Cycling in North Macedonia
North Macedonia In A Nutshell
Macedonia, or North Macedonia as we should now call it, manages to combine great views with a fantastic, little capital all at good prices.
Where and When I Went
20th - 24th August 2012
North Macedonia's Scenery
Macedonia has a lot of hills. It also has access to the extremely beautiful Lake Ohrid, one of the deepest in Europe.
North Macedonia's Road Quality
Road are generally OK with only the occasional pothole and sometimes rough surfaces.
Riding into Skopje from Kosovo the wide, quiet road had frequent No Cycling signs but, according to my map, there was no alternative cyclable route. With no other option I cycled it. I didn't see any police and so I've no idea what would have happened if they'd seen me. Curiously, despite this normal road having No Cycling signs, the motorway that offers the only flat route from Skopje to Kicevo had no such signs and the toll booths let me through free of charge. It had a nice wide shoulder and few exits. Later the shoulder disappears at which point you need to get off.
North Macedonia's Accommodation & Costs
My Skopje hotel cost €35, a hideous place in Kicevo was only €13 and my only campsite - one of the most beautifully sited camps in Europe - was €5.
In Skopje old town a lunch of delicious cevapi (grilled meat fingers), a tomato and cucumber salad with grated feta-like cheese on top, a dish of grilled pepper and onions, bread and 4 half litre bottles of beer came to about €8.
German seemed more useful than English. None of the staff of the hotel in Kicevo spoke anything other than Macedonian.
North Macedonia is surrounded by fascinating destinations including Greece, Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Kosovo.
Reasons To Go To North Macedonia
Great scenery, cevapi, Skopje, cevapi, Lake Ohrid and cevapi.
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