The Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia is one of the most ancient civilizations in Europe as well as one of Europe's newest republics. The Vardar River divides Skopje, the nation's capital, into old and new sections. Completely rebuilt after a cataclysmic earthquake destroyed much of the city in 1963, the new part of Skopje boasts trendy restaurants, stylish cafes, and comfortable F.Y.R.O. Macedonia hotels. It's easy to track down affordable F.Y.R.O. Macedonia hotel deals in Skopje.
The old part of Skopje features charming 15th-century Turkish baths and an interesting Eastern Orthodox monastery called Sveti Spas. Sveti Spas is built below the top of the ground because when it was first erected during the years of the Ottoman reign, it was illegal for a church to be higher than a mosque. The bazaar in this part of the city is the best place to locate local handicrafts at reasonable prices as gifts for loved ones back home. Skopje's Old City is a good place to track down a cheap F.Y.R.O. Macedonia hotel deal.
Two hours by train outside of Skopje lies the city of Bitola. Bitola was founded in the 4th century B.C. by Philip of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. One mile from the city's modern center sits the ruins of Heraclea Lyncestis, the original site of the city. Today, Bitola's Bezistan Bazaar mostly sells electronics and modern clothing, but its 15th-century architecture is remarkably well preserved. The Jenji, Ishak Çelebi, and Kodža Kadi mosques are also worth visiting although nonbelievers may not be allowed to enter. Bitola is another location where you will find excellent cheap hotel deals in F.Y.R.O. Macedonia.
Macedonia's most beautiful spot and its tourism center is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ohrid. The city sits on the banks of Lake Ohrid, a tectonic lake with such a unique ecosystem that NASA actually named one of the lakes on Jupiter's moon Titan after it. Lake Ohrid is a terrific venue for fishing, boating and other water sports. Above the lake's eastern shore lies Galicica National Park, a popular place for hiking and mountain biking.
Ohrid is where you'll find the best hotels in F.Y.R.O. Macedonia. You'll be able to book reservations for rooms at special discount rates here. The city also has many vibrant restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs. Ohrid is famous for its ancient churches and basilicas. The oldest, St. Sophia Church, dates back to the 11th century and incorporates many of the stones that were used by the Roman structure that once stood on its spot. Expedia can help you access affordable F.Y.R.O. Macedonia hotel packages so that you can see everything Macedonia has to offer.
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