Ohrid, Macedonia – A Hidden Beauty in the Balkans

My last travel post has been quite a while, so today I’d like to share with you the second part of my trip to Macedonia in spring. If you’ve missed the first part, you can read it here. After 3 days in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, we headed south, to the lovely town of Ohrid!

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The hotel we had booked was absolutely lovely and because it was off-season, it was super cheap as well! The room was clean and the bathroom was in good shape but most important of all: We had a room facing Lake Ohrid with this stunning view!

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The city of Ohrid is also known as “The Jerusalem of the Balkans” because it once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year. More importantly, it is also the home of the Church of St. John at Kaneo which is one of the most beautiful churches in Macedonia. I am not a religious person but I love visiting old churches and buildings. We got a boat to pick us up from the hotel and take us around the cliff to see the church from the water side and later walked up the hill to visit it.

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The church is built in the shape of a cruciform with a rectangular base on a cliff that is situated at a 20 minute walk from the city centre. We caught a beautiful day to visit it and it was definitely one of my favourite parts about this journey.

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The city centre itself is quite touristic with a lot of souvenir shops but also has nice traditional Tavernas with great food. As we went in spring, the town was quite empty but I can imagine it to be quite crowded in summer. There are a lot of beach bars dotted around the coastline which are fun to explore.

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On the third day we went diving in the lake, well, I tried to! But I quickly found that being underwater with tons of weight around my waist is not for me! On the last evening we saw the most beautiful sunset from our balcony which was a great end to our little trip!

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We were very lucky with the weather and had around 25 degrees Celsius for most of the time we were there. However, on the last morning it seemed that the sun was just not out at all and when we opened the windows, we saw this:

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Snow! Lots and lots of snow! The temperature dropped a lot during the night and it was around -2 degrees. Needless to say that I was freezing and could not believe my eyes! We got the bus back to Skopje around midday and while we were crossing the mountains, the snow just got worse and worse and we ended up stuck on a mountain road for 2 hours. I’ve never seen such a change in weather in my whole entire life! It was truly stunning!

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How to get there

There are cheap flights from London Luton to Skopje with the Hungarian airline Wizz Air. Bus connections from Skopje to Ohrid run very frequently from the Central bus station and the journey takes around 2,5 hours.

Where to stay
We stayed in House Lucija (more infos here) which was located at a short walk from the city centre and next to restaurants. The location was very quiet and rooms were nice and clean.

Out of all the places we visited in Macedonia, Ohrid is definitely on the top of my list! I loved the food, the city and most importantly: the lake is amazing! I can’t recommend you enough to go and visit Macedonia! It is such an underrated jewel in the balkans!

Have you ever been to Macedonia? What are your favourite travel destinations?

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