10 Must See Things in Skopje, Macedonia

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Visit the Macedonian Skopje it might be a pretty absurd choice for most of you. It is true, this Eastern European capital that overlooks the banks of the river Vardar It is certainly not currently included among the 10 European capitals with a high tourist rate, but it is undoubtedly a growing metropolis from the point of view of this sector, and has a lot to offer to a visitor who wants to broaden their horizons. So if you want to treat yourself to an "alternative" stay, immersed in an almost intact atmosphere between nature and culture, then Skopje is the right destination for you. Let's get to know her better through hers 10 most famous attractions.



Index

  1. Kale Fortress
  2. Old Bazaar
  3. Stone Bridge
  4. Memorial House of Mother Teresa
  5. Matka Canyon / Matka Lake
  6. Mustafa Pasha Mosque
  7. Skopje aqueduct
  8. Millennium Cross
  9. Archaeological Museum of Macedonia
  10. Macedonia Square
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Kale Fortress


One of the most evocative locations in Skopje is undoubtedly the Kale fortress, located in the old part of the capital, in a strategic position. From above, this attraction - erected in the th century by Byzantines but subsequently destroyed and rebuilt several times - it offers a truly unique glimpse of the Macedonian city. A favorite destination for tourists, in the summer the fortress comes to life, hosting cultural events of the highest importance.

  • by bus, from the center of the capital you reach the fortress in about 49 minutes. Board bus number 7
  • the fortress is always accessible
  • free, free visit

2 - Old Bazaar


The best way to combine a historical-cultural tour with the irrepressible desire to go shopping in Skopje is represented byold bazaar, an area of ​​the capital where you can fully breathe an "Ottoman" air and where we can make our purchases and, at the same time, learn more about the history of the Macedonian city.



  • the old bazaar can be reached on foot in less than 15 minutes, moving east on Gotse Deltchev Blvd.
  • the bazaar is always accessible
  • free, free visit

3 - Stone Bridge


It connects the two souls of the Macedonian capital - the old town and the more contemporary Skopje - lo stone bridge, historic stone bridge besieged by tourists and inhabitants of the capital, also to admire the river Vadar flowing under the imposing attraction.

  • on foot, the bridge is just 7 minutes from the center, heading south-east
  • the bridge is always crossable
  • free, free visit

4 - Memorial House of Mother Teresa


Not everyone will be aware of the fact that one of the most important characters of our time, an example of love and dedication to others, was born in Skopje in Macedonia. The capital has chosen to pay homage to the legendary Mother Teresa of Calcutta with a museum dedicated to her, full of film testimonies, photos and artifacts that tell a life choice of a small, great woman.

  • on foot, in less than 10 minutes, moving southeast on Dame Gruev
  • Mon-Fri 09:00 - 19:45; Sat-Sun 09:00 - 13:45
  • free, free visit

5 - Matka Canyon / Matka Lake


A real dip in the wild and uncontaminated nature just half an hour outside the center. During your stay in Macedonia, you cannot help but immerse yourself in the Eden of the canyon and the Matka lake, ideal location for kayaking trips and photo sessions surrounded by greenery.



  • by taxi (or by own car), the area can be reached by taking the A2
  • the area is always accessible
  • free, free visit

6 - Mustafa Pasha Mosque


Built in 1492 by Mustafa Pasha, this religious attraction is one of the best preserved mosques in Europe. The mosque, whose interiors are bare and austere, is accessible to the public, as long as you respect some of the most elementary dictates, such as entering barefoot or covering your face, in the case of the ladies. Inside the structure you can breathe an atmosphere of peace and serenity.

  • moving east on Gotse Deltchev Blvd., the mosque can be reached on foot in 14 minutes
  • the mosque is open to the public every day, except during prayer hours
  • free, free visit

7 - Skopje Aqueduct


Unfortunately, it pours in a partial state of abandonment one of the most important historical attractions of the city: theSkopje aqueduct, equally worthy of a visit. The attraction, which some believe dates back to the Roman era (while according to some sources, the aqueduct is of more recent construction), was used to supply the city's Turkish baths with water, "extracting" it directly from the springs in the Black Mountains.



  • by car, driving along Samoilova, for about 11 minutes
  • the aqueduct is always accessible
  • free, free visit

8 - Millennium Cross


When religion meets nature. Another obligatory stop in your stay in Skopje is a visit to the monumental Millennium Cross, emblem of the Christianity of the Macedonian capital located on the peaks of the wonderful mountain Vodno: two attractions for the price of one!

  • by car, driving on Route 134, the mountain and the cross are about an hour from the center of Skopje
  • the two attractions are always accessible and can be visited
  • free, free visit

9 - Archaeological Museum of Macedonia


There is no shortage of museums in quaint Skopje. One of the most important is undoubtedly the archaeological Museum, recently built (it was erected in 2014, as part of the "Skopje 2014" project). Inside, very important Byzantine treasures, the remains of a Phoenician necropolis and 3D reconstructions of Macedonian faces starting from original skulls.

  • starting from the center towards the southeast, the museum can be reached on foot in 9 minutes
  • Tue-Sun 09:00 - 18:00
  • full € 5,00; reduced (for students) about € 2,40

10 - Macedonia Square


The beating heart of the city of Skopje is undoubtedly the lively Macedonia square, recently built, characterized by the fairly massive presence of statues. One of the most important, that of Alexander the Great, stands imposing in the center of the area.

  • on foot it takes about 6 minutes to reach the square from the center of Skopje: just move southeast on Dame Gruev
  • the square is always accessible
  • free, free visit

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