Just outside Skopje lies this fantastic canyon. It is the most developed place for climbing in Macedonia. Hidden among the rocks are several ancient monasteries that you can hike to.
Matka lake – Sv. Nikola MONASTERY (2010-10-03)
The entrance to the Matka canyon
The Matka lake
We took a short boat-ride to the other side of the lake, to reach the trail.
Cyclamen flowers along the steep zig-zagging trail.
The medieval church of Sv. Nikola. To the left are rocks where people were climbing.
We camped here. It was a tranquil, beautiful spot.
To the left in the background you can see the forest-covered mountains that gave the place a feeling of being in the middle of the wilderness.
Frescoes inside the church.
Sadly it was covered by “graffiti” from visitors.
Some of them were old, we found one from 1881.
We walked out on the rocks to get this view into the Matka canyon.
The view down to the restaurant at Matka lake.
Benjamin & Eva enjoying the view
Dinner at the little house behind the church
BOAT RIDE TO VRELO CAVE (September 2018)
Suddenly a woman started singing a Maceodnian song, very atmospheric!