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"Ohrid" Top 5 Page for this destination Ohrid by Pijlmans

Ohrid Travel Guide: 912 reviews and 3,064 photos

The fact that both the lake and the town of Ohrid are under the protection of UNESCO should say enough. The lake is one of the oldest in the world and the town itself is precious. The Galicica National park is around the corner.

Lake Ohrid has nice beaches, quiet ones and beaches with bars and music. The quiet beaches can be reached by foot (or buy or rent a bike, depending on how long you´re staying). For the more trendy beaches, take a cab or minibus and ask for the "Gradiste" beaches.

If relaxing at the lake side is not your thing, Galicica National Park is at walking distance from Ohrid. Check my page about hiking in Macedonia for many suggestions of hikes that you can do in Galicica National Park.

The main sights of Ohrid can be seen within a day. But remember, besides these few sites, Ohrid has a lot more churches and monasteries to offer. Several of them are in the tip section below. A convenient tour that takes you in a circle along the most interesting sites is described below. You can also do this Ohrid City Tour with GPS.

A tour of Ohrid

1) The statue of Kiril and Metodi in the centre of Ohrid near the lake, teachers of the Glagolitic script and and fathers of Slav literary culture. The Cyrillic script is named after Kiril (Cyril). On the square there is also a statue of their pupil, St Clement.

2) Follow the street next to the lake into the old town of Ohrid to the Church of St Sofia.

3) Walk up from St Sofia to the Roman Amphitheater near the Upper Gate.

4) See the late 13th-century church Sveti Bogorodica Perivleptos and the Icon Gallery.

5) Visit Tsar Samoil's Fortress .

6) Walk down through the forest to St Clement´s Monastery Church, dedicated to saints Clement and Pantelejmon. This is a new and beautiful church, completed in 2002. It stands next to the ruins of the original St Clement´s monastery school at Plaosnik. Plaosnik now is a rapidly growing excavation site.

7) From there, descent to the Church of St Jovan at Kaneo, a breathtaking church on the cliffs above the lake. This church also features in the Milco Mancevski movie "Before the Rain".

8) Just below the entrance to St Jovan Church, the very small Cave Church St Bogorodica can be found next to a scenic willow tree in the water.

9) Back in the centre of Ohrid, on the Krusevska Republika Square, a fountain and a 900-year old plane tree can be found. The story goes that this hollow tree housed a barber´s shop and later a very small cafe.

After this, just wander off through the old part of town.

Struga, Kalista and Radozda are villages on the west shore of Lake Ohrid and Vevcani and Gorna Belica are located more land inwards.

On the east side of Lake Ohrid you can visit the villages Lescoec, Velestovo, Konjsko and Pestani. An interesting 6.5 km hike takes you from Ohrid to the villages Ramne and Velgosti.

Lake Prespa and its uninhabited island Golem Grad are on the other site of Galicica National Park.

  • Last visit to Ohrid: Aug 2012
  • Intro Updated Oct 1, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Hello, Dennis! I found your page to be very informative and interesting! You have provided lots of detail! Thanks!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    Excellent page with many helpful practical tips and brilliant photos of Ohrid. Well done.

  • briantravelman's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Orhid is high on my list of places to see. I heard they have 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Sounds like a vey interesting place.

    • Pijlmans's Profile Photo
      Jan 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      They used to have so many churches i think...Not 365 anymore but still a lot as you may have seen from my pages :-)

    • briantravelman's Profile Photo
      Jan 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      No, I haven't. I will look at those later. I believe you. Sometimes they just say that to draw in the tourists, like Antigua with its 365 beaches.

  • Mar 22, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    A very comprehensive page, Dennis! Some very nice churches and archeological sites around Ohrid, it seems!

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Some great tips here Dennis. I'm hoping to get to Ohrid on my next trip to Serbia maybe this year. All those Byzantine churches remind me of Mistras in Greece. Excellent pages.

  • Zvrlj's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2009 at 12:20 AM

    I have just "tasted" your Ohrid page. ou have given us many ideas for our next time. BTW, we have been settled in Velestovo, we have seen the church and taken many photos... Guess we'll start Velestovo page :-)

  • Karolina01's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2008 at 1:19 AM

    Yes it is, there is no other as Ohrid in Macedonia

  • unaS's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Great tips. Will be following them on my visit to Ohrid in the Spring. Thanks.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Hello, Dennis! Great trip! Thanks for sharing!

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    You put a lot of work in this page. What a wonderful culture this seems!

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