Matka Canyon is located in the surrounding of Skopje and covers approximately an area of 5 000 hectares. It is one of the most popular and most visited destinations in the country. It is also one of the favourite places of the inhabitants of Skopje to escape the noise from their everyday busy lives. It is not only interesting for the visitors who are coming to enjoy the walks in the breathtaking nature and the delicious dishes at the same time, but it is also a point of interest for many specialised visitors, such as biologists, speleologists, religious groups and the admirers of kayaking and alpine hiking.
Matka Canyon is a home of diverse plants, 20% are endemic species. It is also home of 77 species of Balkan endemic butterflies, while 18 other species are new for the science. The caves are shelters for a large population of bats. There are 10 caves and among them the well known Vrelo Cave, located on the right bank of Treska River. It was listed as one of the top 77 natural sites in the world in the New 7 Wonders of Nature project. An international team of explorers is trying to precise the exact depth of the cave. Until today, according to the speleologist’s assessments, Vrelo’s depth is 230 meters, which makes it one of the deepest underwater caves in the world. Matka is also a cradle of the orthodoxy represented in the fresco painting of the few churches and monasteries from different historical periods. While you are lighting a candle for health and happiness, you can enjoy the remarkable view overlooking the lake. If you would like to enjoy your holiday in a different way, Matka Canyon is the right choice for you.
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Located on the right bank of the Treska River, Vrelo Cave was listed as one of the top 77 natural sites in the world in the New 7 Wonders of Nature project
Vrelo cave is divided into tho parts, underwater and upper Vrelo cave. The underwater Vrelo cave is one of the deepest underwater caves in the world, so far the registered max depth is 230 m.