The Eastern Region of Macedonia is the basin of the river Bregalnica with the areas of Maleshevia, Pijanec, Kocansko Pole and Slan Dol. There are 11 municipalities with 8 towns and Shtip as it biggest economical and administrative centre. Its origin and history is traced back to kingdom of ancient Paionia as Astibo, known in the Byzantium era as Stipion. There are remains from different period still preserved today can be found at the local museum, but definitely the highlights in Shtipare St. Nikola and the Ascension of Holy Mother of God churches, masterpieces of the Macedonian XIX c. architecture.
Further to the east one reaches Kochani Valley, known for production of rice and the largest thermal basin of high temperature waters in the Balkan Peninsula. In the Osogovo Mountains, 20 km north of Kochaniin an area with dense beech forest Ponikva 1560m ski center is located.
The natural tourist offer of Eastern region of N. Macedonia is predominated by Maleshevo, one of the cleanest and most unpolluted regions in Macedonia. Characterized by a unique combination of almost untouched nature, great cultural and historical heritage, folklore and crafts and the highest concentration of oxygen in the air of the Balkans. The pleasant climate and ecologically – healthy food, makes this area an ideal refuge for rest, gastronomic enjoyment, relaxation and recreation. At the foot of the Maleshevo Mountains in the Maleshevo area at an altitude of about 900 meters is the city of Berovo. Real holiday away from the urban chaos. Due to the specific of the region, Berovo is well known for its potato and the white cheese of Berovo. An interesting legend about the building of the monastery of “St. Archangel Michael” is retold by the locals: at the begging of the XIX c, the Christians of Berovo wanted to build a new bigger church for which they had to get an approval from the Turkish pasha, for which they had to fulfill three conditions …
Pehchevo, another picturesque place surrounded by big pine woods and fresh streams situated under the slopes of the Vlaina Mountain, on an altitude of 1.000 meterson the two banks of Pehchevska River. The most visited location is Pehchevo Waterfall located about 10 km southeast of Pehchevo, in the upper, spring part of the Bregalnica River.