About the city
Skopje has blossomed into a vibrant city and an exciting tourist destination. Skopje can be gladly visited the whole year round. Summer lasts from June to August. In March and April it is SKOMRAHI- an international meeting of film and drama students from Southeastern Europe and Austria ; in May you can visit the May Opera Evenings which is held since 1972 and the International Book Fair and Libro Graphic. In June or August, the Skopje Summer Festival is held, and in October, Skopje Jazz Festival.
Skopje is the capital of Macedonia, and a large part of the city is newly built, as many buildings collapsed during the earthquake in 1963. The city’s most attractive neighborhood is Skopje old town with it’s bazaar. The area is full of shops and restaurants, and it is also here that you’ll finds The Church of Holy Saviour and the most of the monuments from the time of the Ottoman Empire . The old town has atmosphere and charm and can tell you interesting stories about the city’s history
Places to visit
The Skopje Fortress, commonly referred to as Kale Fortress, or simply Kale (from kale, the Turkish word for ‘fortress’), is a historic fortress located in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. It is situated on the highest point in the city overlooking the Vardar River. The fortress is depicted on the coat of arms of Skopje, which in turn is incorporated in the city’s flag.
The Old Bazaar (Macedonian: Стара Чаршија, Stara Čaršija from the Turkish: Çarşı meaning marketplace, Albanian: Çarshia e Vjetër) in Skopje is the largest bazaar in the Balkans outside Istanbul. It is situated on the eastern bank of the Vardar River, stretching from the Stone Bridge to the Bit-Pazar and from the Skopje Fortress to the Serava river.
Matka – A gorge in which a rich complex of mediaeval building survives, including churches, monasteries and remnants of a fortress (the mediaeval town of Matka).There are dozens of caves and large number of endemic plants and animals. The Canyon covers an area of around 5.000ha and is located 15km south-west of Skopje. By its morphogenetic characteristic, it is a breakthrough gorge.