Macedonia

Macedonia

Etymology

The name Macedonia derives from the Greek Μακεδονία (Makedonía), a kingdom (later, region) named after the ancient Macedonians. Their name, Μακεδόνες (Makedónes), is cognate to the Ancient Greek adjective μακεδνός (makednós), meaning “tall, slim”. It was traditionally derived from the Indo-European root *mak-, meaning ‘long’ or ‘slender’ (attested in Homer, and recorded by Hesychius of Alexandria as a Doric word meaning “large”), or makros (‘long, large’), as well as related words in other Indo-European languages. It is commonly explained as having originally meant ‘the tall ones’ or ‘highlanders’. However, according to modern research by Robert S. P. Beekes, both terms are of Pre-Greek substrate origin and cannot be explained in terms of Indo-European morphology. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

NodeJS User Group Macedonia – NUGMK, a group of Macedonian NodeJS users. Its aim is to connect people that use NodeJS, or are interested about it. We share ideas, experiences and knowledge through regular meetings and conferences. [meetup]

Seavus CodeTalks 3 – On 09th June Seavus will talk code for the third time. 2 great presentations regarding the latest software development technologies and trends led by 2 Seavus professionals. And right before the show ends, the titans will clash in what we call “TheLionTalk”. Seavus People will take the stand to discuss, debate, and question everything. [meetup]

Skopje Bitcoin Meetup – This group is for all who are interested in Bitcoin, its infrastructure and future. Mission to Skopje Bitcoin Meetup is to build Bitcoin community of enthusiasts who are committed to global implementation of this crypto-currency. We are committed to exploring and investing in Bitcoin, excavating (mining), in association digging (pooling), trade and innovation. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

I Like You – Ilikeyou is a great place to meet men and women in Macedonia. If you’re looking for a person to chat with or free dating in Macedonia, you’ve come to the right place! Thousands of men and women are chatting around the clock. [i like you]

Macedonia Dating – Given its long and rich history, Macedonia is a cultural melting pot of ethnicities and religions. No matter which Macedonia ethnic or religious group you belong to, at Macedonia Dating you can meet Macedonian singles who want to find friendship and love with men and women from Macedon and all for free! [macedonia dating]

Macedonia Women – Connecting Singles is a 100% FREE Macedonia dating site where you can make friends and meet Macedonia singles. Find an activity partner, new friends, a cool date or a soulmate, for a casual or long term relationship. [connecting singles]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Free Skopje Walking Tours – By joining our TIP-BASED free walking tour you will become a member of our big family of satisfied guests. You will be able to discover not only the landmarks, but also the secrets and the life style of our city. [free skopje walking tours]

Macedonia Experience – Since 2012 Macedonia Experience is an outstanding point of reference for experiential and adventure travel in Macedonia. We create opportunities for Macedonia to enrich ties of friendship with people from all around the world, through the promotion of experiential and adventure travel blended with cultural and gastro highlights, interaction with interesting locals, focusing on the unspoilt rural areas around the country. [macedonia experience]

Macedonia Holidays and Tours – Explore some of the most authentic places on a three day tour and make unforgettable memories in Macedonia. [macedonia holidays and tours]

Skopje Walks – Skopje Free Walking Tours every day at 10 am from the meeting point at The Entrance of Memorial House of Mother Teresa. [skopje walks]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bitola – Bitola is an old Ottoman town once known as the “City of Consuls” because it served as a diplomatic centre for the region. Elegant and sophisticated are the best worlds to describe it. You’ll see colourful townhouses from the 18th century and Turkish mosques throughout. The not-to-be missed and certainly often repeated experience is to sit along the Širok Sokak (Wide Street), sipping espresso, and watching everyone come and go. [the crazy tourist]

Gevgelija – Most likely the top tourist spot in all of Macedonia, sunny Gevgelija has a reputation for fun and big times. It’s called the “Macedonian Las Vegas” because of the casinos, five star hotels, nightclubs, galleries, and concert venues. There are lots of opportunities for exclusive entertainment here but the fun is meant for all. If you need to step away from the black jack table or the buffet, Gevgelija offers Smrdliva Voda, a spa with sulphur baths and over 400 villas to choose from. [the crazy tourist]

Kruševo – Though it only has 10,000 citizens, Kruševo was once its own republic. Macedonians equate the town with the centuries-long struggle to win independence from the Ottoman Empire. During the last revolution, as it looked like Macedonia might be successful, Kruševo experienced ten days of freedom before a massive Ottoman army burned the town and martyred national heroes like Pitu Guli and Nikola Karev, who led the revolution. [the crazy tourist]

Kumanovo – Outside of Skopje is Kumanovo. It’s one of the larger cities in the country and has a fantastic blend of Macedonian and Serbian culture. The Kumanovci are a feisty group and the town and outlying villages highlight the colourful multi-ethnic blend of Roman, Serbian, Albanian, and Turkish minorities. Check out Kostoperka Karpa, a unique rock formation, the Church of St George, the monument to Batko Gjorgjija – a local , legendary, and much loved bohemian. [the crazy tourist]

