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Map of Macedonia

map of Macedonia

Macedonia, where the sun shines forever according to the song is exactly the description of this country where the sun always shines in the Balkans’ scenic heart. Travel Macedonia and experience the hospitality of its people who loves music, dances and have fun. They simply know how to make their guests feel at home.

Macedonia, also known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is quite visited because of its low economic and social status within the community of Europe.

Geography

Macedonia is located at the South Eastern Europe and the north of Greece. The Map of Macedonia references Europe and can be compared to a state in the U.S. It is slightly larger than Vermont.

3 Key Destinations in Macedonia

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It has not been long ago since the Western Europeans have discovered this hidden treasure in the east. Although Macedonia has struggles to survive in terms of its economic and political status, tourism has never been compromised.

These are 3 of the most popular destinations to travel Macedonia

  • The Monasteries – It is quite a surprise that Macedonia has the affluence of historical monasteries scattered all over the country. Their monasteries are remains of the Orthodox Christian belief dating back to 1000 A.D. Although the Sveti Jovan Bigorski monastery has been affected by a fire last 2009, majority of it stands unaffected.
  • The Lake Ohrid – The crystal clear, blue green waters of this splendid lake is just the right place to visit. The township being located on the border of Macedonia and the eastern part of Albania has been developed into a mecca for German tourists whose looking for a more reasonable deal compared to the more expensive destinations in the Mediterranean coastline.
  • The Strumica – This adorable town is the largest in the Eastern part of Macedonia which has an eclectic array of old monasteries, modern bars and cafes, and architectural remains of the flamboyant Middle East. The place can be associated with some parts of Paris, without much expense. This makes a fun and luxurious holiday without breaking the bank.

Weather and Climate in Macedonia

It sure was great to know the best scenic spots around Macedonia, but what is the perfect time to enjoy those tourists’ destinations? Find out the weather and climate of the country for you to know when you will book your vacation in Macedonia. Between the months of May to October are the best times to visit Macedonia. These are the warmest and among the driest seasons of the year. The usual temperature during summer is 73 degree Fahrenheit or 23 degree Celsius yet you may need some sweater at night. Winters here are extremely cold often drizzly, windy and snowy, most especially in the north and its interior. It snows much during winter which may cause some delays on your travel.

Gastronomy

Aside from key tourist spots, each traveller wants to experience the best cuisines of any countries they visit. Macedonia’s cuisine combines Mediterranean and Balkan traits that have been largely inherited from Turkish taste prevailing from the centuries of Ottoman rule. Some dishes include Masnic, or a pastry rolled into spiral with some fillings like pumpkin, sweet potatoes or cheese. Slatki is also known to be one of the best bread filled with Burek and cheese.

Map of Greece

Map of Greece

Greece is considered the tourism capital of Europe. Situated on the Confluence of the Aegean, Mediterranean and Ionian seas, Greece has a history and culture that is steeped in its maritime past. As a result all of Europe and much of the rest of the world holidays in Greece. However this domination of the tourist dollar is being chipped away at by countries like Spain, Italy and even Croatia.

Things to see and do in Greece

Greece offers many types of vacations. Group Vacations If you are young and looking for fun then Greece can cater for you. Young people, group travel packages and backpacking packages are well represented in Greece. However pre-booking is not always essential, especially if you are coming before the beginning or after the end of the main tourist season. These types of spontaneous holidays can often be more rewarding, especially to the younger traveller who is willing to put up with a little bit of hardship. As a bonus these types of trips can be cheaper. Historical travel – Greece has a long and well documented history. Much has been bequeathed to the modern world by the ancient Greeks. Mathematics, logic, democracy, drama, philosophy, medicine, the Olympics, justice system, the study of history (Herodotus) are some examples. Many of the sites and towns were these fundamentals of modern life were developed are still in use or are ancient monuments that can be visited. Very few countries can match Greece for this type of historical tourism. Some ancient sites that must be visited are below

  • The Parthenon (Acropolis) which is located in Athens.
  • Temple of Delphi which is located at the Southern slopes of Parnassos, near the modern city of Delphi.
  • Olympia is the birth place of the Olympic games and is situated at the western end of the Peloponnese peninsula. However almost anywhere you go in Greece there is an ancient monument or ruin.

