Events and Festivals in Ohrid

Ohrid Summer Festival

This is one of the biggest and most significant drama and music festivals in Macedonia. The first concert took place way back in 1961 in the St. Sophia church, with its extraordinary acoustics. This festival has an international flavour since a big number of leading ensembles and musicians from the best known music centres in the world take part. Participants come from as many as 44 countries. It is held every year from July 12 to August 20.

Ohrid Swimming Marathon  

Every year, in the latter half of July, the best swimmers from all over the world gather in Ohrid and beginning from the St. Naum monastery, they swim to the town harbour along the Lakeshore, a route of about 30 kms.

The Balkan Folklore Festival

This is a member of the UNESCO Association of The International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folklore Art as well as The International Organization for Folklore Art. This festival has thus far presented several original dances and songs from folk culture for over 30 years. Approximately 1,200 ensembles with a total of 42,000 members have participated in the festival.


Gorica Hotel beach

This is perhaps the most gorgeous beach on the coast being covered with tiny pebbles and it is cut between profound rocks. Unluckily it can get pretty crowded, so make sure you come here early in the morning or late in the afternoon. If you visit Ohrid off-season this is the perfect place to enjoy a great swim. There is a tiny cafe on the beach where you can have ice cream and snacks or rent beach beds.

St.Stefan Cave church

Built in the 14th century, you should make time to take the scenic walk which could take about an hour along the coast starting from Gorica Hotel beach. 

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