Macedonia, situated in the Balkans is filled with a variety of foodstuffs which has given rise to its long and praised tradition of culinary delights. Macedonia is also famous for its wines, high quality of grapes and wines such as classic Cabernet Sauvignon, and mellow Merlot. Macedonia’s many lakes yield a variety of freshwater fish, most famous of all being Lake Ohrid Trout.
While traditional Macedonian cuisine combines Balkan and Mediterranean characteristics, a few are inherited largely from Turkish tastes. Try out Macedonian dishes like tavce gravce (baked beans), or shopska salata (a salad made of sliced tomato, cucumber and onion, topped with soft white cheese). Don’t forget to take home some Tyrokafteri (Macedonian spicy cheese spread).
Macedonia’s long and legendary history can be seen in its museums. One can visit The Archaeological Museum that takes you from the Neolithic Age, the Bronze, Byzantine and Turkish periods. The Museum of Natural History showcases the indigenous flora and fauna found throughout Macedonia. The Botanical Garden is a home to numerous species of the flora from the Balkan Peninsula and other parts of the world.
The city of Skopje is home to a variety of restaurants that serve everything from authentic Macedonian cuisine to Greek, Turkish and Italian. Visit Anja in Skopje, a restaurant that serves international cuisine. One can sit back and enjoy a glass of local wine and try out the Italian specialties. Try out Gino, an excellent Italian restaurant situated in the centre of Skopje.
For some Indian food visit Bombay, the first Indian tandoor restaurant in the hearth of Skopje. Out to grab a drink then head out to The Irish Pub St. Patrick in Skopje, An authentic Irish Pub based on Victorian design and style.
Visit The Old Town of Skopje located on the eastern bank of the River Vardar, a town filled with narrow archways. When in the Old Town one can find several Islamic buildings that date back to the 15th century. The Daut Pasha Hamam, one of the largest Turkish baths in the Balkans hosts The National Art Gallery’s special collection. For some shopping head out to the market place that sells just about everything.
Skopje is home to many churches; visit the 19th century church of St. Dimitrije. Or The Monastery of St. Nikita located on Skopje’s Black Mountain that dates from the early 14th century. The Monastery contains many important and unique fresco paintings.