National Park Mavrovo – The perfect place for skiing, National Park Mavrovo is Macedonia’s biggest winter resort, covering over 730 sq km of forests, gorges, waterfalls, and karst fields. You can also see the country’s highest peak, Mt Korab, which stands at 2764m. No matter what time of year you visit, the high-altitude fresh air and the staggering vistas are more than worth the trip. [the crazy tourist]

Ohrid – The largest town on Lake Ohrid, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ohrid has a remarkable history and heritage to share. At the top of the list are the frescoes inside Saint Sofia Church, the Ancient Theatre, St. Clement Church (13th century), and Tsar Samuil’s fortress – which has an unbelievable view over the city and lake. [the crazy tourist]

Pelister National Park – The oldest of the three great national parks is Pelister, located in western Macedonia near Bitola. With nearby Mount Pelister (2600m), and eight other peaks that top 2000m, the vistas are a magnificent natural escape from daily life. The park is home to the five-needle pine molica – found on only a few mountains in the Balkan Peninsula – something all nature enthusiasts will love to see. There’s also roe deer, wolves, bears, chamois, eagles, partridges, and red billed jackdaws. [the crazy tourist]

Povardarie – There are well over 24,000 hectares of vineyards in Macedonia, as well as an incredible 2000 year history of viticulture. Deep in the fertile Vardar River Valley lies Povardarie, whose wines are well known throughout the world. The most popular varieties are Vranec and Smederevka – so be sure to sample them when you visit. In Povardarie there are three wineries that you must discover for yourself: Winery Tikves, Stobi Winery, and Popova Kula. [the crazy tourist]

Prilep –  Prilep is famous for a few unique things. First, agriculturally speaking, it’s Macedonia’s tobacco capital. Second, became known as “the city under Marko’s towers,” from when it was the medieval capital for Kings Marko and Volkasin – who populated the town with churches and monasteries. Located in Western Macedonia Prilep has a distinctive landscape of huge rocks sparsely scattered at the base of a small hill. [the crazy tourist]

Skopje – Skopje is most definitely Europe’s most eclectic capital city. Efforts have been made, rather successfully, to bring infuse new culture in the form of museums, fountains, bridges, and statuary throughout the city. [the crazy tourist]

Stobi – One of the most important archaeological sites in the country is found in Stobi. First founded in the 7th century by the King of Paeonia, the city changed hands several times, from the Macedonians, to the Romans and Byzantines. Strategically located along an old Roman trading route, Stobi quickly became a hub for traders travelling from the Danube in Serbia to the Aegean Sea in Greece. [the crazy tourist]

Struga – A visit to Struga makes a great day trip from Ohrid. Nicknamed the “City of Poetry,” the town is relaxing and beautiful to stroll through. The national anthem, “Denes nad Makedonija se raga,” was written by Vlado Maleski, a poet born in Struga. In fact, the first time the anthem was publically sung was in the town itself. [the crazy tourist]

Strumica – Strumica lies in Eastern Macedonia with a number of great attractions worth exploring. Enjoy hiking on Mt Belasica or head out to Smolare and Kolesino, two nearby waterfalls. There are also some stunning monasteries, including tranquil Veljusa and Vodoca. Both are Byzantine and still occupied by both monks and nuns. [the crazy tourist]

The Monastery of St. Naum – A 30 minute drive from Ohrid will take you to Sveti Naum, an impressive 10th century monastery which sits on a high outcropping over the lake. Most popular for its excellent frescos, it’s also a relaxing and rejuvenating place. Some of the best religious paintings in all of the Balkans can be found here. You’ll love the panoramic views of the lake and if you have time, the rowboat tour down the Drim River is highly recommended. [the crazy tourist]

Tikves Lake – Built in 1968, Tikves Lake is both the largest and oldest man-made lake in the country. It’s close to Kavadarci and makes the perfect Sunday afternoon family picnic spot. Scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing are all on offer – plus you can paraglide or mountain bike in the summer and ski and snow board in the winter. [the crazy tourist]

Festivals

Festivals

Galičnik Wedding Festival – Situated in the postcard-perfect mountain village of Galičnik in Northwestern Macedonia, this festival is a combination of tradition, local custom and heritage, taking place once a year over a two day period in July. The origin of the festival is this; in the beginning of the 20th century, Galičnik had only 5,000 residents, with its remote location and lack of industry forcing many of its younger inhabitants to move to larger cities in search of employment. [the culture trip]

Ohrid Summer Festival – Ohrid Summer Festival is one of Macedonia’s biggest and most well-attended events, welcoming thousands of visitors from all over the world to join in the festivities. A festival of music, theater and dance, the event takes place over the space of a month in the picturesque city of Ohrid, a place with a history dating back to the 4th century BC when Lake Ohrid was inhabited by the ancient Greek Dassaretae tribe. [the culture trip]

Skopje Jazz Festival – Since the first Skopje Jazz Festival in 1982 the event has become one of the leading music festivals in Macedonia, drawing international attention from Jazz fans all over the world, and featuring performances from jazz performers of all genres, from Bebop to Bossa Nova. As a non-governmental and non-profit organisation, the sole aim behind the festival is to exhibit some of the world’s best jazz, from daring contemporary artists pushing the boundaries of the genre, to world-renowned musicians such as the five time Grammy nominated Eliane Elias. [the culture trip]

