Kumanova - Introduction

Located in the middle of a long valley 35 km (21 m) to the northeast of Skopje, Kumanova is one of Macedonia’s larger cities and a place well known for its unique blend of Albanian culture, something which is evidenced by the feisty, fun-loving Kumanovas (as the residents are called).

An example of Kumanova joviality is the traditional appearance of the dzamalari, masked revelers from the village of Orashec, every 14th of January in the Kumanova city square. This raucous winter celebration is believed to be more than ten centuries old.

Kumanova today is a modernizing town, where new offices, houses and restaurants are constantly being built. It is well-outfitted with sports grounds, theatres, internet cafes and eateries, and is especially famous throughout the country for its nightlife.

Aside from these modern touches, however, Kumanova also contains many features from earlier times. Some 19th century stone houses remain, and even the very center of the town is filled with labyrinthine alleyways connecting little homes covered by the trademark terra cotta tiled Macedonian roofs. The city square, as well as some restaurants and other buildings, also bear the stamp of the old Albania.

Another unique aspect of the Kumanova experience is the city’s mineral water springs, located on the southern edge of the town. People come here regularly to fill up bottles of the mineral-rich water, which is good not only for drinking but also for cleaning the eyes and skin. In its carbonated form, this water is sold throughout Macedonia/Albania under the name ‘Kumanova.’

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