The Greek Isles– We cannot talk about Greece without mentioning the islands. The beaches and views on the islands of Greece are some of the most amazing on earth. Few things on earth create more wonder in the human mind than sitting on a hotel balcony in Santorini and looking across the great caldera to the still very active island of Thera. It is one of those life experiences that can change you. The real threat of danger posed by the steaming volcano, contrasted with the peaceful surrounding of the island itself leaves a real impression on ones soul. Other islands, in no particular order as they are all spectacular and have their own charm are,

  • Mykonos – known for its lively night life.
  • Corfu – wonderful historical sites and lively night and day life.
  • Rhodes – Shaped like a spearhead it is one of Greece’s largest islands.
  • Crete – The largest and most populous of the Greek isles.

There are many more and some of the littler ones are real gems, so search them out to complete that holiday of a lifetime.

Travelling around and to Greece

Getting to Greece is easy there is any number of airlines offering cheap flights to Athens. However if you have the time then a driving holiday is a great way to experience the wonders of this great nation. Car rental is relatively painless in Greece; all the larger established car rental companies have a presence here. Even when island hoping, a car is a good option. Most of the islands are serviced by large passenger and car ferries and although the roads on some of the islands can be a little rough, in general the roads and byways of Greece are well maintained. make sure you get a good road map of Greece.

Some interesting facts about Greece

The capital is Athens. Greece has a population of 11.3 million people and a land mass of a 132,000 square kilometres. It is bordered by the countries of Albania, Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaira and Turkey, 

Map of Cyprus

map of Cyprus

The possibility for a lengthy break calls for the time to leave the usual family home. This is the time to visit new places where low prices and warm local hospitality are anticipated. In fact one’s holiday or vacation is the time to wind down, have time with one’s self or with loved ones and reduce strain from dreadful work and bumps of life. For this, one of the main places one should go to would be Europe. Europe has an enormously stretched tradition of excellence in literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and dance with astounding and remarkable museums, musical and groundbreaking spots.

One of the more acclaimed places in Europe would be Cyprus. The copper island where the mythical origin of the goddess of love Aphrodite hailed from, Cyprus has been sought after by a succession of admirers from different countries because of its turbulent past that made extraordinary choices of edifying and marvelous richness, from Crusader castles to the tomb of Mohammed’s aunt and Palm Tree Promenade in Larnaca that highlights stand-alone effigies as well as a beautiful fountain where swimming makes the stay worthwhile. With the island’s topography of bounteous seaboard with mountainous landscape, it guarantees a year-round inviting activity. Cyprus is the tourist class island in the Mediterranean Sea and the third largest Island in Europe (in terms of area and population). Its size is 240 kilometers long from end to end and 100 kilometers wide at its widest point making the access to notable historic sites and natural wonders, tourism in the country is developing. Be sure that you have a guide book and map of Cyprus with you.

See the artifacts like still life work of arts and wall paintings in the Villa of Dionysos which is recounted to be one of the best and commonly hand-picked destinations in the Mediterranean area. Another impressive historic site in the country that non-national visitors should see is the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos that features architectural ornamentation that will take your breath away with the thought provoking underground burial chambers. For people who are interested in checking object d’arts can go to Larnaca Medieval Museum in Larnaca Fort and see the most popular and well-known CTO (Cyprus Tourist Organization) governed beach, Dhassoudi in Limmasol with its neighboring museum that facets archaeological exhibits, botanic displays and demonstrations of ancient pottery, diamond cutting and jewels. To check the notable history of the country and see the castle-like presidential palace a few minute ride will take you in the national city, Nicosia which is one of the oldest cities in the world that made as center of an independent kingdom as early as the 7th century bc. Lastly, the place where tourist always visit last, the Troodos Village, known for its attributes for the shopaholics and park

lovers, for its numerous cafes, restaurants and hotels with plentiful souvenir shops and retail stores with serpentine slides, an activity pool and a lazy river at Waterworld water park in Ayia Napa. To experience gratifying and exhilarating visit in the place, tourists are encouraged to write these places in their visiting list.

No doubt, the Cyprus is a tourist must-see. Nature has gifted it with the best sanctuaries, from flora to fauna, to offer discriminating tourists. Cyprus is a gateway committed to people looking to escape from the dreary life, where inviting beaches, and spectacular mountain trails lie around lavish hotels.

