This Southeastern region of Macedonia has 10 municipalities of which Strumica, Gevgelija, and Dojran are the most popular. The region borders Greece and Bulgaria, and its administrative centre is Strumica with approximately 35.000 inhabitants. The dominant places for recreation and tourism are the mountains Kozuf (2,132 m), Belasica (1,881 m), Ograzden (1,746 m), Plachkovica and other smaller mountains, as well as the Dojran Lake. Due to its geographical diversity and the mild climate, the region has many forms of tourism: lake, spa, mountain, countryside, transit, casino tourism and various other types of alternative tourism. The biggest cultural attraction in the region and the Medieval monasteries od Vodocha and Veljusa located close to Strumica. The majority of the other attractions are natural
Dojran is a lake with an area of 43.1 km2 shared between N. Macedonia and Greece. The lake has a rounded shape, a maximum depth of 10 m, 9 km length and is 7km at its widest, making it the third largest lake partially in N. Macedonia. Specific for the lake is the abundance of fish and the use of cormorants for traditional with the help of birds in reed fences, the so-called mandras. The abundance of endemic algae species that live in Dojran Lake will allow you to breathe iodine, and do not miss to apply on yourself a bit of the healing Dojran mud.
The “Waterland of Strumica”
In the Stumica region which abounds with water from the Belasica Mountain. We invite you to visit some of its waterfalls, like the ones in Kolesino, Smolare or Gabrovo. Mokrino springs and the wetland of Monospitovo another site worth visiting. Yet the biggest water attraction is Bansko Spa, located 12 km from Strumica. It is a thermal mineral spa active from the ancient times and one of the rare preserved Roman monuments of its kind in Europe, with a capacity of over 50 l/sec.
Casinos and tourism are two different terms that share a very strong and common bond. Going together hand-in-hand, they represent a multi-faceted world where entertainment, gaming and competition are all merged. This billion dollar industry is attracting a lot of tourists in Macedonia especially, in the city of Gevgelija – known as the “Macedonian Las Vegas”.