine' for ecological clean energy. Since 2004, the Alshar mine is a member of the "Emerald" network, an organization for protection of nature's rarities.
    • 3 tectonic, 25 glacial and 15 artificial lakes and 34 mountains exist in Macedonia.
    • 1,179,111 people live in the urban areas of the Republic of Macedonia.
    • It is fascinating that The fresco "Lamentation over the Body of Christ" in St. Pantelejmon was painted 140 years before Giotto's "Pieta".
    • Macedonia is not a province in Greece, but a Balkan country, although parts of Macedonia can be found in Greece and Bulgaria.
    • Macedonia is a small country with a big soul... It was admitted as the 181 member of the United Nations.
    • Ohrid - the European Jerusalem, the cultural capital of Macedonia, the city of the Slavic civilization and Cyrillic script used to have 365 churches, one for each day of the year.
    • 500,000 tourists visit the Republic of Macedonia in 2000. However this number has increased by 30%.
    • Vardar is the longest river 388 km long, flowing sluggishly and cutting Macedonia in two.
    • 2,764 meters is the height of Golem Korab, the highest peak in Macedonia.
    • 976 AD, was the year when the medieval Macedonian state was formed by Samoil.
    • The fertile imagination of woodcarvers, the exquisite patterns of Macedonian carpets and the filigree working of gold and silver are all parts of the rich creative tradition of this people.
    • 729 BC, was the year when King Perdicca 1st found the ancient Macedonian Kingdom.
    • Macedonia is cradle of the Slavic culture and the Cyrillic script. St. Clement of Ohrid developed the Glagolica alphabet the masterpiece of his teachers Sts. Cyril and Methodius and name it Cyrillic in his honor.
    • September 8, 1991 is the date when Macedonia proclaimed independence from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
    • August 2, 1944 was the date when the first modern Macedonian state was formed after the Second World War, at the First Plenary Session of ASNOM held in the monastery St. Prohor Pcinjski.
    • The Pesna Cave, near Makedonski Brod, as described in New York Times, is identical as the imagined caves in the trilogy Lord of the Rings.
    • In a cemetery in Butel is where George Zorbas's grave is located. Eventually George Zorba's seems to be the character upon whom Nikos Kazantzakis based his fictional Alexis Zorbas, the protagonist of his novel Zorba the Greek. His eventful life ended in 1942 in Skopje, where he settled, remarried, and had more children.
    • Skopje plain seems to be inhabited at least for 7000-8000 years. The neolithic tomb in Madzari and the neolithic settlement found in the Skopje Kale fortress are proof of it.
    • 120 dolls in Kuklica, near Kratovo are 10 milion years old. The entire location is known as Stone Dolls of Kuklica - a very rare monument of the nature.
    • Macedonia produces more than 135 milions litres of wine, 150 milions litres of rakija and 850 milions of beer per year, with a population of sligthly more than 2 milion.
    • The oldest lake in Europe and the deepest in the Balkan's - the Ohrid lake is 4 milion years old and has more than 200 endemic species.
    • One of the Titanic Survivors was a Macedonian. Stojko Dodolovski, from the village of Chucher (Skopje area), made a last second purchase of a ticket to the Titanic from a British priest. When the ship started sinking Stojko jumped into the ocean. He swam towards few of the rescue boats, but was not allowed to climb aboard. Stojko stayed calm and floated on the ocean until one of the rescue boats came back to look for survivors, several hours later. Stojko was one of the 12 survivors picked up.
    • According to NASA, Kokino is 4th on the list of oldest meghalithic observatories in the whole world, right after Abu Simbel Egypt, Stonehenge Great Britain, Angkor Wat Cambodia. However less known is Cocev Kamen near Kokino 4 milion years old and more contemporary than Kokino.
