Skopje

From Eco Friendly Travels

Eco-friendly travel guide to Skopje advises how to be a responsible tourist. Learn how to explore the attractions in a sustainable way and how to respect the local people and culture. Make your trip green by supporting locally owned hotels, organic restaurants and other businesses. Read more on how to protect the environment by making conscientious choices and how to travel green in Skopje, North Macedonia.


  • Air quality: 2.5 / 5
  • Exploring by foot: 2/ 5
  • Exploring by bicycle: 3 / 5
  • Public transportation: 3.5 / 5
  • Parks: 4 / 5
  • Outdoor activities: 3 / 5
  • Locals' English level: 4/ 5
  • Safety: 2 / 5
  • Accommodation: US$7 - $200
  • Budget per day: US$90 - $200

Responsible Travel

Skopje is the capital of Macedonia. It is one of the largest and most developed cities in Northern Macedonia. For the eco-friendly, there are many ways to travel responsibly in the city. Listed below are some things that you can do:

• Easiest and convenient way to get around the city is cycling. The city authorities have embarked on a redesign of the city’s roads to incorporate lanes for cycling. It reduces congestion in the city.

• As an eco-friendly tourist, you can choose an option as walking. While the entire metropolitan area is almost 700 square kilometers, the city center and its immediate surrounding can be easily accessed by walking. It’s best to avoid walking the streets at night if possible. At night try to make use of taxies or other travel with the group. Walking is typically safe, but one should take care to watch the surroundings and keep valuables close.

• If one wishes to travel on public transport, the train is the best service. The train is a very affordable and reliable means of transport. But it is available only in some parts of the city. However, plans are advanced to improve on the existing lines and expand into other parts of the city.

• Public transport in Skopje comprises small vans carrying about 14 passengers (matatus), minibusses, and buses carrying between 25 and 66 passengers. The bigger buses are better managed and are the preferred mode of transport for most of the locals. Matatus access almost all parts of Skopje. However, matatus are known for their lawlessness, such as speeding, overloading.


Air Quality and Pollution

Air pollution is the major problem faced by the people living in Skopje. These could be gases like carbon monoxide and can come from various sources, such as fuels used for cooking and lighting. Indoor air pollution is not so visible, even though it’s estimated to cause premature deaths globally each year. The city’s poor air quality is evident in congested streets where passenger vehicles, trucks, and motorcycle taxis jostle for space while belching black smoke clouds. The problem's invisibility is exacerbated by the fact that it’s seen as a private problem because it happens in a household setting. But it’s an important environmental risk factor for our health given that we spend a large amount of our time indoors.

While traveling, you will have to follow various measures to save your body from pollution. If you have any health issues relating to respiration, you will need to follow extra caution to avoid getting sick during your Macedonia trip. The monsoon season is also relentless and could contribute to increased pollution levels because the suspended particles tend to hang on to the heavy atmosphere. Therefore, it would be better to visit the city during the summer months when the climate is good, and the humidity levels are also low.

People love to make inquiries before they visit any city as they would not want to compromise their health despite having fun during the holiday. After all, health is wealth. Air quality and pollution play an important role while visiting a new city if you are planning for a long trip or visiting the city as a tourist, infamous for its unhealthy and poor air quality.


Respect the Culture

There are a few things that you must learn about Skopje, and only then will you be able to understand, appreciate, and respect the culture of the people and their ways of life. The city is the political and economic capital of Macedonia.

As a tourist, we also should understand that there are several languages spoken in the country and the city. Within many of these languages, there could be many dialects. Therefore, you must learn to respect the city's cultural diversity and ethnicity when you are visiting it as a tourist. The city is representative of around 300 odd ethnic groups. Therefore, it would not be out of place to mention here that the city has a vast and diverse culture, different traditions, and way of life. Being the capital of Macedonia, this city is the cultural center of the country. You will get to see different ethnicities in this city, mainly such as Malays, Chinese and Indians. So, you will be able to see many different traditions here of all the different cultures.

The city has learned to live with the old and the new coexisting side-by-side. It is considered a bad habit of touching anything or passing on anything to another person using the left hand. Men and women touching one another in public places will be frowned upon, and kissing in public might offend the locals.


