Welcome to Macedonia! Or, at least and especially in the "Republic of Northern Macedonia". This small country will it finally have a true name, recognized by all? At the end of 2018, the Parliament approved the change of name of the country after a national consultation by referendum. The process, if it continues as planned, should put an end to the dispute which has opposed it for twenty-five years to Greece... of which one of the regions is called Macedonia. Landlocked in the heart of the Balkans, the former republic of the former Yugoslavia (FYROM), is still too little known.
This small country of 2 million inhabitants suffers from a lack of image, even confusion in the memory of the majority. But what about this country that became independent in 1991? Who would know how to locate it without hesitation on the map of Europe? The tragic events of the 1990s have above all highlighted the conflicts that have agitated its closest neighbors: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia? And yet, true digest of the history and the cultures of the Balkans, the Republic of Macedonia is certainly a country to be discovered. It is necessary to stroll along the banks of the lake of Ohrid and to contemplate the mountains which overhang its deep waters, to stop and meditate near the many churches of the tourist capital of the country. You must discover the monasteries nestled on the mountainside, the mosques with their welcoming gardens, the fantastic futuristic monuments inherited from the socialist period. Finally, you should venture by car on the roads to the East, where the rice fields of the region Kočani and the vineyards of Kavadarci spread out under the sun, go east and visit the enchanting waterfalls of Smolari and Kolešino, created by a generous nature. The Republic of Macedonia is a country for nature and hiking lovers. A country for those who know how to marvel at the extraordinary variety of landscapes, from green mountains to large lunar spaces reminiscent of the canyons of Arizona or Utah. A country for those who know how to live the moment, savoring a local wine, a salad of real tomatoes or tasty eggplants. Finally, a country whose inhabitants know how to welcome the traveler with true kindness and who do not hesitate, when he is lost, to bring him back on the right path.