Skopje isn’t exactly the greenest European capital, but it certainly does offer some great day trips that are both accessible and affordable. And Matka Canyon is the most beautiful among them, if you ask me.
The picturesque gorge is not only a truly splendid outdoor destination, it’s also home to several medieval monasteries. And everything you have to do to get there is hopping on a bus number 60 from the central part of Skopje. A short ride takes you to a peaceful, green gorge full of fresh air and natural beauty.
Trip to the canyon isn’t demanding in any way – you can do it with kids or with no training. I did it with epic blisters, a souvenir from outdoor escapades in Bulgaria a few days earlier.
The front part of the canyon, next to the entrance, offers some organized activities, like for example water sports. There are a few restaurants as well (I had my most expensive beans in Macedonia there, I won’t forget it). If you are down for something more serious than just walking along the waters, you can also hike up to some monasteries. Whatever you decide on, you won’t be bored.
Thank you for exploring the glorious Matka Canyon with me. How did you like it?