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Skopje, Macedonia

What should my first post be about? Every blogger’s worst nightmare. I decided that I should pay my dues to my hometown, the city where I grew up – the city of Skopje, the city I always come back to, wherever I go. Skopje, Macedonia Skopje is the capital of Macedonia, a small country that takes a central position in the Balkans. The city officially has a population of half a million, but unofficially it has around 700 000 people living there. This is mostly due to the people who are emigrating from the other cities in the country, in order to study or work in the capital. The easiest way to arrive in Skopje is by plane – you can land on “Alexander the Great Airport”, where low cost operator WizzAir has opened a hub which serves 22 destinations in Europe. You can also arrive from other continents with transfers via Vienna (Austrian), Istanbul (Turkish), Rome (Alitalia), Geneva and Zurich (Swiss) as well as from Dubai (flyDubai). It is possible to arrive with car using the E-75 highway. Using the bus is yet another possibility (see the official site of the Skopje Central Bus Station: www.sas.com.mk). The last option is the train, with daily departures to Belgrade and Thessaloniki, however this is not recommended since the trains are not in great condition (but if you are on a budget – go for it).

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Skopje, City in the heart of the Balkans

Most of you probably never heard about Skopje, and this is one of the reasons I am sharing this story with you, and other reason is because of my opinion that “the place from where the traveling begins, and you’ve “traveled” most of the days in your life, is part of you.” So here it is. Skopje is proud to be the capital of a small country on the Balkans called Macedonia, and yet if you have never heard of it as well, there is a commercial on CNN called “Macedonia timeless”. If you search for Macedonia on a map, its form to me looks like perfectly fried egg in the middle of the Peninsula. It’s easier to remember this way right? I believe it’s a place worth visiting. To be honest, I believe every place is worth visiting, what makes the difference is individual tastes. Skopje is located in the north part of the country, and lately most crowded, because it is the biggest business center and also city where famous country’s Universities are placed, so students and employees, both with their career ambitions are building their life up. With current population of nearly 1 million (the entire country population is approximately 2 million), Skopje surely has something to tell. Of course, the best way is to witness, to fell, to smell, experience, to have a story of your own , and hopefully you would have the chance for it someday, therefore I will certainly point  out the “must see” things in Skopje for your to do tourist list.

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The Old Cave Churches of Macedonia

Macedonia is a small country placed on the Balkan Peninsula, sandwiched between Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Greece and Albania. Although small, the country abounds in beautiful natural landscapes thanks to the numerous mountains and lakes. It also is a home of historical and cultural places and sites, such as the unique Orthodox churches, some of which have remained untouched for centuries.

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Top 49 hostels in Macedonia.

There are 49 awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Macedonia.

Lighthouse Hostel

Lighthouse Hostel

Lighthouse Hostel came out of our love for travel and travelers, our appreciation of the beauty of different cultures, as well as our desire to help visitors uncover the beauties left out of the usual travel guides through the Republic of Macedonia. Our goal is to make you feel at home while you fal

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Shanti Hostel 2

Shanti Hostel 2

Shanti Hostel 2 is ideally located in historical, quiet and central area of Skopje- Madjir Maalo (one minute walk from Shanti Hostel 1), within walking distance to all major attractions, and interesting spots of Skopje with a super transport network at your door. Ideally located by the river Vardar

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Luccia Apartments

Welcome into the heart of Ohrid. Located in the very center of Ohrid, right above the main Square named Chinar, by 1100 years old tree, at the beginning of the Old Town and just 250 meters from Lake Ohrid, the recently re-opened and redecorated object, a part of 'Luccia Apartments' chain, offeri

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Robinson Sunset House

Robinson Sunset House

We are inviting you to visit our house, a place where you can enjoy fresh air and a wonderful view. We are located 8km from the city in the area where most of the beaches are located. The house is 100m from the beach surrounded with forest and beautiful lake view. The House has a beautiful yard (

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Hi Skopje Hostel

Hi Skopje Hostel

Hi Skopje Hostel is located in the comfy GREEN zone, at the base of Vodno Mountain, outside hustle and crowds, yet a 10 min. walking distance from the center of Skopje. Its location on a hill makes the place secure and perfect because of the fresh air, the sunrise side and the wonderful panoramic vi

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Chola Guest House

Chola Guest House

'Chola Guest House' is located at only five minutes walking distance from the centre of Bitola in a large, peach colored house, across a DVD club 'Dju'. It has 4 twin bed rooms and a maximum capacity of 10 people (2 extra beds).Each room has a separate bathroom, coffee and tea making facilities (tea

