Located only 17 km from our hotel along the river Treska, lies the beautiful canyon Matka. This natural beauty which covers an area of 5000 hectares can satisfy the needs of any deliberate visitor. Thus, nature lovers have the opportunity to enjoy the view of this wonderful world that is home to more than 250 different endemic species of butterflies and plants.
The rainbow of colors who are pouring in the dense forest that surrounds the canyon Matka, and also from the crystal clear water of the river Treska, no one can remain indifferent.
For those who want to recreate, the canyon created numerous hiking trails. Larger adventurers, mountaineers and climbers have the opportunity for training, while those more experienced has a particularly marked trails with rock climbing pins. Furthermore, the Treska River is famous for its wild water which offers people the opportunity to take a kayaking tour of their life
3 billion years ago this place was a great lake that over time retreated and created dozens of caves that attract people from all over the world today. All these caves are with different size and age. The best known are the three caves, Vrelo, Krshtena and Ubava (beautiful) who are in the stage of maturation and fulfill with beautiful decorations. Especially important is Vrelo, which according to recent speleological researches has been named for one of the deepest caves in Europe. In its interior we can see various figures stalagnites and stalactites.The caves can be reached by boat.
Canyon Matka can be easily called Mount Athos of Republic of Macedonia. Because of the difficult accessibility to the terrain, in the canyon were built many monasteries and churches and most of them today are completely preserved. One of the churches that you can visit is the small church of St. Andrea from the 14th century which is located on the shore of the lake, and also the Monastery of St. Mary located in the immediate vicinity.
Besides the excellent conditions for sport and recreation this place offers opportunity for relaxation. Here you can come and enjoy a picnic on the banks of the river Treska, or sit in one of the restaurants and taste excellent traditional Macedonian food.
On the mountain Vodno just about half an hour climbing from our Hotel Pine and the surrounding area there are several cultural and spiritual monuments, of which stands the church of St. Panteleimon from 12th century (1164) in the form of a cross with five domes and narthex built during the reign of Emperor Alexius I Comnenus, painted by local artisans, which deviates from old Byzantine tradition capital, and allows himself strong coloration, emphasized tragedy expression of Mother of God in fresco Lamentation of Christ.
According to beliefs in the vicinity of Skopje were located the properties of Angels and the Prince Alexei who was a favorite companion of King Manoil Comnenus who ruled with this city, and also was the patron of the church. He entrusted the work of an unknown artist who after making his work became known and will be remembered as a “master of painting from Nerezi”. Inside the church are preserved frescoes in all their authenticity from the 12th century.
Especially significant is the fresco, Lamentation of Christ. This kind of composition as the Lamentation of Christ, is found in most churches, but the unique is that in it can be seen, for the first time, how the angels are crying. This is the only fresco in which is represented scene of Virgin that overwhelmed by despair and pain for the first and the last time is straddle the dead body of Christ.
After the earthquake of 1555, parts of the church were destroyed. The scene in which is shown Christ bring after Judas’ betrayal, in which it can be seen his suffering are the only thematic selection of new painting that follows the renovation of the church.
There are some recent theories that the above mentioned fresco, Lamentation of Christ, is the beginning of the renaissance painting, almost 140 years before the advent of the Cimabue and Giotto di Bondone in Italy with frescoes in Santa Maria del Arenja.