What to see in Skopje in 3 days

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Martí Micolau

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Skopje is the capital of Macedonia, one of the best known cities in the whole nation and every year many choose it as a tourist destination to discover its illustrious roots, as well as unique landscapes in the world. Its position makes it a city in some ways heterogeneous and particular: those who decide to visit Skopje should know that in the past it was dominated by countless peoples that have in fact left evident traces along its streets, such as for example particular buildings such as the Mustafa Pasha Mosque. So make yourself comfortable and read our guide on what to see in Skopje in 3 days !!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Skopje cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Kale Fortress, Macedonian Holocaust Museum

Once done breakfast at Brick Bar Lounge & Cafe for about € 5,00, move to the beautiful Kale Fortress in 20 minutes on foot: it was built in the th century and is one of the most famous symbols of the city, it offers excellent and unique views of the Vardar river it overlooks and the highest mountains around Skopje. The visit inside is free and its structure consists of a tower and surrounding walls made with stone blocks taken from Skupi; the fortress of Kale was unfortunately destroyed and rebuilt many times, today it is used as a location for theatrical performances, when its environment is made even more exciting by the night lighting.

Then in just 9 minutes on foot, right in front of the fortress, there is the Macedonian Holocaust Museum, a memorial dedicated to the Macedonian victims of the Nazi madness, set up with many photographs and multimedia exhibitions; admission is free.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Old Bazaar, Mustafa Pasha Mosque

For the lunch we advise you to go to the famous area called Old Bazaar: it is full of restaurants and clubs of all kinds and among these you could opt for Destan where you can taste an excellent cevapi (spiced minced meat dish); the restaurant can be reached in 5 minutes on foot heading north-east and you will pay about € 10,00 per person.

Finding yourself in this area of ​​the city, you could take the opportunity to spend your afternoon exploring the many shops that enrich it in search of the souvenir you like best. If you then move north (skirting the Kale Fortress which you will find on your left), you will arrive at Mustafa Pasha Mosque, built by the latter in 1492: it underwent a major restoration in 2011 and you will notice an imposing but simple building characterized by a central body on which a single dome rises, the entrance then boasts a portico consisting of four columns and surmounted by three domes, access to the inside is free and open.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Old Town Brewery

For the evening you could go to Old City House to taste excellent traditional Macedonian dishes spending an average of € 18,00 per person. So you could take a nice walk heading towards the Old Town Brewery, known as an institution in the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,3 km / 1 h 8 min
  • Places visited: Kale Fortress, Macedonian Holocaust Museum, Old Bazaar, Mustafa Pasha Mosque
  • Skopje: 4-hour walking tour
  • Breakfast at Brick Bar Lounge & Cafe (Get directions), Lunch at Destan (Get directions), Dinner at Old City House (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Stone Bridge, Memorial House of Mother Teresa, Macedonia Square

Fate breakfast at But First Coffee for around € 5,00, then head south through the Crvena Skopsa Opstina and cross the Stone Bridge, a historic stone bridge from which it is possible to admire the Vadar river and which connects the old town and the more contemporary Skopje, to then arrive at the Memorial House of Mother Teresa in 7 minutes on foot.

In fact, not everyone knows that Skopje was the birthplace of the famous Albanian nun, Nobel Peace Prize winner. The museum is free for everyone and features documents, photos and artifacts that tell its story and what it has done for those most in need. Just 5 minutes walk you are in the colorful and particular Macedonia Square made of buildings and statues of all kinds, at the center of which stands the statue dedicated to Alexander the Great, which during the evening becomes particularly impressive thanks to its lighting. It is one of the examples of the process of nationalism and push towards modernity with its numerous restaurants, shops (where you could do your shopping) and luxurious hotels.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Archaeological Museum of Macedonia

We advise you to pranzare at Squeeze Me, a charming bistro 3 minutes walk from Piazza Macedonia (reachable from Via Nikola Kljusev), where you can enjoy excellent sandwiches or scones for about € 8,00 per person (including drinks); dedicate your afternoon to visit theArchaeological Museum of Macedonia, you will then have to head back to the opposite side of the Vardar River crossing the Stone Bridge. Admission costs € 5,00, you can access it from 10:00 to 18:00 and the museum is full of archaeological finds of all kinds, as well as a paradise for numismatics enthusiasts.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Izlet Kafe

