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Ohrid

Countries: Macedonia
Activity: City break


Lake Ohrid is the largest and most beautiful of Macedonia’s three tectonic lakes. Its clear waters together with the serene stillness of its mountain setting have captivated visitors since prehistoric times. The lake is 30 kilometers long and up to 288 meters deep. While the lake is fed by water from three rivers, most of Ohrid’s water comes from another lake Prespa, on the other side of the Galičica Mountain. Being at a higher elevation, Prespa spills its water down to Ohrid through mountain springs, the most important being Ostrovo near the monastery of St Naum, and Biljana near Ohrid town. With its unique flora and fauna characteristic of the tertiary period (2-4 million years ago), Ohrid is one of Europe’s great biological reserves. Most of the lake’s plant and animal species are endemic and unique to Ohrid. The most famous among these are two types of Ohrid Trout (letnica and belvica, in Macedonian). Other unique Ohrid creatures include two types of eel as well as the bleak, whose scales are used for making the well-known Ohrid pearl. This treasured jewel is produced according to a secret method passed down from generation to generation. Sport fishing attracts many passionate fishermen from Macedonia, Europe and the world. In 1980 Lake Ohrid was proclaimed a place of world cultural and natural inheritance by UNESCO.


ST. NAUM

Centuries of monastic stories.

The monastery of St. Naum is located on the southeast side of Lake Ohrid, in the immediate vicinity of the Macedonian-Albanian border. Its building is linked to the name of St. Naum, the closest associate of St. Clement of Ohrid. Records about the life and work of St. Naum can be found in three literature works dedicated to his life. Also the Archbishop of Ohrid, Constantine Cavassila, wrote about him. In the Historical Archives of Ohrid there is a Chronicle written by a priest that lived in the second half of XIX century.

GALIČICA NATIONAL PARK

Panoramic views over the lakes.

The mountain that separates the two Lakes in Ohrid region – The Ohrid Lake and the Prespa Lake offering stonishing panoramic view just 20 minutes drive from Ohrid. The National Park is one of the richest in terms of flora and species
of trees.

PELISTER NATIONAL PARK
Natural attraction for outdoor adventures.

The Pelister National Park is only 15 km from Bitola along the Baba Mountain. Pelister is 2600 meters above the sea level high and it is unique for it’s mountain landscape, also rich in springs, streams and rivers, and an outing place for summer and ski-centre.


 


SKOPJE

To visit capital.

Skopje is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. As largest city in the country, it is a political, economic, and cultural center of Macedonia, known by its varied architecture and its mix of cultures. It lies on the upper course of the Vardar River and is located on a major north-south Balkan route between Belgrade and Athens.

BITOLA
The old town of café culture.

Macedonia’s second city, Bitola is a grand old town that still bears the marks of its turn-of-the-century importance as a center for diplomacy – while also exemplifying the country’s time-honored café culture.The many cafes lining the city’s pedestrian main street (the Širok Sokak) provide endless see-and beseen opportunities for Bitola’s fashionable youth. Also the oldest archeological locality from the roman times in Macedonia “Heraclea Lyncestis is just 5 km away from Bitola. Places to visit: The main street Širok Sokak, The Old Bazaar, The Clock Tower, The Pelister National Park, the archeological locality Heraclea Lyncestis

PRILEP

The legend of the warrior.

Prilep is the third biggest town in Macedonia known by the legendary warrior Krale Marko and his fortress that still witnesses above the town. Also known as the center of the tobacco production in Macedonia, Prilep is a modern town with many famous Macedonian delicious food specialities. Also near the town is the church St. Archangel Mikhail and the monastery of Treskavec and Zrze.

STRUMICA

The carnival town.

It is located southeast of the country is the most exciting nightlife place in Macedonia, with a lot of attractions to be seen as the waterfalls of Smolare nearby, the monasteries of Vodoca and Veljusa, and many picturesques villages where are the most high quality producers of vegetables as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in the region.

MAVROVO NATIONAL PARK
The paradise for skiers.

The ski resort on Bistra Mountain (Mavrovo) is a real paradise for skiers where the snow and the woods are the part of wild nature. Rich in natural resources, traced mountain recreational paths, traced mountain-bike paths, Mavrovo and its National Park is the most organized ski center in Macedonia. The ski center has three chair lifts and eleven ski lifts. The length of the ski lifts is 5700m with capacity of 10000 skiers per hour with tracks for beginners, advanced and professional skiers.