The capital of the Republic of Macedonia, Skopje, is a city that does not lack attraction. Between its museums and surrounding natural areas, it will quickly charm you. Where to go and what to do in Skopje? Let’s go for a nice walk.
The Millennium Cross
It is on Mount Vodno that we start this visit to Skopje, then we will return to the heart of the city. This mount is quite reasonable, it reaches 1,066 m. Forests and meadows are an invitation to stroll and relax, this place is ideal to spend a day out of the city. You can also take the cable car to access Mount Vodno. During your walk you will certainly cross the Millennium cross at the top of the mountain. With its 66 m, it is the highest in the world. It dominates the city and was inaugurated in 2002 to commemorate 2,000 years of Christianity. Reaching it makes it possible to visit Skopje from another angle.
The memorial house of Mother Teresa
Where to go and what to do in Skopje? Let’s start our tour of the city’s museum by Mother Teresa’s memorial house. This woman church born in 1910 and died in 1997 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. It is precisely in Skopje that Mother Teresa was born, so it was only natural to dedicate a place to her. On the main pedestrian street of the city, find this memorial located at the place where was the church in which Mother Teresa had been baptized. It was inaugurated in 2009 and features relics of Mother Teresa but also sculptures made by herself. Mother Teresa Memorial House is also an exhibition gallery.
The museum of Macedonia
It is in the Old Bazaar of Skopje that the museum of Macedonia is located. It is one of the oldest in the country, it was founded in 1924. Spread over 10 000 m², this place is home to both permanent and temporary exhibitions. It brings together three museums and is thus today dedicated to both archeology, history and ethnology. If you do not know where to go and what to do in Skopje, you will love this very informative museum about the history and evolution of Macedonia.
The museum of the Macedonian struggle
Where to go and what to do in Skopje in Macedonia? And why not visit the museum of the Macedonian struggle? It opened in 2011 to celebrate the country’s 20 years of independence. This museum has no less than 13 rooms, in chronological order, the history of the struggle for independence that led Macedonia. Note that this story still lasted from the 18th century to 1991.
The Skopje Zoo
Sightseeing in Skopje is also enjoying family time. The Skopje Zoo is in Gradski Park. Founded in 1926, it has evolved and today extends over 12 hectares. You can admire 300 animals from 56 different species. It was renovated in 2008 to provide better living conditions for its animals. You will find monkeys, tigers, giraffes and many other mammals.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje
If you are still looking for something to do and place to go in Skopje, we invite you to visit the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Skopje was destroyed by an earthquake in 1963, and international assistance provided the city with works of art to offset the heavy losses it had suffered. It covers 5,000 m² and offers a large number of works including Picasso’s Head of Woman. There are also paintings by Fernand Léger or Christo. The museum is divided into two parts, one devoted to contemporary Macedonian art and the other to contemporary world art.
The old bazaar
Sightseeing in Skopje in Macedonia is also going to visit the oldest part of the city, the Old Bazaar. This authentic space with its cobbled streets is a must, it is full of life with its shops, bars and restaurants. The Old Bazaar is also a very important market where you can find everything.
To visit Skopje also means to go away to discover its surroundings. At 15 km from the center is Matka, an exceptional natural area with its river, caves, medieval churches, monasteries, etc. Here you can go hiking or take a boat tour in the heart of the caves.
The village-museum of Nerezi
South of Skopje is the museum village of Nerezi. This place includes fifteen houses that allow you to familiarize yourself with traditional Macedonian architecture. The idea is to change this site to also discover the specialties of the region and craftsmanship.
Taste the local specialties
Finally, sightseeing in Skopje in Macedonia is to discover its local gastronomy. The traditional dish here is the engraved tavchi, a dish of beans, onions, oil, dried red peppers, pepper, salt, parsley and meat. To discover the Macedonian cuisine, go to Gostilnica Dukat.