About Canyon Matka

I had the chance to visit Canyon Matka last year, and it is a truly sensational place. The canyon is located in Macedonia. It covers around 5,000 hectares, and the oldest artificial lake in Macedonia, Matka, is located within it. At the canyon, there are hiking trails, kayaking, and caves for exploration.


Canyon Matka - Exploring the Balkans - Travel Guide and Tips by Iva Says
Canyon Matka Travel Guide

One of the top attractions for visitors at Matka is the Vrelo Cave. The cave has many stalactites, with one specific cave known as the “Pine Cone” due to its shape. Officially there are 10 caves around the canyon, but from my experience, most go to the Vrelo Cave.

Tourists can visit the cave with a boat ride that lasts about an hour, or rent kayaks and self-explore it.

There is also a river, Treska, that runs from the Matka dam.  The river is an ideal spot for kayaking, which attracts a lot of visitors during the summertime. It even hosts kayaking competitions.

Bonus: Download our FREE Canyon Matka Travel Guide that will help you plan your next adventurous trip.  The guide has all the information on how to get there, what to explore, and other useful information.


For those that love alpine climbing, hiking, photography, and historical landmarks, there are numerous hiking trails, churches, and monasteries to visit around the area.

By the Matka dam, there is a visitor’s information area, a restaurant, and a resting spot.

For those visiting Skopje or other parts of Macedonia, I would recommend spending at last half a day, if not the whole day, at Matka. The best time is in spring and early fall, due to high temperatures and a high volume of visitors during the summer days.

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