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Vardar is the longest river in the Republic of Macedonia and a major river of Greece (where it is named Axios). It is 388 kilometres long, and drains an area of around 25,000 km² out to the Aegean sea. It's mouth is west of Thessaloníki. It passes through 3 cities (Gostivar, Skopje and Veles in that order) and nearby few more. It enters Greece near the town of Gevgelija right next to the E75 road which it follows most of the way. This thread is dedicated to its flow in the urban and rural areas.

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1 The river banks in Gostivar. Only several kilometers from the river springs

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6 Exiting Veles

7 Village Nogaevci near Veles

8 Probably in the Veles region

9 Probably in the Demir Kapija gorge

10 Entering Demir Kapija Gorge

11 Demir Kapija gorge

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18 Confluence with Crna river

19 Taor gorge between Skopje and Veles

20 In the Gevgelija region some 10km from the Greek border
 

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Where do you think Vardar is at its widest? From what i have seen Demir Kapija - Gevgelija areas are the widest, and it looks beautiful. But i haven't seen much of the river south of the border
The widest I've seen it is on one bridge crossing in central Macedonia. I took the road from Stip towards Strumica and somewhere midway there is a turn to go to Negotino. If I remember correctly I crossed the river somewhere near the Negotino powerplant. The river was really dam wide over there at least for Macedonian standards. And the bridge freaked me out it was probably the only time in MK when I felt insecure crossing a bridge. It was not rigidy or something but it was easily seen it was run down and some of the poles were not at an angle they supposed to be. This was some 4 years back, 2 years ago I read once that the its stability was really compromised because of the amount of water and the strong currents that year. I have no idea if they ever fixed it. Bla bla bla I said too much about a not so interesting story...

I also haven't seen the Axios part of the river and I'm really curious how big it gets. There are some pictures on Flickr I found from the river delta but they are all low res and you can't really get a right impression from them.
 

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yea i passed that stretch of road last summer i was going down E75 then got off at Negotino and drove towards Stip ending up in Radovish. Sadly it was 3-4am so i couldn't see the river :( But i know i drove by the powerplant so i must have crossed the bridge that you have. I am surprised from E75 when some of the wide parts are visible it really is something special to see since we dont have that often in Macedonia. It's interesting to note that the water has a greenish/muggy shade near the south of the border, even though water quality maps show it at first and second category when exiting Gevgelija!
 

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yea i passed that stretch of road last summer i was going down E75 then got off at Negotino and drove towards Stip ending up in Radovish. Sadly it was 3-4am so i couldn't see the river :( But i know i drove by the powerplant so i must have crossed the bridge that you have. I am surprised from E75 when some of the wide parts are visible it really is something special to see since we dont have that often in Macedonia. It's interesting to note that the water has a greenish/muggy shade near the south of the border, even though water quality maps show it at first and second category when exiting Gevgelija!
first and second category? Hard to believe man can U supply a map so I can see that with my own eyes? I personally think Vardar is off the charts all the way. I'd rather try to blow my head off if I start falling from one of them bridges just not to land in that shitty water alive. It's a really sad state in which Vardar is and pretty much all of its tributaries. We should really do more for the river.

Anyways I was never much impressed from what I saw along the E75. In Demir Kapija it doesn't seem too big (it's probably deeper on that stretch). It starts getting decent size near Gevgelija and I'd really like to see it by the location where they are building the California Resort I think it's pretty wide there.
 

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Yea here is a map from the year 2000 (i realize things have only gotten worse!)
http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/water_quality_in_macedonia

from Negotino to Gevgelija it is second category, but i had other maps which i apparently deleted which showed some sections in first category as well. Please dont look at the quality just outside of Skopje :S
hmm it's a bit confusing... how the hell does the water cleanse suddenly after Negotino. As I said its tributaries are just as bad.

 

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Guys my suggestion for you to make similar threads about Drim and Treska those river are beautiful. I don´t like Vardar at all. Color is just gross.
And maybe to make one thread about Macedonian lakes, coz the lakes are the best what Macedonia offers.
 

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Guys my suggestion for you to make similar threads about Drim and Treska those river are beautiful. I don´t like Vardar at all. Color is just gross.
And maybe to make one thread about Macedonian lakes, coz the lakes are the best what Macedonia offers.
Good ideas but so far there is a deficit of pictures. But I had some idea like that so it will happen.

As to Vardar. You are right the river is very polluted but we can't disregard its importance as the biggest river.
 

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Some photos from Vardar river in capital Skopje







Near Negotino south-central Macedonia



 

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Първите две снимки много ми харесват. Особено зимната - страхотна е!
 
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