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Goldy

Goldy

For every bed there is a reading light and bed curtains. We provide free towels and clean sheets for every guest. It has 2 toilets and a shared bathroom with non-stop hot water. You will have a fully equipped kitchen where you can cook and enjoy your meals. Also you can relax in the living r

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Shanti-Hostel

Shanti-Hostel

VOTED FOR BEST HOSTEL IN MACEDONIA FOR 2013, 2016 AND 2017 by Hostelworld. STAY 3 NIGHTS = GET FREE LAUNDRY Shanti Hostel is a very nice, small and cozy place located in just 3 minutes walking distance from the bus and train station and only 5 minutes from the center of our city Skopje. Desi

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Hotel Kapistec

Hotel Kapistec

Hotel Kapistec is renovated September 2009. In the ecologically cleanest and most quiet part of Skopje, under the slopes of mountain Vodno, you will find Hotel Kapistec, only 1km from the city centre. The hotel has luxurious and very comfortable rooms equipped with air-conditioning, TV, phone, t

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Lounge Hostel Skopje

Lounge Hostel Skopje

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” Share experience & knowledge, live and enjoy life. Stay with style & enjoy a very welcoming atmosphere. Created with love, the very stylish Lounge Hostel is the perfect place to have a great time, offering fellow travelers a unique experience in an eye-c

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AnastasiaHomestay

AnastasiaHomestay

We are located in the historical district/old town of Ohrid, (50 meters to center fountain, close to shopping, a few minutes to the lake in quiet zone with terrace view, TV) which is UNESCO world heritage. We can meet you anywhere in town if you will just call us and let us know where you are. A

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Get Inn Skopje

Get Inn Skopje

Get Inn Hostel is a perfect choice if you are seeking calm and intimate surroundings in the center of Skopje at fair price. We have updated information about tours, points of interest and local entertainment, as well as free city maps and tour maps. We care about our guests, knowing the sight of a b

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Urban Hostel & Apartments

Urban Hostel & Apartments

Our hostel can accommodate a total of 100 guests. It offers rooms for 1,2,3 or 4 people and has 4 floors. The rooms are clean, convenient, comfortable and highly affordable with proper spring mattress beds and overlays. Showers and toilets are found on each floor, two of them equipped with jacuzzi.

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Agartha Hostel Ohrid

Agartha Hostel Ohrid

Best Hostel in Macedonia by Hostelworld for 2018. Agartha Hostel Ohrid is the place where you will rest your soul&body from the long trip. Our desire is to make you feel like home and have a pleasant and unforgettable stay. If you stay in our hostel we promise to show you the way to discover th

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Accommodation J&T

Accommodation J&T

Accommodation J&T is situated in the elite part of the old town of Ohrid. Located in a clean, peaceful and quiet setting surrounded by nature. The villa has an amazing view of the lake and the city. All rooms have a balcony overlooking the Lake Ohrid, separate bathroom, cable/satellite TV, coffee ma

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UNITY Hostel Skopje

UNITY Hostel Skopje

Scatter joy. Gather wonder. Travel and explore. Situated 300m from the main City Square, Unity Hostel is within 5min walking distance from Old Bazaar, Kale Fortress, Government, river side, Museum`s quarter, beautiful City Central Park, bars, clubs & restaurants, all accessible on foot, thus savi

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Sunny Lake Hostel

Sunny Lake Hostel

Staying 3 nights = Free Laundry ! Hostelworld Country Winner for : 2010,2011,2012,2014 and 2015 ! -WORLD CUP games on a BIG screen in the beer garden! FРЕЕ NETFLIX,CITY bikes,SHISHA !!! Free Coffee,tea (all day long)!! Free Towels Free city maps and travel info Super Lake view balcony Pizz

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Nordic Hostel N-Box

Nordic Hostel N-Box

Nordic is design boutique hostel located in central area of Skopje, newly opened and modernly designed, with over 30 cosy capsules (N-Box) and suites inspired by modern and minimalist living. Located at the fringe of Skopje central area within walking distance from main square ,old bazaar, bohem

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B&S Apartments

B&S Apartments

B&S Apartments are located in the beautiful city of Ohrid. If you want to explore the ancient city and also want to relax in quiet environment, with new luxury interior, B&S is the right place to go. We offer:- 2 double bed apartments,- 1 triple bed apartment,- 2 Deluxe apartments (max. 4 persons

