Skopje attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Skopje

National Gallery of Macedonia

The Daut Paša Amam (1473) were once the largest Turkish baths outside of İstanbul and they make a magical setting for the permanent collection of Skopje's national art gallery, just by the entrance to the Čaršija. T…
Top Choice Area in Skopje

Čaršija

Čaršija is Skopje's hillside Ottoman old town, evoking the city's past with its winding lanes filled with teahouses, mosques, craftspeople's shops, and even good nightlife. It also boasts Skopje's best historic stru…
Top Choice Fortress in Skopje

Tvrdina Kale Fortress

Dominating the skyline of Skopje, this Game of Thrones–worthy, 6th-century AD Byzantine (and later, Ottoman) fortress is an easy walk up from the Čaršija and its ramparts offer great views over the city and river. I…
Museum in Skopje

Archaeological Museum of Macedonia

This supersized pile of Italianate-styled marble has been a giant receptacle for Skopje's recent splurge on government-led monuments to boost national pride. Inside, there are three floors displaying the cream of Ma…
Church in Skopje

Sveti Spas Church

Partially submerged 2m underground (the Ottomans banned churches from being taller than mosques), this church dates from the 14th century and is the most historically important in Skopje. Its sunken design means it …
Museum in Skopje

Museum of Macedonia

Sitting inside a concrete brutalist structure – awful to some, fascinating to others – the museum's solid historical and ethnological displays are housed in a sorry state. The museum hosts North Macedonia's biggest …
Museum in Skopje

Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia

The mirrored-glass entrance is bizarrely unwelcoming, but once inside this is a moving museum with fascinating displays that commemorate the all-but-lost Sephardic Jewish culture of North Macedonia through a range o…
Square in Skopje

Ploštad Makedonija

This gigantic square is the centrepiece of Skopje's audacious nation-building-through-architecture project and it has massive statues dedicated to national heroes, as well as an incongruous Triumphal Arch in the sou…
Museum in Skopje

Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Statehood & Independence

Part history museum, part national propaganda machine, this is a formidable memorial to North Macedonia's past occupation, land struggles and revolutionary heroes. The museum is dark, literally (the walls are black …
Museum in Skopje

Museum of Contemporary Art

Housed in a stunning modernist building with floor-to-ceiling windows and perched atop a hill with wonderful city views, this museum was built in the aftermath of Skopje's devastating 1963 earthquake. Artists and co…