Located in the Southwestern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Ohrid is one of the major municipalities in the Republic of Macedonia. It is 30 kilometers from Albania, 80 kilometers from Greek border and 171 kilometers from Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia. Ohrid is one of the major municipalities in the Republic of Macedonia. It is 30 kilometers from Albania, 80 kilometers from Greek border and 171 kilometers from Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia. Ohrid or Lichnidos (City of Light) as it was previously known, has been a living town for 2500 years. In the second half of 19th century Ohrid played an important role in the revival of Macedonian culture.
Today Ohrid serves as the spiritual hart of Macedonia and is a major tourist center. The oldest part of Ohrid is located on a double hill, with its highest point at Samuels Fortress, which dates from the tenth century.
Old city was a walled city, and on a strategic crossroads between the Byzantine and Roman Empires. Ohrid Lake came into being about 4 million years ago, as a result of tectonic shifts.
Its water is so clean, that it permits visibility to the depth of 21 meters. With its exotic flora and fauna, the Lake is one of the largest biological reserves in Europe. The earliest scientific studies from 1892 proved that Ohrid Lake is one of the oldest in the world.
Since 1980, Ohrid Lake and the town Ohrid have been a world cultural and natural heritage area under the protection of UNESCO. Together they create the PEARL OF THE BALKAN. In the morning you can eat breakfast on one of the terraces, at noon you can have a drink there and at night you can visit one of the nightclubs with live music or a good DJ.
In summer Ohrid is famous for its festivals.
These are two examples of the many festivals:
* Folk dancing festival. (July)
* Ohridsko Leto. (July/August)