The landlocked state of Macedonia lies in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula and is characterized by high mountains and dense forests. This is home to wild bears and wolves, as well as crystal-clear lakes and bubbling mountain brooks. Virtually untouched natural landscapes of unsurpassed beauty are waiting to be explored all throughout the country. The bird paradise on Lake Ohrid, where even pelicans breed, and the neighboring Prespa Lake, through which the national boundary to Albania runs, are World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.
The capital Skopje, with its numerous buildings from the époque of the Ottoman Empire and the Roman fort, is the country’s largest city. Further sights include the medieval Monastery of St. Nikita and several mosques.
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In its 2500 year history, the capital of Macedonia has had many different realizations. All - from Roman times to the Byzantine, the Ottoman Empire to Yugoslav - have left permanent traces on the city as evidenced by the varied architecture of Skopje and its mix of cultures.
The concentrated complexity of Skopje today offers a great variety of things to see and do, constantly reminding the public of the historical past of the city.
The very best among the sites to see are the Stone Bridge, crossing the river Vadar, the Old Bazaar (Stara Charshija), from the Ottoman period and the walls of the fortress Kale. In the narrow steep streets of Stara Carijsa one feels the spirit of the old town with its small shops, mosques, bazaars and hammam from the Turkish period.
Skopje has well-established hotels, restaurants and cinemas and shopping centers with all the latest fashions and most often at prices lower than in Western countries.
Kumanova is one of the largest cities of Macedonia and known for its unique blend of Serbian and Macedonian culture as evidenced by the spirited fun-loving Kumanovci (as residents are called).
The city and surrounding villages represent the exceptional multi-ethnic mix of Albanians, Romanians, and Turkish and Serbian minorities.
Today Kumanova is a modern city where new buildings, houses constantly pop-up and this adds a charming look to the city. And beyond these modern accents Kumanova has many historic features. Some houses built in the 19th century are well preserved until now and the center of the city is filled with labyrinthine streets that bring together all these houses.
A particularity of Kumanova is its mineral resources. The mineral-rich water is not only good for drinking but is also suitable for cleaning the skin and eyes. In its carbonated form, the water is sold throughout the country by the name of "Kumanovka".