Skopje (North Macedonia): a hidden gem on the banks of the Vardar River

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The charming Macedonian capital Skopje is betting on a rich tapestry of history, culture and the surrounding landscape.

Visiting Skopje means stepping into a world where the ancient and the modern merge into a harmonious whole. Stroll the winding streets of the Old Bazaar, where Ottoman-era architecture gives way to bustling markets with colorful wares. Admire the breathtaking Kale fortress, a medieval fortress that overlooks the city and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. With a heritage that goes back thousands of years, the Macedonian capital is a veritable treasure trove of mystery and adventure. From ancient archaeological sites to vibrant bazaars and nightlife, Skopje offers a fascinating experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

When to Skopje?

Skopje offers hot summers and cold winters, but the city will leave the best impression in autumn and spring. Spring, from April to June, is a wonderful time to visit Skopje, when the parks and gardens bloom. With pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds, the season is perfect for exploring the city's outdoor attractions, such as the famous Millennium Cross or the peaceful Matka Canyon. Summer, from July to August, brings warm weather and a lively atmosphere as Skopje's squares and streets come alive with outdoor festivals and concerts.

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What can I see in Skopje?

Skopje, the charming capital of North Macedonia, captivates visitors with its rich history, stunning architecture and vibrant atmosphere. A hidden gem nestled on the banks of the picturesque Vardar River, it offers a wonderful blend of ancient traditions and modern wonders. Start your exploration in the center of Skopje with a visit to the famous Skopje Fortress, locally known as Kale. This ancient hilltop fortress offers stunning panoramic views of the city.

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Immerse yourself in history as you walk along its stone walls and discover the Skopje City Museum, which offers a fascinating insight into the city's past. As you descend, cross the Stone Bridge, an architectural marvel that has connected the old and new quarters of Skopje for centuries. Of course, don't forget to visit one of the markets. Enter the world of charm when you go to the old bazaar - Stara Čaršija. Get lost in the maze of cobbled streets, where Ottoman-era architecture and bustling markets create an atmosphere of a bygone era. Explore traditional shops offering local handicrafts, unique jewelery and aromatic spices.

Take a moment to try authentic Macedonian cuisine in one of the many charming cafes and watch the city pulse. Skopje boasts a mix of architectural styles that interweave the old and the new. The triumphal arch of the Roman emperor, a replica of the original, bears witness to the ancient history of Skopje. Immerse yourself in the city's cultural scene with a visit to the Macedonian Opera and Ballet or catch a show at the National Theatre.

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Discover the hidden gem Daut Pasha Hamam, an Ottoman-era bathhouse converted into a vibrant art gallery displaying works by local artists. When you've had enough of city streets, discover what the surrounding area has to offer. Escape the bustling city and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds Skopje. Just a short drive from Skopje, Matka Canyon offers breathtaking scenery, boat rides, and countless opportunities for hiking and climbing.

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How to explore Skopje?

Thanks to the well-connected public transport system, getting around Skopje is a breeze. The city boasts an efficient network of buses, trams and taxis, which can easily transport you from one attraction to another. Plus, Skopje is a compact city that makes it easy to get around on foot, allowing you to meander through its charming neighborhoods and stumble upon hidden gems along the way.

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Accommodation in Skopje

Hotel Andalus

Luxury accommodation that combines elegance, comfort and convenience is located in the heart of the city. The hotel boasts beautifully designed rooms and suites, each of which exudes a blend of modern sophistication and traditional charm. The restaurant within the hotel serves excellent local and international dishes, prepared from fresh ingredients and presented in an exquisite manner.



Thessaloniki Hotel & SPA

The hotel is located in an excellent location and provides easy access to the city's attractions. It boasts stylishly designed rooms and suites, with elegant furnishings and the perfect blend of comfort and sophistication. One of the highlights of Thessaloniki Hotel & SPA is its state-of-the-art spa and wellness center. Guests can indulge in a range of rejuvenating treatments, including massages, facials and body therapies. The spa also has a sauna, steam room and a fully equipped fitness center.


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