Top 10 Places to Visit

• CANYON MATKA

Matka means womb in Albanian and canyon, which is located in the central-western part of Skopje. It gained independence in the year 1991. The Matka canyon lake is one of the artificial lakes in the country.

• STONE BRIDGE

The Stone Bridge is also known as Arch Bridge. It is located in the northern part of Skopje. This bridge is constructed over the Vardan reservoir. The alternate name for the bridge is Dusan Bridge. The total length and width of the river are 214 meters and 6 meters. It covers the city in its arm.

• MILLENIUM CROSS

The Millenium cross is 217 feet tall. This cross is located on the top of Vodno hill, in North Macedonia. This monument becomes a symbol for representing Macedonia. And it is a famous landmark in Skopje.

• VODNO

Vodno is a mountain situated in Northern Macedonia. This mountain is located in the northeast part of the country. The Kosovar peak is 1066 meters from the top.

• SKOJE FORTRESS

The Skopje Fortress is commonly known as Kale. Kale is the Turkish word for Fortress. It is the capital of Skopje. The Fortress is depicted on the coat of arms.

• MACEDONIA SQUARE

Macedonia Square is the main capital of Skopje. It is the biggest in Northern Macedonia. The total height is 18.500-meter square. It is completely located in the central part.

• MEMORIAL HOUSE MOTHER TERESA

This memorial house is dedicated to Mother Teresa. And it is constructed in the memory of mother Teresa. Mother Teresa lived from 1910 to 1928 in Skopje once it is the heart of Jesus Roman Church.

• MUSTAFA PASHA’S MOSQUE

Mustafa Pasha Mosque is located in the old bazaar, Skopje. It was constructed in the Islamic style in 1492. It is created in the memory of Mustafa Pasha.

• OLD BAZAAR

Bazaar means basically a market. The old bazaar is located in Skopje. It is created in the arms of the Vardan river. It is nearest to the Stone Bridge. It was started in the 12th century. The Ottoman started this bazaar.

• LAKE MATKA

This lake is about 25kilometers from Skopje. It is very narrow, and the walls are made locally. It is a local attraction for people living here and also for tourists.


Explore

Skopje has many things to offer apart from the many historical and culturally renowned places packed with tourists. The city of the capital that is Skopje can easily attract people from various parts of the globe. If you see the city parks and museums, then you will never feel like returning. The city has quite a few things to offer, which is perhaps why it is considered a popular destination for many across the globe.

You will love the various museums, monuments, the food eateries by the roadside, the restaurants, and of course the majestic beaches that are located in and around the city. They will help you get deep insights into the local culture and its beauty.


City Parks

Skopje is famous for its huge collection of parks. It has big open spaces and greeneries where you can spend time with your children and other family members. Its detractors point to its horrendous traffic, poor safety levels, and less-than-gorgeous appearance.

• SKOPJE CITY PARK

The park offers a peaceful and quiet environment for visitors. Because of its location, you can also get amazing views of the river, which will give you a sense of inner peace.

• PARK, GAZI BABA

The park offers a tranquil environment where you can get some quiet and peaceful time to relax your mind and throw away all your worries. It consists of a pond, wooden boardwalk, and shaded tree areas to lie down and enjoy a disturbance-free time in the lap of nature.

• KAPISTEC PARK

The park offers a long strip of space where you can skateboard, jog, stroll, and test your rock-climbing skills. The best time to visit the riverside park is during the evening at sunset when you will get some breath-taking views of the city.


National Parks

The country has always been famous for its beautiful and graceful natural resources, and so that this city has a wonderful collection of national parks and a zoo. While most of them are spread across the country's length and breadth, many are also located in the capital city of Skopje. We are listing down a few of them that may not exactly be located in and around the city but are not very far away from the city.

• SKOPJE ZOO

Skopje Zoo Park is a popular national feature that consists of various courtyards, towers, pools, bridges, lodges, waterways, flowering trees, gardens, and landscape woodlands. The garden homes a wide variety of flora that attract a lot of locals and tourists. It is a must-visit place that will provide you with an enlightening experience.

