Skopje TOP 5

Walk across the bridges of Vardar

Kameni Most (Stone Bridge) is the truly iconic symbol and main landmark of Skopje. This bridge crosses the river Vardar and conects the old Turkish part of the city with the new and modern city center.
Originaly build in the 6th century by the Byzantine emperor Justinian and rebuild by the Ottomans in 15th century, this bridge is 215m long, 6m wide and has 13 arches carved out of stone. Durring the Ottoman period the bridge had stone pillar railings which were used as places to spike the heads of any opponent of the Ottoman Empire. In the middle of the bridge there is a memorial stone plaque dedicated to the Karposh, the leader of the anti-ottoman uprising in 17th century, who was executed on the bridge in 1689.
Next to Stone Bridge  are two more pedestrian bridges, the Eye Bridge and the Art Bridge. The Eye Bridge, also known as "Bridge of Civilisations", has statues of historical figures from different eras on both sides and leads directly to the Archaeological Museum of Macedonia.
The Art Bridge is right next to the Bridge of Civilisations and has statues of famous Macedonian writers and artists on each side of the bridge.

Feel the orient in the Old Turkish Bazaar 

Situated in the old part of Skopje and below Kale Fortress lies the largest bazaar in the Balkans outside Istanbul, and arguably the most atractive location for tourists in Skopje. The vivid atmosphere on the small cobblestone streets, which are brimming with many old craftsmen shops, cafes and restourants, makes the Charshija (Old Bazaar) a lovely charming place to be and explore.
Historically, the Bazaar developt rapidly during the Ottoman rule and become Skopje's main economic and merchant center, packed up with many caravanserais, mosques and hans. Nowadays, most of the buildings are transformed into galleries and places for hosting concerts  and cultural events.
Some of the biggest landmarks of Old Bazaar include the two bathhouses Daut Pasa Hamam and Cifte Hamam who are now transformed into national galleries; the three remaining caravanserais - Kapan An, Kursumli Han and Suli Han; the Bezisten or the covered market, located in the heart of the bazaar; Church of the Holy Salvation with white stone sarcophagus of the revolutionary Goce Delchev in the church's courtyard; and Ishak Bey Mosque, known as the Decorated Mosque because of the floral decorations and coloured tiles found on its walls.

Square Macedonia - the center of the city center

Ploshtad Makedonija (Macedonia Square) is the main open square of Skopje, located in the heart of the city center. From the square in one direction you can look at the river Vardar with the historic Stone Bridge and beyond to the Fortress Kale and the Old Turkish Bazaar. In the other direction you can see the Macedonia Street, the Old Train Station and Vodno mountain with it's Millennium Cross at the top. Near by is the Gate Macedonia, on the opposite way from Hotel Marriot.
The square was build and reconstructured constantly since 1920's, and that trend continues even today with the square constantly developing. As part of the megalomanic project Skopje 2014, some buildings that were ruined in the 1963 earthquake are reconstructured and new monuments, cultural and goverment buildings were added mostly in and around Macedonia Square.  
There are three main streets that merge onto Macedonia Square: Macedonia Street, Maksim Gorki and Dimitar Vlahov. Macedonia Street and Dimitar Vlahov Street are pedestrian streets, while Maksim Gorki is lined with Japanese Cherry trees, whose blossoms in spring mark a week-long series of Asian cultural events.
The square has several statues with the "Warrior on a horse" statue being the most impressive. The bronze sculpture is 14.5 m tall and sits on a 10m tall cylindrical column, which is based in a fountain, decorated with bronze soldiers and surounded with bronze lions. 

Reach the Millenium Cross

The Millennium Cross, located on top of the near Vodno mountain (1066 m), was built as a memorial to the 2000 years of Christianity in Macedonia. Measuring 66 m in height, the Millennium Cross is the 4th tallest cross in the world and the tallest in Europe.
It can be reach by foot (around 2 hours hiking) or by public transport. Just take the public transport bus that goes to Sredno Vodno (middle of the mountain) and from there take the cable car to the top. The bus leaves from the main bus station in Skopje and goes through the city center, stopping at various places. The buses come about every 30 minutes to hour, the price is 35 MKD each way. Tickets can be bought on board from the driver, and the journey takes around 15 minutes.
At the Millennium Cross you can enjoy the view on the city and the natural surrounding, take a hike and wonder around or just relax at the restaurant where you can buy snacks and drinks.

Enjoy in the beauty of Matka

If you love the outdoors this is a great place for a day visit. Just 20 km west from the city is the serene Canyon Matka, a wonder of nature and the perfect Skopje excursion.
This idyllic and tranquil place offers many activities for nature lovers and explorers —hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and great boat ride up to ancient caves. Taxi to Matka cost around 500 MKD from the center, or if you use public transport take bus number 60.
First after you arrive the trail leads you to the dam which creates the lake Matka in the canyon. After that the trail brings you to the 14th century church (St. Andrew) and a restaurant next to the church, overlooking the lake, surrounded with high rocks and stunning nature scenery.
The Matka Canyon is home to several medieval monasteries and doesents of caves. The most famous cave is Vrelo Cave which can be reached by a boat ride across the river. The Vrelo Cave is probably world deepest underwater cave but the exact depth of the cave is unknown because is still exploring. According to speleologists' assessments after the last diving, Vrelo's depth is 330m with posibility to go even deeper.
Also there is a small lake at the end of the cave and many stalactites including a large one in the middle known as the "Pine Cone" due to its shape.
Matka is well preserved natural resort in which wide variety of endemic species of plants and animals had found their escape there. Matka has 77 species of Balkan endemic small butterflies, while 18 other species are new to the science. The Canyon of Matka is on the List of CORINE sites.