Guide to SKOPJE
Seven interesting facts about Turkish coffee

Having a cup of coffee is a daily ritual for most of us. Coffee lovers cannot start the day without this ̶...

“Turks and Greeks, as well as other neighbors are – indeed also literally – brothers”

Periklis Tsoukalas from BaBa ZuLa on interview for Balkon3 The BaBa ZuLa concert! Not just an event, but every...

BURSA – A DREAM UNTOLD

If tears start flowing from your eyes whenever you see a number 16 licence plate, if you only cheer for Bursas...

The Balkans are a fascinating gastronomic region – Balkon3 interview with Zlatko Gall

“Eating only wholegrain cereal, some green leaves, drinking Evian water and running for 50 km a day. To hell...

A bike journey from Macedonia to Istanbul

Travelling from Macedonia to Turkey isn’t a problem, even if you don’t go by car or plane:) He is an avid ...

“Cine Thission” open air cinema and its success story

For many generations of Athenians, the sweet-smelling of flowery vines of Cine-Thission bring back memories of...

Matka – embrace of nature!

Balkon3 takes you on a boat ride through Matka Canyon, down the Treska river to Vrelo cave. The canyon is situ...

10 faces of Skopje – like 10 different parts of the world

Every major city has many faces. Some parts of it look like being in another city, another country, even anoth...

All about Tyropita: The classic snack of Greece

Notorious for skipping breakfast, the Greeks will start worrying about substantial food later, when it’s tim...

The Ezerani Rangers in their 20 million square meters office

Who can afford an office of 20 million square meters? Even 20 square meters sound like a pretty good working s...

A walk through the Ottoman heritage of Skopje

Last Sunday, the team of Balkon3 had a wonderful opportunity to take part in one really unusual and interestin...

We all have a delicious cuisine but who eats the most?

  Sometimes we argue whose dish musaka, sarma or baklava is, or whether it’s called doner or giro. In t...

The district of Monastiraki: Athenian history at a glance

“If you stand at the centre of Monastiraki Square and take a 360 degrees look around you, you get a pret...

Ramadan Bayram in Skopje’s oldest Mosque

How does a Ramadan Bayram prayer look to someone from a Christian family? Probably similar to Easter, but with...

Mastika, Ouzo or Raki – That is the question!

I was sitting in a barroom, eating Greek salad and was finishing my second mastika. It was one of the last day...

Dance Me till The End of Love in Istanbul

Balkon3 report from Leonard Cohen’s concert in Istanbul They say that travel broadens one’s horizons a...

Full moon over Skopje

Some say it seems like a huge lamp hanging in the sky, others see an enormous cheese pie shining, and some jus...

THE SKOPJE – ATHENS LEMONADE

Many years ago, during my visit to a Skopje suburb, a friend’s grandmother offered me an amazing lemon/orang...

Don’t just peek over: Join in! (How to travel like a local to the Cyclades islands)

The geography bit The Cyclades archipelago is situated to the south of the Aegean Sea within close reach from ...

MAIDEN’S TOWER – PEARL OF THE BOSPHORUS

Maiden’s Tower also known as Leander’s Tower is one of the symbols of Istanbul and an embodiment of water ...

17 landmarks along Mavrovo-Struga road, the most picturesque road in Macedonia

Four lakes, five mountains, two rivers, two towns, villages, monasteries, bridges, beautiful nature … It...

To Serve and Protect: Meet the Ezerani Park Rangers

While most of us work in weekdays and wait for a little precious spare time to spend in nature, some were luck...

Bouldering – the art of rock climbing

It is very little known about bouldering in this part of the world. It is a sport which involves rock climbing...

Travelling by car from Skopje to Athens in seven hours

“Be careful, when you get to the city the GPS may not work properly” – my cousin warned me before le...

Road to the World of Trade Skopje – Istanbul

Traders have been going back and forth the roads between Skopje and Istanbul for centuries. States and Empires...

Vozdra! Hi! From Sarajevo…:)

Vozdra, sha ima – “Hi! What’s up?”- this is the way the “raja” (people) greet each other in Sa...

Good Balkan jokes

1. A German, a Frenchman, an Englishman and a Greek are commenting about a painting of Adam and Eve in the Gar...

Athens around the clock

Assuming you are so busy you only have 24 hours to spend in the vibrant, bustling and versatile metropolis of ...

Istanbul makes me feel at home

Oliver Josifovski, musician and founder of the band Ljubojna together with his wife Vera Miloseska Josifovska....

When Heat Wave Comes to Town

Accompanied by the usual calls of warning to the citizens, mid-summer’s heat wave in Athens is seen as a reg...

On a Balcony

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Videos

  • UP GREEK TOURISM

    Voluntary “Crowdfunding” to promote Greece in an international media campaignTitled “Up Greek Tourism”, a citizens initiative based in the USA gathered 20.000 dollars to promote Greece in the international...
  • Devil’s Wall

    The wastelands surrounding the town of Sveti Nikole resemble a remote valley in Afghanistan rather than a macedonian landscape, and hide an amazing legend. It hasn’t been in the...
  • Interview with “Letecki Pekinezeri”

    “Its all music” was the response of one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, Duke Ellington to the numerous debates on how to define jazz. In a...
  • From the basement in Shutka to Sziget and Roskilde

    Interview with Shutka Roma Rap It was a cold autumn evening in the predominantly Romani community of Shutka in Skopje. We drove down the muddy alleys and got to...
  • Matka – embrace of nature!

    Balkon3 takes you on a boat ride through Matka Canyon, down the Treska river to Vrelo cave. The canyon is situated only 15 km from Skopje and Vrelo cave...
  • Strangers in our own city

    When you see a group of around fifty people, who are listening to the tourist guide with great interest while they are vigorously taking photos, you will probably think...