Map of Croatia

map of Croatia

Whether you intend to visit Croatia as a tourist or just for any other activities, you will definitely fall in love with the cities, the people and the country as a whole. This map of Croatia will help you discover its delights. The country is located in Europe and has a bigger population than most other European countries. The country is a member of the European Union and has for a long time been involved in major decision making processes of the union.

There are cheap flights available from major airlines to Croatia any month of the year. The cheap flights are available online and offline. Many airlines offer the cheap flights during the festive seasons or their respective anniversaries. It can sometimes be tricky to get the cheap flights but with patience and a little research, the cheap flights can be found without having to struggle.

There are many more Tourist Attractions in Croatia than in most other European countries. In fact Croatia is one of Europe’s premier travel destinations. They are located in different places within the country and they charge reasonably affordable charges for their services. Zagreb is one of the cities tourists will definitely fall in love with. The city is Croatia’s capital and has numerous museums and galleries for every art and history lover. Accommodations in Zagreb are not a challenge but compared to other cities and towns hotels and lodges here are slightly expensive. To find a good place to stay during your vacation or holiday, make early bookings. These can be done online or through your travel agency. With early bookings you can secure reduced charges and probably get the best room a guest house or a lodge has. All places rendering accommodation services treat their guests like royalty so you should not worry at all about when kind of treatment you will receive.

There are nice beaches on the coastline where all the fun begins. Here, one gets to sample all the seafood available and even have a chance to chat with the locals. The seafood can be served hot on the beach or if you like, you can make a room service order and enjoy the food in the privacy of your own room. There are also beach games like beach volleyball and beach soccer. Then there is the wonderful under water adventures that come along with scuba diving. If you have never tried under water experience, try it in Croatia. You will definitely love the experience. There are other lots of parks to enjoy all across Croatia. To find out more about the cool places in Croatia consult your travel guide agency.

Before you travel Croatia, make sure you know the kind of weather you are going to find there. Summers are mostly crowded with tourist flying to the coastal parts of Croatia while winters have fewer flights because of the cold weather. The best time to fly to Croatia is during spring when the weather is cool and there are cheap flights to most cities of Europe. Then make sure you find some time to chat with the locals. You will fall in love with them due to their friendly nature. Lastly get a map of Croatia so you will know where to go around.

Map of Italy

map of Italy

When travelling to Italy make sure you do your research. Find a good map of Italy! With this map in front of you it is always easier to plan that vacation. There are the obvious holiday destinations to visit, like Rome, Pompeii, Lake Como, Venice and Tuscany . However some of the less traveled Tourist spots are also an option, they add flavor to a holiday.

Travel Insurance is always a good idea. Taking a holiday without travel insurance is just not worth it. The peace of mind you get, knowing that if your luggage gets lost or a flight gets cancelled you are covered by a good insurance policy that will get you into a hotel and replace the luggage you have lost. Some parts of Italy are still quite under developed and really do require good travel insurance if you are planning to go to these destinations.

In no way should you let this discourage you from travelling to these places, in fact they are some the most beautiful places imaginable, it is just better to take the necessary precautions. Be prepared for any eventuality and keep yourself covered for any circumstance.

Italy has nearly always been at the center of European culture. The only other country that can claim a longer and arguably more successful European culture is Greece. However, Italy can definitely claim having the biggest and longest lived empire of ancient times. Italy’s influence on the Europe has been immeasurable and as a result is a great place to start any European holiday. Italy has much to give to an enthusiastic tourist, not just the ancient sites, although these should never be overlooked. Italy boast some of the most idyllic and secluded beaches, although a cafe is rarely far away. The provincial areas match anything you will find in the French countryside and the food is better if anything. The Alps border the north of the country and Milan is the hub of all activity in this region. You can not mention Milan and not mention shopping and in particular fashion. Milan matches and in some expert opinions over shadows Paris, in the fashion world.

If by chance you feel you need a change from Italy’s beaches, then it is just a short hop over the Adriatic Sea to Croatia. This can be a day trip, you can sample a new culture for the day and be back in Italy that evening. Italy has everything to offer the traveller. It is definitely a must do on any European vacation.

Here are some facts about Italy
Official name is the Italian Republic. It is situated in South Central Europe. Bordered by the countries : Slovenia, France, Austria and Switzerland. The Seas that border it are : Adriatic, Ionian, Tyrrhenian, and Mediterranean Seas. The land mass is 301,338 km/squared and a population of approximately 60.5 million people. The capital city is Rome. Italy’s political system is a democratic republic and official language is Italian.