Skopje old town © Panoramas
Macedonia is an ancient country in search of a modern identity.
Since the end of the civil war in 1991, Macedonia can claim to be
the most peaceful republic to emerge from the former Yugoslavia,
and visitors here get to experience one of the safest and most
beguiling countries in all of Europe.
The capital is Skopje, a really enjoyable microcosm of
Macedonia's many charms. There are plenty of historical relics,
medieval fortresses and a bustling Ottoman-style bazaar. After
dark, Skopje's celebrated nightlife comes into its own with great
live music and clubs. Mavrovo, 40 miles (60km) east of Skopje, is
an excellent though hugely underrated ski resort in a wonderfully
scenic mountain location. Bitoli, the country's second largest
city, is known for its café culture and Ottoman
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