"Macedonia is a country of lakes and mountains, as we have mentioned before. It remains one of Europe’s last great undiscovered countries: a natural paradise of mountains, lakes and rivers, where life moves to a different rhythm".
Macedonia's terrain is mostly rugged, located between the Sar and Osogovo mountains, which frame the valley of the Vardar river. Macedonia is a predominantly mountainous country. Macedonia's high mountains are suitable for winter sports and hunting. About 35% of the former Yugoslavia's ski slopes could be found in Macedonia.
The Ohrid lake is considered to be one of the oldest lakes and biotopes in the world, preserving a unique aquatic ecosystem with more than 200 endemic species that is of worldwide importance. Located in south-western Macedonia, a region with great historical and cultural value the Ohrid lake and the region have great importance (World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979). It is primary destination for tourists during the entire year.
The Prespa lake is the only one on the Balkan Peninsula to have island. The five: Golem Grad, Mal Grad, Pirg, Agios Achillaeos and Vidrinec, are located in the three countries that share the lakes today, Macedonia, Albania and Greece. With its irregular coastline, plethora of bays, extraordinary cleanliness of water, pristine nature, and setting between three national parks, Prespa is truly a place one must visit. Between the two lies the Galicica Mountain, through which flows an underground stream named Zavir, through which Prespa lake supplies Lake Ohrid with water.
The Dojran lake is on the south east part of Macedonia, with surface of 43.1 sq km and max depth of 10 meters. Fishing on the lake is done in a primeval way with the help of birds, that by their presense make the fish go into the special bounds of cane called “mandri” from which the fish can not escape.
The Tikves lake is the largest artificial lake in the Republic of Macedonia, it is located 165 meters above sea level, 12 km southwest of Kavadarci on the Reka Crna, and 3 km from the village of Vozarci. It is a site for sports and recreation as well as being a popular tourist attraction due to the cultural monuments and rich flora and fauna of the area.
The Mavrovo lake is located in the Mavrovo region in north-western Macedonia. Abundant with the famous trout, Lake Mavrovo also makes for an excellent swimming, boating and fishing spot in the summer months. An additional point of interest is the half-submerged church in the lake.
The Kozjak lake is situated in the mountains south-eastern of Skopje, in the Makedonski Brod municipality (Porece region). Because of the lake, re region has became a popular destination for the tourists.