One-Week North Macedonia Road Trip from Skopje to Ohrid

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8 days & 7 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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7 nights included
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8 days included
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Experience the freedom of the open road in North Macedonia as you embark on an unforgettable 8-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like Skopje, Lisec, Gajre, Tetovo, Rostushe, Ohrid, Lubanishta, Resen, and Bitola. Set off on the ultimate European adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in North Macedonia takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 5 nights in Skopje, and 2 nights in Ohrid. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in North Macedonia. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Skopje, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover North Macedonia on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in North Macedonia. Old Bazaar and Monastery of Saint Naum are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Skopje, Lisec, Gajre, Tetovo, Rostushe, Ohrid, Lubanishta, Resen, and Bitola, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of North Macedonia. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in North Macedonia.

Throughout your road trip in North Macedonia, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in North Macedonia.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in North Macedonia fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in North Macedonia today!

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Included

Flights, economy included
Hotel, 7 nights
Rental car, 8 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Tetovo - town in North MacedoniaTetovo
Gajre
Resen - city in North MacedoniaResen
Aerial view of Samuel's Fortress and Plaosnik at Ohrid in North Macedonia.Ohrid / 2 nights
Panoramic view of Skopje town with Vodno hill in the background.Skopje / 5 nights
Rostushe - city in North MacedoniaMavrovo and Rostusha
Bitola - town in North MacedoniaBitola
Lisec
Lubanishta - city in North MacedoniaLubanishta

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Old Bazaar, Chair, Skopje, Municipality of Chair, City of Skopje, Skopje Region, North MacedoniaOld Bazaar
Photo of aerial drone view at the monastery of Saint Naum on Macedonia.Monastery of Saint Naum
Photo of Skopje Zoo, Macedonia.Skopje Zoo
Photo of Archaeological Museum of Macedonia and famous Stone Bridge in downtown of Skopje.Stone Bridge in Skopje
Photo of Millennium Cross on the top of Vodno mountain hill in Skopje, Macedonia.Millennium Cross
Skopje City ​​Park, Centar, Skopje, Municipality of Centar, City of Skopje, Skopje Region, North MacedoniaSkopje City Park
Ancient Macedonian Theatre of Ohrid, Ohrid, Municipality of Ohrid, Southwestern Region, North MacedoniaAncient Macedonian Theatre of Ohrid
Church of Saint John the Theologian, Ohrid, Municipality of Ohrid, Southwestern Region, North MacedoniaChurch of Saint John the Theologian
The Bay of Bones, Municipality of Ohrid, Southwestern Region, North MacedoniaThe Bay of Bones
Bigorski Monastery St John the Baptist, Rostushe, Municipality of Mavrovo and Rostusha, Polog Region, North MacedoniaBigorski Monastery St John the Baptist
Memorial House of Mother Teresa, Centar, Skopje, Municipality of Centar, City of Skopje, Skopje Region, North MacedoniaMemorial House of Mother Teresa
Photo of St. Sofia church in Ohrid in a beautiful summer day, Republic of Macedonia.Church of St Sophia
Clock Tower, Bitola, Municipality of Bitola, Pelagonia Region, North MacedoniaClock Tower
Pasha's Mosque, Tetovo, Municipality of Tetovo, Polog Region, North MacedoniaŠarena Mosque
Chinar Tree, Ohrid, Municipality of Ohrid, Southwestern Region, North MacedoniaChinar Tree
NI Institute and Museum Bitola, Bitola, Municipality of Bitola, Pelagonia Region, North MacedoniaNI Institute and Museum Bitola
Square Macedonia, Centar, Skopje, Municipality of Centar, City of Skopje, Skopje Region, North MacedoniaSquare „Macedonia“
Popova Shapka
Photo of National Gallery of Macedonia or Daut Pasha Hamam in the centre of Skopje city, North Macedonia.Čifte Hammam
Old City Park, Ohrid, Municipality of Ohrid, Southwestern Region, North MacedoniaOld City Park
Photo of beautiful view of the Skopje Fortress (Kale Fortress) in Skopje, Macedonia.Skopje Fortress
Photo of St. Clement’s Church in Ohrid, North Macedonia.Church of St Clement of Ohrid
Photo of The Ancient Theatre among the Roman ruins of Heraclea Lyncestis in Bitola, Republic of Macedonia.Heraclea Lyncestis
Arabati Baba Teqe, Tetovo, Municipality of Tetovo, Polog Region, North MacedoniaArabati Baba Teḱe
Saraj
Popova Šapka is a peak in the Republic of Macedonia. It is over 1,780 metres (5,840 ft) above sea level and is a ski resort in Macedonia. The term Popova Šapka literally means "The Priest's Hat''.Popova Šapka
Mountaineering Club Ljuboten

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Day 1

Day 1 – Skopje - arrival day

  • Skopje - Arrival day
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  • Skopje City Park
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Say hello to Skopje! Your exciting road trip through North Macedonia is just about to start. Navigating the top places to see in the region is a breeze with a car. The rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for pickup upon your arrival in the city. You will stay in Skopje for 4 nights before you continue your adventure!

