Skopje – A Hidden Gem full of History, Traditions, Gourmet food and Culture
Skopje is the capital of North Macedonia, located at the center of the Balkan Peninsula with borders to Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Kosovo, with the Mediterranean to the south and central and northern Europe to the north.
It is a relatively small capital city with a population of just over half a million people and measuring less than 200 km wide (east to west). It’s a luscious, green city where gourmet food, drink, traditions, and culture are part of daily life.
Skopje has a fascinating history stretching back over 2,000 years, and the city is steeped in a rich cultural heritage and is alive with history and culture.
Skopje is a cultural capital and hosts many events and is the home of Macedonian Opera and Ballet, Macedonian Theatre and numerous museums. One of the most important one smaller museums is the memorial house of the most famous Macedonian of the 20th century, Mother Theresa who was born in Skopje of catholic Albanian decent.
The Stone Bridge is one of the most recognisable symbols of Skopje. It was built in the Ottoman times between 1451 and 1469 and represents the link between the city's past and future.
The Old Bazaar is the beating heart of Skopje. It portrays the multicultural mix of the city and has numerous traditional restaurants and hosts one of the most important religious landmarks in the city, Mustapha Pasha Mosque and the Church of the Holy Saviour.
The city has a vibrant art scene with several art museums, galleries, and exhibitions showcasing both traditional and contemporary art. Interestingly, Skopje is known as the ‘city of statues’ as there are almost 300 statues!.
The Macedonia Square which is the main square is home to many shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops and several shopping malls making it a must visit destination.
Macedonian cuisine is a mix of Mediterranean and Balkan flavours with Mediterranean, Baltic and Middle Eastern influences. Think grilled meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, stuffed peppers, moussaka and beans. The local food is rich and hearty.
Skopje has a wonderful selection of kafanas (traditional Macedonian restaurants) to sample it. The national dishes like ‘pinjur’ or ‘gravce tavce’ will make your mouth water just by seeing and smelling their unique scent and the fresh, organic fruits and vegetables are top quality and taste wonderful.
The Bohemian Quarter or Debar Maalo is an excellent place to find a good kafana and to enjoy some authentic Macedonian food.
Macedonians are warm, generous and hospitable people. Modern society has been flourishing since independence and the population has been innovative and welcoming of new ideas, practices and development.
Another interesting fact is that Skopje is one of the most affordable capital cities in Europe!
Skopje’s incredible mix of history, culture and natural beauty make it the perfect destination.
Top 10 Sights
• Stone Bridge
• Fortress Kale
• Church St. Spas in Skopje
• Macedonia Square
• Memorial House of Mother Theresa
• Cathedral St. Kliment Ohridski (Clement of Ohrid)
• Old Bazaar
• Museum of Macedonia
• Museum of the City of Skopje
Why Choose Skopje?
1. A Relaxed and Peaceful Atmosphere
2. Rich History and Cultural Heritage
3. Unique Architecture
4. Beautiful Surroundings
5. Shopping Opportunities
6. Delicious Cuisine
7. Day Trip Opportunities
8. Art and Culture
9. Warm, Hospitable People
10. Affordable Prices