• AQUA PARK SKOPJE

It is an essential national feature of Skopje that homes a wide variety of animals such as elephants, big cats, yaks, deer, etc. The park covers about 153 hectares of area and is best to be explored by foot or safari buses. You can find the zoo in Skopje and is worth the trip and time.

• NATIONAL PARK MAVROVO

You will find that Mavrovo welcomes a smaller number of visitors, unlike other parks located far from the city. The National Forest Park is an ideal place for nature lovers where you can spot a wide variety of flora and fauna living and prospering in their natural habitats.


Beaches

Skopje is famous for its beautiful and stunning beaches. There are dozens of big and tiny beaches, and it may not be possible to list down every one of them. Some of the beautiful and best beaches in Skopje are listed below:

• FOXY BEACH

The beach offers reclining beach furniture with umbrellas where you can get your tan on while enjoying the Bund and surrounding areas' stunning views. It is a great place to lose Skopje’s crowded and busy streets and get some peaceful time by yourself or with your friends or family.

• CITY BEACH

Skopje gives a good beach vibe and access to the sea where you can swim, sunbathe, stroll, and catch crabs. It gets crowded in the summers as it is the only proper beach, and the locals like to visit the beach on weekends to relax and rejuvenate their bodies and minds.

• NEREZI BEACH

It is a luxurious beach area in Skopje that offers beautiful white sand from the province. This park is a great place where you can enjoy some peaceful time while getting some fresh air that isn't polluted. You will find fewer crowds on weekdays than on the weekends as the locals like to visit the water park with their families and friends.


Landmarks

• WARRIOR ON A HORSE

Alexander is known as the great warrior, seated in his favorite place on the horse. This giant statue is created in the memory of Alexander. It is 22 meters high.

• SKOPJE ART BRIDGE

Skopje Art Bridge is located on the pedestrian bridge, which is across the Vardan River. It is situated in the capital city, Skopje. This Bridge includes 29 sculptures with it. It is 9.2 meters high and 12 meters wide.

• HOLY SAVIOUR CHURCH

It is located in the capital city, Skopje. Holy Church is situated east of Kale Fortress. In this church, the west side is a gallery for women.


Museums

• HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE

Holocaust Memorial center is located on the jews in Macedonia. It was constructed in 1972. The museum faces behind the Vardan River.

• MUSEUM OF MACEDONIAN STRUGGLE

This museum is located in the capital city, which is Skopje. It is constructed on 11 June 2008. It is located near the stone bridge, which is constructed on the Vardan River.

• ACANTHUS GALLERY

This gallery is situated in a graceful, historic Neo-Georgian style. It is a building constructed on Church street. It is situated in the downtown area of Grand Falls. The gallery contains various images, arts, homemade sculptures, etc. It exhibits artistic exhibitions in the gallery itself.


Eat

In Skopje, there are twelve months, so twelve Balkan foods to try. Some of the local traditional, vegetarian, and vegan restaurants. The city has some of the best examples of secularism regarding eating and food items are concerned. The diversity of the country can easily be identified by the kind of food that is famous in this city. One of the great things about eating in Skopje is that it’s such an international city. You’ll find gourmet restaurants serving nearly everything from Italian pasta to Japanese sushi. There are many local restaurants and many street-side eateries also.


Traditional Local Restaurants

Here are some famous traditional local restaurants in Skopje.

• AMICA

It is basically a France style restaurant to bring the taste and spirit of France to Skopje. It is a Parisian bistro which is inspired by an eatery in the center of the city. Amica welcomes its guests with vintage posters, perfectly combined bohemian spirit.

• KANTINA

It is the home of the signature burgers range. Kantina is particularly famous in the summer seasons. It is basically a lounge-bar. The burgers are laden with a lot amount of cheese and aioli. It is the quite best choice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Kantina is dog-friendly.

• FITNESS HOUSE

The name itself suggests the restaurant is specialized in nutritional values in food. They also provide pre-workout and post-workout meals. The colorful menu comprises soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, portions of pasta, etc. You can also select a range of pancakes.

• FOUR RESTAURANT

The Four Restaurant is the best food restaurant in Skopje. This restaurant is located inside the Park Hotel and Spa. They also provide Sunday buffet brunch facilities in their restaurants. They serve several deserts, fresh portions of pasta, etc. Here fine dining meets an exquisite interior, a homely atmosphere.