A price you could go to the local Kafana Gostilna Ka to taste some excellent grilled meat (paying a maximum of € 10,00), then you will have to take bus no.57 getting off at the European University stop, from which you will then walk for about 2 minutes along the Boulevard Metropolitan Theodosius Gologanov; after dinner you could continue your evening at the Izlet Kafe, one of the many trendy places frequented by numerous university students.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,8 km / 48 min
  • Places visited: Stone Bridge, Memorial House of Mother Teresa, Macedonia Square, Archaeological Museum of Macedonia
  • Breakfast at But First Coffee (Get directions), Lunch at Squeeze Me (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurant Kafana Gostilna Ka (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Matka Lake

After doing breakfast at Red Caffe spending about € 5,00 each, then walk (8 minutes on Nikola Karev then on Via Belasitsa) to the Transporten Centar located right next to the international bus / train station, here take bus n ° 60 which starting at 7:00 will take you to Matka lake.

In just 35 minutes you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a totally unspoiled and natural place, it is a natural gorge created by the Treska river and characterized by very steep rocks, a place loved by many sportsmen. It is an extremely interesting place also because it attracts many nature lovers to be characterized by countless species of flora and fauna unique in the world.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Millenium Cross

For the lunch you could refresh yourself at The Monastery Cave Restaurant (a few minutes walk from the Slalom Canoeing Center) where you can order grilled meat, salads and other local specialties such as grilled mushrooms, you will spend € 15,00 per person. Then, always with the same bus line (n ° 60), return to the center of the Macedonian city; then, from the Transporten Centar terminal in about 18 minutes by bus (No. 7 Registration Center stop), go and take the cableway that from Piazza Macedonia which will take you in about 20 minutes to the famous Millenium Cross.

It is one of the symbols of Macedonia and it is a 66 meters high cross that dominates the huge and majestic Mount Vodno. The cost of the return ticket is less than € 1,50 each and the last ride back to the center is at 18:30. Lovers of cycling should also know that it is possible to load your bike on the cable car with which you can also make routes starting from the famous cross and then quickly descend towards the city center.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Gradski Park

Back in the central area, dine at Anatolia pide & kebap spending around € 10,00 each to taste the famous skewered meat typical of the Caucasus, then finish your trip in Skopje by heading to the Gradski Park, the "Valley of discos" so called because it is full of clubs for all tastes; among these we recommend the Sektor 909 which you can reach in just 6 minutes by taxi. It is an open-air disco where you will find electronic music and the cost of entry will be between € 3,00 and € 5,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 50,5 km / 11 h 37 min
  • Places visited: Matka Lake, Millenium Cross
  • Breakfast at Red Caffe (Get directions), Lunch at The Monastery Cave Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Anatolia pide & kebap (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Skopje cost

Macedonia, located on the Balkan peninsula, is not an overly expensive nation and the same goes for the city of Skopje; the prices to eat and stay are really ridiculous and, by booking well in advance, you can also save on flights to reach it.

  • starting from € 51,00 -
  • Costs to eat: about € 25,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 5,00 per day per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 18,00 per person for the entire weekend
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 20,00 per room -
  • Fun: about € 10,00 per day per person
  • Total cost of a weekend in Skopje: from € 167,00 per person flights excluded

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Skopje: the perfect period is autumn, when you can spend very little by taking advantage of both a mild and pleasant climate, and a rich program of Macedonian events organized in honor of the Independence Day (September 8), the National Day (11 October) or to attend the Skopje Jazz Festival which takes place in mid-October. For more info read the article on when to go to Skopje.
  • Skopje International Airport is available, located 20 km from the city center and served by companies such as Wizz Air and Turkish Airlines. The airport connects to the city center via the Vardar Express bus (ticket from € 5,70).
  • the most suitable area is the central one as it is well connected to the most important attractions of the city. It would be indicated the area included in the Vasil Glavinov street (south of the famous Stone Bridge) or in the most modern part of the city, or the area included in the Boulevard Krste Misirkov, north of the Bridge, where you can breathe the authentic air of old Skopje.
  • Getting around: we advise you to use the bus line to move around the city as it is very cheap (about € 1,50 each way) and very convenient. For more info read the article on how to get around Skopje.
  • Other: Since 2008, both the identity card valid for expatriation and the passport can be used to travel to Macedonia; furthermore, all EU citizens are required to complete an entry form upon arrival in Macedonia.

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