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Hiking on Vodno Mountain

When visiting Skopje’s urban corners, your eye will surely catch a glimpse of the small and green mountain in the outskirts of the city. Vodno is Skopje’s green oasis. A place so close and an escape from the busy city life. Vodno is arguably the most popular hiking destination in Macedonia.

Towards Matka Canyon

Surprisingly close to the city of Skopje, is the nature paradise known as Canyon Matka. An outdoor attraction covering 5000 hectares of breathtaking scenery, it is easily one of the most captivating places Skopje and Macedonia has to offer.
 

Hiking on Skopska Crna Gora

The mountain of Skopska Crna Gora rises from the Skopje valley (in the south), the Kumanovo valley (in the east), the Gjilan(Kosovo) valley (in the north) and the valley of the river Lepenac (in the west). The mountain stretches in the direction southwest-northeast, the highest peak is Ramno with 1,651 m.

A Piece of Skopje

Hiking on Vodno

When visiting Skopje’s urban corners, your eye will surely catch a glimpse of the small and green mountain in the outskirts of the city. Vodno is Skopje’s green oasis. A place so close and an escape from the busy city life. Vodno is arguably the most popular hiking destination in Macedonia. Of course that is also because of the fact that Skopje is the largest city. However the mountain is truly worth visiting for a day’s hike. A half-day hiking on Vodno’s many trails can start at the base of the mountain, usually from the school Kocho Racin, and then follow up the road. Have in mind that you would need to exit at the first curve toward the mountain and enter the hiking trails. Most of them lead to the peak, via the Middle Vodno station. Also, it is the place where the cable cart starts, which is positioned at 700 meters of altitude.

From Middle Vodno numerous hiking trails lead toward the peak. You can choose any of them, with Dimitar Cvetkova, Olimpiska and Penzionerska being the most popular. The first two are steeper, but give you a fine and continuous ascent, while Penzionerska (the Retirement trail) is gentles and positioned more to the southern part of the mountain. A massive 66 meters high cross – the Millennium Cross marks the peak called Krstovar. The long ridgeline of Vodno gives the best view of the city of Skopje, as well as a view of the Jakupica and Karadjica mountains to the south and of the Shar Mountain to the north.  The choices for the length of the hike are also multiple. We can make a fast descent to the village of Nerezi, where St. Pantaleimon – a XII century Byzantine style church awaits.

A Piece of Skopje

Hiking on Skopska Crna Gora

The mountain of Skopska Crna Gora rises from the Skopje valley (in the south), the Kumanovo valley (in the east), the Gjilan(Kosovo) valley (in the north) and the valley of the river Lepenac (in the west). The mountain stretches in the direction southwest-northeast, and its highest peak is Ramno with a height of 1,651 m.

Skopje’s Gem

Towards Matka Canyon

Alternatively, you can continue toward Matka canyon, a natural heritage reserve gorge, with amazing limestone rock walls aiming high. At Matka you can relax by Matka Lake. This is one of the oldest artificial lakes in North Macedonia. You can take a kayak and row towards the Vrelo cave, which besides having an easy access, it is one of the deepest underwater caves in Europe. The descent toward the lake can be via St. Nikola Shishevski monastery. A truly magnificent place offering you the best view toward Matka Lake. It is also a very popular rock climbing area in Macedonia with multiple tracks and sport climbing routes.

Multiple small restaurants are located at and around Matka. You can choose the one that suits your preferences the most, and enjoy the traditional Macedonian cuisine.

From Middle Vodno numerous hiking trails lead toward the peak. You can choose any of them, with Dimitar Cvetkova, Olimpiska and Penzionerska being the most popular. The first two are steeper, but give you a fine and continuous ascent, while Penzionerska (the Retirement trail) is gentles and positioned more to the southern part of the mountain. A massive 66 meters high cross – the Millennium Cross marks the peak called Krstovar. The long ridgeline of Vodno gives the best view of the city of Skopje. Also towards Jakupica and Karadjica mountains to the south and Shar Mountain to the north. The choices for the length of the hike are also multiple. We can make a fast descent to the village of Nerezi, where St. Pantaleimon – a XII century Byzantine style church awaits.

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