Key Country Facts
Greeks often call Macedonians, “Skopjeans”, as many Greeks feel the name “Macedonia” historically belongs to Greece
Skopje, Kale fortress, Old Bazzar, Millennium Cross, Vodno Mountain, Kokino
Major exports: food, beverages, tobacco, textiles, iron, steel, and automotive parts
Kutrubes Travel planned an exquisitely complicated tour for me through “eastern” Europe, helping me to make the most of seeing the highlights of these countries in the most meaningful way, without just zipping through.
I started out in Romania, flew to Bulgaria, then drove through Serbia, next to Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Boznia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, and ending in Venice, Italy.
Skopje, Macedonia is one of the more bizarre places that you’ll ever visit. Why? Because it just tries SOOO hard … TOOO hard. This place boasts 100+ statues, and they’re everywhere. Awkwardly so. This was part of a government initiative to spiff up the city and make it desirable for tourists to visit. This whole thing went down, but not without controversy because the politicians in charge of this have taken a lot of heat because the city is now regarded as the tackiest place in Europe!
Tacky as it is, however Skopje is still a hub of food and culture. There you’ll will enjoy the Kale fortress, the restaurants of the Old Bazaar, and even the Millennium Cross located in the capital atop the Vodno Mountain. The Millennium Cross is the biggest cross in the world!
In the Republic of Macedonia there are approximately 2. 1 million Macedonians living here. The official languages of the country are Macedonian and Albanian. The majority of the population practices Macedonian Orthodox Christianity.
One fun fact is that Greeks often call Macedonians, “Skopjeans”, as many Greeks feel the name “Macedonia” historically belongs to Greece.