Ohrid and Lake Ohrid MACEDONIA

Ohrid and Lake Ohrid MACEDONIA

Ohrid and Lake Ohrid MACEDONIA

Ohrid and Lake Ohrid MACEDONIA

Ohrid and Lake Ohrid MACEDONIA

Ohrid and Lake Ohrid MACEDONIA

Ohrid and Lake Ohrid MACEDONIA

Ohrid and Lake Ohrid MACEDONIA

lake ohrid and berat albania

lake ohrid and berat albania

Lake Ohrid

Ohrid and lake Ohrid
Visiting Macedonia was never givenfor my plan. Been there before (only to Skopje though ) and thought I wouldn’t have time for this trip to do it right (only 3 months all around the Balkans ). But…. I‘d been just on another side of lake Ohrid in Pogradec in Albania and thought I can’t simply not attend Macedonia as literally you cross the border walking. Well, I made it happen on the bike.
I took a bike coming from the hostel where I‘d been staying at in Pogradec and cycled to St Naum monastery in Macedonia (only 1km coming from the Albanian border ).

Very first-time crossing the border on the bike

Set inside the 9th century upon the south-easter shore of Lake Ohrid the monastery, St. Naum was chosen primarily to its location – on a higher, rocky outcropping during the lake, above deep forests and life-giving springs from the river Crn Drim. It was eventually full of individuals, both local and foreign, but overall I did adore it. The ride to Albania was a little steep although not really bad. There would be a shortcut with the military zone and also the soldiers were nice to open the door for myself to ensure that saved me a couple of km uphill upon the bike (luckily we speak a similar language ).

Ohrid and Lake Ohrid MACEDONIA

You may also continue just a little row boat ride in the natural springs just there

I enjoyed this church much greater than the monastery, so beautiful and fewer crowded
After coming to Albania, I realised that I can’t just go south without visiting Ohrid, once I‘d been on another side from the lake. And subsequent day I said goodbye towards the lovely family running the hostel in Pogradec and headed a similar method to Ohrid, this point hitch hiking. Got a fast ride towards the border there another car of a couple Albanian and Macedonians took me all of the method to Ohrid. They had been my age and it was eventually sharing some inside advice on Macedonian language (it’s almost a similar but some words have different meaning such as the word “svirka” which suggests “live music” in Macedonian but “blowjob” in Bulgarian so you have to be careful your words !

I‘d been recommended Sunny Lake Hostel in Ohid and it was eventually such an excellent choice. Met numerous cool people there that I‘m still in contact with. And I wound up staying not just one night as planned in fact. As always actually.
The beaches aren‘t bad either and in case you go a little further to the ideal, past all of the restaurants, you could find some quite isolated and never crowded spots to benefit from the lake. Water was so clear and type of cold (in July ) but which was a actually very refreshing as temperatures were hitting 40 degrees Celsius.

Lake Ohrid
I believe only Bulgarians could realise why I find this sign funny

Lake Ohrid. The beach far far from the crowds

This little guy was crawling inside the grass along side a different one, quite near the centre

National workshop for handmade paper – it is not among the very first few things you can do in Ohrid but most surely this workshop is valued at a visit. The cigarettes pack does not have anything to carry out wit it, just see it interesting : )

The most street

Pearls coming from the lake are extremely popular here

Sunny Lake Hostel. BBQ upon the go

 

I did as a lot the vibe in the hostel, the owners and also the people I met but it was eventually time to reach. Simply by chance 4 Slovenian guys and 1 Kiwi were going to Berat, Albania also. So we left together (type of )… they took the first bus and I left 3 hours later hitchhiking. There would be a bet in fact, who would cause it to be there first…. No got to mention who won : )

camping ground

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