Surface area : 25713.0 km2
Population : 2000000 inhabitants
There are traditional embroideries sewn with red and black hemp, linen or cotton thread. They decorate farmers' traditional garments. Ancient cooperage, goldsmith, lace-making or blacksmith crafts contribute to the preservation of vestiges of the past. They are still visible in old neighbourhoods. You can buy ceramics, gold or silver jewellery. Items made of leather, fur and wool are some of the interesting works. Shops and markets open from 9.00am to 7.00pm.
The national dish is tavce-grafce, with Tetovo's green beans oven-browned in an earthenware plate. Meals that are lamb-based are popular (grilled lamb kepap, lamb soup, janija, vardar-grne). Pindjur is a salad with sweet peppers, aubergines and tomatoes. You can taste the famous Ohrid's salmon. The region produces quality wines like the Tikves wines. The plant-based Mastica is a popular aqua vitae.
The vestiges of Byzantine art that are found in Macedonia have made this small Balkan enclave famous. Visit the churches and monasteries that are spread throughout the country in a plethoric way. They preserved a rich tradition of amazing frescoes, world-known icons and age-old wisdom.