Skopje Tourism

Skopje (Macedonian: áúþÿјõ, [ˈskÉ”pjÉ›] ) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia. It is the country's political, cultural, economic, and academic center. It was known in the Roman period under the name Scupi. The territory of Skopje has been inhabited since at least 4000 BC; remains of Neolithic settlements have been found within the old Kale Fortress that overlooks the modern city centre. On the eve of the 1st century AD, the settlement was seized by the Romans and became a military camp. When the Roman Empire was divided into eastern and western halves in 395 AD, Scupi came under Byzantine rule from Constantinople. During much of the early medieval period, the town was contested between the Byzantines and the Bulgarian Empire, whose capital it was between 972 and 992. From 1282, the town was part of the Serbian Empire and acted as its capital city from 1346. In 1392, the city was conquered by the Ottoman Turks who called the town Üsküp. The town stayed under Turkish control for over 500 years, serving as the capital of pashasanjak of Üsküb and later the Vilayet of Kosovo. At that time the city was famous for its oriental architecture. In 1912, it was annexed by the Kingdom of Serbia during the Balkan Wars and after the First World War the city became part of the newly formed Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Kingdom of Yugoslavia). In the Second World War the city was conquered by the Bulgarian Army, which was part of the Axis powers. In 1944, it became the capital city of Democratic Macedonia (later Socialist Republic of Macedonia), which was a federal state, part of Democratic Federal Yugoslavia (later Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia). The city developed rapidly after World War II, but this trend was interrupted in 1963 when it was hit by a disastrous earthquake. In 1991, it became the capital city of an independent Macedonia. Skopje is located on the upper course of the Vardar River, and is located on a major north-south Balkan route between Belgrade and Athens. It is a center for metal-processing, chemical, timber, textile, leather, and printing industries. Industrial development of the city has been accompanied by development of the trade, logistics, and banking sectors, as well as an emphasis on the fields of transportation, culture and sport. According to the last official count from 2002, Skopje has a population of 506,926 inhabitants; according to two more recent unofficial estimates, the city has a population of 668,518 or 491,000 inhabitants.


Skopje is the capital of Macedonia and is most diverse as well as the biggest city in the republic. Skopje has been inhabited by a variety of peoples, hence you will see Byzantine monasteries and churches around the city, some Roman sites like Scupi and Skopje's Aqueduct as well as several mosques. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Skopje

  • Know the pollution level of Skopje before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 90.08 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 45.77 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 55.96 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75.65 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 30.13 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 70.24 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 76.92 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 67.4 (High)
  • How safe is Skopje for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Skopje.

    • Burglary and Theft 42.89 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 39.21 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 34.21 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 85.9 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 24.47 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 48.39 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 41.76 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 44.47 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 83.68 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 55.79 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 38.56 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 44.79 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 46.74 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Skopje is 103.54 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 55.43 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 76.3 (High)
    • Pollution Index 83.13 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.6 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 34.78 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 56.17 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.61 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 36.84 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Skopje

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.4 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.86 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 73.63 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 57.14 USD

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