Lake Matka, Skopje

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Explore a canyon filled with monasteries, medieval ruins, and natural caves at Lake Matka, Macedonia's first artificial lake. Stop by the lake and make your way around the rocky terrain surrounding it, one of the country's most popular areas for hiking. Peek into a few of the numerous of caves dotting the canyon, the deepest of which stretches back 176 m (577 ft) into the rock. Alternatively, hop aboard a kayak or raft and see the locale by water. Don't miss paying a visit to the series of medieval churches along the way, including several right along the water dating as far back as the 14th century. Lake Matka is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • Highly recommend to anyone spending some time in Skopje. There's a local bus in Skopje that goes direct to the entrance of the Canyon. Single bus ticket can be bought inside the bus, maybe not every.....  more »
  • Highly advice this place for visit. Around Skopje it’s the best place to visit. Fascinating nature and great views. But, please, dear tourists, take your f***ing garbage with you. Don’t leave it in...  more »
  • It is about 25km from Skopje, very narrow canyon and the locals made a wall, if not wrong in 1938, so it is a local attraction now. Very crowded during weekends.
  • Very nice nature, good for walking and easy hiking. Before the ban is a track for cayacing. After the ban there is a lake. We were in February, the arranged hiking trail was almost empty. We took more than mile and didn't get to the end. At the beginning of the track is small hotel with restaurant, average one. Unfortunately even everywhere are singes for not dropping garbeg, we saw it around the road and path. People do not seem to be able to respect nature given to them. It is definitely worth to visit.
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