Vegetarian and Vegan

If you are a vegetarian, you do not need to worry when you are in this city as there are many restaurants to attend to your needs. With these places, you will get to enjoy traditional meals properly with your regular choices. Though not very popular among locals, there are many vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Skopje. Here are a few of them.

• DREN

It is a tiny café as well as a restaurant. It is also known as an all-vegan café. They offer mostly raw foods such as various salads, desserts, bowls, juices, and wraps.

• RESTAURANT HARMONY

It is mainly a take-away restaurant with quite a big menu of wraps, sandwiches, salads, etc. They also offer tofu, falafel, and seitan options. It is a fully vegan restaurant.

• VEGAN 365 KITCHEN

The Samil vegan café basically serves fast foods such as muffins, burgers, coffee, falafel, freshly squeezed fruit juices, and desserts. They use fresh as well as local food ingredients for making food. They also provide no-oil foods as per the requirements of people.


Street Food

Almost all big cities and towns are famous for their variants of street foods. Skopje also has a rich tradition and culture of offering awesomely delicious street foods.

Here are a few of them:

• SARMA

Sarma is usually cooked on holidays. It is a Balkan specialty. It is made up of finely chopped cabbage, minced meat, red paprikas, chopped veggies, and onions. The mixture of all the ingredients wrapped in thin rolling sheets.

• RUSKA SALATA

In Balkan’s, Ruska Salata is the most famous dish. It originates from Rushia. It is a mixture of grouse or chicken, lettuce, potatoes, olives, capers, and mayonnaise. It is the favorite dish of the people born in the ’70s and ’80s. They enjoy these recipes with their families during the holidays.

• BUREK

If you are a carbs-deprived person, Burek is the perfect meal for you. It has more carbs than you can manage. It is prepared from fresh fruits and veggies. It is the delicious pastry that you may find on every corner of the city.


Drink

There is no ban on alcoholic drinks in Skopje. You have dozens of big, small, and medium-sized bars to choose from. You can enjoy almost all types of drinks that you get in any good western restaurant and bar. You also will be able to come across many fruit juice stalls where you can enjoy almost all types of fruits that keep your body cool and in good health.

If you are a teetotaller and would like to restrict yourself to only soft drinks, Skopje offers options for the best of coffee, tea, and other beverages apart from branded soft drinks.


Tap-water

Unlike many western countries, tap water may not be safe to drink, but the locals do drink after boiling it. Even the water that is available in hotels and street-side food joints may be unsafe to drink. Hence, carrying bottled water is a good suggestion. The water supply quality is usually inconsistent, with the rainy season having the most contaminated water.

Water and Sanitation in Skopje face a problem that is common to a developing country that proliferates. The water supply is unable to meet fast-rising demand. Water is unstable even to the small majority who have a direct connection to tapped water. Different areas of the city receive water on specific days of the week, some for a few days and others for just a few hours.


Organic Cafés

The concept is new but is catching up quite fast. As the capital city and the country's main town, Skopje has stood up to the task of catering to all segments of the population, including those with a preference for organic foods. While they are not as obvious as the mainstream restaurants, Skopje has several organic eateries:

  • KOLEKTIV
  • BISTRAW ZDRAVO ZIVO
  • GORKI CAFÉ
  • THE GALLERY CAFFE
  • HOME BREWS-SPECIALITY COFFEE
  • MARTINI CAFE


Breweries

Not only is Skopje the capital city of Macedonia, but it is also the headquarters of many industries in the country, including breweries. Some of the breweries in the city include:

  • SKPJE BREWERY
  • STUDIO PUB
  • KJOSH
  • RADIO BAR
  • POSITIVE BREWERY
  • BRAUEREI FLESSA


Activities

Skopje is a lively and active city, and the day starts quite early in the morning and continues till late at night. Hence, you have quite a few things to do during the day. You could move out and get to know more about this old and historic city. You could hire a bicycle and combine body exercise with a chance to identify some of the most memorable and unique places of tourist interest. It could be the National Monument in central or the various parks and gardens spread around the city.

While some are near the city, others are located a few hundred kilometers. You could also indulge in some crazy shopping in the local shopping markets and also the big malls. Food is another big pastime that you could indulge, and there are endless options to cater to the taste buds of different types and classes of people.


