Macedonia is a new county in the south-east of Europe. It is founded on the 8th of September 1991, becoming independent of Yugoslavia. It has a rich history though, among which the great Byzantine and Ottoman periods. “Macedonia” is also the name of a larger region. It stretches the north of Greece and the south west of Bulgaria.
Culture in Macedonia
Mountains, valleys, and rivers fill the landscape. Wildlife like bears and wolves love the rough environment. But if you go for a hike, maybe you rather encounter forest animals like squirrels and deers.
In Macedonia, the pearl of the Balkan is located. This is (the lake of) Ohrid. In this lovely city, there are many churches such as Sveti Jovan Kaneo. They provide stunning views over the lake. Lake Ohrid is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Macedonian capital Skopje is by far the largest city. Over two million people life here. Next to the original Macedonians, you find many Albanians here. Besides, you find over 2000 churches and mosques. Ancient monasteries are among the nicest places for tourists to visit. If you want to try ‘cultural but different’, join an event. For example the Skopje Jazz festival or a poetry night, or visit the national opera.
Food in Macedonia
The Macedonian kitchen reflects the Mediterranean, Eastern, and specific Hungarian influences. For an aperitif mostly “mastika” will be offered to you. This drink is made of grapes or plums. Beware of the alcohol percentage: 43%!
Tavče gravče is the national dish. Every Macedonian cook has its own recipe. The main ingredient is beans, baked in a lot of herbs and spices. Because of these flavors, you can eat the veggie way just fine. Yet it’s also common to add meat to the dish. Eather way, it tastes great!
If you didn’t get a Šopska salad as a starter, often it is served as a side dish. The combination of vegetables and cheese in this salad is very tasty. Another option if you are a vegetarian.
Besides the veggie dishes, Macedonians serve meat quite often. For example, they use it in Sarma (cabbage rolls) and Musaka. Note that traditional Macedonian Musaka is not similar to the Greek Musaka. The Macedonian version mostly comes with beef and in comparison to the Greek version, it lacks the béchamel cheese sauce.
ResiRest in Macedonia
By ResiRest you can meet a Macedonian family at their house. There try some of the local food and drinks. Over 700.000 tourists visit Macedonia every year. Yet you can be one of the few to join a local family for dinner and learn how they life. A nice way to make your visit to Macedonia unforgettable. See you soon!