Ohrid, North Macedonia

Ohrid, North Macedonia

a lakeside holiday that isn’t tagged in every other
Instagram post you see (we’re looking at you, Lake Como), book a
weekend in Ohrid. This captivating town is perched on the shores of
Lake Ohrid, which cuts into Albania, making a
road trip
along the water from one country into the other very

The town is one of the oldest in all of Europe, so the Old
Quarter is an absolute treat to navigate before relaxing by the
glimmering lake. Kayak, canoe or charter a boat for the day to make
the most of the Tahiti-grade water – you can
honestly see every rock and pebble at the bottom through the
ultra-clear aquamarine ripples.

Don’t miss

The iconic St Jovan Kaneo church rests atop a cliff overlooking
the pristine water, and makes for an excellent hiking destination.
It might be the most photographed spot in all of Macedonia, but
checking out the architecture and views is worth the steep walk up
before running back down to cool off in the lake.

To stay, snag a room at the Aleksandar Villa, which is one
of the best-equipped boutique hotels in the area with indoor and
outdoor pools, as well as a gym. It’s a quick walk from the lake,
too, making for easy back-and-forths between your bedroom and
sundowners at Kaneo beach.

Who to take with you

A friend who’s up for a homespun adventure.

When to go

Visit in mid-August
to catch the Ohrid Summer Festival, a lively
couple of days chock-full of music, theatre and photography

Most likely to bump into

Water babies – though the beautiful waters in Ohrid could make
even the biggest landlubber try their hand at sailing.

Essentials to bring with you

Layering pieces. You’ll be in and out of the water throughout
the day between treks up to the town’s castle and ice cream

How to get there

There is a direct flight from Luton to Ohrid St Paul the Apostle

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