I would say that Skopje is a very balcanic city, and the difference between the two sides of the Vardar river is striking. The southern area, the modern one, is a bit bizarre and could be liked or disliked, but in my opinion is impossible to not love the old bazaar on the northern shore.
This area is inhabited by Sunni Albanians, and the atmosphere is typically Ottoman: it's a pleasure to listen to the Turkish music, to stroll in the narrow streets and to see the mosques. I went on Sunday and was fscinating to see the bar full of man drinking tea in the typical glass cups and play social games. The modern bazaar is set in an ugly location, but the feeling is very oriental. Although the old Ottoman town of Sarajevo is nicer, this one remained very authentic and not too much touristic (as all Skopje).
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