Skopje, our first stop in fascinating North Macedonia

It took us some time to leave the Rila Monastery and travel to Skopje, North Macedonia. Like on our arrival in the Rila National Park, there were works to expand the road, so we had to wait a lot for the machines to get out of the way or to move the recently cut trees out of the road.

Slowly, but surely, we made it, though. And we instantly started to appreciate the North Macedonian music. I forgot to mention this, but we only listened to what was on the radio on this Balkan road trip. And the music we found, regardless of the radio channels, was like the music from the ’80s!

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Arrival in Skopje

Once in Skopje, Tim found Urban Hostel & Apartments, where we stayed for two nights. It was a great deal: we had two rooms, a balcony, a small kitchen and, most important: a washing machine in the bathroom.

We started searching for a restaurant recommended by Lonely Planet, but it was no longer there. However, in the area, we found a really nice place, with tasty food.

Urban Hostel & Apartments
Located in a secure, urban, yet quiet neighborhood, 10 minutes away from Skopje’s main square by foot.
The hostel offers free coffee, tea, maps, parking, Wi-Fi, computer and printer access. Delivery and laundry services are also available. The reception is open 24h. Check-in is from 14.00 and check-out by 12.00. Reservations are valid until 23.00, on the announced arrival day.
Address: 22 Adolf Ciborovski, 1000 Skopje, North Macedonia | See on map
Tel. 897-8432-384 | Website | Prices
Book your stay at Urban Hostel & Apartments!

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Our first discoveries in Skopje

After a hearty lunch/dinner (or linner, as a Londoner friend likes to call it), we went to the Skopje City Park or Gradski Park, past the stadium (Philip II National Arena or Telekom Arena) and across the Vardar River. We were heading towards the fortress but I was feeling sick, so I went back to our rooms. Ana and Tim, however, went on and saw a good part of the city center by night, too.

As bad as I felt, I still loved all the treats the streets of Skopje had to offer and I hadn’t even seen the most interesting parts yet.

At the hostel, I went and talked to the guy at the reception about things to do. I got a suggestion for a Balkans travel bucket list and some info on a free walking tour in Skopje for the next morning. After my friends returned, I talked Ana into joining me for the walking tour.

Gradski Park
Open 24h. Entrance is free of charge.
Address: 89 Ilinden Boulevard, 1000 Skopje, North Macedonia | See on map

Philip II National Arena (Telekom Arena)
Address: Aminta the third, 1000 Skopje, North Macedonia | See on map
Tel. +389-2322-8462

Vardar River
Also known as Axios, the Vardar is not only the longest and most important river in North Macedonia but also one of Greece’s major rivers. Length: 388 km

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