Another post about my recent trip to North Macedonia. Delčevo was my destination. Traveling I was thinking about some friends of mine. They are a bit confused about this country. That’s why before to talk about the small town that offers beautiful rural and natural landscapes, I want to write a few lines about it.
Some people who want to visit Balkans are searching for the sea. They are right because there are marvelous places on the coast, but the seaside is not the only amazing part of the area. Between Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, and Kosovo there is North Macedonia. It is a small country without access to the sea, but with marvelous lakes and breathless landscapes in nature. Mountains, hills, vineyards and many other beautiful places can be explored by the visitors.
It is at least a good option to alternate excursions with a boat on the Mediterranean sea or a day at the beach. In this post, I want to mention Delčevo and then let some pictures took around the country, mainly not far from the capital Skopje. Those places contain the real essence of the country, where nature and agriculture are dominant elements. Let’s start our new and small journey into the countryside.
Delčevo is a small but interesting village. It is quite big because it has around 17.500 inhabitants and it is divided into 21 hamlets. The center looks like the one that you can see in all the towns of the Balkans. You can see some communist and modern buildings, with shops, schools and so on. Maybe nothing so particular, but there are some interesting attractions, like archeological sites, museums, churches, and monasteries.
I don’t want to describe monuments and the heritage, but I prefer to let the space to the rural area. The village is built on a hill and going on the top it is possible to see wooden houses and farms. They are close to big meadows and fields where nature coexists with agriculture. Everything appears well developed by experts because Macedonians are among the best farmers. Their methods are not technologically advanced and more biological.
Moving from the center of the village to the suburbs is like to travel into the time and go steps (maybe years) back. For me, this is lovely, because the life, compared to Italy, looks like stopped and everything is more on a human scale. That is what I love. There are also a lot of trails around Delčevo. The local mountaineers’ organization is always available to take people to explore nice places. They do some trips that are open to all.
Join them is useful to not get lost and to enjoy the most interesting parts of the area. Beautiful landscapes and superb views are the ingredients of a day in the mountains. Of course in winter there is generally snow, but in summer there is the perfect environment and weather for the excursions. Macedonia is hot in summer, that is why going to the mountains help to find some fresh air. Oh, if you are lucky like me you can see an ostrich close to a lake. Certainly, it is an imported animal. Anyway, go around in the country is always easy, each person is safe.
I let space to the pictures.
Macedonian landscapes around Delčevo
Organize a trip to Delčevo
If you like nature, rural villages, and hiking, Delčevo is the right place. You can get there by bus or by car. You can easily rent a car with low prices and be free to move around the country. Otherwise, you can catch the buses. There are connections but they are not always on time. I suggest you to use Infobus to search for your flight and in the meantime to search for a bus to go from the airport to Delčevo.
People are friendly and they will be happy to help you. Just keep in mind that not all of them speak English. I guess you can easily understand them. Anyway, you can plan a trip with the help and indication of PSK GOLAK – Delchevo, it is a local mountaineer’s association. You can ask them to get on some of their excursions or just get some information. They will help you a lot. I had the chance to meet them and they are so nice.
I suggest you check out all my posts about North Macedonia, so you can get inspired for your tour. If you would love to ask something, feel free to write to me, I can go deep on some topic answering to your questions.