I love losing myself in nature, breathing in the cool fresh air, and having sore muscles from my long hike. Nothing can beat that feeling, especially since it is very healthy to be active, and being I am very active. Some like to celebrate their birthdays by going out, I love celebrating mine by hiking. This year’s choice was Matka. When I am at Matka, I completely forget about where I am. I am immersed into the moment and I like to soak up as much as possible from the experience.
The pedestrian walk is endless (don’t believe the 6km sign posted at the beginning of the walk), and can get you all the way to lake Sveta Petka and even farther leading you into central Macedonia. We decided to take our adventure only to the first 9 km. Yet, it will test your body strength with rock climbing, steep descents, and narrow paths with some holes in between. And this is only one of the multitude of routes you can choose from to explore Matka: hiking from the Vodno mountain to Matka, hiking around to visit the religious places, canoe, rock climbing, or just taking a boat to the hidden caves.
For those who just want to lightly explore and marvel at the beauty of nature, you can do so when sitting at the nice restaurant that is just in the heart of the Canyon.