The Canyon Matka is Macedonia’s most inspiring attraction. Since it is a place of extraordinary natural beauty and a home of many amazing churches and monasteries, it is very popular not only with the Skopje residents, but with the tourists as well. The Canyon covers an area of around 5.000ha and is located 15km southwest of Skopje, the capitol of Macedonia. Millions of years of erosion have produced this geographical marvel, offering people a place of peace and an abundance of renewable energy.
There are ten caves at Matka Canyon, with the shortest in length being 20 meters and the longest being 176 meters .The Vrelo cave, which was discovered in 1982, has been carved out of the rock by the massive amounts of water, and its stalactites and stalagmites have taken an unusual shape due to the accumulation of mineral deposits. It is 30 meters deep and maintains even temperature throughout the year. An underwater portion of the cave is attracting huge interest as it holds the title of being the deepest on the Balkans. A secret tunnel beneath its surface allows the water to exit into the river Canyon at the astonishing rate of 2000 liters per second. In addition, the Canyon is one of Macedonia’s best areas for alpine hiking, kayaking, fishing, hunting and swimming.
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