Kolešino Waterfall

The Kolešino Waterfall creates a magical picture within the forested Belasica Mountain. Rushing from the Baba River, the water pours into streams and collects again toward the river for yet another tumble over the cliff.

While seated on a bench beside the stunning waterfall, or while standing on the wooden bridge right in front of the attraction, you can watch how the 19-meter waterfall drapes the rocks.

Even when you close your eyes, the waterfall will continue to appeal to your senses. Expect to be lulled by the rushing music of the water as you feel and taste the cold air and smell the scent of the forest.

If you want to witness the Kolešino Waterfall at its grandest, you can visit either during the snowy months, when the waterfall beautifully freezes, or in springtime, when the water mightily rushes down the cliff.

Stobi

Stobi used to be the ancient town of the Paeonia kingdom. As a trade center and a trade route during the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, it prospered immensely and put up different impressive structures, some of which are still standing today.

It figures as a popular archeological site in the country, and it is easy to see why. Marble pillars, a Roman amphitheater, mosaic floors, intricate baptistery, and palace and basilica ruins cover the entire place.

Stobi can be reached by train or car. And when you arrive, you won’t only be treated to a view of the ruins. A view of the Macedonian plain will also complete your sightseeing adventure.

Lake Prespa

Lake Prespa lies southwest of Macedonia and is part of the Galichica National Park.

Covering 273 square kilometers, it is the second largest lake in Macedonia, but a third of it is shared with Greece and Albania.

Lake Prespa actually refers to two lakes: Golema (great) and Mala (small).

The lake is a vast natural wonder, alternately displaying greenish and bluish hues.

Its raw beauty is even more enhanced by the diverse animal species thriving in the area. On the shore are gulls, black ravens, pelicans, and herons, while swimming underneath the water are fish species such as trout, carps, barbells, and chubs.

There are four ways to enjoy such a beautiful lake: gaze at the lake as long as you want, sail on a boat, have a guided trip around the lake – or do all three.

Struga

Struga is a peaceful and poetic town on the northern shore of Lake Ohrid. It has been overshadowed by the more upbeat city of Ohrid, but Struga maintains its curiously rustic charm.

The town owes a large part of its rustic appeal to Drin River, which flows from Lake Ohrid.

Struga is also called the City of Poetry for being the birthplace of the Bulgarian poet brothers Dimitar and Konstantin Miladinov, who not only authored the collection “Bulgarian Folk Songs” but also contributed to the preservation of Macedonian literary tradition.

It is also the yearly venue of the international poetry festival called Struga Poetry Evenings.

The town can be explored mostly by walking. Lining the streets are handcraft shops, cafes, and some old houses. Churches with old architecture, such as the St. George Church, also boost the beauty of Struga.

Other places of interest include Halveti Tekke, Miladinovci House, the Vangel Kodzoman gallery, and the Nikola Nezlobinski Nature Museum.

Megalithic Observatory of Kokino

The Megalithic Observatory of Kokino was discovered only in 2001, but archaeological findings reveal that it was constructed sometime in 1800 BC, as a place to observe the movement of the sun and moon and celestial occurrences.

The ancient observatory covers a radius of 100 meters and is 90 meters in length and 50 meters in width.

Visiting Kokino is a unique experience because it gives you a glimpse into how the early people observed and understood the mysteries of the celestial region.

By observing the ancient markers in the venue, you can expand your knowledge of traditional observatory practices.

After validating the markers’ accuracy, NASA put Kokino in the list of Ancient Observatories in 2005.

In 2010, UNESCO designated Kokino as a World Heritage Site.

 

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