Skopje is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. If you arrive before check-in time or prefer to get started on your sightseeing right away, we recommend checking out City Park or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Skopje. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in North Macedonia. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Skopje. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Dine in style at Tribeca Restaurant & Bar, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Balilla boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Sidro. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Skopje.

To truly maximize your evening out, consider visiting Mosh after dinner. This bar is known for offering some of the best drinks and vibes in the city. Alternatively, head to Café Capri, another bar with an inviting ambiance. Similarly, Badu bar also offers a great atmosphere, ensuring a night filled with enjoyment and relaxation.

Raise a toast to the start of your 8-day road trip in North Macedonia!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Skopje

  • Skopje
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Drive 2 km, 31 min

  • Memorial House of Mother Teresa
  • Square „Macedonia“
  • Stone Bridge in Skopje
  • Church of St Clement of Ohrid
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Day 2 of your road trip across North Macedonia promises a magnificent time exploring Skopje. You have 3 nights left in Skopje. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Mother Theresa Memorial House. This extraordinary museum is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,661 visitors.

Next, make your way to Macedonia Square. This top attraction is a point of interest with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,125 visitors.

We also recommend a visit to Stone Bridge in Skopje. This footbridge is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,177 travelers.

If you’re keen to keep exploring, visit Church of St. Clement of Ohrid. This highly recommended sightseeing destination has received an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 1,691 travelers.

To immerse yourself in more memorable moments in Skopje, check out the best-rated tours the region offers. You can discover and choose from all of the top-rated activities you can do on this day in Skopje below.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Skopje's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Vodenica Mulino, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Gallery 7 is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Fast Food 7 - Aerodrom. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Skopje tonight.

Cap off your dinner by heading to Heart Bar Skopje, ideal for a leisurely evening with a drink in hand. Chillin' Bar is another bar that offers an enjoyable setting. Similarly, Casa is also a popular place to go on a night out, perfect for relaxing and socializing.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in North Macedonia!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Skopje

  • Skopje
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Drive 16 km, 4 hours 17 min

  • Čifte Hammam
  • Old Bazaar
  • Skopje Zoo
  • Millennium Cross
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On day 3 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Skopje. You’ll stay in Skopje for 2 nights and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

Drop by the renowned Čifte Hammam. This popular hammam has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,881 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Old Bazaar. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 20,113 visitors, this čaršija deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Skopje Zoo. This zoo has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 6,982 reviews.

Another favorite attraction in the area is Millennium Cross. This cross and popular place of interest enjoys a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 4,399 local and international travelers.

To do something one-of-a-kind on this day of your trip, you can join a tour. You can discover all of the most fun and eye-opening experiences in your destination below and secure your spot here.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Skopje. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Savor the flavors at Balkanika Rustikana, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Pelister beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider Restaurant Skopski Merak. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in Skopje tonight.

Explore the vibrant nightlife at Nano after your meal, a hub for lively evenings and memorable moments. Or, head to Konak for a great selection of flavorful drinks and a charming setting. Furthermore, Piazza Liberta is perfect for those looking to extend their night with a touch of local flavor.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in North Macedonia!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Skopje, Lisec, Gajre, and Tetovo

  • Skopje
  • Lisec
  • Gajre
  • Tetovo
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Drive 143 km, 3 hours

  • Popova Shapka
  • Popova Šapka
  • Arabati Baba Teḱe
  • Mountaineering Club Ljuboten
  • Šarena Mosque
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At the end of the day, you'll drive back to Skopje, where you'll stay for 1 night more.

Upon your arrival in Lisec, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Ski resort „Popova Shapka“. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 1,936 reviews.

When you arrive in Gajre, it's time to take a break from the road.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Popova Šapka. This mountain is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 208 visitors.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Skopje. This car ride takes around 47 min.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Arabati Baba Teḱe. Previous visitors have rated this khanqah an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 486 reviews.

Mountaineering Club Ljuboten is a local recommendation that you also can pay a visit today. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 171 reviews.

Another attraction you won't want to miss is Šarena Mosque. This mosque is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 2,297 reviews.

When you’re done exploring the area’s best attractions, you’ll drive back to your accommodation in Skopje.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Skopje. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Dine in style at Restaurant „Lyra“, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Meze boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Daily Food & Wine. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Skopje.

Continue your lively evening at Van Gogh Bar, a perfect place for winding down or revving up the night, depending on which mood you’re in. Garson is another excellent bar that offers a great selection of drinks to suit any mood. If you prefer to go somewhere else, Rock Bar Old School ensures a night out tailored to your taste.

As the sun sets on another day of adventure, rest up and recharge for the next leg of your road trip in North Macedonia.