    • The many lush and rich areas of Macedonia were once referred to as the orchards of Yugoslavia.
    • The smallest ethno museum in the world is located only 5 km on the northwest of Tetovo, in the picturesque village of Dzepciste and as such is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
    • The annual Ohrid Summer Festival (mid-July to late August) is the major cultural event in Macedonia. Held in a well-preserved Roman amphitheater and in magnificent churches, it features classical music, jazz and ballet. An international festival of poetry is held in nearby Struga in late August.
    • The Oscar-nominated film Before the Rain, set in the tiny village of Stavica, is a good examination of Macedonian life and culture and features some memorable Macedonian scenery.
    • The mixture of cultures in Macedonia inspired a word in French for mixed salad: macedoine.
    • Half of Macedonia's exports go via one road to Salonica, which is in Greece.
    • Macedonia is the only place in Europe to have clearest rubies. How many of you have known that the city of Prilep has rubies, precious gemstones who can be seen on world catalogues. And how many of you knew that foreigners are purchasing these rubies at dirt cheap prices. Decades ago, the people in the Prilep region had been told (lied) that the rubies found near Prilep's dolomit marble mine were not gemstones, rather a low quality mineral called corundum
    • The highest quality of opium is the Macedonian. Second is Pakistan's opium who has seven morph units. Third is the Columbian with around 3.5 M.E. The Macedonian opium has an incredible 14 M.E., doubling that of Pakistan.
    • Parts of Jesus' Crucifiction cross are layed in the foundations of the monasteries of St Bogorodica Precista (Kicevo), St. Jovan Bigorski, and St. Georgij Pobedonosec in Rajcica (Debar).
    • Apart from Mother Theresa who is born in Skopje, the founder of Turkey, Kemal Ataturk was born in Bitola.
    • Music in Macedonia dates back to the 11th century. The Bologna psaltir is written in Cyrillic in the Ohrid village Raven. If you visit the Ohrid Museum you can find written songs and music notes dating back from the 10 to 14th centuries.
    • The most famous song in Palestine and today treated as an anthem of Palestine and the Arabic world is written by a Macedonian. Bitola journalist and writer Pande Manojlov wrote the theme in 1982 and published it in the Skopje daily 'Nova Makedonija'.
    • The oldest tree in Macedonia is the Platanus Orientalis in Ohrid. Whether a coincidence or not, the tree is growing since St. Clement of Ohrid period, in the 9th century.
    • The nuns at the Macedonian church of St Gorgjija Pobedonosec hand make the special archbishop clothing worn by the head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, as well as the heads of the Russian, Greek, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Serbian Orthodox Churches, including the ones in North America and Africa.
    • The world famous Manaki brothers of Bitola won the first golden medal for cinematography in the Romanian city of Sinaia in 1905.
    • The Macedonian city of Ohrid is the oldest on the planet, most recently featured on ultra famous US show “Jeopardy”. The Ohrid lake itself is over 3 million years old. It has over 200 endemic species not found on any other place on the planet. Apart from its ancient theater (which is still in use today), the ancient Ohrid (called Lychnidos : the City of Lights) boasted a classical agora, gymnasium, civil basilicas and temples to the Gods.
    • The first ZOO in the Balkans was opened in Skopje.
    • The first railway route in the Balkans is between Skopje and Solun (Salonica), in the 19th century.
    • In the village of Vatasa in the not very distant 1838, a print store was opened, which is claimed to be first in the Balkans.

