The best secret in the Western Balkans, Macedonia is primed to be the next hot spot in the region thanks to its spectacular mountains, rich history and cheaper-than-even-Albania-or-Kosovo price tags. To be sure, budget travelers have already found the place. But the frontier feel remains. A three-course dinner for two in a mid-range restaurant will only set you back about $20 in Skopje, the capital, and a pint of Skopsko beer in a pub goes for less than $1.50. After some Skopje nightlife, ditch the city for the country, where you can go whitewater rafting, hiking, or skiing in Mavrova National Park and winery hopping in the Tikveš region, where wine has been produced since the 4th century BC. Relaxing by the lakeshore in the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Ohrid is another Macedonia must, and suites at the popular Villa St. Sofija go for less than $100 per night even at the height of the summer's season.
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