T he most southern of all the Slavic nations, mountainous Macedonia is still trying to find its tourism identity in a post-Communist world. For some travelers it is succeeding.
This landlocked country borders Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria, Albania and northern Greece, and for many years was dominated by Yugoslavia. It doesn’t have many “traditional” tourist sites but that’s what attracts some travelers.
But for those who do travel here that’s a great part of its appeal, since the country’s real lure is for those who enjoy mountain climbing, hiking and skiing, especially in Mavrovo National Park.
There are monasteries in the countryside, many in the western part of the country, but the big draw is Lake Ohrid, surrounded by alpine peaks on the border with Albania.