Are you looking for a hidden gem in the Balkans that combines natural beauty and rich history? Look no further than Ponikva, Macedonia!

Located in the Osogovo Mountains in eastern Macedonia, 20 kilometers north of Kochani, at an elevation of 1,560 meters in a region with a thick beech forest and a diversity of plants, Ponikva is one of the most impressive tourist destinations.

The entire structure, which includes the catering facilities, RVs, bungalows, children’s resorts, etc., is made mostly of natural materials like wood and stone that go in nicely with the surroundings. It is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, with rolling hills and lush green forests. The air is fresh and clean, and the pace of life is slow and relaxed.

Ponikva

What mustn’t you miss?

But what really sets Ponikva apart is its rich history. The place has been inhabited since ancient times, and there are many fascinating historical sites to explore. One of the most impressive is the church “St. Kliment Ohridski”, a new sacred building in the Osogovo Mountains. 

The Orthodox Church “St. Kliment Ohridski” in the Osogovo Mountains is the founding work of Blagoj Sitnovski and his family. The architect Aleksandar Gitsov crafted the architectural solution, and the entire icon painting is the work of the academic painter Aleksandra Dimitrova, MA, both from Kočani. Visitors can admire the intricate artwork and learn about the history of the church from knowledgeable local guides.

But Ponikva isn’t special just because of its history. What thing that makes this place worth your while, is the flavorful cow cheese. It is a technologist and craftsman recipe created with years of experience to reach its ultimate, unparalleled flavor. 

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And let’s not forget about traditional food! Macedonian cuisine is known for its hearty, flavorful dishes, and Ponikva is no exception. Visitors can sample local specialties such as the “tavche gravche” (a bean stew), ajvar (a roasted red pepper spread), and kajmak (a creamy dairy product similar to clotted cream).

What makes Ponikva special?

But perhaps the best thing about Ponikva is its people. The people are warm and welcoming, eager to share their culture and way of life with visitors. Whether you’re exploring historical sites, watching artisans at work, or simply enjoying a meal in a local restaurant, you’ll be struck by the genuine hospitality of the people of Ponikva.

So if you’re looking for a hidden gem in the Balkans that combines natural beauty and rich history, look no further than Ponikva, Macedonia. This charming place is sure to capture your heart and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Ivana Muratovska