Just about any trip to Macedonia begins with a flight into the international airport near Skopje. As a result, most guides will start your itinerary off by meeting you at the airport or in the capital. This presents you with a good opportunity to get out an explore the capital for a few days before or after you trip.
Once you begin on your itinerary, you’ll likely head west into the country’s most mountainous region. Macedonia is shaped somewhat like a bowl with a central valley surrounded by mountains. The country’s southwest border with Albania is flanked by two large lakes. Whether or not they are included in your itinerary, you should take some time to go out and see them.
Depending on whether you are hiking or skiing, you will likely come across some of the country’s mountain towns. Hopefully visiting them will be built into your itinerary, but if not, do your best to experience some of the culture there. It will feel like you are a whole world away from Skopje.
During the summer, average daily temperatures are quite mild ranging around 20ºC, with the warmest month being July. Rain is most frequent in the springtime, but also not uncommon during the summer. The autumn is the country’s driest season. During the winter, temperatures drop to right around freezing and sometimes dip lower, especially in January. The country gets most of its snow in January and it generally sticks until March or April in the mountains.
Just about every trip to Macedonia, begins by flying into Skopje International Airport (SKP), which is most easily reached via a connection from Vienna, Zürich, Brussels, Istanbul, London or Rome.
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For hiking, the best time to visit is from April to October. Meanwhile, for skiing, you are best served from January to April.
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