Ohrid old town and springs in Vevčani

This morning I left the hostel around 5pm with the good hope to make some photos in the old town of Ohrid and of Ohrid lake. I drove with our Skoda Fabia from the hostel closer to the city. I parked it at the Upper Gate Parking. Or at least close to the upper parking since I only noticed this parking when I had climbed all the stairs after I thought I had parked the car as close as possible…

When I came at the Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon I still had to wait a few minutes for the sun to lighten the church just a little more.

Ohrid - Macedonia. Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon at sunrise in Ohrid, Macedonia.
Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon at sunrise in Ohrid.

I didn’t wanted to wait for the shadow to disappear completely, as I might be to late make my sunrise photos at the lake itself.

Boats on Ohrid Lake at sunrise in Ohrid, Macedonia.
Small taxi boats still wait for the first pasengers. And for the captain!

Although I was rushing trough all the narrow streets of the old town of Ohrid, I did notice it was really a beautiful town. Especially in the very early morning. With few people out on the streets and the beautiful light. Not to forget a more comfortable temperature.

Jovan Kaneo Church

Lake Ohrid with old town of ohrid at sunrise
View on the old town of Ohrid seen from the pier on Lake Ohrid.

On the pier of Ohrid I watched a while how a taxi boat captain prepared his boat. He tried to convince me to join him on a sunrise trip with the boat. Saying that the trip wouldn’t cost more than a beer in a club in my country. Very attractive, but I had to go back to the hostel where Lada probably was waiting already for me to pick her up.

Narrow streets in the old town of Ohrid with traditional Macedonian architecture.
Narrow streets in the old town of Ohrid with traditional Macedonian architecture.
Narrow streets in the old town of Ohrid with traditional Macedonian architecture.
These lanterns are everywhere in Ohrid. Very well done!

Ohrid really is the pearl of Macedonia. The Lake and the city. However, finding a place that offers breakfast was not that easy. Finally we found the Gladiator restaurant. Splendid view to have a coffee, tea and delicious Macedonian baklava!

Old town of Ohrid.
Wonderful view over the old town and Ohrid lake from the balcony of a the Gladiator restaurant. Just next to the Antique Theatre of Ohrid.
View from the first floor balcony of the Gladiator restaurant on the Antique Theatre of Ohrid and the old town. Macedonia.
View from the first floor balcony of the Gladiator restaurant on the Antique Theatre of Ohrid and the old town.
One more time the Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon in Ohrid Macedonia.
One more time the Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon.
Flowers in Ohrid 🙂
Kaneo beach. Ohrid Macedonia.
The small Kaneo beach in Ohrid.
Nope, that’s not a miniature church!

From this point a small path takes you within a minute away of all the other tourists and leads you to the other side of the cliff. Within 15 minutes you can descend to the lake and there is a tiny private beach you might have all for yourself. We had to share this beach with just two other people. But sharing is caring, right?

After we were cooled down by the cool water of lake ohrid, we returned our steps and went to visit the Samuel’s Fortress. From the fortress walls you get views over the entire city of Ohrid and the lake.

View from one of the watch towers of Samuel's fortress in Ohrid. Ohrid kalesi. Macedonia.
View from one of the watch towers of Samuel’s fortress in Ohrid.
View from one of the watch towers of Samuel's fortress in Ohrid.
On the other side we can see the entire town of Ohrid.

From the castle we went back to our car parked at the Upper Gate and drove towards a small village called Vevčani.

View from our hotel room in Vevčani.
The garden of the church in Vevčani.
Restoran Vo Izvor near the springs of Vevčani.
The springs of Vevčani are a collection of streams and a small river just above the village. It’s a perfect place for a small evening stroll.
View down on Vevčani. Macedonia
View down on Vevčani.
The entire village got a delivery of wood today. I hope nobody got stuck with their car as most of the streets got blocked on both sides!
Street in Vevčani in near Ohrid in Macedonia.
Street in Vevčani.

After our small walk to the springs and trough the streets of Vevčani we arrived in Pupuin’s House where we had a delicious dinner.

Good to sleep in a nice hotel (Villa Alula) after our uncomfortable stay in a cheap hostel in Ohrid. We will need a good rest as tomorrow we’ll hike the surrounding hills of Vevčani!