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Lake Matka

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Address: Canyon Matka, Skopje 1000, Republic of Macedonia
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Half-Day Tour from Skopje: Millennium Cross and Matka Canyon
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Relaxing place

The right place to escape from the city and traffic jam. Gorgeous environment. There are also tours with small boats to the cave and there are also organised rafting depends on... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ivana B
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The right place to escape from the city and traffic jam. Gorgeous environment. There are also tours with small boats to the cave and there are also organised rafting depends on the water level. But there was no one there to make you a tour, so if you go there google it for yourself

Thank Ivana B
Bratislava, Slovakia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Matka Canyon is located just outside the skirts of Skopje, so if you have a half day off, you should definitely go and visit. Take a walk, rent a boat or even a kayak and enjoy the unique blue waters of the lake. There are some nice restaurands along, as well as locals selling cotton candy, ice cream and nuts... More 

Thank Eva M
Canical, Portugal
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lake Matka was amazing ! The road leading to it was pretty bumpy, but the views were well worth it. There is a hotel located up past the dam. It seems to blend in with the mountainside ! We wished we could have stayed here for a few days, but our apt was in Skopje. They have an inside and... More 

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Launceston, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Matka Canyon is an easy 20 minute drive from Skopje city center . parking is horrendous so hire a taxi. It is considerably cooler here than in the city so great to visit on a hot day. The scenery is beautiful and the water a beautiful aqua colour. The boat ride up to the cave is stunning however the cave... More 

Thank Marston111
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This stunning gorge is only half an hour or so by car outside Skopje, but it feels like a world away. Park your car and walk up the hill, and soon you find yourself walking along the side of a gorge with deep blue water and soaring cliff sides. It's very scenic, and goes on a long way so you... More 

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Ashkelon, Israel
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Working from our Michelin map, we discovered this water wonder while driving from Sofia, Bulgaria to Skopje, Macedonia and detoured slightly to enjoy the incredible vistas from this relatively small, but deep and narrow catchment lake, bound on both banks by steep cliffsides covered in dense foliage. We availed ourselves of the motor-launches for hire and were only able to... More 

Thank eilonglen
Omer, Israel
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Reviewed 1 week ago

we arrived here in the rain....and to make things a little more interesting=there was a murder when we were there,,,a stabbing,,we got to see all the gory details..kind of put a damper on things,,,

Thank rotem6
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After a six hours tracking the Matka is welcoming with a beautiful view, restaurants,and boat trips.

Thank Catalina C
Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The canyon is around 20 min drive from Skopje city centre. After parking the car, you walk up trough the canyon to the lake. The scenery is very beautiful and relaxing. There are nice shops where you can sit and drink something, while enjoying the ambiance and peace there.

Thank fehimesen
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lake Matka is beautiful location to relax, have some coffee, or a good meal. Awesome river and clean amenities. The local's are very friendly, and many speak english.

Thank Chris D

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