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There are plenty of hotels in Ohrid Your choice of accommodation for your stay in Ohrid should be dictated by your personal travel budget, but also by your own interests.

The experience of enjoying Ohrid, fine cuisine and service while surrounded by the wonders of the Lake Ohrid makes Ohrid the ultimate destination.

Whether you're looking to rough it or relax in style, Ohrid offers hotels for every taste, budget and personal interest.

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About Ohrid

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Ohrid is a city on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid in the Republic of Macedonia. It has about 42,000 inhabitants, making it the seventh largest city in the country. The city is the seat of Ohrid municipality. Ohrid is notable for having once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and is referred to as the Macedonian Jerusalem. The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments, and tourism is predominant. It is located southwest of Skopje, west of Resen and Bitola, and east of Elbasan and Tirana in Albania.

A town of vast history and heritage, it was made a UNESCO heritage site in 1980. Ohrid is without a doubt the jewel in Macedonia's crown. Nestled between high mountains up to 2.800m and Lake Ohrid, it is not only a place of historic magnificence but also of outstanding natural beauty.

The natural beauty of Ohrid's surrounding countryside and turquoise water of the Lake Ohrid have made the city an internationally popular summer vacation destination. In Ohrid there are unique bays, beaches, submarine areas and rich vegetation. Numerous bars and restaurants line the waterfront and the old town, offering everything from pizza to local specialties.

Due to its beauty, natural as well as man-made, its rich history and its Mediterranean climate which just invites you to ease you mind, relax and savor the moment, this little town that in supreme tranquility rests on the coast of Lake Ohrid has become one of the most sought after European tourist resorts.

Ohrid History


Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. The lake is over three million years old. Ohrid is first mentioned in Greek documents from 353 B.C.E., when it was known as Lychnidos (the city of light). In 879 C.E., it was renamed Ohrid. The name probably derives from the phrase “Vo Hrid” – meaning roughly, “on the hill.” The town as we know it today was built mostly between the 7th and 19th centuries. During the Byzantine period, Ohrid became a significant cultural and economic center, serving as an episcopal center of the Orthodox Church and as the site of the first Slavic university run by St. Kliment and St. Naum at the end of the 9th century. In the 11th century, Ohrid briefly became the capital of the great Samuil empire, whose fortress still presides over the city today.

Ohrid Kaneo

Churches to visit include:

St.Sophia church, St.Bogorodica Perivlepta, St.Jovan Kaneo, St.Pantelejmon – Plaosnik, St.Naum monastery

Other sites to visit:

Old Bazaar, Mesokastro Settlement, Kaneo Settlement, Ohrid Fortifications, King Samoil Fortress, Antique Theatre, Ohrid Traditional Architecture, Icon Gallery, Zeynel Pasha Teke

Ohrid Events:

Ohrid Summer Festival, Ohrid Swimming Marathon, The Balkan Folklore Festival
Lake Ohrid

Lake Ohrid is one of Europe’s deepest and according to most experts the oldest lake in Europe, preserving a unique aquatic ecosystem with more than 200 endemic species that is of worldwide importance. The importance of the lake was further emphasized when it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979.

The east coast is the most beautiful part of Ohrid Lake. It is part of Galicica National Park and it is protected by UNESCO along with the lake for its natural values. The first part of the east coast is less interesting, the road goes along the lake and is lined with hotels, tourist settlements and organized beaches.

National Park Galicica

Due to the natural beauty and specific flora and fauna in the forests and forest areas on Galicica Mountain, a larger part of it with an area of 22.750 ha, was proclaimed as national park in 1958. The National Park Galicica, situated in the furthest south-eastern part of the Republic of Macedonia, is characteristic for its positioning between the two lakes - Ohrid and Prespa Lake, for the involved orthography and the interesting geomorphologic shapes (deep valleys, variousl types of karst forms, and glacial relief forms). The National Park Galicica is especially distinguished with the abundance of floristic wealth.

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