Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, older than 6,000 years and with a population of approximately 700,000 is by far the largest city in the country. It is a city that is recognized as the cultural, economic, political and academic center of Macedonia.
Skopje is undoubtedly the cultural capital of Macedonia, with the National Theatre, National Philharmonic Orchestra, and Macedonian Opera and Ballet all based in the city center. It is also home to important institutions such as the National University Library and Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Skopje has many attractive sights and wonderful squares - the City Park, Canyon Matka, Vrelo caves, River Vardar that cuts the city in half, the Millennium cross on top of Mountain Vodno, the Old bazaar, the fortress Kale, etc. All these landmarks represent a specific historical period, and each tells a different story of the capital city.
Skopje is a city bustling with life that almost never sleeps. There is a diverse and exciting nightlife in Skopje, with the city center, Old bazaar and City Park both home to a wide choice of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and casinos.
Sports enthusiasts will be glad to hear that handball, basketball and soccer are very popular in Skopje, with local teams playing in the top national league, as well as international leagues. There are also Sports Centers and large leisure complexes.
From the educational point of view, Skopje offers many choices of international educational institutions such as kindergartens, schools and universities. Alongside the good educational institutions, the variety of quality goods, many parks and other amenities, Skopje is a great environment for families.
In Skopje you can find low-cost high-quality rental apartments on great locations.
The city is widely thought to be a relatively safe city as the overall crime level in Macedonia is very low.
The traditional cuisine of Skopje and Macedonia combines Balkan and Mediterranean qualities, and is also influenced by Turkish tastes.