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Ohrid Travel Guide, Macedonia

Lazily spreading on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid is the inheritor of a rich history and tradition. Great historical events have taken place in Ohrid, and the place abounds in interesting sites, but the sheer natural beauty of its surroundings gives the chief appeal of this town. Ohrid is nestled between the blue expanses of Lake Ohrid and high mountain peaks, and it is often called the jewel of the Macedonian crown. There are many things that a visitor can do to while away the time in Ohrid. The city’s impressive number of churches (365) offers plenty of opportunities for sightseeing during the day, and you can go club-hopping and restaurant sampling during the evenings. This Ohrid Travel Guide will help you plan your holiday to this picturesque city.

Ohrid Travel Guide - Transport

Ohrid’s international airport is St. Paul the Apostle Airport, located at about 7 kilometers from the city centre. Some flights depend on the season, but there are links to Ljubljana, Thessaloniki, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam and a few other cities all year round. If you are already in Macedonia, you can easily reach Ohrid by bus from Skopie, Bitula and other major cities. You can also catch direct buses to Ohrid from Tirana, Albania, and Thessaloniki. Once you’ve arrived in the city, the best way to explore it is on foot. The city centre is full of old buildings and interesting pieces of architecture. The old town is not very large, and you can safely walk around on foot. However, if you want to visit the more remote parts of the city, you can take a taxi or the bus. If you don’t have a good map of the city, this Ohrid Travel Guide recommends that you take a taxi, even thought the fare will be more expensive than a bus ticket.

Ohrid Travel Guide - Accommodation

Although Ohrid is quite a popular tourist destination, the most widespread form of accommodation is not hotels, but private villas. Many of these guesthouses are located in the historic centre of the town, so you’ll have the advantage of being near the main tourist attractions. Albergo Mimi Ohrid is a quiet establishment in the city centre, offering comfortable rooms for quite low prices. Risto’s Guesthouse is slightly more expensive, but it will be a real treat for gourmets, as the guesthouse offers its guest home-made bread and traditional dishes and beverages. Those with high-class tastes should try Villa Germanoff, a luxury establishment on the shores of the lake.

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