From the moment you set your foot in Ohrid you understand why Ohrid is the tourism capital of N. Macedonia. Location of the city, old city architecture, cultural-historical monuments and natural beauties make Ohrid a must see place. In 1980, the city of Ohrid and the Ohrid Lake were declared world’s cultural and natural heritage under protection of UNESCO. With its unique flora and fauna dating back to the tertiary period (2-4 million years ago),Ohrid Lake is one of Europe’s great biological reserves.
Ohrid, one of the oldest towns in Europe was the centre of great prehistoric and ancient civilization. In the middle ages it is here at Plaoshnik where the first Slavic university in Europe was founded. It isthe town of St. Clement and St. Naum, the centre of entire orthodox culture and literacy! There are millions reasons to visit Ohrid of which 365 are the churches and monasteries for each day of the year, the rest of them you will discover yourself.
Use the opportunity to experience the old traditional trades and enjoy the masterpieces of local craftsmen visiting workshops for hand-made paper, art filigree, wood carving, pearl making. During Ohrid Summer festival, 12th July – 20th August, the city of Ohrid is a center of extraordinary rich and attractive cultural events.
The town of Struga is the second pearl of Ohrid Lake. On the Drim river bridge each august the poets of the world gather for the Struga Poetry Evening Festival. Another curiosity near Struga, on the cot of the lake in the villages Kalishta and Radozda there are churches within natural caves high in the rocks, hidden from the eyes of tourists. In the small restaurants here you can try best fish specialties.
Across the Lake, next to the border with Albania in a beautiful natural setting Galichica NP by the springs of river Drim is St.Naum Monastery. The monastery complex and church of St. Naum built in the Xc. by the Saint himself before he passed away and was buried in the church. The legend says that if you lay your ear over St. Naum’s tomb you will hear his heartbeat still pounding.
Along the coastline towards Ohrid, Gallichchica Mountain and NP with is breathtaking views and magnificent landscapes lures adventure lovers to go hiking, mount biking, quad biking, paragliding…