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    http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topic...6&parent_id=16

    With an eye on trade, Macedonia woos tourists from GCC states Publish Date: Thursday,17 May, 2012, at 12:24 PM Doha Time



    By Ramesh Mathew/Staff Reporter


    The Balkan Republic of Macedonia is awaiting a huge flow of travellers and tourists in coming months from the GCC states, in particular from Qatar, where its only embassy of the region is located.
    At a recent familiarisation trip to the country organised by the Macedonia’s Department of Tourism in tandem with the Turkish Airlines, journalists and representatives of Qatar’s travel and tourism industry were introduced to some of Macedonia’s major
    attractions.
    The tour took place close on the heels of a visit of Macedonia by a Qatari official delegation comprising senior officials of government and public-owned companies.
    That 700,000 tourists flocked last year to the scenic and picturesque Balkan nation, spread over 26,000sq km reveals how supportive is the local government in its backing to the hospitality sector. Though the country has only a small number of major hotel chains, there are a large number of budget hotels, resorts and tourist accommodations.
    Considered generally as a relatively cheaper European tourist destination, the fascinating tiny country is receiving mainly tourists from within the Europe, the USA and Far East
    these days.
    “We are focusing more on wooing tourists from the Middle East, in particular from the GCC states, for whom we have so many attractions on offer,” said Zhivka Cvetkoska-Andonoska, adviser to the Macedonian Agency for Promotion and Support of Tourism, at a meeting hosted by the Macedonian Chamber of Commerce in honour of the delegation from Qatar.
    The official said the interest evinced by Qatar in exploring the possibility for making long-term investments in the industrial and hospitality sectors of Macedonia would go a long way in promoting travel to the country by visitors from this region.
    With maximum temperatures in the summer hovering in the region of 30-32 degree Celsius, the country offers a lot of comfort for the region’s travellers, who usually flow out to neighbouring Arab and GCC destinations besides to their familiar tour haven of the UK.
    Macedonia is blessed with enormous greenish natural beauty, scenic mountains and more than 50 fascinating lakes.
    “We know it too well that the travel plans of many Qatari and other GCC travellers are hit heavily this time owing to the developments in some parts of the Arab region. Hence we are hopeful of attracting a number of such tourists to our country (Macedonia) which provides a lot of attractions to the visitors,” said Snezana T Jovanvska, president of the Macedonia Chamber of Commerce, at a meeting held in honour of the visiting delegation from Qatar, where representatives of more than 40 tour companies, hotels and resorts
    participated.
    Even though only a few major international airlines are operating flights to Macedonia, the connectivity provided by Turkish Airlines ensures a lot of regular flow of tourists from across the world to the country.
    The country’s only international airport – Alexander the Great- is at its capital Skopje. However, chartered flights are coming almost daily with loads of tourists to the St Paul The Apostle Airport at Ohrid, on the eastern side of the country bordering Albania.
    Omar Aslan, sales and marketing manager at Turkish Airlines in Qatar, said the airline is designing special packages to Macedonia, suiting the purse of travellers from this region, both the locals and
    expatriates.
    Even though a historically significant destination for Christian communities, Macedonia also has a significant number of Muslims (nearly 30%) as its residents. Some of the well-known mosques built during the Ottoman rule have been reconstructed and one of the aesthetically-designed mosques in Skopje attracts a lot of visitors throughout the year.
    The City Square in Skopje, where a number of statues of the country’s leaders of the 18th and 19th centuries are located, receives scores of tourists. Another major attraction in the vicinity of the City Square is the massive Alexander Gate.
    No visit to the capital city is complete without a journey of the National Museum of Macedonia which records not only the historical developments leading to the birth of now defunct Yugoslavia of which Macedonia was an integral part but also the declaration of the Macedonian independence in 1991 from the Serbs.
    The museum dedicated to the Indian Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa, who was born in Skopje is thronged by many tourists. So also are the numerous churches, mosques and an array of Orthodox monasteries.
    Equally fascinating are the lakesides, panoramic views from the hills and the historical churches in Ohrid.
    Jeton Velu, the third secretary at Doha’s Macedonian embassy is optimistic of his country receiving large number of visitors from Qatar in coming days. “We are now working to making an increasing awareness on Macedonia among this region’s populace these days and we have enough reasons to feel optimistic about our whole mission,” said Jelu, who along with Turkish Airlines’ Aslan co-ordinated the tour of journalists and travel representatives.

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    If tourist figures don't break 1 million this year then the construction of new monuments and buildings will have been a total failure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastos View Post
    If tourist figures don't break 1 million this year then the construction of new monuments and buildings will have been a total failure...
    They are not intended for tourists. Sure it's an attraction to see, although those constructions are for the Macedonian people and a part of a modern city architecture.

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    wich tourists? monkeydonia isnt stable at this moment,so tourists wont be running to visit it anytime soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildland View Post
    They are not intended for tourists. Sure it's an attraction to see, although those constructions are for the Macedonian people and a part of a modern city architecture.
    Obviously but with a new airport and visible monuments we should at least hope to break one million or at least more than 700,000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dralos View Post
    wich tourists? monkeydonia isnt stable at this moment,so tourists wont be running to visit it anytime soon
    The Bulgarian tourists visiting fyroMacedonia in 2011 were 305 536. In March 2012 40 513 Bulgarians visited Macedonia.

    http://www.nsi.bg/otrasal.php?otr=8&a1=787&a2=951#cont

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    Quote Originally Posted by morski View Post
    The Bulgarian tourists visiting fyroMacedonia in 2011 were 305 536. In March 2012 40 513 Bulgarians visited Macedonia.

    http://www.nsi.bg/otrasal.php?otr=8&a1=787&a2=951#cont
    but bulgarians arent tourists,the half of the country is theirs,they're your kind your brothers

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