Yoga and Retreats

A wave is sweeping across Macedonia, and its name is yoga. Yoga retreats, studios, and pop-ups are appearing all over the country. The teachers are experienced, the styles are diverse, and the locations are, of course, stunning. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is one of the six Āstika schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. Some of the Yoga Retreats in Skopje are:

  • Namaste yoga
  • The yoga place
  • Inside yoga
  • Legian fitness
  • Eden yoga center
  • Lifestyle fitness studio


Accommodation

Being the capital city of Macedonia, apart from being the country's economic hub, thousands of people flock to Skopje from many islands of the country and other countries. Hence, providing accommodation for such a floating population is a must. Hence, the hotel and hospitality industry is quite well developed in Skopje. Customers have many options to choose from. They could select some of the best 5-star hotels for accommodation. On the other hand, there are budget hotels that are quite decent. Students could also opt for guest houses and other such places where the rates are quite affordable.

To avoid being scammed, do not pay anything before you arrive in Macedonia. Unless you are using a large well-known realtor, do not pay landlords you find on social sites or online as it's likely going to be a scam, and you'll never see that money or imaginary flat that looked so good in the photos. It is probably a scam if the landlord is pressing you for payments before viewing the property.


Green Hotels

It lives the promise of offering the best of green staying arrangements. You have many places of tourist interest within a stone’s throw away, and therefore you will like it as a foreign tourist. To do your part to promote sustainability during your visit, patronize hotels committed to responsible waste management, the use of solar and wind energy, water conservation, and cooperation with local communities.

  • SKOPJE MARRIOTT HOTEL
  • HOTEL SENIGALLIA
  • BUSHI RESORT & SPA
  • SOLUN HOTEL & SPA
  • HOTEL DE KOKA
  • DESIGN HOTEL PANORAMIKA


Hostels and Guest Houses

Hostels and paying guests are quite cheap than hotels. They provide all the facilities. It is best for the students and the tourists coming from different cities and countries as well. Here are some guest houses for guests and tourists.

• THE YARD SKOPJE

This is a neat guest house that is extremely competitive as far as pricing is concerned. It is serviced by friendly, warm, and compassionate service providers.

• GET INN HOSTEL SKOPJE

Get Inn Hostel is a nice place to be in, especially for students and others who have a specified budget in mind.

• HOSTEL MICKITOS

It is around 10 KM from the city. It has rooms with air conditioning facilities and also has private bathrooms.

• HOSTEL INBOX

At the hostel, rooms include a closet. All rooms include a private bathroom, while some have a garden view. The rooms will provide guests with a shared bathroom. Featuring a shared lounge and free WiFi.


Apartments

If you plan to live in Skopje for a reasonably long period and would like to save on hotel accommodation, you could choose private apartments. You will have many such options available to you. However, not all apartment owners may feel comfortable renting out their properties to foreigners, but things are changing. They would like to earn some passive income from their apartments that otherwise would have remained vacant. You can choose different sizes of apartments depending on your budget and requirements.


Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is yet to gain full acceptance in Skopje. However, students in the city's numerous universities are generally more likely to allow a stranger to share residence with them if the stranger is willing to pay.

There is an online community known as couchsurfing.com, and if you are a part of it, you will be able to come across dozens of CouchSurfing mates and companions. It is a new concept but has taken off quite well in Skopje.


Camping

One of the most interesting outdoor activities that you can get into that would involve everybody is camping. Skopje has many picturesque locations where you can go camping and enjoy great outdoor fun. Here are some of the amazing camping spots in Skopje.

  • Sunrise Camping site
  • Campsite As
  • Car camp Ljubanishta
  • Mavrovo camping


How to Get There

Skopje is the capital city, and therefore it is extremely well connected by air. You can reach the city from almost all parts of the world, and there are dozens of flights that land and take off from the city. Let us have a look at some of the easiest ways of getting into the city.


Air

Skopje International Airport is around 25 km from the main city. It is connected to almost all major cities in the world. The airport is mainly used by local airlines and charters for domestic flights to different countries. Serves as an important transport hub not just for the country but for the whole continent.


