Catching up with friends over a strong cup of coffee is an important part of daily life in North Macedonia. So grab a seat at one of Skopje’s many establishments and relax whilst admiring its eclectic blend of Ottoman, neoclassical and modern architecture. However, there is plenty waiting for you in this beautiful country, shaped by its history, once you’ve finished shooting the breeze. Mavrovo National Park is full of gorges, forests and waterfalls for those wishing to immerse themselves in nature and possibly spot a resident bear, lynx or wolf. Visitors more interested in history will appreciate the well-preserved remnants of the ancient Macedonia Empire at Heraclea. The awe-inspiring views surrounding Lake Ohrid, home to the oldest settlement in Europe, will appeal to anyone wanting to connect with their spiritual side. North Macedonia’s mix of Balkan and Mediterranean culture and cuisine will certainly leave you with plenty to talk about over future coffee breaks.