Macedonia is characterized by almost untouched landscape

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Macedonia is a landlocked country and is centrally located on the Balkan Peninsula. It borders on Serbia, to the east by Bulgaria, Greece to the south, Albania to the west and the northwest of Kosovo. The western mountains of Macedonia are foothills of Dinara, the main mountain range of the Western Balkans. The highest peaks are 2.764 m high Golem Korab on the border with Albania and the 2.747 m high Titov Vrv in the massif of Šar Planina. Other mountains are located in the southwest of the country Jablanica Mountains, which forms partially the border with Albania, the Osogovo Mountains to Bulgaria, the Galičica massif between Ohrid and Prespa and Pelister massif between Prespa and Bitola.

North Macedonia is characterized by a beautiful, almost untouched landscape and is a real paradise for active holidaymakers. The many mountains and the beautiful Lake Ohrid should make the heart of every nature lover beat faster. I'll bring you closer to the most beautiful places in the country.

From hiking holidays to winter sports, North Macedonia is a very diverse holiday destination and a popular travel destination all year round. Hiking holidays and active trips are recommended from spring to autumn.

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Sources of Lake Ohrid - Sveti Naum at Green Oasis
Museum Complex Museum on the Water at Lake Ohrid
Diving paradise next to pile-dwelling Museum on the Water
An afternoon stroll through the old town of Ohrid
The Historical Beauty of Macedonia’s Ancient City of Stobi

Vevčani - mountain village at the foot of Jablanica mountains

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Vevčani - mountain village at the foot of Jablanica mountains

Only around 15 kilometres from the Rino campsite is the mountain village of Vevčani, at around 800 - 950 meters above sea level. The groundskeeper "Pimi" pointed out to us several times that the village structure had been preserved in its original form, and there are also the legendary waterfalls of Vevčani, which are known far beyond the borders of Macedonia.

Arrival in Struga on Lake Ohrid under a cloudless sky

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Arrival in Struga on Lake Ohrid under a cloudless sky

We set off from Thessaloniki in the morning to drive the 280 kilometres to Lake Ohrid to Struga to the Rino campsite. To avoid a detour on the motorway, we chose our route on the E86 via Edessa.

Camping on Lake Ohrid near Struga – first steps

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Camping on Lake Ohrid near Struga – first steps

Family warmth and the first open conversations on the evening of our arrival had caused great interest in our project, so that we had a "long evening" in the small restaurant.

Stand-up paddling on Lake Ohrid - meeting Linda & Jochen

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Stand-up paddling on Lake Ohrid - meeting with Linda and Jochen

Again and again there are encounters that are neither expected in their form nor foreseeable in their effects for the future. So we had tried to establish contact with the Roman city of Trier many times before the project began, to involve a well-known entry point in our project activity for the development of camper and outdoor tourism route along Roman roads in the northwestern part of Germany. In short, it was not successful.

St. Sophia Church (Crkva Sveta Sofija) in the center of Ohrid

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St. Sophia Church (Crkva Sveta Sofija) in the center of Ohrid

For every culturally interested visitor to the ancient Roman city of Ohrid on the Via Egnatia, the Sophia Church should be part of the visitors program, not just because of the structure of the building but especially because of the numerous sculptures and wall paintings inside. Ohrid has long been one of the cultural and religious centers of the Bulgarian Empire and one of the centers of Orthodox Christianity of the Slavs and of Southeastern Europe.

Roman artifacts in the school museum at Kalishta

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Roman artifacts in the school museum at Kalishta

During our search for artifacts along the way of the ancient Via Egnatia in the area of Lake Ohrid, we received a reference to a small collection of artifacts, which a cultural-historically engaged teacher had gathered in the course of his activities from all over the region.

Autumn hike along the Jablanica mountain range

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Autumn hike along the Jablanica mountain range

A further stop at Rino campsite in Kallista at the Ohrid Lake had led to visits to Vevčani, the curious "Republic" with its own passport and a carnival top address on the Balkans, but the wonderful autumn weather with plenty of sunshine had also led us to further mountain tours.

Camping Rino in Kalishta at Lake Ohrid

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Camping Rino in Kalishta at Lake Ohrid

After our trip passing Croatia during the last year in November we approached at the campsite Rino for the first time. Of course the weather was no longer warm enough for calling it "summer" because the temperatures only amounted between 10 ° and 18 ° degrees.

Back at Lake Ohrid - Morning impressions at the lakeside

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Back at Lake Ohrid - Morning impressions at the lakeside

According to some rainy days, which unfortunately left our planned excursions on and next to Skadar Lake fell into the water, we are now swept back to Lake Ohrid, where during the week preliminary discussions relating to planned hikes and also in terms of a planned Paragliding Festival will take place.

Excavation and Conservation Works in Stobi, Macedonia

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Excavation and Conservation Works in Stobi, Macedonia

The first excavations in the ancient city of Stobi were started in the 19th century. During World War I, the German officer Hald had began the first systematic excavations of the site.

Stobi - archaeologists host during the campers' cultural trip

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Stobi - archaeologists host during the campers' cultural trip

For a number of years, close contacts with the Stobi archaeological site in Macedonia have been established, especially with the group of archaeologists and conservators and their extensive work in the ancient ruins of Stobi, with its impressive basilica and the impressive theater.

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