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Villa Old Town

Villa Old Town

Villa Old Town ,Situated in the old town of Ohrid just 150 metres from the city square, villa Old Town offers warm and homely accommodation mostly with balconies and stunning views of the lake. The rooms all have en suite facilities and everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay. Th

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City Hostel Ohrid

City Hostel Ohrid

City Hostel Ohrid is contemporary, trendy accommodation in the very center of the city Ohrid. Brand new establishment, beyond traditional hospitality, taking the hostel standards to upper level for lower affordable prices. City Hostel is few steps from the center ,2 minutes away from the Old Bazz

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Hostel Valentin

Hostel Valentin

The property have two rooms each 6 bed. We have common room 2 bathroom WiFi,also every bed have lookers, light, curtain, everything it's new. Please Note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay.

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Ski Hut Gorica Hostel Mavrovo

Ski Hut Gorica Hostel Mavrovo

Ski Hut Gorica is a mountain hostel providing accommodation and services for the outdoor spirits and adventure enthusiasts. We offer dorm and private accomodation, hommemade meals, lounge room with blasting fireplace, DSL TV, free Wi-Fi, 24-7 hot water, communal kitchen, camp lot, fully prepared te

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Hostel Infinity

Hostel Infinity

Welcome to Infinity Hostel.We are located in one of the most beautiful and quiet neighborhood in Skopje,Taftalidje.Just 3,5km from the city centre and 4km from the Old bazaar.Our location is perfect for every traveler who is ready to explore the city. We are new hostel, that means everything is

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Valentin Apartments and Rooms

Valentin Apartments and Rooms

Valentin apartments and rooms is one of the best hostel in Ohrid.Just 8 min. walking from the old town of Ohrid. Our prices is 6.5 euro /bed. This includes: -Free internet -Free city map and travel info. -Free coffee and tea -Hot showers 24 hr. -Fully equipped kit

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BSV Hostel

BSV Hostel

The hostel have 6rooms and 20 beds.The rooms are double and rooms with multiple beds. Same after intimate rooms. Some of the rooms with separate bathroom.The entire furniture is new. The rooms are on ground floor and first floor.Access to rooms is easy, parking is on the street but in a safe place.T

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Hostel Atlantik

Hostel Atlantik

Hostel is located just 1km from the city center and 1,3km from the city bus station.Hostel has only private rooms and apartments.Two private rooms share one bathroom and kitchen with fridge.Apartment is with separate bathroom,kitchen with fridge,cable tv.All rooms have air-conditioning. Hostel is

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City Hostel

City Hostel

Supreme Value for money' It's home City Property is a family owned property located in a great and peaceful neighbourhood under the mountain Vodno. It is well designed and offers a quiet and unforgettable stay in the capital city of Macedonia, Skopje - city of seven gates. With every bed acco

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Skopje Hostel

Skopje Hostel

Skopje Hostel is situated in the Skopje City-Centre district in Skopje, 300 m from Stone Bridge. Some rooms have a seating area for your convenience. You will find a kettle in the room. Each room is equipped with a shared bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.

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Villa Saraj

Villa Saraj

Welcome to Villa Saraj. We hope you will enjoy yourself with us while you spend your holidays in beautiful Ohrid. Our guesthouse provides a peaceful and spacious ambiance, right at the front of the house is a garden with a beautiful view of the lake. Located old part of the city, it is surrounded

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Vertical Hostel Mavrovo

Vertical Hostel Mavrovo

Vertical Hostel Mavrovo is right in the heart of the mountain, where there's 0% pollution and just fresh air, into the Mavrovo National park where you can take a safari tour, close to the lake and the nature and still just 6 km away from the ski resort, the restaurants, bars, mini market and rental

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The Comfy Hostel

The Comfy Hostel

The Comfy Hostel offers excellent location combined with quite=t and comfortable stay!

