If you fly to Skopje in one of Alitalia's young fleet, you'll be immediately delighted by one of Europe's lesser-known capital cities. A friendly and rapidly modernizing town, Skopje blends Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman cultural traditions seamlessly into a composite whole. It manages to be effortlessly exotic and warmly familiar at the same time.
Once you have your tickets to Skopje, your 'sights' research will no doubt highlight the epic scale of the monument to the mounted warrior Alexander in the center of town. Shoppers and diners will love the bazaar in the old town, which is a legacy of Ottoman rule in centuries past. Skopje Fortress, also called the Kale Fortress, dominates the town and is both of historic interest and a great vantage point offering sweeping views.
Almost any time is great to travel to Skopje. The weather is generally Mediterranean in nature so you can bring clothes accordingly, though winter can be cold. If you want to experience the outdoor pursuits for which Skopje is famous, such as the Matka Canyon area, they're great in spring and autumn.