Cheap Flights to Skopje, Macedonia
- Area City : 571.46km² (220.64 sq mi)
- Area Code : (+389) 02
- Currency : Macedonia Denar (MKD)
- Population City : 506,926 (2002)
- Official Language : Macedonian
- Time Zone : CET (UTC+1) Summer: (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
- Airport : Skopje ‘Alexander The Great’ Airport (SKP)
‘SKP’ is the larger of the country’s two international airports and the hub for ‘WIZZ’. To reach the city passengers can travel by car, taxi or bus. There are 14 car rental agencies that include ‘Avis’, ‘Sharr Express’, ‘Europcar’, ‘Hertz’, ‘Enterprise’, ‘INTER WAYS’, ‘MIDA’, ‘Sixt’ and ‘Toto-Rent’ amongst others. Airport taxis at ‘SKP’ are regulated with prices displayed at the airport’s exit and in each vehicle. Available 24 hours per day, they’re located at the exit of the airport building; white in colour; marked with taxi numbers from 1 to 65 that are the only taxis authorised to transport passengers from ‘SKP’.
Travellers can fly from Cape Town to ‘SKP’ with the following airlines, with one + stops:
- Turkish (via Istanbul) 15h 10m+
- Ethiopian (via Addis Ababa) 17h 35m+
- Lufthansa, Austrian (via Frankfurt, Vienna) 18h 5m+
- South African (via Johannesburg) 18h 20m
- British Airways (via Johannesburg) 18h 30m+
- Emirates (via Dubai) 19h 25m+
- Qatar (via Doha) 19h 35m+
- Croatia (via Zagreb) 19h 50m+
- Adria (via Ljubljana) 20h 0m+
Additional airlines reaching ‘SKP’ include:
- Air Berlin
- Air SERBIA
- Edelweiss Air
Reasons to Visit Skopje, Macedonia:
- Capital of Macedonia since 1991, Skopje is the cultural, economic and political heart of the land that has been inhabited since at least 4000 BC. Its survived Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rulers including the 1963 earthquake. Long, narrow and friendly the city stretches along the River Vardar affording visitors splendid historical attractions, spectacular scenic beauty and fabulous outdoor excursions of hiking, kayaking, cycling and paragliding.
- Spend time viewing works of art housed in splendid old buildings, once popular Turkish baths; glean more on archaeology and ethnography at ‘Kurshumli Han’, built in 1550 and once the largest caravansary during Ottoman rule, now a lapidarium of the ‘Museum of Macedonia’; walk along the walls of a fortress; shopping affords strolling along vivid, lively narrow cobblestone streets of the ‘Old Bazaar’ with old craftsmen shops, bars, eateries and where unique items of jewellery and textiles can be purchased; for well-priced fresh fruits, vegetables and treats, meander through the open-air markets of ‘Bit Pazar; ‘Zelen Pazar’ or for beautiful fresh flowers, ‘Cveten Pazar’; linger in ‘Macedonia Square’ filled with statues, fountains and a blend of old and new buildings that’s dominated by a stunning enormous statue of a warrior on a horse; for lush surroundings and tranquillity relax in ‘City Park’ on the River Vardar or ‘Woman Warrior Park’, home to a captivating monument that honours the ‘Fallen Heroes of Macedonia’; savour as many delicious Macedonian dishes as you can, blended together with fresh, natural ingredients and paired with superb local wine.
- The city brims with top class luxury 5-Star hotels, numerous 1, 2, 3 and 4-Star establishments, apartments/guest houses and plenty of hostels. 1-Star establishments include ‘Kali Hotel’ with heating and air-conditioning; ‘Shanty Hostel’ with air-conditioned rooms and a continental breakfast and ‘Sirma’s House’ with a lovely lush garden. Commended apartments include ‘Solun’s Riverside Rooms’; ‘Hotel Old Bazaar’; ‘Pansion Bianko-Anja’ with tv, air-con and free parking and ‘Guesthouse City Central International’, close to main attractions. Highly recommended is ‘Guest House Iva’ that affords rooms with terraces. Hostels are mostly simple but comfortable with friendly staff. ‘Hostel 42’ is just a 5-minute walk from the main square; the family run ‘City Hostel’ is very popular; at ‘My Hostel’ each room has a shared bathroom; exceeding expectations is ‘Kej Hostel & Apartments’ that faces the Vardar River with a pleasant outdoor veranda; only 800m from ‘Stone Bridge is ‘Get Inn Skopje Hostel’ with air-conditioned rooms; ‘Lounge Hostel’ facing City Park provides free tea, coffee, breakfast and air-conditioned rooms and ‘ARS Hostel’, on the slopes of Vodno Mountain, affords panoramic views, a fresh mountain breeze, a balcony and cable TV.
- The city has a great range of restaurants dishing up excellent cuisines. Some popular ones include ‘Amigos’ for Mexican and with pavement tables; ‘Avanti’ for Italian, ‘Balkanika’ for Mediterranean; ‘Dojrana’ for National and barbecue and ‘Dukat’ for National.
