Since the eighth-largest city in Macedonia and biggest city along Lake Ohrid, Ohrid is one of the most-visited areas in the country and frequently considered the”Jerusalem of the Balkans,” because of its many churches (365 in total).
Have a Boat Ride on Lake Ohrid
Photograph St. Jovan of All Kaneo Monastery
Things to do in Ohrid include appreciating the lakefront, in addition to visiting the most well-known of the churches and visiting several ancient ruins, medieval monuments, along with Ottoman structures in the area.
Visit St. Clement Church
Here is our list of things to do in Ohrid, Macedonia, after spending a Couple of incredible days Researching Ohrid and its surroundings:
Watch Ohrid’s Ancient Theatre
It’d be a shame to travel all the way rather than experience the lake from the boat. Lake Ohrid is one of Europe lakes — about 2-5 million years old with a region of about 138 square miles!
Tour the Robevci Family House Museum
The lake, due to their natural and cultural importance, were both declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1980 in addition to the city of Ohrid. If you’re wondering where to grab a boat it is possible to do so in the Ohrid Marina.
Watch the Frescos of the Church of St. Sophia (Sveti Sofia)
In the event you don’t need to choose the round-trip ferry into Sveti Naum, ask around the marina to get a local captain to carry you on a one-hour lake excursion (roughly 5 euros per person). The ferry takes about two 1/2 hours to arrive and about 1 1/2 to return back.
Admire the Perspective from Tsar Samuil’s (Samuel’s) Fortress
Shop for Ohrid Pearls
It costs about 10 euros per person. Check ferry timetables in the marina.
Visit the Monastery of Black Drim Springs along with Sveti Naum
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Get in Contact with Nature in National Park Gali?ica
St. Jovan of All Kaneo was Set in the end of the 13th century and dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
Its place and unique Byzantine-style architecture make it one of the areas in Macedonia — from the coast and by Lake Ohrid.
St. Jovan of Kaneo Monastery sits perched on a cliff just above the fishing village of Kaneo, overlooking the placid waters of Lake Ohrid. It has become the symbol of Ohrid.
The St. Clement Church is Situated on Plaosnik (Plaošnik) Hill in Ohrid.
Originally built in the 13th century and known as the St. Panteleimon Church, it housed the relics of St. Clement.
It was converted into a mosque in the 15th century throughout the Ottoman period before being rebuilt in the 16th century and turned right into a church. A visit to St. Clement Church will reveal medieval frescos, early Christian mosaics, also Byzantine-style structure that’s common through the Balkans.
Near the middle of Ohrid is that the Ancient Theatre — a open-air Hellenistic-style theater that was built around 200 B.C. with a capacity of 4,000 audiences. For executing Christians, leading following the collapse of the Roman Empire, during Roman times it was used.
It was eventually unearthed and used for displays. Most importantly, it is employed as a stage during the Ohrid Summer Festival. Entry into the theatre is absolutely completely free of charge.
Situated in the Old City of Ohrid, the Robevci Family House Museum is a Great example of 19th century Conventional Macedonian architecture.
It was built for the Robevci household, that lived there for 35 years until it burnt down. It divided and was completely reconstructed in two parts for brothers Konstantin and Atanas Robev.
The home is a historic and cultural museum showing Roman, along with memorabilia by the Robevci household and Greek artifacts. Touring its furniture, this family home , and wood carvings gives a glimpse to what world Ohrid was like. For me, it was reminiscent of the 19th century uncharted homes in the Old Town of Plovdiv.
The St. Sophia Church in Ohrid is one of the most significant monuments in Macedonia and a timeless example of Macedonian medieval art and architecture. It was the cathedral church of the Byzantine Empire’s Ohrid Archbishop, providing religious authority of the region to it.
The date of construction is not known. As with other Macedonian churches, it was transformed by Ottoman Turks before being eventually being restored back into a church. The actual draw on the church is the living frescos dating back several years into the 11th, 12th, and 13past centuries.
“Of the preserved frescoes in the lower zones of the altar Could be Known as portraits of Constantinople, Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem patriarchs and archbishops, in Addition to Mary with Christ, the Apostles, and St. John the Baptist.”
You may Understand That the Church of St. Sophia by the back of the 1000 Macedonian Denar banknote.
Make up Your Way in the Roman Theatre or St. Clement Church to Respect the view.
It is possible to walk the perimeter of the walls around.
Tsar Samuil Finally moved the capital of the Empire to Ohrid and Assembled one of the Best strongholds in the Balkans.
Tsar Samuil’s Fortress is a vantage point for breathtaking views of the city of Ohrid and Ohrid Lake.
The climb into the fortress is steep but you will be rewarded with views. Entry into the fortress is simply 30 Macedonian denar.
One of the things to do in Ohrid would be to check the Lake Ohrid pearls out at a workshop. Ohrid pearls are famous for glow and their firmness; qualities made by a emulsion made from their scales of the plasica fish, and this is a carefully guarded secret by the number of families which have taken on the tradition through the years.
We decided to visit with the Talev family’s workshop who has been creating jewelry. The Talev household was the first to begin creating Ohrid pearls. Their lovely designs have captured the attention of several celebrities Queen Elizabeth II of England.
Considering that Ohrid pearls aren’t like those chosen from oysters, they’re very reasonably priced and make perfect presents for your friends, mother, spouse, daughter, etc.. Be sure to check out the Talev household store in the middle of Ohrid near the primary post office.
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The Monastery of Sveti Naum (St. Naum) is situated on a rocky outcrop in the southernmost part of Lake Ohrid near the Albanian border, just 18 miles from Ohrid. This is one of the very popular day trips from Ohrid and also my #1″must-do” from this whole list.
St. Naum is a cross-shaped church with a stone façade that enjoys a picturesque view over Lake Ohrid. Following his departure his death 910, St. Naum was buried inside the monastery.
Locals and tourists alike push their ears to his own grave to determine if the legend is true — it is said you are still able to hear his heartbeat. Within the monastery you’ll also find 16th along with 17th century frescos.
Once you’re finished researching the Monastery St. Naum, walk back down to the river to get a boat ride of the crystal-clear emerald springs of the Drim River. You are able to contract a rowboat that is local to get a excursion of this all-natural paradise that is miniature.
Cease at Restaurant Ostrovo on the edge of the springs to try the pond fish specialties, once you’re back on dry land.
National Park Gali?ica is a mountain that separates Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa.
Its setting is the thing that attracts hikers, birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts to come and enjoy the magnificent views.
The air is crisp and clean, and from particular vantage points you will acquire scenic views of Ohrid and Prespa lakes, and surrounding cities.
Hiking is a favorite pastime here, and there are numerous routes to choose from. I was advised that the meadows are covered in wild flowers and aromatic herbs, giving loads of scents across the paths. It is also possible to self-drive to reach the viewpoints just like we did.
Appreciating views and the air out of National Park Gali?ica
Special thanks to Macedonia Timeless and XShot.
So that was my Top 10 list for things to do in Ohrid… When you’ve been before or need to proceed, please share your thoughts in a comment below!