Ohrid Matka tour
All day tour in Matka, the most beautiful place in Skopje.
The tour starts with a visit to the Monastery of Matka dedicated to the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, a religious festival celebrated on 28th August every year. The monastery is located on the left bank of the River Treska and was built around 1337.
Then we continue to walk along the bank of the River Treska – which is famous for the competitions in kayaking that take place on it. We follow the path that goes by the dam and the man-made lake Matka and we reach the Monastery of St. Andrew.
After this we go on a boat ride on the canyon Matka (8km long) and we enjoy the magnificent surroundings, the scents of the flora and the songs of the numerous birds that live here. The most interesting one is the Vrelo Cave has many stalactites including a large one in the middle of the cave is known as the “Pine Cone” due to its shape. There are two lakes at the end of the cave, with one larger than the other. The smaller lake is 8 metres at its longest length and 15 metres in depth at its deepest point. The larger lake is 35 metres at its longest length, and 18 metres at its deepest point. If we are lucky, we will be able to see some wild animals like ducklings swimming in the lake, or a wild boar, a hare, or the like.On our return, we stop on the other side of the lake, just opposite the Monastery of St Andrew, and we start climbing up the path on a forested hill that leads up to the Monastery of St. Nikola at the top. It will take us about 30 minutes to get to the top where on a small plateau, the monastery built in 1345 is revealed in front of us in all its glorious beauty. There we are welcomed by the hospitable church-keeper who is a local and has built the mountain huts around the church himself. He will surely make your visit to this monastery more enjoyable and worth remembering. Afterwards we go down the hill, cross the lake by boat. We can have short break or lunch in Matka restaurant is situated on the shore of the lake and offers a special pleasure. Arranged in a rustic style, wonderful atmosphere and the smell of homemade meals, it is wonderful place for any visitor who wants to try something authentic from Macedonia. and end our tour of Matka.