The beauty of Lake Ohrid-Macedonia
Macedonia: This small, landlocked Balkan country in southeastern Europe is bordered by Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, and Albania to the west. Macedonia was the heart of the Greek empire, which later became a Roman province. It was invaded several times and came under the control of the Ottoman Empire. After the fall of the empire, Bulgaria, Greece, and Serbia competed for control of Macedonia, being divided among themselves. Finally, Macedonia retreated herself and became today a multi-party democratic country ruled by elected members and a president. The tensions with neighbours remained strong. Macedonia is also the name of a province in Greece. That is why the official name of the republic is the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Macedonia is isolated from its neighbours by the mountains. The mountain ranges separate it from Greece in the south, and Mount Korab in the west which is located along the Albanian and Serbian borders. A large part of the country is a plateau located at over 2000m above sea level. The Vladar River springs from the northwest, flowing north almost to the Yugoslav border, continuing a course through central Greece. Macedonia is the least developed of the former Yugoslav republics suffering from a declining standard of living. Lake Ohrid is one of the deepest and oldest lakes with a unique aquatic ecosystem of worldwide importance with more than 200 endemic species in Europe. This natural beauty in this small country has its own contribution to the tourism industry attracting millions of visitors. The national park of Mavrovo, Galicia and Pelisher are some excellent contributors to cultural and culinary tourism initiatives. These gorgeous regions and the abundance of natural and cultural attractions make this little country suitable for tourism.