Once again I found very cheap flights to another European destination I did not know much about. After doing some research I thought Macedonia could be a great adventure but I didn’t expect Skopje to be one of my favourite trips this year.
Skopje is a city where you can experience the contrast of different cultures. It is a place where both Macedonian and Albanian are spoken and where different civilizations and religions mixed up and left a visible and beautiful legacy. The Kale Fortress is a great example of this. It was first built in the 6th century and it is thought to to have been built during the rule of Justinian I.
Skopje has a lot to love but the first thing you will notice if you ever go there is how kind everyone is. I jokingly referred to the locals as the Caribbeans of Europe because of how friendly and approachable the Macedonians were.
Another thing I loved is how they care about animals. There are lots of dogs walking around Skopje with a yellow tag on their ears which shows that they are being monitored by vets who regularly take care of them.
Another excuse to visit is how cheap everything is there. Food, accommodation, transport…you won’t need a lot of money to enjoy this city!
Skopje also went through a catastrophic earthquake in 1963 and many historical buildings were lost. In 2014 there was a project to renovate the image of the city with lots of neo-classical buildings, statues, different ornaments and fountains.
I’m still not sure about how I feel about these new buildings and the amount of money they might have cost, but the truth is that they attract visitors and they are becoming iconic in a city that was already interesting due to its narrow streets in the Old Bazaar, the different mosques and Orthodox churches.
Lastly, let’s not forget the nature in Macedonia. A short taxi ride will allow you to admire the Matka Canyon or Vodno mountain. I was very lucky as I met a lovely taxi driver who offered to show us around and took us to the already mentioned places for not a lot of money. He gave me his number saying that if I ever go back to Skopje he could drive me to Kosovo! Once again this shows how lovely the Macedonians are. Do not hesitate to contact me if you would like a trip with him around Skopje!