Regional Overview

An Ancient Crossroads

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.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The well-preserved towns with traditional Macedonian architecture, esp. Ohrid, Krushevo, Bitola, and others
  • Ruined legacy of the Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires
  • The natural beauty of the mountainous landscape, most famously in Sharr, Mavrovo, Pelister and Galicica National Parks




Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

What is Rumelia?

Rumelia is the southern half of North Macedonia. For adventurous travelers, this region offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Balkans. Full of Roman and Greek Ruins and ancient mountain-top monasteries, there are endless possibilities for hiking treks and off-road adventures. For the less adventurous, the beautiful city of Ohrid and Rumelia’s many lakes offer Mediterranean relaxation at a fraction of the cost.

My Subjective Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

3 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 4
  • Transportation: 1
  • Volume/Capacity: 3
  • Infrastructure: 1
  • Interactivity: 6

5.3 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 6
  • Monuments: 6
  • Quality: 4

6.5 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 8
  • Tradition: 5



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