10 Things to Do in Skopje That You Shouldn't Miss

December 24, 2017 Sheron Bogner

After belonging to many empires over time (including Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and most recently Yugoslavian), Macedonia gained its independence in 1991, and Skopje, with about half a million people, is its largest city and capital. Despite its age, the city looks quite modern, owing to a massive 1963 earthquake that destroyed 75% of its buildings. Skopje has long been shared by Christians and Muslims, who still come together at the fascinating Old Bazaar, one of the Balkans' largest markets.
Restaurants in Skopje

1. Lake Matka

Canyon Matka, Skopje 1000, Republic of Macedonia +389 70 271 900
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Lake Matka

Reviewed By Taanialiik - Fiorenzuola d'Arda, Italy

Great escape for half a day - or a full day, check on TA forum about the possibility of full hikes from here to Millenium Cross - during your visit to Skopje.
The area is very quiet and nice, the caves are really nice and the boat trip is really worth it.
One star less because, anytime I see some natural wonder here in the Balkan, I am always disturbed by the quantity of trash you can see around...local people, please, take care of your beauties, and tourists will be even more grateful!
Practical tip: as other said, use bus no. 60 to reach the canyon (last stop). It can be taken from the Bus station - just consider that it is the so-called 'Transportation Center', that is the bus area under the road bridge and on the other side of the highway, if you reach the international bus station. Almost any major stop on Bulevard Partzanski and on the city center - tickets on board.

2. Mountain of Vodno

Skopje 1000, Republic of Macedonia
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 264 reviews

Mountain of Vodno

Reviewed By Patric G - Vancouver, Washington

Wow! What a view and what a fantastic place to go. You have got to go up on the gondola and check out this attraction. We went up on a windy afternoon and were treated to some different views of the area. We did see three countries at the same time from the top.

3. Church of St. Panteleimon

Nerezi village, Skopje 1000, Republic of Macedonia
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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4.5 based on 94 reviews

Church of St. Panteleimon

Reviewed By Dejan D - Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

If you are in Skopje you just must visit this place. The church is build 1164 year. It is a typical example of Byzantine architecture. The main reason why you must visit this place are frescoes inside. 150 years before Giotto and 250 years before renaissance these frescoes are examples of the beginnings of presenting depth and expression of feelings in paintings.
You'll need a rent vehicle or a taxi, there is no public transport. You will need approximately 30 minutes from the city center. The church is on mountain Vodno near village Nerezi. There is a restaurant in the complex. Also there is an ethno village nearby (same parking) with newly build replicas of old houses from all regions of Macedonia

4. The Stone Bridge

Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Excellent
41%
Good
38%
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4 based on 727 reviews

The Stone Bridge

Reviewed By Zues1020 - Kuala Lumpur

One of the Ottoman sites left over after a decades. Stand still with a very solid built. Actual Name is Sultan Fatih Mehmet Bridge. Connected both old and new of Skopje. Built across Vardar river which is kept so much of story of Macedonia. The best to enjoy for river front view and historical bridge. Even there is another bridge was built to defeat this one, still i can say This is the best ancient bridge built ever in Skopje.

5. Old Bazaar, Skopje

Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Excellent
37%
Good
44%
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16%
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4 based on 1 reviews

Old Bazaar, Skopje

Reviewed By justine o - doha

We visited this area 3 times during our week in Skopje. My friend and I both bought some lovely locally made and very reasonably priced jewellery. We also had a fabulous authentic Macedonian lunch. Lovely to wander around, taking in the sights and meandering through the stone streets.

6. Millennium Cross

Vodno Mountain, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Excellent
43%
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4 based on 445 reviews

Millennium Cross

Reviewed By Taanialiik - Fiorenzuola d'Arda, Italy

Great view on the surrounding, not just on the city but on all the surrounding area (360°).
The cable car is really cheap - 100MKD - and can be reached from the city center with bus 25 (check Skopje public transport site for stops in the center).
Just one tip - be careful, because in low season (from Oct to March included) last ride down is around 16.30, therefore you could end up with very short time to enjoy the view and the paths - as it happened to me.

7. Memorial House of Mother Teresa

Macedonia Str. No.9, Skopje 1000, Republic of Macedonia +389 2 329 0674
Excellent
39%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
5%
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4 based on 469 reviews

Memorial House of Mother Teresa

Reviewed By Sara J

Visiting the Memorial House of Mother Teresa was an excellent decision on our part. It was so interesting to see her legacy unfold in front of us in a well thought-out museum. The spirit of the place captures the spirit that was Mother Teresa. There is great beauty and peace in the sanctuary. There is a small gift shop in the museum that allows you to purchase various items, including cards in many languages. It doesn't take long to see, and is definitely worth a visit.

8. Macedonia Square

Centar, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Excellent
40%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
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4 based on 970 reviews

Macedonia Square

Reviewed By winylake - Switzerland

Large square right in the heart of a center of Skopje. There is a nice coffee kiosk to get caffeinated and watch people passing.

9. Mustafa Pasha Mosque

Old Bazaar, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia +389 2 329 7204
Excellent
35%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
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4 based on 126 reviews

Mustafa Pasha Mosque

Reviewed By Afrodita-Ramos

This mosque together with its surrounding resting area looks like an oasis of another era. Overlooking the old bazaar and containing arabic inner decor one can't shake off the feeling that it resembles a a scene from the past. Also very friendly "staff" as women can enter freely scarfless and tourists can take photos.

10. Church of St. Clement of Ohrid

Saint Clement of Ohrid Boulevard, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Excellent
42%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
17%
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4 based on 112 reviews

Church of St. Clement of Ohrid

Reviewed By G L - Malaysia

As the header states, the winner is this church. I walked in and was blowed away. The massive chandelier the wall and ceiling art. I sat and absorbed the beauty and got lost in the painted stories. A must see!!!

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