You can find remnants of a Bronze Age settlement in the morning and get onboard a sunken German coastguard from World War II in the afternoon. No wonder diving is high on the agenda for many fellow adventurers who visit Lake Ohrid. Care to join?
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Europe’s oldest lake and also one of the deepest ones, straddles the border between Albania and Macedonia and is a real goldmine of natural and historical treasures. Most of the flora and fauna of the 300 meter deep tectonic lake are unique to the area, this applies for instance to the rare Ohrid trout and eel that you’ll have ample opportunity to eat at one of the local lakeside restaurants. It’s a real treat!
Don’t worry if you are not that much into scuba diving and the underwater world by the way. Or fishing for that matter. Ohrid Lake is also your obvious choice if you want to spice up your travel adventure with a beach vacation and even if you need a day off from the sun there’s plenty of things to do in the area. The lake’s principal town is called Ohrid just like the lake and both the town and the lake have been on UNESCO's World Heritage list since 1980 when Macedonia was still one of six republics in former Yugoslavia. That the history of northern Macedonia goes much further back you’ll see by the plethora of beautiful old buildings that surround the lake.
One of Ohrid’s landmarks is the St. Jovan of Kaneo Monastery that sits beautifully perched on a cliff just above the fishing village of Kaneo just outside the old town. The monastery was founded at the end of the 13th century and dedicated to St. John the Baptist. With its spectacular location it’s not surprising that it’s one of the most photographed and instagrammable places in North Macedonia. Another key feature is the centuries-old landmark, Samoil’s Fortress and on your way through the old town where everything is within reach by foot you’ll also see ancient theatres and impressive medieval churches.
If you want to share your adventures take time to relax on one of the lakeside cafes or the beach bars that turn into night clubs in the summer.
Ohrid international airport lies 14 km north of town. Ohrid is also well connected with Skopje where buses run every few hours. Even though the old town is small enough to walk you could be tempted to grab a cap in order to avoid the hills. By boat you can go from Ohrid to some of the other ports around the lake, for instance Struga and Sv Naum.
Taste: Ohrid trout
See: St. Jovan of Kaneo Monastery
Do: Scuba diving in the lake
Experience: Ohrid by boat