Bus

The city has reasonably advanced local bus transport services, but intercity bus services are not very comfortable. This is because the intercity bus terminus is located around one hour from the city of Skopje. The bus terminuses are chaotic, and you may have to take some local help to determine which bus to choose for your requirements.


Train

Skopje has a well-connected railway system that is inexpensive and comfortable for long-distance travel. Skopje railway station is the most famous railway station and is located in the center of the city. The railway station serves to connect to every small to a big town in the country.


Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking is very much in vogue in the city, but you have to be careful when choosing the right person. While the locals are quite friendly and hospitable and hitchhiking is a common practice in many parts of the world, it is not common to encounter hitchhikers in Skopje. Most drivers are naturally wary of picking up strangers, fearing carrying robbers and carjackers. While there are exceptional cases of drivers who would be okay with offering one a lift, most of them would not, especially when driving at night.


Others

Apart from airplanes and public transports, other options for traveling to Skopje include rental car services, boating, and private long-distance buses. These options are not eco-friendly as they harm the local environment by using non-renewable resources and emitting greenhouse gases. It would be best to avoid such modes of transports to travel in an eco-friendly manner and save lots of money.


Moving Around

If you wish to travel, then the best option at your disposal is public transports such as subway trains, available buses, and electronic vehicles. Walking is an alternative mode of moving around but is the healthiest and cheapest mode. These modes of transportations are efficient in helping you move around the city and discover the city's hidden gems.


Walk

Walking is the most eco-friendly means of transport but also because of the traffic jam. As the city has rapidly grown, Skopje has become known for its unending traffic jams. Despite numerous attempts to decongest the city, including increasing the parking cost in town and banning public service vehicles from accessing certain parts of the town center, the streets have continued to be congested. Away from the city and into the residential suburbs boasts of many trees along many avenues that provide shade and fresh air as you stroll along.


Bicycle

If you are visiting crowded markets, parks, and monuments, you have no option but to walk. Walking during the summer could be tiring. Since this group cannot afford public transport every day to and from work, many of them use bicycles to move around. The last few months have seen a campaign dubbed Critical Mass initiated to encourage the city's residents. If you cannot travel long distances by walking, you can use an electronic or mechanical bicycle to cover up distances faster. Bicycles are friendly to the environment and your travel budget. You can easily find bike renting stores in almost every district of Skopje.


Electronic Vehicles

The city government has redesigned some of the city streets, removing motorized vehicles. More than three million motor vehicles are driving on our roads on any given day. With the rise of electric vehicles, the country is developing new standards for electric cars that are imported to make sure they are safe for the environment. The government promotes electronic vehicles by setting up various charging stations and parking areas for such cars. The users of electronic cars and bikes also receive relaxation for taxes.


Public Bus

Public buses in Macedonia are the cheapest mode of moving around Skopje. These buses are a standard mode of transportation for the locals and are entirely safe for tourists. You can use public buses to travel to different city areas and gain some useful information from the locals on the bus. They are an eco-friendly option and very inexpensive as well.


Tram, Train and Subway

Introducing Tram System in Skopje is planning for several years. It is an excellent way of moving around the city and exploring the local culture, heritages, and landmarks.

Skopje railway station is the famous railway station which is connected to the different cities. These railway networks are the fastest ways of moving around the town and getting some beautiful views.

The metro service in Macedonia is one of the best metro services. It is the fastest mode of moving around the city and is the most popular public transport for working-class people and students. The metro trains can help you reach any part of the city with ease and safety.


Sustainable Shopping

Sustainable shopping is a popular trend in the fashion industry as people realize the importance and need for changing their ways and opting for eco-friendly measures. Now a smattering of independent, eclectic stores provides a platform for the country's talented designers and artisans to sell items that truly represent and reflect its creative energy. These items are sourced from locally available resources and consider all environmental aspects to avoid any negative impact. These places are the local food markets, flea markets, second-hand stores, and eco-fashion stores.