- Nightlife affords cafes, bars and clubs with most clubs located downtown but during summer, City Park is pulsates. Some include ‘Central Park’; ‘Club Havana’; ‘Club Midnight’; ‘Jutebox Cabaret’; ‘Mamas’; ‘Sector 909’; ‘XL Summer Club’ and ‘XO Club’.
When to Visit Skopje, Macedonia:
The months of April through October are best for visiting this city. Rain is encountered during April, May and June. July and August are generally the hottest with highs of around 30°C and rainfall of 60mm and 37mm respectively. April averages highs of 19°C; May 24°C; June 28°C; September 27°C and October drops to 20°C.
Places to Visit Skopje, Macedonia:
- Glean the city’s history at the ‘Skopje City Museum’ located at the ‘Old Railway Station’, ruined from the earthquake, the clock at its entrance still shows ‘5h17’ when the quake hit.
- ‘Memorial House Mother Teresa’ is dedicated to the ‘famous daughter of Skopje’, Mother Teresa. It’s constructed on the site of the Catholic Church that Mother Teresa was baptised in and displays personal items and information.
- Not to be missed is the gorgeous ‘St Panteleimon Monastery’, only a 15 minute drive from the city, it’s renowned for its outstanding frescoes and beautiful wall paintings including amazing vistas of Skopje.
- The ‘Archaeological Museum’ at Kej Dimitar Vlahov is housed in a splendid building and displays amazing finds that are chronologically arranged over three floors with a fee applicable.
- The ‘Holocaust Memorial Centre’ and ‘Museum of Macedonian Struggle’ are situated on ‘Karpos Rebellion Square’. The former affords a comprehensive overview of the Jews over numerous periods including the dreadful deportation of (98%) Jews to the Treblinka concentration camp; the latter imparts history of the Macedonian people’s struggle from the Ottoman period to independence is 1991 with an entry fee.
- The ‘Museum of Contemporary Art’ houses one of south-eastern Europe’s largest collections that include works donated by Picasso, Vasarely, Millares and others and the regal looking building was a gift from Poland after the earthquake.
- The ‘Daut Pasin Hammam Galery’ is home in what was once the biggest Turkish bath in the Balkan region and displays collections of from the 18th and 19th centuries including modern art. Admission fees applicable. The 15th century ‘Cifte hammam Galery’ was the city’s 2nd largest Turkish bath, in use until 1912. Reconstructed after the earthquake it now a displays contemporary art works from leading local and foreign artists.
- The small ‘Museum of Natural History’ located next to the zoo, is the country’s oldest biological institution showcasing Macedonian flora, fauna and geology.
- A famous city landmark, the 6th century ‘Stone Bridge’ (reconstructed in the 15th century) with 12 arches, a watchtower and a plaque commemorating Karposh, a revolutionist, executed on that spot in 1689.
- Just 30 minutes from the city, the beautiful lush ‘Canyon Matka’ is well-known for being home to the globe’s deepest cave, ‘Vrelo Cave’, only assessable by boat or kayak.
- Overlooking the Vardar River and ‘Old Bazaar’ is ‘Skopje (Kale) Fortress’ that’s protected the city for centuries.
- The beautiful arched ‘Gate Macedonia’ was built in celebration of the country’s independence. Located on Pela Square with a height of 21m, it’s covered with marble reliefs. Pop into the souvenir shop or take the stairs to the rooftop.
- Walk, take a bus, taxi or the cable car to the ‘Millenium Cross’, 66m high it stands atop Mountain Vodno and was erected as a memorial for the 2,000 years of Christianity in Macedonia. While there appreciate magnificent views.
- The ‘Church Holly Savior’ partially built underground in the latter 17th century is known for its amazing iconostasis with its courtyard home to the tomb of Goce Delchev, a Macedonian revolutionary.
The city affords travellers a reliable, inexpensive and convenient network of buses to see attractions. Single city cards and ‘no-contract’ smart cards allow fast cash-free payments on Skopje buses and payment can also be made via mobile phone. ‘SKOPSKA’ cards can be purchased at 60 outlets in the city.
‘Rent-a-Bike’ operates from spring to late October with four locations for renting bikes: The parking lots of: ‘Treska’, ‘City Hospital Mother Teresa’, City Hospital 8th of September’ and the lot behind ‘Business Centre Biser’ (Municipality of Aerodrom).
Vehicles can be rented from ‘Hertz’, ‘Avis’, ‘Macedonia Rent A Car’, ‘Inter Ways’, ‘Alamo’, ‘Europcar’ and more.
With plenty of taxi operators, official taxis are white with yellow trunks and yellow TAXI signs on their roof. Do not get in if the meter isn’t visible; if the driver gives you a fixed price (excluding to and from airport) or if the meter isn’t turned on. On your Android, download the ‘Vikni Taksi’ app that provides numbers of trustworthy taxi companies.