The Republic of North Macedonia is a landlocked country in the central Balkan peninsula. It has Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo and Serbia as neighbours and was a former part of Yugoslavia until gaining its independence in 1991.
Today, it is one of the new countries wishing to join the European Union and gain closer ties to the rest of the continent.
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Flying time from London 2.5 hours
Official language(s) Macedonian & Albanian
Time difference +2 hrs GMT
Visa requirements Not required for UK passport holders
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Located beside Ohrid's city fortress, the collection of icons were sourced from the surrounding region.
Walk the promenade on Lake Ohrid
With a host of small restaurants, bars and cafes, the promenade starts at the town of Ohrid and continues around the lake, and is the perfect place for enjoying a coffee or just people watching.
View the ruins of Heraclea Lyncestis
The origins of the town can be dated back to Phililp II, the father of Alexander the Great. This thriving Roman town was located on the Via Egnatia road that linked Byzantium to Italy and the ruins contain a number of interesting mosaics.
View the stars at Kokino
Dating back almost 4,000 years, this is the fourth oldest ancient observatory in the world and is considered to be on a par with Stonehenge.
Listen to the peacock calls at St Naum
With a scenic location next to Lake Ohrid, the central courtyard of the monastery has some of the best views in the country and is home to a large number of peacocks, which roam around impressing visitors with their plumage.
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