Here are the pictorial highlights of Skopje, Macedonia. A fascinating city and nation that’s waiting to be recognised on the world map.
Interesting facts of Macedonia:
1. The national currency is the Macedonian Denar (MKD). The cost of living in Macedonia is extremely affordable, probably the lowest in Europe.
2. Macedonia has an impressively high rate of English proficiency. Everyone I talk to, even the shop owner of the little convenient store down the street speaks perfect conversational English.
Areas to explore in Skopje
1. Old Bazaar
This vibrant quarter of Skopje is situated on the eastern bank of the Vardar River. Not to be confused with the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, it is an entire neighbourhood where old traditions are still kept alive.
If I have to draw a comparison, it reminded me of the good old Jewish quarter “Balat” in Istanbul, with charming cobblestone streets, traditional cafes and old craftsmen shops of sleepers, bags and jewellery. You can easily enjoy a whole day exploring this neighbourhood so full of history and traditions.
On top of an impressive art collection, this museum is definitely one of the most well designed museum space I have ever experienced.
One particular quote I read from the exhibition really resonates with me,
“somewhere within us lies a utopian spark worth preserving”
Mt Vodno has one of the most clearly marked hiking trails I have ever experienced.
1,066 metres high, Mt Vodno overlooks the beautiful Skopje city and hosts the once controversial Millennium Cross.
From Hotel Vodno, you have the choice to take the cable car to the top of Millennium Cross (50MKD one way). Alternatively, which I think is the best way, you can choose one of the 4 available hiking trails with various level of difficulty.
Dear Skopje, I will be back 🙂