Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia, located in the Skopje statistical region of northern Macedonia, in the centre of the Balkans. According to the 2006 census, the population of Skopje is 668,518 inhabitant.It is the city that lives dynamically, city in which the day and the night are a whole. But, Skopje is city that changes its appearance daily in better. Every day it starts to look like a big world metropolitan. Many colors and the diversity, but all of it fits perfect in the picture of this metropolitan.
Since the 1990s, Skopje's standing as a major Southeast European transportation hub has increased. The city is situated at an intersection of two main European transport corridors –Corridor VIII (east-west) and Corridor X (north-south).
Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, is located in Petrovec Municipality, roughly 22 km (14 mi) east of the city center.
The Skopje Central Railway Station is approximately 2 km (1 mi) east of the city centre.
The main Skopje bus station is 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) east of the city centre and is located in the Transportation Center which also houses the central railway station. City buses run through the entire city, connecting different neighborhoods as well as the smaller surrounding towns. The Transportation Center station is also the hub for intercity and international bus routes. There are several departures daily for Ohrid, Bitola, Thessaloniki, Belgrade, Sofia, and other cities.
Places you must visit if you come to Skopje
Alexander the GREAT: Perhaps the main symbol of Skopje is the Warrior on a Horse statue and fountain in the centre of Macedonia Square.
Kale Fortress: The Kale Fortress stands on the highest hill in the Skopje valley and offers great views over the city.
Stone Bridge: The Stone Bridge was built in the 6th century by the Byzantine emperor Justinian. Since then it has been the symbol of the city and every ruler tried to leave a mark on it, even Skopje's last major who has been restoring it for 10 years now.
Porta Macedonia: Porta Macedonia is a triumphal arch located on Pella Square.
Old Bazaar it is the largest one in the Balkans. It has developed and changed during the centuries but it still has its original use as a shopping place. There you can found the Daut Pasha Hamam. Daut Pasha was the grand vesir of East Rumelia in the second half of the 15th century; Kapan Han -today it houses a nice restaurant. Suli Han – today houses the Old Bazaar Museum. Kurshumli Han - today is on the grounds of the Macedonian National Museum and houses the lapydarium.
Explore Matka Canyon, (twenty minutes outside of Skopje). Features a lake and a hydrodam. Climbers enjoy a variety of tours of varying difficulty there. If you go don't miss the restaurant "Bear's Cave" (in Macedonian: Mechkina dupka) near the kayak trail which is built into a cave.
Macedonian National Theatre: This theatre holds theatre, opera, and ballet performances all year round.
Climb Vodno Mountain, (the largest mountain to the south of Skopje). Climbing this mountain will give the best views of the city and the valley which Skopje is in. There is a public bus going to the middle of the mountain and from there a cable car goes all the way to the top of the mountain.
Skopje is full of interesting places, where one can easily pass many hours enjoying the entertainment that can be found here. And if you are a type of person that enjoys ambient music, alternative bars and life rock performances Skopje is the right place for you. Therefore dress comfortable and let the local show you the nightlife of the city.