Lake Ohrid is one of the deepest and oldest lakes of Europe and connects Albania and Macedonia. In 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and I can confirm that it still has this title for a reason. The lake is absolutely beautiful and the nature surrounding it is astonishing.
Even with bad weather it is worth visiting the city of Ohrid and the identically named lake.
The city is known for having once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year. The old town of Ohrid, where we had our apartment, is very beautiful and in good condition. The old ancient theatre and the fortress are good preserved. From the old town you have a beautiful view over the bay of Ohrid and the Lake Ohrid.
St. Sophia – Old and demolished but recovering
The old town has a lot of picturesque houses and monuments and the famous cathedral of St. Sophia is also situated there. Entrance to the cathedral is 100 denars (1.60 Euros) and totally worth it. The cathedral was built during the first Bulgarian empire and was later converted to a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans built a minaret on top of the church and covered the inside with mud. Archeologists are trying to recover the lost arts beneath the mud and today you can find about ¼ of it on display.
A must visit is the Monastery of St. Naum, unfortunately the weather was really bad when we were there and we couldn’t make it there. Usually you take a boat from the harbor of Ohrid. It brings you straight to St. Naum and you get a magnificent view of the monastery from the water. The monastery was built in 905.
If you decide to visit Ohrid consider to stay at Villa Ohrid. The owner is very friendly and you get a 15 % discount at the restaurant Panodos which is 100 meters away. Restaurant Panodos has great food and fantastic service. The owner invited us to beers on the second evening and the atmosphere in the restaurant is very nice.