Ohrid Tourism

Nicknamed as the ‘City of Light’, Ohrid is a hidden gem of southwestern Macedonia. It boasts of being listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The opulent history and heritage of the city date back to 2400 years before the new era. It was one of the oldest and most significant Roman routes in Balkan.

Ohrid is crammed by many beautiful churches and a majestic castle on the top. The traditional and lakeside restaurants on the cobblestone streets of the city are a treat for every foodie. The city is located on the banks of the serene Lake Ohrid, which is the reason behind many scenic spots in the city.

From age-old historical monuments to hip party places, from serene places to relax to traditional markets, this gem of a city has got something for everyone. Legend says that there were 365 chapels in the city, one for every day of the year. Now the number has obviously decreased, but the city still has a lot in store for the religiously inclined. The restored monastery located at  Plaošnik dates back to the 10th century and is one of the oldest universities in the western world.

Ohrid is one of the only 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world that fall under the category of both cultural and natural heritage sites. Despite this, the city has managed to not become a tourist circus. A visit to Ohrid is incomplete without tasting the delectable culinary delights the city has to offer. A Burek from a local bakery, fish and salad dishes at the Restaurant Dva Bisera and a shot of rakija(fruit brandy) are enough to make you want to stay in the city forever.

Essential travel information and Ohrid tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: GMT+1 and the Central European Standard Time Zone is UTC+2
  • Currency: Denar(MKD)
  • Electricity and Internet: Internet is available at high speed in most of the hotels, residences, and institutions. The voltage is 230 V/ 50 Hz.
  • Languages: Albanian, Turkish, Romani, Serbian, Bosnian, and Aromanian.
  • Security: Police(192), Fire Brigade(193), Ambulance(194)
  • Off-beaten Path: NA
  • Tipping: Tipping hotel staff is not expected but appreciated. In restaurants, tipping to round off the bill is common. If you find the service brilliant, 10-12% tipping is appreciated.
  • Tourist Traps: NA
  • Customs-You can’t buy alcohol after 7 p.m. in the winters and 9 p.m. in the summers.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Ohrid

  • Know the pollution level of Ohrid before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 11.11 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 52.78 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 61.11 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 2.78 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 22.22 (Low)
  • How safe is Ohrid for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ohrid.

    • Burglary and Theft 30 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 27.5 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 72.5 (High)
    • Car Stealing 17.5 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 22.5 (Low)
    • Attacks 32.5 (Low)
    • Drug offense 27.5 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 60 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 33.33 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Safety Index 69.98 (High)
    • Climate Index 81.09 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 22.8 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 10 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 72.22 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.52 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ohrid

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.65 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 24.93 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.95 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 39.21 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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