Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

Vast, deep, Lake Ohrid is the jewel of Macedonia. The quiet streets of its namesake town reveal frescoed medieval churches, a Roman amphitheatre and a fortress worth climbing for the views. But as you explore the old town, the clear lake waters draw you back time and time again, inviting you to swim, dive or take to the waters by boat.

If you are tempted landwards it might be to hike in the nearby Galičica National Park. With cheap private rooms to rent and several waterside camping spots, the area is perfect for travellers on a budget to kick back and relax.

Where to stay

Best for a cosy guest house: Villa & Winery Mal Sveti Kliment

Best for views of Lake Ohrid: Villa Kale

Rough costs

Daily budget: Basic €25, occasional treat €35
Drink: Wine from €2.50 per bottle
Food: Tavče gravče (bean casserole) €1.50
Hostel/budget hotel: €10/€25
Travel: Bus: Skopje–Ohrid €7; train: Skopje–Bitola €4

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