Travel on budget! - Ohrid - North Macedonians' hidden treasure
Have you ever heard about Ohrid and Lake Ohrid? A superlative natural phenomenon, Lake Ohrid provides a refuge for numerous endemic species of freshwater fauna and flora dating from the Tertiary period. Situated on the shores of the lake, the town of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Built mainly between the 7th and 19th centuries, it has the oldest Slav monastery (St Pantelejmon) and more than 800 Byzantine-style icons dating from the 11th to the end of the 14th century. In the shallow waters near the shores of the lake, three sites testify to the presence of prehistoric pile dwellings, and the small Lin Peninsula is the site of the remains of an Early Christian church founded in the middle of the 6th century. Source: Unesco
Nestled between the mountains of Macedonia, three hours outside the capital city of Skopje, Ohrid is the perfect spot for your next adventure. Surrounded by natural landscapes that are the stuff of your Instagram dreams, Ohrid is removed from the bustle of major cities, yet easily accessible by bus or plane – the city even has its own international airport. For those looking to travel within the area, the Greek border is less than two hours away.
Lake Ohrid is characterized by underwater springs located along the eastern and southern coasts, so the water is incredibly clear. Transparency in some places reaches even 22 meters. Most of the surface springs are found in the vicinity of the monastery St. Naum, and in the immediate vicinity of the city Ohrid is one of the most famous springs - Studencishta, known as Biljanini Izvori. The largest depth measured on Ohrid Lake is between the villages of Pestani and Trpeica , and it is about five kilometers from the lake shore. Source: NorthMacedoniaTimeless
Macedonian cuisine is reason enough to come to the city. It is unlikely that you’ll make the trip to Ohrid without hearing about Dr. Falafel, which serves up some of the best falafel sandwiches in the region, with fresh hummus and pickled vegetables. Macedonian food has been influenced by a variety of cultures, but largely focuses on Mediterranean and Turkish flavours, with a hint of Italian zest. Typical dishes include flaky kifli pastries, rich vegetable and meat stew known as turli tava, and tavče-gravče, a delicious bean dish. Local foods are made from scratch, focusing on quality and freshness, while the lake ensures that there is never a shortage of fresh seafood. Source: theculturetrip
Ohrid once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and has been referred to as a "Jerusalem of the Balkans".
The Bay of Bones Museum
The museum on water, otherwise known as Bay of Bones, is an archeological complex located at the excavation site of Ploca Micov Kamen, near Gradishte and Pestani along the Ohrid coast. An authentic reconstruction of the pile dwelling settlement, Bay of Bones is a very popular day trip and one of the most attractive destinations in Ohrid and Macedonia.
Dating back between 1200 and 700 BC, the original prehistoric settlement occupied 8500 square meters. The Ohrid Lake, quite shallow around this period, allowed for a massive wooden structure to be erected above the water, considered by many as one of the largest prehistoric palafittes.
Bay of Bones is a partial recreation of the settlement, giving locals and foreigners a unique chance to learn about life in prehistoric times. Enjoying the magnificent view and the unprecedented setting of this surreal archeological site, you will immerse yourself completely, losing track of everything else.
The findings point out to a massive settlement, supported by 10,000 wooden piles, each anchored to the lake bed. Learned guesses put the settlement at the very end of the Bronze Age, and the beginning of the Iron Age, effectively making it over 3000 years old.
The water museum is an important cultural and historical landmark of the Republic of Macedonia, and a truly unique large-scale underwater excavation on the European continent.
If you are on a budget, if you want to travel, relax, enjoy and have a great time then Ohrid is the right place to go!