Ohrid Daily Life Tour, Ohrid (Self Guided)

The town of Ohrid is a quiet and cozy place, rich in interesting sites and a hospitable atmosphere. By taking the following tour, you will get to observe the town’s beautiful architecture and monuments and get a feel for the life of the locals.
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Ohrid Daily Life Tour Map

Guide Name: Ohrid Daily Life Tour
Guide Location: Macedonia » Ohrid (See other walking tours in Ohrid)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Author: gene
Old Bazaar

1) Old Bazaar (must see)

Since Ohrid was a big religious and cultural centre, it was never an important trade center, which is explained by the size of its bazaar. It is a simple bazaar consisting of just one street. It starts with the food market (in the past it was an animal market). After the market, the bazaar begins with a small square. In the square there is a 1000 year old tree and a nice fountain. Above the square stands the clock tower of Ohrid. As you walk down the bazaar on your left, there are couple of stone stores, which are the only original stores in the bazaar. In the past, the bazaar was covered with grape vines, protecting shoppers from the sun and the rain. Very few crafts are preserved.

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Ohrid Literary School

2) Ohrid Literary School

The Ohrid Literary School was one of the two major medieval Bulgariancultural centres, along with the Preslav Literary School. The school was established in Ohrid in 886 by Saint Clement of Ohrid upon orders by Boris I of Bulgaria simultaneously or shortly after the establishment of the Preslav Literary School. After Clement was ordained bishop of Drembica in 893, the position of head of the school was assumed by Naum of Preslav. The Ohrid Literary School used the Glagolitic alphabet from its establishment until the 12th century and the Cyrillic alphabet from the end of the 9th century onwards. The picture represents Codex Assemanianus, an early example of Old Slavonic text written in glagolitic script, may have been created in the Ohrid Literary School.

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Dom na Kultura

3) Dom na Kultura

Dom na Kultura is the town’s main cultural venue. It is located next to the St. Clement Statue Square and is right across the street from a small park. The movie theatre inside is open daily, but you might be lucky to observe some local cultural events at the Dom na Kultura as well.
Waterfront Park

4) Waterfront Park

The Waterfront Park is a quiet, simple and relaxing park in the old part of the city. You can always stop here to rest in the shade of a tree and savor the picturesque view of the lake and the slow movement of boats on its surface. The great location of the park makes it famous among tourists.
Lower Gate

5) Lower Gate (must see)

Lower Gate is one of the two city gates which remain well preserved nowadays. It is located on the King Samoil Street not far from the main square. One tower out of two is still in place at the gate. The gate was used as an entrance point for all the town’s visitors in ancient and medieval times.
Restaurant Antiko

6) Restaurant Antiko

The Antiko Restaurant is a traditional Ohrid restaurant located in an old house. It is one of the most popular places to have lunch or dinner in Ohrid, albeit not very cheap. Nevertheless, the experience is totally worth it - the Macedonian specialties served here are very delicious.
The Church of Old St. Clement

7) The Church of Old St. Clement

According to a Greek inscription above the southern entrance of the church of Old St. Clement, it was built in 1378. The inside frescoes were painted during that period of time as well. In some parts of the church, you can still notice parts of the original frescoes dating back to the fourteenth century.
Ohrid Beaches

8) Ohrid Beaches (must see)

Another activity that you can practice on your stay in Ohrid is going to the beaches. Apart from sightseeing, there are a few different natural beaches, usually the further from the city center the more scenic they become, and each offers a unique beach experience. Gradiste beach is known by many young people that are music lovers, for instance, while others cater to families or offer a tranquil atmosphere. Beaches are most crowded in July and August, and quiet the rest of the year, which offers a whole different experience.

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Walking Tours in Ohrid, Macedonia

Create Your Own Walk in Ohrid

Create Your Own Walk in Ohrid

Creating your own self-guided walk in Ohrid is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Ohrid Shopping Walk

Ohrid Shopping Walk

The following tour will take you through the most famous spots for souvenir and jewelry shopping in Ohrid. Among the most commonly bought gifts in Ohrid are filigree and pearl jewelry, woodcarvings and coppersmiths’ products. An interesting fact about most shops in Ohrid is that they are family owned and have been in business for decades.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Museums and Art Galleries Walk

Museums and Art Galleries Walk

Ohrid is a town that is proud to share its heritage with visitors. Due to the small size of the town, there are only a few museums in Ohrid. Take the following tour through the historic and art exhibitions that offer a fascinating glimpse into the local culture.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Ohrid's Remarkable Places of Worship Tour

Ohrid's Remarkable Places of Worship Tour

There is a legend supported by observations by Ottoman traveller Evlia Celebia, from the 15th century, that there were 365 chapels within the town of Ohrid's boundaries, one for every day of the year. Today this number is significantly smaller. However during Medieval times, Ohrid was called Slavic Jerusalem

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

A resort town of Ohrid, sitting on the shore of the eponymous Lake Ohrid in southwestern Macedonia, is a compact old settlement and a World Heritage Site renowned for its medieval churches, monasteries and open-air ruins. The massive walls of the ancient Samoil’s Fortress, crowning the hill over the town, is one of the top local attractions. To see the rest of them, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Ohrid for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Ohrid has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Ohrid, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.