Macedonia, a landlocked Balkan state bordering Greece and Albania, is famed for its historic natural features. Building styles influenced by popular Ottoman and European architecture mix with medieval structures and hilltop castles and you can’t miss the beautiful Lake Ohrid. Life here is a fascinating mix of Mediterranean, Greek and Balkan, with the capital, Skopje, offering a quirky show of landscaping which is still being erected as part of a 2014 scheme to improve the nation’s capital. Fountains, marble-clad museums and statues of warriors are springing up all over the city, proving an interesting distraction from the Old Bazaar quarter and Byzantine history. Tourism has yet to become commercial, so visitors are treated to a slice of rustic local life and welcomed in by the very helpful and friendly Macedonian people. Enjoy the many walking trails, or admire the mountains and hills which cover 80% of the country. If you’re looking for a holiday off the beaten track, Macedonia is definitely worth a visit.