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Vila DoMarija

Vila DoMarija

Our mission is to be your home away from home and make your stay in Skopje as pleasant as we can. We are expecting you! VilaDoMarija is good for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, families (with kids), and big groups. The BnB VilaDoMarija is close to public transport and parks. You’

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The Hunter Lodge Kamnik

The Hunter Lodge Kamnik

Hotel Hunters Lodge Kamnik is located at the entrance to Skopje from the airport. It is only 10 minutes by car/taxi to the town center. It has 10 hunters style rooms, 5 deluxe suites, conference /meeting room and gym/fitness center with outdoor tennis court. On the ground floor there is an ex

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Villa Marina

Villa Marina

A beautiful, extraordinary place centered in the heart of Struga town, right next to the river Crn Drim and the Ohrid Lake. With its acceptable price and positive energy, it offers you a great vacation time, fulfilled with the relaxed and calm view from the rooms and balconies. The property Villa Ma

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Smart Apartments

Smart Apartments

The apartments are very bright, clean, comfortable, highly affordable and a perfect option for you to relax after a long day of urban exploration. Our Apartments are located only a couple of steps to the main bus station in one of the oldest parts of the city. Very quiet and safe neighborhood on

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Epinal Hotel

Epinal Hotel

Epinal Hotel is surrounded by some of the most well known points of interest in Bitola this beautiful hotel is ideally located on the main street Shirok sokak, 175 km from the Skopje Airport, 180 km from Thessaloniki and only 15 km from the Greek border. Whether your plans include meetings, conventi

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Bitrak Guesthouse

Bitrak Guesthouse

About Bitrak Guesthouse: Our property offers, Two beds (2) apartment with bedroom, terrace, cable tv, refrigerator, parking place. Tree beds apartment (2) with bedroom, terrace, kitchen. cable tv, refrigerator, dvd player, and parking place. Apartments are clean, brand new and a serene place t

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Hotel Salida

Hotel Salida

Boasting a location at the foot of Marko’s Tower, Hotel Salida is set in a quiet area and surrounded by greenery. The hotel features an à-la-carte restaurant and a bar. Free Wi-Fi is available, as well as free parking. The town’s centre can be reached in 500 metres, while Marko’s Tower can be rea

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Hotel De Koka

Hotel De Koka

Opened in April 2014, Hotel De КOKA has a superb location on Old Bazaar, the most touristic attractions are few meters away form Hotel De KOKA.Just a few kilometers from the bus and railway station in the city center, with free parking and wireless internet and comfortable rooms with modern design,H

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Aries Apartments

Aries Apartments

Aries Apartments - modern designed apartments built in 2013, with 2-3-4 beds, seating sofa, completely equipped kitchen, balcony, toilet, cable TV, air condition, washing machine, dish machine, alarm system, free WI-FI, building 24h monitoring, secure parking. Nearby bakery, supermarket, ambulance a

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Shanti Apartment

Shanti Apartment

Our Shanti apartment can accommodate max 4 people. Its on two floors. On the second floor there is a bedroom with two single beds and one double bed, perfect for families or group of friends. On the first floor there is a living room with Tv and Wi Di and fully equipped kitchen where you can pr

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Villa Ohrid

Villa Ohrid

Vila Ohrid is located in the centre of Ohrid old part, with spectacular view over the lake of Ohrid, near ancient theater and plenty of churches. If you want to enjoys a comfortable and peaceful stay at the UNESCO old Ohrid...just visited. Vila Ohrid have two apartments and two double room (t

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Modern studios in Ohrid

Modern studios in Ohrid

The apartment with the studios is on the top of the house which by the way has three floors. We are located not far away from the center (about 15 min. walking to the main square or 10 min. walking directly to the lake promenade) and in the same time in the quiet area so you can take your rest pe

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Cingo Hotel Ohrid

Cingo Hotel Ohrid

Cingo Hotel has 32 two bed rooms, 2 single bed rooms, 4 Deluxe apartments and 2 Extra Deluxe apartments. All the apartments are equipped with cable TV, air conditioners, mini bar, safe, direct telephone line, Internet connection. Extra Deluxe apartments have also DVD (home video) and Jacuzzi. Thi

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Villa Velestovo

Villa Velestovo

Welcome to Villa Velestovo a place with rural and modern character that can be your home during your vacation: beautiful rural environment, secluded location for perfect vacation. The villa is just 5 minutes driving away from the center of Ohrid and offers excellent view on the Ohrid Lake and the

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Tomce Sofka Hotel

Tomce Sofka Hotel

We are placed in the central city park, 300 m from the downtown of our capital city in more than a pleasant surrounding. Isolated from the city traffic and noise, makes the hotel restaurant Tomce Sofka a very intimate place. It is a modern hotel with traditional Macedonian charm. We have two

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Apartmani Lile

Apartmani Lile

Just steps away from a pebbly beach with water sports facilities, Lile Pestani Accommodation features free Wi-Fi, free parking and air-conditioned rooms with balconies and cable TV. Restaurant, shops and the local bus station are all within 100 metres from the property. Each room is equipped with

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