It’s Day #24 of 100 Days of Travel! This week, I’m traveling safely around the lake city of Ohrid, one of the jewels of Macedonia. From eye-popping sunsets to the clear waters of the lake to historic monuments, there is plenty to keep a traveler (safely) entertained here.
Ohrid, the City of Lights, is the vacation destination for Macedonia. Situated on the stunningly clear waters of Lake Ohrid, the third-largest city in the country is an ideal base for exploring the waters, mountains, and history of the area. In the city, you’ll found countless restaurants, bars, and cafes lining the shores of the lakes along with some interesting sights.
Saint John at Kaneo
The Instagram star of Ohrid, this small Macedonian Orthodox church perched on the cliffs overlooking the lake is a photogenic treasure. The short trek along the cobblestone paths to reach this place are also worth the trip.
It’s the Balkans so you better believe there’s a castle. The iconic fortress of Tsar Samuel of Bulgaria crowns the top of the city. Built in the 4th century BC by Phillip II of Macedon, you can still walk the walls of the fortress and prepare your battle plans.
Without a doubt, my favorite beach in Ohrid. Tucked into a small inlet, this pebble beach is reached by heading through the Old City Park. Supremely tranquil, especially in the autumn.
After you have filled up on local trout at one of the numerous restaurants, walk off your meal along the Ohrid Boardwalk. I’m down here most days to take advantage of the last sunbeams of summer. There are plenty of benches and cafes to chill out down here and flocks of deadly birds.
Ancient Theatre of Ohrid
Even after two millennia, this classical Greek theater is still hosting live events, including my classic performance where I reenact the end of Gladiator.