Skopje









City history and landmarks

Skopje is the capitol of Republic of Macedonia, and it’s located on the upper course of the Vardar River. It is industrial, trade, logistics, and banking centre. Skopje has a population of 668,518 inhabitants. Skopje has blossomed into a thriving, stimulating city to explore, defining itself as superb tourist destination.

The city is experiencing urban sprawl thanks to a number of new developments, which are most visible at the city main square. Today,
according USA - Travel puls, Skopje main square - Macedonia is selected as one of the five most attractive in the world. It is a place “must to see and experience”.

The city of Skopje has been inhabited at least 4000 BC (since Neolithic period), and there are many things to see in Skopje and its surrounding. For example, in the nearest proximity of the city is mountain Vodno (1,066 m above sea level). The highest point on Vodno is the place where the 66 m high Millennium Cross (built to mark 2000 years of Christianity in Macedonia), which is easy reachable by cable car.  30 minutes from the city centre is placed Lake Matka. There is a lot to see here - a lake twisting between imposing cliffs, and Matka Kenyon, monastery churches, etc.

At the heart of Skopje the Vardar River is spanned by the elegant arches of the Stone Bridge (Kamen Most), and many other fascinating bridges like Eye Bridge, Art Bridge etc. Stone Bridge is built in the 6th century and it is one of the most prominent city landmark. This bridge has 13 arches and is 214 meters long.

Just across the river, is the Čaršija (Bazaar) area which is the biggest and most preserved bazaar in the Europe when the Muslims and Christians came together here to trade. The bazaar retains the layout and many of the buildings of the Ottoman area like: Kapan Han, Suli Han, and the Kuršumli Han.

Overlooking the city is Fortress Kale. The fortress is built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, who was born in Skopje. It stands on the highest hill in the Skopje valley and offers great views over the city.

Skopje is also internationally famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa. There are several landmarks of Mother Teresa in Skopje, the city of her birth and childhood, including a marker of her birthplace, a statue, and a memorial house. 

Weather 

The climate of Skopje is continental sub-Mediterranean. The month of November (when NUTRICON is scheduled) is characterized by relatively warm weather. Daily temperatures are 15-25 0C and by night temperature is falling from 8 to 12 0C. In the same period (20-21 October) the daylight is 9 hours and 40 minutes.

Food

Macedonia is well known for its excellent cuisine. From appetizers, main dishes, salads to desserts, Macedonian cuisine can offer numerous traditional dishes for every taste.  

 

Macedonian cuisine provides plentiful variety of vegetables, herbs and fruits, and salads made from it. Traditional cuisine is also noted for the diversity and quality of its dairy products, local alcoholic beverages, such as zolta rakija and mastika and it is most famous by its Macedonian wines. Among meats beef, pork, mutton and chicken are the most common ones.

 

Macedonia is the land of the gourmands and true fans of a good meal.

 

Airports 

Skopje's international airport Alexander the Great is located 22 kilometres (roughly 15 minutes) from the city centre. The airport is brand new, opened in 2011. Skopje is connected (directly or with connecting flights) with all European and overseas airports and airlines. The airlines that serve Skopje are: Adria Airways, Austrian Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Czech Airlines, Helvetic Airways, Edelweiss Air, Jat Airways, Turkish Airlines, FlyDubai, Pegasus Airlines, Wizz Air, etc.