Struga is located in the south western region of the country and lying on the shore of Lake Ohrid. It is about 14 km from Ohrid lots of places to visit, culture to absorb, town of poetry. Where an international festival of poetry called the Struga Poetry Evenings, takes place from 25th to 29th August every year. What gives Struga it’s recognizable the River Black Drim flows out of Lake Ohrid.
- Licensed tour guide
- Transfer with car/van
- Pick up and drop off your accommodation
- Lunch and Drinks
- Entrance tickets
Located in the south western region of the country and lying on the shore of Lake Ohrid, Struga is another town that enriches the unique Macedonian experience. It is about 14 km from Ohrid lots of places to visit, culture to absorb, town of poetry. Where an international festival of poetry called the Struga Poetry Evenings, takes place from 25th to 29th August every year. It is also the town of the eel and that was why this town was called Enhalion in the past which meant ‘the town of eels’. The present name Struga is of Slavic origin and it means ‘a hunting ground’. What gives Struga it’s recognizable the River Black Drim flows out of Lake Ohrid. Along the river bed, it is considered the center of the city. We will visit Old Bazaar, the Church of St. Gjorgi, then the Natural History Museum of Dr Nikola Nezlobinski which has more than 10,000 examples of flora and fauna from the Ohrid and Prespa regions.
About 10 min drives we will visit cave church of Sveta Bogorodica (the Holy Mother of God) built in the 13th century, deep into a rock. The monastery is located in the village of Kalista on the western edge of Lake Ohrid, toward Albania. There's a very important icon is kept, where the Holy Mother of God is painted with Black face and clothing, holding in her hands the Black Jesus.
From Struga to Vevcani is a 14 km and road lead through two bigger villages Velesta and Vranista. Walk through the village streets that lead us uphill to the river springs. River springs are not important for the village just for its beauty but also they are life for the villagers – for their everyday activities. Walkways by the river are very nicely decorated. The village has a few water mills that still grind corn in a traditional way.
Vevcani is not only known for its natural springs, its 1,400-year-old annual carnival, and its past attempts to become an independent republic. One of the most famous village festivals held in the Balkans is the Vevčani Carnival. It is believed that the custom is over 1,400 years old. It is based on old Pagan beliefs and rituals. Every year on January 13. Is, Vasilica Carneval with lot of humor and variety of masks attracts many visitors from home and abroad.
After the walk and exploring the life of the village, can be organized lunch in one of the restaurants (optional) - who are known for traditional dishes, homemade cheese, and homemade wine. Return to Ohrid.