Discover

Skopje's hidden gem

Wander just a few kilometres out of the urban jungle, and you find yourself at the nature paradise known as Canyon Matka. An outdoor attraction covering 5000 hectares of breathtaking scenery, it is easily one of the most captivating places the European continent has to offer.

Scenery

Even with the very close proximity to the city,  following the entrance of the canyon, is a natural wonder washing away all of your worries.

A good analogy for the canyon is the river of Treska, which though meters away from the dam, is untouched and unspoiled, painted with a palette of colors, only by nature itself.

Before you enter, rock formations of various kinds and sizes await, delivering an introduction of sorts. The charm of this place is not the water alone, but the surreal and picturesque cliffs towering on both sides.

After the long introduction, you arrive at the very entrance. There, kind of secluded, and seemingly isolated, is the Monastery of Saint Andrew, along with the Canyon Matka Restaurant.

The setting is breathtaking, and it seems as though everything is engraved into a large rock formation, opening to the view ahead. This familiar archetype, if you take the pleasure of discovering Macedonia in its entirety, repeats constantly.

The mix, therefore, has always between that of the old and spiritual, combined with the breathtakingly beautiful – Macedonian characteristics that come more or less in tandem; a peculiar blend that enthusiasts will definitely learn to enjoy.

The Caves

The caves in canyon Matka are a UNESCO protected site that attracts visitors from all around the globe. There are 10, all breathtaking and glorious in their own right.

Perhaps the most stunning out of the group, The Vrelo Cave complex at Matka is an attraction in itself. The New7Wonders of Nature project, has listed Vrelo Cave as one of the top 77 natural sites in the world.

Filled with stalactites aplenty, the cave is deep enough to host two lakes of decent size, with the smaller being just over 8 meters in length, and 15 meters at its deepest point. The other one, far more impressive, is 35 meters in length, and whooping 18 meters in depth.

The depth measurements of the Vrelo Cave Matka though, albeit unknown, are on the speculative end of being so significant, that this could perhaps be the deepest underwater cave in the world.

Activities

Whether you stop at the canyon for an hour or stay for a week, you’ll have plenty of ways to enjoy some adventure, recreation or just great views.

The activities here are plentiful and will satisfy many different tastes. Hike along  the edge of a cliff that is neither demanding nor dangerous. It provides a garden variety of panoramic photography opportunities, and a unique way to appreciate the scenery. The cliffs are huge and equally steep, though lush with green vegetation. The trail walks their very edge. All in all, it is a sensory overload of another kind.

Absorb the fantasy like scenery from the calm water of the canyon by either taking a boat trip, or a kayak.  You will enjoy gliding through the water, discovering magnificent scenery with every corner you’ll manage to conquer. It is an experience of a lifetime. It takes just a dozen strokes to fully immerse into the surroundings, completely forgetting the fast paced nature of today’s life.

Matka offers many activities for the more daring adventurers too. White water kayaking on a specifically built track running beside the river, rock climbing the beautiful and high terrain, cliff jumping from various degrees of height are some of the most famous activities to do.

Book Your Stay Today

Villa Moon is now open for public reservations for up to 6 guests.

DISCOVER

Skopje's hidden gem

Wander just a few kilometres out of the urban jungle, and you find yourself at the nature paradise known as Canyon Matka. An outdoor attraction covering 5000 hectares of breathtaking scenery, it is easily one of the most captivating places the European continent has to offer.

Scenery

Even with the very close proximity to the city,  following the entrance of the canyon, is a natural wonder washing away all of your worries.

A good analogy for the canyon is the river of Treska, which though meters away from the dam, is untouched and unspoiled, painted with a palette of colors, only by nature itself.

Before you enter, rock formations of various kind and size await, delivering an introduction of sorts. The charm of this place is not the water alone, but the surreal and picturesque cliffs towering on both sides.

After the long introduction, you arrive at the very entrance. There, kind of secluded, and seemingly isolated, is the Monastery of Saint Andrew, along with the Canyon Matka Restaurant. The setting is breathtaking, and it seems as though everything is engraved into a large rock formation, opening to the view ahead. This familiar archetype, if you take the pleasure of discovering Macedonia in its entirety, repeats constantly. The mix, therefore, has always between that of the old and spiritual, combined with the breathtakingly beautiful – Macedonian characteristics that come more or less in tandem; a peculiar blend that enthusiasts will definitely learn to enjoy.

The Caves

The caves in canyon Matka are a UNESCO protected site that attracts visitors from all around the globe. There are 10, all breathtaking and glorious in their own right.

Perhaps the most stunning out of the group, The Vrelo Cave complex at Matka is an attraction in itself. The New7Wonders of Nature project, has listed Vrelo Cave as one of the top 77 natural sites in the world.

Filled with stalactites aplenty, the cave is deep enough to host two lakes of decent size, with the smaller being just over 8 meters in length, and 15 meters at its deepest point. The other one, far more impressive, is 35 meters in length, and whooping 18 meters in depth.

The depth measurements of the Vrelo Cave Matka though, albeit unknown, are on the speculative end of being so significant, that this could perhaps be the deepest underwater cave in the world.

Activities

Whether you stop at the canyon for an hour or stay for a week, you’ll have plenty of ways to enjoy some adventure, recreation or just great views.

The activities here are plentiful and will satisfy many different tastes. Hike along  the edge of a cliff that is neither demanding nor dangerous. It provides a garden variety of panoramic photography opportunities, and a unique way to appreciate the scenery. The cliffs are huge and equally steep, though lush with green vegetation. The trail walks their very edge. All in all, it is a sensory overload of another kind.

Absorb the fantasy like scenery from the calm water of the canyon by either taking a boat trip, or a kayak.  You will enjoy gliding through the water, discovering magnificent scenery with every corner you’ll manage to conquer. It is an experience of a lifetime. It takes just a dozen strokes to fully immerse into the surroundings, completely forgetting the fast paced nature of today’s life.

Matka offers many activities for the more daring adventurers too. White water kayaking on a specifically built track running beside the river, rock climbing the beautiful and high terrain, cliff jumping from various degrees of height are some of the most famous activities to do.

Book Your Stay Today

VillaMoon is now open for public reservations for up to 6 guests.