Skopje, Macedonia is best known for being the birthplace of Mother Theresa and travellers arriving in the Balkans will receive a warm welcome from their hosts. With local prices for accommodation, food and transport ridiculously cheap, you can have an amazing time in Macedonia on a budget.
There are few places in Europe that offer such good value for money. For a week or two, Macedonia’s capital can give you fully-equipped accommodation, cheap food, breathtaking scenery and cultural attractions for a fraction of the cost of Western Europe.
If you need a little more convincing, then here are few things you can see and do in Skopje on a budget.
Hike up the Kale Fortress
The Skopje Fortress is best known as the ‘Kale Fortress’ (Kale is the Turkish word for ‘fortress’), and is situated on the highest point in the city. Offering spectacular views of the city, you can hike up the ancient walls and feel like a character from a Game of Thrones.
Go shopping in the Old Bazaar
Most of Skopje’s museums and historic attractions are found around the Old Bazaar. As the largest open air bazaar in the Balkans, you can walk freely amongst the historic cobbled streets, which sell traditional crafts, kebabs and Turkish black coffee at incredibly low prices.
Dine out on cheap Macedonian cuisine
In Skopje, meat, cheese, and spinach filled pastries, best known as ‘Burek’, are available in cafes and restaurants for less than a euro. Restaurant meal prices will vary, but around €5 will get you an exceptionally good meal.
A ‘Shopska Salad’ includes grilled meats, vegetables, and baked beans. Order this and have a glass of beer or wine, then you’ll be watered and fed for less than €5.
Visit the ‘Memorial House of Mother Teresa’
Situated close to Macedonia Square, Mother Teresa was baptised on this site and the Memorial House officially opened to the public in 2009. Here you can explore sculptures and stories about her early years in Skopje, including letters, awards, relics and photographs.
Go on a pilgrimage to the Millennium Cross
You can either hike or take the cable car up Mount Vodno to see the Millennium Cross. The iconic landmark offers visitors stunning views of the city centre and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Macedonia.
Taking a cable car is advisable unless you’re super fit and prepared! If you do go hiking, then bring plenty of water and reliable hiking boots before you start.
Take a daytrip to Lake Ohrid
Lake Orhrid is one of the most popular sights in Macedonia. As a prime tourist destination for travellers in the Balkins, Ohrid is home to some of Europe’s remotest landscapes. The lake is one of the widest and deepest in Europe, and is conveniently close to the nearby Galičica National Park. You can get to Ohrid by bus or car in three hours.
Budget accommodation in Skopje
We have a spectacular range of budget hostels in Skopje city centre available at rock bottom prices. Book a quality hostel and sleep cheap for only €7 per night!
Take a look here to check out your budget accommodation options in Macedonia.
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