Republic of North Macedonia Travel

In 2018, The Republic of Macedonia became the Republic of North Macedonia. So if you’re planning to visit, it would be wise to get the name right. The former Yugoslav republic declared its independence in 1991 and took the name Republic of Macedonia. However, it is now called the Republic of North Macedonia, after a 27 year conflict with Greece over the use of the name Macedonia. When Yugoslavia fell apart, part of it declared itself a new country - the Republic of Macedonia. But Greece has a historical reason to claim the name Macedonia, and opposed the use of the name. Although it doesn’t sound like a major problem, it hindered Macedonia from joining the European Union or NATO because of Greece’s opposition to the name. And although it was admitted to the United Nations, it was under the name “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,” in order to be accepted by Greece. That being said, whatever you call it, it’s a great place to visit. Because the country is land-locked, tourists flock to Lake Ohrid, a sprawling body of water with several towns and resorts surrounding it. The lake is one of the oldest in the world and the deepest in the Balkans. The town of Ohrid is a popular tourist destination because of its beaches, resorts, great shopping and lakeside restaurants. You will also find ruins, churches and an old monastery that is highly recommended for lodging while you visit. It has large rooms decorated with antiques, a restaurant overlooking the lake, and a private beach. Lake Ohrid has much to offer and the scenery is a photographer’s dream.