Zucchero, Sweet Ingredient for a Great Vacation

Italian music mega-star Zucchero is coming to Macedonia for the first time, where he will perform on one of the most beautiful open Mediterranean stages, Antique Theatre in Ohrid on 25th July 2018.

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Credited as the “father of the Italian blues,” Zucchero, who can boast 50 million records sold worldwide, is going to kick off his ‘Wanted 2018’ world tour and remind us on his greatest hits including “Senza Una Donna“, “Diamante“, “Baila Morena”, “Diavolo in me”…


Zucchero (whose real name is Adelmo Fornaciari) was born in Roncocesi, a small village nearby Reggio Emilia (city in the Emilia-Romagna region), from parents who worked as farmers, grew up surrounded by nature and animals, so, after high school, chose veterinary medicine at the university of Bologna. As he was still studying at university, he formed several bands and started playing around various venues. He found a record label offering him a contract, under which he would have had to sing in the tradition of Italy’s bel canto. That didn’t reflect his artistic aspirations, so, upon dropping out of university, he decided to follow his fascination towards soul and blues.  So, he broke into the  blues, rhythm and blues, soul – musical expressions of the African-Americans – reinventing those in a fresh “Mediterranean” blend.

Ohrid hosts 5. French Film Festival

Ohrid, 30 June 2012 (MIA) – Benoit Jacquot’s movie ‘Farewell, My Queen’ will have the honor to open the fifth Festival of French Film late Saturday in Ohrid.

The event is organized by the French Institute in Skopje, in cooperation with Macedonia’s Ministry of Culture, the City of Ohrid and Lower Normandy region.

The Festival, running by July 5, will present the latest works of art of the French cinematography, namely nine featured and 12 short films.

The Little Gangster (Le Petit Criminel) – French drama film directed by Jacques Doillon – will close the festival. This year Doillon will be presented with the life achievement award. The jury, chaired by Macedonian film director Antonio Mitrikeski, will also award the best movie, actor and actress.

Macedonia’s Ohrid Plans Future as Ski Resort

Macedonia has given the green light for the construction of ski slopes overlooking Lake Ohrid, the country’s biggest tourist destination, best known for its summer offering.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic


Ohrid | Photo by: Raso

The ski slopes will be constructed on Galicica Mountain, a nature resort that oversees the lake and town of the same name.

The idea came from the Macedonian Association of Tourist Workers, HOTAM.

It is “aimed at making this traditional summer destination an all-year-round tourist resort so that we can use Ohrid’s full potential,” Donco Taneski, from HOTAM, said.

The project envisages nine ski runs making a total of 12 kilometres of slopes, along with four ski lifts. A small medical centre, as well as a few restaurants and cafés for skiers, are also part of the plan.

The facilities are planned to be built through private-public partnership. No timeline or financial construction for the plan has been revealed.

Ohrid and its lake are by far the biggest tourist draws in Macedonia attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists a year. Traditionally they are a summer destination.The lake is one of the largest in the Balkans and was listed as a World Heritage site in 1979. Located between Macedonia and Albania, it is the deepest freshwater system in the Balkans with a maximum depth of 300 metres (900 feet).

The town of Ohrid has a charm of its own, with its rich cultural heritage and picturesque churches and houses that date back centuries.

“Corendon International” introduces third charter-flight for Dutch tourists to Ohrid

Ohrid, 30 April 2011 (MIA) – Following huge interest of tourists from the Benelux countries for travel to Macedonia, Dutch tour-operator “Corendon International” has introduced a third charter-flight to Ohrid in the course of the summer.

The charter-flight will operate every Friday from the beginning of July to the end of August, thus increasing the number of tourists from 8,500 to 10,500.

In the past three days, a team of tour-operator “Corendon” visited Ohrid and Struga, obtaining a favorable impression from the towns’ hospitality facilities.

The first plane carrying 189 guests from the Netherlands will land in Ohrid on May 6.

  NASA to name one of Titan Lakes – Ohrid Lake

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Titan is the largest moon of Saturn, the only natural satellite known to have a dense atmosphere, and the only object other than Earth for which clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found.

A panel of NASA experts who is working on naming the water bodies on Titan has decided to give a 17.3miles long lake the name “Ohrid Lake”.

Macedonia to become next destination for Italian tourists

14 April 2010, 11:56
Source: Макfax

Skopje Macedonia is to become the next interesting destination for Italian tourists.

For that purpose, a tourist guidebook into Italian language, which aims to wake up the curiosity in Italians, was promoted Wednesday in Skopje.

Fabio Cotifava is the author of the guidebook on Macedonia’s beauties, tradition and folklore. The guidebook was published with the help of the regional non-governmental association “Balkanija” and finance by the Italian transport company “Paganela”.

This guidebook would be distributed for free to tourist agencies across Italy in order to include Macedonia in their tourist’s offers.

Macedonian Economy Minister Fatmir Besimi expects the guidebook to cause significant growth of Italian visitors to Macedonia.

“This guidebook is of great importance for Macedonia as it aims to promote Macedonia at Italian market and worldwide”, Minister Besimi said.

The author Cotifava pointed out that Macedonia was unfamiliar to Italian market for no reason, and expressed hope that this guidebook will fulfill that emptiness.

The non-governmental association “Balkanija” aims to promote the entire region as a tourist destination, through alternative forms of tourism.

New Charter Flights between the Netherlands and Macedonia

transavia.jpg (5 Kb)As of 29 April 2010, Transavia, daughter company of the Dutch national carrier KLM and the biggest and most trusted charter company from the Netherlands, will execute at least 27 charter flights from the Netherlands to Macedonia and vice versa. As a result of the arrangement between Transavia, Karatanova Tours, a Dutch-Macedonian Tour Operator, and Schiphol Airport, this company will fly from Amsterdam to Skopje and Ohrid at least once a week in the period April – October 2010. This will bring Macedonia at a 2.5 hour distance from Schiphol, one of the biggest transit airports worldwide.

Published Jun 28 2010 by MTnet

First group of Russian tourists to arrive in Ohrid

(MIA) – The first group of Russian tourists will arrive Monday to spend 10-day vacation in Ohrid. As announced 130 tourists will arrive at St. Paul the Apostle Airport via special charter flight from Moscow‘s Vnukovo Airport.

New investments

An estimated $50 million renovation of the Ohrid Airport is planned for 2010, with more international flights expected by summer, and up to six new luxury hotels are in the works, including a $33 million property with construction scheduled to begin in March.

Revival of the past – report from Krusevo

French cinema festival in Ohrid
28 June – 4 July 2009.

Macedonia’s lakeside tourist resort Ohrid will host the second edition of this festival whose greatest star will be famous french-armenian singer and composerCharles Aznavour who will be awarded for his life achievement in the music and film art.

All together twelve films of the most recent French production will be presented during the film festival and the honour to open the festival will have “West from the paradise” directed by Costa Gavras.

A “lakeside meeting” will be held during the festival. Several renowned French film producers and  Balkan producers will gather together to discuss cooperation between them on film production.




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