The Best Things to Do in Ohrid

Me at Samuel's Fortress

Ohrid is such a beautiful city I think it would be possible to visit and be content doing nothing. However, that would be a shame because there’s so many beautiful sites that are full of rich history to see.

Below are some of my favorite things to see in Ohrid:

Ancient Theatre of Ohrid
Ancient Theatre of Ohrid

I actually discovered the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid on my way to visit other sites. There wasn’t much, if any, signage that I remember which made it more interesting in a way. Fun fact: it’s the only Hellenistic-type theatre in Maceonia.

Lake Ohrid
Lake Ohrid

Have you ever swam in a Unesco World Heritage Site? Well if you’re in Ohrid you can by going for a dip in Lake Ohrid. It borders Macedonia and Albania and you can visit it it from either country. If you want to visit Lake Ohrid while in Albania I suggest heading to Pogradec.

Lake Ohrid is the second deepest lake in Europe and 24th deepest lake in the world. It’s also one of the oldest lakes in the world at around 3 million years. On top of this it has a unique aquatic ecosystem with more than 200 endemic species.

The Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon is an astounding site with some deep history behind it. It’s constructed around 893 A.D. on the foundation of the early Christian basilica and dedicated to St. Panteleimon. It’s believed that Saint Clement himself designed the church.

Gladiator fights took place here during Roman times, as did the executions of Christians, and as a result it became a massively disliked site by locals. In fact, it was loathed so much that they ended up abandoning and burying the theatre. It wasn’t discovered until the 1980’s. Fortunately this allowed it to be very well preserved.

Tsar Samuel’s Fortress is the only site listed on this post that has an entrance fee but it’s well worth the cost at $0.50 U.S. cents. It was the capital of the first Bulgarian empire under the rule of Tsar Samuel and dates back to the 10th century.


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