Flights to Ohrid
Situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid in the south west of Macedonia is the pretty city of Ohrid. Both the lake and the city have been declared a World Heritage Site, helping to cement Ohrid as one of Macedonia’s most popular tourist destinations.
The local Ohrid “Paul the Apostle” Airport (airport code: OHD) only handles seasonal and domestic flights to Ohrid, so you are better off arriving at the Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza (code: TIA) instead. It’s about 100 kilometres away, and regular buses go between the cities. A flight to Ohrid from South Africa, arriving in Tirana, is available with Turkish Airlines and will stop once in Istanbul, while British Airways also stops once in London. With South African Airways your flight to Ohrid will connect twice, in Cairo as well as in Athens.
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The Tourist Attractions of Ohrid:
Ohrid is a beautiful city with plenty of features to make it scenic and attractive. High mountains cradle the city to the shores of Lake Ohrid and make for great places to go walking or hiking to enjoy spectacular views. The lake itself is an attraction, perfect for boating, while on the outskirts of the city you’ll find some lovely beaches for days of relaxation. When you want to explore the city of Ohrid you won’t be short of things to see and do. It’s historically important so there are many historical landmarks, from churches to a fortress to the old bazaar. Here are just a few of the highlights of Ohrid:
Church of St Sophia
It is said that hundreds of years ago, Ohrid had 365 churches, one for every day of the year. There aren’t quite so many here now but there are still a large number of significant churches for tourists to visit. The Church of St Sophia is one of these, and it’s actually among the most important in the whole of Macedonia. It’s believed to date back to as early as the 800s and has been used as a mosque during the Ottomans reign. The frescoes inside the church are well preserved considering their age – dating back to the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries.
Other Significant Churches in Ohrid
There are numerous other churches of importance and beauty in Ohrid too. Knowing which ones to visit can be tricky with so many to choose from, but amongst those recommended are the Church of St John at Kaneo which is set in a beautiful location overlooking Lake Ohrid. It was built in the 1400s and has some early frescoes in its dome that were uncovered during restoration works in the 1960s.
Saint Panteleimon is an important monastery which was home to the first university in Europe and was where the cyrillic alphabet was created.
King Samoil Fortress and City Walls
Ohrid is surrounded by city walls that once protected the city in times of siege. There were formerly four gates into the city, two of which are still in good order, and on a hilltop overlooking Ohrid and the lake is King Samoil Fortress. From the ramparts you can enjoy some really excellent views over Ohrid.
When Should You Visit?:
Ohrid has a climate much like Mediterranean, with war to hot summers and mild winters. Rainfall is lowest during the summer and heavier in the winter. Visiting during July and August for average highs around 29C or for slightly cooler weather, May, June and September are good times to visit.