The oldest lake in Europe with magnificent natural beauty, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the protected “Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region”.
Lake Ohrid is the pride of the Republic of North Macedonia.
It is the oldest lake in Europe and one of the largest. It is a lake with magnificent natural beauty, which is in perfect symbiosis with human presence, which is why it is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the protected “Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region”.
If we describe it with numbers, Lake Ohrid looks like this: area of 358.2 km 2 , longest transverse length of 30.8 km, 87.5 km of shore length, greatest depth of 289 meters and up to 22 meters of water transparency. Ideal for diving!
But the treasures and beauties of the lake are beyond measure!
From hundreds of beaches spread along the coast, your view extends to the endless lake or stops in the greenery of Galichica. When you are in the middle of the lake, in a fishing boat or a boat, you notice all the beauty with which nature surrounds the lake like a mother’s embrace. You are captivated by the serenity of the meek waves on peaceful days and excited by the primordial power of the water when the big waves come.
You can soak it up while walking along the shore, you can enjoy watching it from above, you can lose sight of it and still feel it. You will feel the magnetic force most strongly if you go to the beginning, first at Biljanini Izvori, and then at the monastery of St. Naum. It’s the location of most of the surface springs that irrigate the lake with crystal clear water.
If you are tempted by the interior of the lake, go diving to look at endemic organisms, such as the round sponge or the specific “chara” underwater plant. Dive into the past in the Bay of Bones and touch the remains and artefacts in the water of the Neolithic pile settlement, the only one of its kind in the Balkans.
The water of Lake Ohrid constantly changes colour depending on the amount and angle of the sunrays falling on its surface. Just like the nuances on the scales of the Ohrid trout, a protected endemic species of freshwater fish that you can see on the 2 denars Macedonian coin. And just as the attachment to the lake ripples with each new arrival.