Šuto Orizari, often shortened as Šutka (Shutka), is one of the ten municipalities that make up the City of Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. Šuto Orizari is also the name of the urban neighborhood where the municipal seat is found.
Roma people and ambient in Shutka
Photo credit by Jack Eads (photos used with permission)
We go to the Roma neighborhood with the car or public transport (we have separate bus card for each of you) and personally we prefer the second option because it gives a local perspective to the social city life. Over there we will see the controversial Amdi pasha mosque (Roma in Shutka are Muslims, except 10 Orthodox families), we will walk throughout the Roma market full with clothes (you need Macedonian denars if you want to bye an “original” Gucci bag or “original “Adidas” shoes), you can talk with locals and ask question, and if you like to take a photos of them, you have to tell us to ask them, because we would like to treat this minority ethnic group with much respect. We will make a brake for a snack and then again walk along some streets where you will see the difference between rich and poor people in just a few square meters. Shutka exists in an extraordinary parallel dimension, so it is a quite an experience. We will back again with the car or bus to the city center.
The song by Macedonian author Kiril Dzajkovski based on Roma sounds including Esma Redzepova, the Gypsy music world queen
Departure: at request
Duration: 3-3,5 hours
Time: at request (best is around 9 am)
Guide: Professional licensed tourist guide with title in cultural heritage
Price: per tour, not per person
Included: Tour organization, licensed guide, transport with a car or bus tickets, snacks
Excluded: Gratuities (optional)
Getting around: Walking
Minimum people required: 3
Maximum people allowed: 6
Unqualified guides аrе illegal in Macedonia.
Make sure your tourist guide is licensed!