The Republic of Macedonia is fast becoming a popular holiday destination, and the best way to experience this awe-inspiring land is by car. Happily, Europcar has six locations in Macedonia: two covering the capital Skopje and one at Skopje Alexander the Great International Airport; one at Ohrid Lake Resort and Ohrid Saint Paul the Apostle International Airport; and one in the city of Tetovo. These being among the most popular destinations in Macedonia, you should always find a convenient branch on hand to help with any car hire needs. Each location has access to Europcar's huge fleet of safe and modern vehicles, with a choice of models that can be put to almost any kind of use. Choose from options like child seats, satellite navigation and extra driver cover, and services like 3-step online booking and express pick-up, as well as daily, weekly, monthly, long and short term rental.
The Republic of Macedonia or, as it should be known thanks to a naming dispute with Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has a history that can be rivalled by very few. Going back to ancient times, Alexander the Great of Macedonia conquered the entire known world between 336 and 323 BC, marking out many national borders that are still used today. But, having close ties with the Ancient Greek, Roman and Ottoman civilisations has left the land filled with archaeological wonders at every turn. Hiking, climbing, mountain biking and wine tasting are regular pursuits throughout the magnificent countryside, and don't be surprised if you stumble upon a medieval monastery or traditional Balkan village while navigating the alpine-like trails of the mountains. While the major urban centres offer the usual opportunities to eat, shop and stay, along with the remains of the country's classical architecture and museums, the most popular destination has to be the towns and resorts around Lake Ohrid, which manage to give visitors to this landlocked nation the chance to relax on a beach.
The City of Skopje - The nation's capital, and its largest city, sits on the River Vardar and is home to some 500,000 people. Skopje itself is littered with ancient archaeological sites, like the Scupi Roman camp and an aqueduct thought to be from the first century AD, but also many buildings and monuments left over from the Ottoman Empire, such as the Old Bazaar and the 15th century Mustafa Pasha Mosque.
The Town of Ohrid - Macedonia's prime visitor destination, set beside one of Europe's oldest lakes, the 1000 foot deep, 22 mile long Lake Ohrid, delivers the beaches and a relaxing atmosphere that many holidaymakers insist on. However, just outside of town is the Galičica mountain and national park, which is filled with a diverse collection of plants and animals, while within Ohrid itself the old quarter features beautifully built churches leading up to a medieval castle, below which the rest of the town buzzes alive with cafés, bars, restaurants and lively nightlife.