Skopje Kale Fortress Tours

Dating back to the sixth century, Skopje's Kale Fortress sits on the highest point in the city overlooking the Vardar River. Just steps from the Old Town, the fortress is thought to have been built during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I using yellow limestone and travertine that came from the Roman city of Skupi, which was destroyed by an earthquake. The Kale Fortress itself was also partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1963, and excavation efforts have been underway for about 10 years, having thus far unearthed woodwind instruments and clay ornaments dating back thousands of years, as well as the foundations of a 13th-century church and the largest collection of Byzantine coins ever found in Macedonia.

Today the fortress is often visited on walking tours of the city, and visitors can walk along the restored fortress walls, which stretch for 130 yards (121 meters), or climb a couple of the turrets, which provide outstanding views all around Skopje. Theatrical performances are sometimes held in the summer.

Practical Info

The fortress sits just above the Old Town and is within walking distance of most central Skopje hotels. Buses 2, 2a, 8, 12 and 19 stop on Gotse Deltchev Boulevard below the fortress. The entrance is off Samoilova.
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Skopje and Countryside Highlights Private Full-Day Tour

See the highlights of Skopje and its surrounds in one day on this private tour. Leave the city and ride a cable car up Mt. Vodno to admire its Millennium Cross before a visit to the nearby fresco-coated St. Pantelejmon Church and scenic Matka Canyon. Then, return to Skopje for a comprehensive city walking tour, viewing must-sees like the Stone Bridge, Old Bazaar, and Macedonia Square. Private air-conditioned transport with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Skopje Old and New Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Want a comprehensive look at Skopje with the benefit of your own guide? This private half-day walking tour provides a complete round-up of the sights with the personalized insight of a private guide. Discover the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman heritage of Macedonia’s capital and explore both sides of the city: seeing the ‘Skopje 2014’ monuments, Macedonia Square, Stone Bridge, Old Bazaar, Kale Fortress, and more. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Skopje Full-Day Tour Including Millennium Cross and Matka Canyon

Discover landmarks and attractions including the Millennium Cross and Matka Canyon on this full-day tour of Skopje. Explore the historic streets of Skopje’s Old Town with a guide and discover top city attractions including Macedonia Square, Porta Macedonia, Skopje Fortress and the Stone Bridge. Take the cable car to the Millennium Cross on Vodno Mountain and visit the village of Gorno Nerezi, home to the Church of St Panteleimon. Then, delve into the Matka Canyon — where natural caves and medieval monasteries hide in the dense forests.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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