travellers in 2015
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The Macedonian national railway company is Makedonski Železnici (MŽ) or Macedonian Railways in English. The rail company operates trains on over 925 km of railway tracks. Some of the trains in Macedonia are run by diesel. Other trains are electric. The rail network in Macedonia allows travellers to reach cities such as Skopje, Tetovo, Gostivar, Kicevo, Volkovo, Kumanovo, Tabanovci, Sveti Nikole, Štip, Kocani, Veles, Negotino, Gevgelija, Bogomila, Prilep and Bitola. There are international train which operate between Macedonia and Greece as well as Macedonia and Serbia. The main train station in Macedonia is Skopje railway station.
Arrive in train to Skopje’s, Macedonia’s capital, and wander around the old town with its 15th century bridge, its Ottoman mosques and bathhouses. You can also go to Ohrid if you prefer Byzantine architecture. Take another train to Tetovo and admire the ornate Sarena Mosque. If you prefer historical sites, go south and climb to Treskavec Monastery or go to Bitola to visit the next-door city Roman Heraclea.
If you like nature, enjoy sailing around lakes such as the deepest one of Macedonia and Balkan region : lake Ohrid. National parks welcome you to go hiking or skiing, like Mavrovo one, Galicica and Pelister ones.
Dawdling on Skopje’s bazaar, buy some aniseed firewater or herbal teas to drink, beaded jewellery as a gift for your mother-in-law, painted wooden boxes for friends, replica Byzantine icons as a souvenir for you… You will be spoiled for choice!
Eat & Drink
Sample Macedonia’s gastronomy tasting the different specialities. Try the grilled meats with ajvar (sweet pepper and aubergine sauce) which is delightful, and drink some Skopsko beer or some Vranec wine to accompany your meal. If you like more kebabs, you will find it very easily.
Climb to Vodno Mountain and enjoy the view over Skopje Valley from there. On Krstovar, the highest peak, you will see the largest cross of the Christian world, the Millennium Cross.