A 30-minute bus-ride from the centre of the city will bring you to Matka Canyon, a tranquil spot perfect for swimming, a picnic, a walking trail to explore. Make sure you pop into the ‘Bear’s Cave’ restaurant, which is built into a cave within the canyon walls. More adventurous travellers can also hire a kayak and explore the canyon’s waterways, or take the ferry over to the Vrelo Cave.
Theatre lovers should pay a visit to the Macedonian National Theatre during their trip to Skopje. This post-war building was built in 1945 and, thanks to the slightly disconcerting incline, it’s also known colloquially as "the bounce board". The theatre is also home to the National Ballet.
To the south of the city is Vodno Mountain, a popular destination for climbers and hikers. Enjoy a breath-taking view of the city and the surrounding countryside by taking a cable car to the top of the mountain.