Taksirat – Showcasing a multifarious blend of bands and musicians from a number of musical genres, Taksirat Festival is a beacon of musical diversity that prides itself on being an international and universal music event. With thousands of revellers cramming into packed arenas, this event is Macedonia’s equivalent of Glastonbury or T in the Park, and past performers have included The Kaiser Chiefs and Iggy Pop. Taking place in Skopje, Macedonia’s vibrant capital, the festival is easily accessible from the city and guests can stay in its number of hotels and hostels. [the culture trip]

The Balkan Folklore Festival – This international folklore event is one of the most intriguing and rousing festivals that Macedonia has to offer, celebrating the country’s rich cultural and social history in four of its prettiest seaside towns. Approximately 42,000 people are estimated to participate in this festival every year, exploring stories passed down from generation to generation through the medium of dance, song, rites and poetry. [the culture trip]

The Manaki Brothers Film Festival – The Manaki Brothers Film Festival is proudly one of the world’s oldest film festivals, and celebrates the work of cinematographers from around the globe. Established in 1979, this exciting event was inspired by Yanaki and Milton Manaki, the Macedonian brothers who pioneered 20th century film making in the Balkans with their documentaries and photographic art, some of which was made as early as 1904. Premiering films from a variety of genres, from short film to animation, the festival is a celebration of all things film, and aims to showcase the creative works of cinematographers both young and old, local and international. [the culture trip]

The Strumica Carnival – With a history stretching back to 1670, The Strumica Carnival preserves tradition in the true Macedonian style, ensuring that no classic custom is forgotten. Taking place every year, the carnival is held on the first days of the Great Lent, an Eastern Orthodox religious period. One big party stretching over a period of three days, the carnival comprises of a series of events, from dance and musical performances to parades and processions, all of which take place in the streets of Strumica, Macedonia’s largest city. [the culture trip]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – The intercity bus network is well developed in Macedonia, with frequent services trought all major centres in safe and fairly comfortable conditions.Here you can find all the city bus stations in Macedonia and their contacts. [exploring macedonia]

Rent a Car – For exploring our country you can also rent a car and trough adventure, discover the Macedonian mysteries. If you need to rent a car for a day, week or month, we recommend you the best companies with the most respected car rental or chauffer service in Macedonia. [exploring macedonia]

Taxi – You can use taxi in Macedonia for quick and comfortable transport to your destination. A large number of taxi firms have professional drivers who speak English. Taxi drivers are highly skilled for a pleasant journey. Gaining a taxi driver license requires that the driver is both skilled at driving and suitable for the job and he or she must meet a number of medical requirements. Depending on where you are going you can either call and book a taxi or hail a taxi out on the street. [exploring macedonia]

Train – Macedonia has a well-developed railroad system. It is connected to Kosovo via Volkovo in the northwest, to Serbia via Tabanovci in the north and to Greece viaGevgelija in the southeast and via Kremenica in the southwest. Macedonia’s main rail line between the Serbian and Greek borders, from Tabanovci to Gevgelija, is entirely electrified. The main train station in Macedonia is Skopje. [exploring macedonia]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Front-End Meetup Skopje – Interested in front-end development? Programming interfaces or shaping them with graphic tools? Well, we are bunch of enthusiasts just like you! We meet up every second Tuesday of the month in Skopje’s hacklab KIKA for knowledge sharing and discussions about front-end engineering. [meetup]

Macedonian C/C++ User Group – Macedonian group interested in C/C++ software development and related topics. [meetup]

Skopje Sug – A user group for all the Scala enthusiasts in Skopje and Macedonia. This is an open community and everyone is welcome both experienced users as well as beginners making the first steps in the world of the Scala Programming Language. [meetup]

Skopje WordPress Meetup – We’re a group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. This WordPress Meetup is open to all who love WordPress. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Macedonia – Macedonia used to be part of the former Yugoslavia, before it became independant quite a number of years ago. The Macedonian people are a very friendly bunch and will invite you into their homes for coffee and a drink without any qualm. Expats are welcomed with interest and hospitability and most of the younger generation speak English very, very well. Here we have some great information for those of you who are soon to become expatriates in this beautiful, albeit small country. [expat woman]

Your Expat Community in Macedonia – Здраво, and a warm welcome to our expat community in Macedonia! As a leading platform for expatriates all over the world, InterNations is here to help you navigate the many challenges of moving to a new country. Numerous expats in Macedonia have made use of the variety of resources available on our platform during the process of relocating or adapting to life in this distinctive Balkan nation. Simply join InterNations and you can find the answers to some of the fundamental questions you might have about moving abroad. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

LGBT Macedonia – The mission of the LGBTI Support Centre is strengthening the LGBTI community for self-advocacy, as well as changing the social and legal status of LGBTI people in the Republic of Macedonia. [lgbt mk]

Resources

Resources

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