The Kokino Megalithic Observatory is located in the northern part of the Republic of Macedonia, approximately 30 km northeast of the city of Kumanovo. Going from Kumanovo to Kokino, the road passes near the village of Staro Nagoricane and through the village of Dragomance. After Dragomance, the narrow road passes the volcanic hill known as Tatichev Kamen, on whose peak the site is located. It should be noted that because archaeological work on the site is still ongoing, so parking is available only near the road at the bottom of the hill. If passing the village of Staro Nagorichane, we recommend that you stop there to admire the Church of St. George (Sveti Gjorgji), located at the centre of this village. The Church is famous for its early 14th century frescos, among the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world.
Bus transport to Kokino is available from the Kumanovo bus station. Buses depart every day at 6:45 AM and 12:45 PM. Buses leave Kokino for Kumanovo at 8 AM and 2 PM.
From Kumanovo, ride on the regional road Е-871/А2 and turn towards the village of Staro Nagoricane. The village is a good place to rest and refresh. We recommend that you stop there to admire the Church of St. George (Sveti Gjorgji), located at the centre of this village. You can also refill your water bottles from the tap behind the church. From there, continue towards the village of Pelince, then turn right after about 3 km. To reach Kokino from here, you will need to ride up the hill (3.7% average incline) for 14 kilometres. The road passes through several villages where you can rest and refill your water bottles. If you want to camp, we recommend that you do so just before the entrance to the village of Kokino where you will find a gazeebo with a fire pit, tables and benches. There is also a small stream in the vicinity. Alternatively, you camp at the large plateau at the foothills of the Kokino Megalithic Observatory that is used for parking.
We recommend that you plan for 1.5 – 2 hours to see the site. The climb to the top of the hill where the observatory and the sanctuary are located is not difficult and takes approximately 15 minutes. On-duty museum guards patrol the site and they will be happy to help you with directions or any technical questions you might have. They also sell brochures and booklets.
The Kokino archeo-astronomical site is managed by the National Museum of Kumanovo. Guided tours led by archaeologists from the Museum are available only with prior booking. Book now by e-mailing the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +389 75 290 936 (please call between 9 am to 6 pm, every day).