Early in the morning, we woke up and had a quick breakfast at Urban Hostel & Apartments. We then went to Skopje‘s centre and split up. Ana and I went to the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, which was the Skopje walking tour starting point. In the meantime, Tim went to walk around in the city on his own.
Skopje Walking Tour
It was the first walking tour I had ever been on. It was interesting that we had a diverse group of Americans, Australians, Germans, plus us two Romanians, among others. However, don’t worry: the group will never be too large. That way, everybody can gather round at certain objectives and be able to hear the guide.
Speaking of the guide, we found him next to a roll-up banner, with the TripAdvisor logo on it. Miha was all smiles, very tanned and dressed all in white. He was friendly and chatty, but he made sure we all left on time, at 10.00, and, as the sun was rising on the sky, he took care to keep us in the shade for as long as possible.
The Skopje walking tour will take you on the capital’s colourful streets, to the main square, inside the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, the old railway station, across the Vadar and back, to the Mustafa Pasha Mosque, to what used to be an inn in the past, then to the Old Bazaar and Kale (Skopje’s fortress), and ends in front of Sveti Spas (Church of the Ascension of Jesus).
At the end of the article, you’ll find a quick guide with more information.
Raki? Of course!
In the Old Bazaar, we stopped at one of the small restaurants and got served free raki or juice. The raki was quite strong on an almost empty stomach, after several hours of walking, but somehow, we couldn’t turn it down in favour of the regular orange juice.
The end of the Skopje Walking Tour
In the end, if you enjoyed the tour, there is a recommended tip of 5 euros for the guide. It is not mandatory, like a fee, but it is expected. And it’s earned, as Miha provides very useful and interesting information, at a fast pace, even though he does not manage to stay impartial at times and becomes a tad too critical to Skopje’s architecture and City Hall representatives.
All in all, it was a nice way to spend the morning and we made a new German friend, Simon, who joined us for lunch, at the place which served us rakia earlier, in the Old Bazaar.
After lunch, he also joined us on a hike to the Millennium Cross and, as we all seemed to get along and had quite a similar route in mind, we continued our journey together for a while.
Did you ever go on a walking tour?
What were the pros and cons, in your opinion?
Quick Guide For Skopje – Part 3 of 4
What to see
Memorial House of Mother Teresa
Open from 09.00 to 20.00 (Monday to Friday) or from 09.00 to 14.00 (Saturday and Sunday).
Entry is free of charge.
Address: 9 Macedonia Street, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia (FYROM)
Tel. 892-329-0674 | Website
Mustafa Pasha Mosque
Very welcoming and open to visitors of other beliefs. Entrance is free of charge.
Address: Fort Kale, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia (FYROM)
Sveti Spas Church
Open from 09.00 to 17.00 (Tuesday to Friday) or to 15.00 (Saturday and Sunday).
Tickets cost 120 MKD for both adults and students.
Address: Samoilova, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia (FYROM)
Open from 09.00 to 15.00, from Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
Address: 1000 Skopje, Macedonia (FYROM)
What to do
Other useful articles
- Lonely Planet’s short article on Sveti Spas Church
- Journey Macedonia’s photos of Mustafa Pasha Mosque
- Exploring Macedonia’s page about the Old Bazaar