North Macedonia sits at the intersection of nearly every Balkan ethnic group, making it a fascinating place to visit but one constantly mired in politics. Few interesting places left in Europe offer such a mixing of ethnic identities. A visit to North Macedonia will be quite an adventurous tour of some of the most beautiful sights in the Balkans, especially its pristine and untapped natural beauty, dotted with the countless ruins of bygone empires.
The highlands surrounding the Vardar River and its tributaries were a crossroads of Empires, and the ruins of countless ancient civilizations dot the landscape. Even today, few exciting places in Europe offer such a diverse mix of ethnic identities. A visit to North Macedonian Rumelia will be an adventurous tour of some of the most beautiful sights in the Balkans, especially its pristine and untapped natural beauty and the cities rising from the ruins of past Empires.
For millennia, the Iskar and Struma Rivers have carved deep gorges through the Balkan, Rila, Osogovo, and Pirin mountains. This rugged region was known only for centuries for its simple, hardy mountain people, the Shopi. Spread over parts of Serbia, Bulgaria, and Macedonia, today, it is known for its dramatic mountain scenery, hidden monastic enclaves, and the city of Sofia.