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Day 5

Day 5 – Skopje, Rostushe, and Ohrid

  • Ohrid
  • Mavrovo and Rostusha
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Drive 210 km, 3 hours 51 min

  • Bigorski Monastery St John the Baptist
  • Church of St Sophia
  • Ancient Macedonian Theatre of Ohrid
  • Chinar Tree
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 5 of your road trip in North Macedonia. Today, you will make 2 stops and experience some of the highlights of Rostushe, and Ohrid. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Ohrid, which will be your home away from home for 2 nights.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Rostushe. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 53 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Bigorski Monastery St John the Baptist. This place of worship is rated an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars from 3,169 visitors.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Ohrid, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Rostushe to Ohrid may take around 1 hour 37 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Ohrid, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Drop by the renowned Church of St. Sophia. This popular eastern orthodox church has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,242 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Ancient Macedonian Theatre of Ohrid. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,848 visitors, this point of interest deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Chinar Tree. This point of interest has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 2,411 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Ohrid. Ohrid offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Ohrid. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Sky Corner, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Pizza Nemo offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss Restaurant „Aleksandrija“. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Ohrid.

After savoring a delicious meal, step into the vibrant nightlife at Irish Pub Dublin, where the evening is just getting started. In the same way, Kafe Bar CoCo Ohrid offers a unique charm perfect for experiencing the local bar scene in Ohrid. Shilla - coffee & bar is another top-recommended bar that is sure to get you into the mood for some dancing and celebrating.

Take some time to reflect on your day and savor another beautiful night in North Macedonia.

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Day 6

Day 6 – Ohrid, and Lubanishta

  • Ohrid
  • Lubanishta
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Drive 82 km, 2 hours 55 min

  • Monastery of Saint Naum
  • The Bay of Bones
  • Old City Park
  • Church of Saint John the Theologian
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Day 6 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Lubanishta for 1 night more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

Make Museum „The Bay of Bones“ one of your first sightseeing stops in Ohrid. Rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,636 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

Old City Park is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This park is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,731 reviews.

Today is also the perfect opportunity to drop by Church of Saint John the Theologian. This church has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 3,537 visitors.

Don’t forget to check out all the popular tours and activities you can add to your travel plan. North Macedonia is a beautiful travel destination that offers plenty of unique tours that will enhance your vacation experience. Explore and select your activities below.

As you explore more of Ohrid, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Pizza Via Sacra, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Royal View offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss Панорама. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Ohrid.

Unwind after your meal by stepping into Corner Bistro. This venue is celebrated for its extensive drink selections and cozy vibes. Alternatively, Cuba Libre Beach & Bar offers a dynamic and energetic atmosphere for a glass or two. Don’t overlook Jazz Inn, another top-rated bar in the area.

Celebrate another amazing day of your road trip adventure in North Macedonia!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Ohrid, Resen, Bitola, and Skopje

  • Skopje
  • Resen
  • Bitola
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Drive 244 km, 3 hours 45 min

  • Saraj
  • Clock Tower
  • Heraclea Lyncestis
  • NI Institute and Museum Bitola
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Dive into day 7 of your remarkable road trip in North Macedonia. Today you will explore Resen, and Bitola, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Skopje. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

When you’ve had your share of Ohrid, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Resen. Your travel time is around 40 min.

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Saraj. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 450 reviews.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Resen, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Bitola may take around 30 min. Upon your arrival in Bitola, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Clock Tower, a remarkable sightseeing destination where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 2,302 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Heraclea Lyncestis. This archaeological site has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,204 travelers.

NI Institute and Museum Bitola is another must-visit attraction. This renowned museum offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,411 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Skopje, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Skopje's best restaurants.

Make sure to reserve a table at Youth Cultural Center (YCC), an iconic dining spot in Skopje. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Два елена, a popular restaurant in Skopje. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of SushiCo, a hidden gem nestled in Skopje. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Extend your evening after a delightful meal by visiting Pub 18, which offers the perfect atmosphere for a night out. Moreover, Café „Nargile“ is another popular option for a drink or two. Likewise, Woodstock Craft Beer & Rock also provides a great ambiance for reminiscing about the day and raising a toast to your vacation.

Say good night to Skopje and look forward to another great day of your road trip in North Macedonia!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Skopje - departure day

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  • Skopje Fortress
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Day 8 of your road trip in North Macedonia is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Skopje before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

As your final day in North Macedonia unfolds, enjoy a last-minute shopping spree in Skopje's best shopping area. Enjoy finding the perfect gift or keepsake to remind you of your wonderful trip to North Macedonia.

Kick off the day at Skopje Fortress, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This archaeological site is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars in 1,894 reviews.

Before you conclude your road trip in North Macedonia, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Skopje.

Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Kaj Dule, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Matto Napoletano offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss National Restaurant Mal Altan.

You’ll then say farewell to Skopje. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in North Macedonia!

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