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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 road trip. And the music we found, regardless of the radio channels, was like the music from the ’80s!



Skopje North Macedonia travel adventure summary

  1. Arrival in Skopje
  2. Our first discoveries in Skopje
  3. Quick travel guide for Skopje
  4. Current hotel deals for staying in Skopje


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. More information on our hostel is available in the quick guide at the end of the article.

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.

Old car on the streets of Skopje, North Macedonia

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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 centre 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.



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