Food Markets

These markets serve as the primary source of fresh and quality food products. These markets are better options as they are relatively cheaper and better sources than the frozen and preserved food in the supermarkets and departmental stores. The city has many food markets that serve an array of local dishes as well as exotic foods. Some markets are as follows:

  • Bunjakovec
  • Farmer’s market
  • Radishani market
  • Gjorche Petrov market
  • Reptil Ruzveltova


Flea Markets

Some of these markets have specific days when traders come and display their merchandise, while others run throughout the week. These markets consist of local businesses and people that sell second-hand products that are reusable. You can find these markets fill with handmade products and represent the local culture and people. Some markets are as follows:

  • Old bazaar
  • Bit Pazar
  • Home shop
  • Greenmarket
  • Skopje bar crawl
  • Tina vet - Ramstor


Second Hand Stores

These stores sell second-hand products that possess the potential for reuse. The trade of second-hand items in the country, especially clothes, has weathered my opposition forms as it is blamed for the collapse of the country's manufacturing industry. Some of the second-hand markets and store in the city include:

  • Inter Plac
  • Booths for books
  • Aka-Denis
  • Baldjini Trend


Eco-Fashion

You will find that eco-fashion is a viral trend among these people. Many models and brands serve such clothing items, which is why it is gaining a lot of popularity. The country is famous for handicrafts and other homemade items that are green, organic, and eco-friendly.

  • Ramstore mall
  • City gallery shopping
  • Bunjakovec
  • Biser


Recycling

As mentioned above, the city is densely populated, the need for proper recycling and waste disposal is essential to protect and conserve the environment. You will find many recycling stores in various districts where you can take your recyclable waste and get it appropriately recycled. It is not a perfect system, but improvements and the dialogue about this mean there is hope.

Changing the behavioral habits of these groups will be instrumental in the success of recycling efforts. Residents pay handsomely without really knowing where the waste will end up. While exploring and traveling, make sure to use these containers and vehicles to dispose of the waste properly, or you can get into trouble for violating the laws and environment.


Waste

Almost all waste that is generated in Skopje is dumped in a major landfill. The government has also provided multiple incentives to people following various recycling waste measures and saving natural resources. It is not the most eco-friendly place and does not have sustainable garbage disposable, but it is definitely better than some other countries.

Improper solid waste management to the environment, recycling has not caught on, particularly in middle- and high-income areas where recycled products generate income proportionately too minimal to consider pursuing seriously. The reuse and recycling levels ranged at about one percent for organics, eight percent for paper waste, five percent of plastic waste, 100 percent of reusable metal scrap, and an unknown part of glass recycled. Uncollected solid waste is one of Skopje’s most visible environmental problems.


Work and Study Abroad

Macedonia holds a lot of significance as it is the financial center of the World. The city attracts thousands of students from other neighboring countries, especially those who wish to receive the Macedonia education style. There are two major stock exchanges in the city that are many decades old and hold a lot of significance to the current world economy. All you need to do to get admission is to apply to the various institutions and meet their requirements. The education system is one of the best, and you will learn a lot about the culture, history, heritage, and people.


Exchange Student

Skopje has many multinational corporations that attract many foreigners, but it also has some of the region's best universities. Every year, these universities attract many international students from all over the world. You will live with a host family in most cases. Every year, these universities attract many international students from all over the world.

  • International Balkan University Skopje
  • International Balkan University Istanbul


Au Pair

Au pairing is a relatively new concept in countries where a foreign couple helps out a family meet their responsibilities and manage a household. Maybe if you reach out to a few local people, they will help you navigate and get you in touch with people interested in the idea, and you can stay with a host family like that.

The best chance to stay with some is if they like your company as a foreigner and let you in. The couple helps the family members in education and career to help them build a better life with lots of potentials. You will hardly find an Au Pair or a family participating in such activities as they are accustomed to managing by themselves or with the help of their close relatives or neighbors.


Volunteering

Many volunteering organizations in Macedonia are fighting to resolve various cultural, environmental, and social problems such as violence against women and children, child labor, animal protection, environmental protection, humanitarian rights, etc. In Skopje, that would probably welcome the help and probably not ask questions about your immigration status, especially unpaid work. Still, it is important to be aware of the legal aspects. These organizations played a major part during the 1963 earthquake and tsunami that devastated many parts of the country. Some of these include:

  • NGO Info-centre
  • NGO Dominium
  • NGO Open The Windows
  • NGO Sumnal


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