- Among the most popular day-trips from Skopje
- See the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheatre
- Explore ‘the Balkan Jerusalem’
In days past there were some 365 churches in Ohrid, a picturesque city two hours from Skopje, one for every day of the year. Today, this is among the most essential day-trips from the Macedonian capital, lined with historic architecture and pretty houses, not to mention the outstanding views across Lake Ohrid. Your guide will lead you on an in-depth tour of the city’s must-see landmarks, including the 11th century church of St. Sophia, the remains of a Roman amphitheatre dating to the 3rd century BC, and the Icon Gallery which contains some of the world’s most prestigious religious icons.
At the Samuil Fortress you can take in spectacular panoramas of the lake and the city from the medieval walls, while there are many other enthralling churches and chapels to explore. The old Church of St. Jovan at Kaneo is sure to be a highlight of your Ohrid day-trip, given its stunning clifftop position. You can return to Ohrid by foot or by local boat (at a supplement), with the opportunity to purchase lunch before heading back to Skopje. Don’t miss this excursion during your Macedonia trip, it’s considered a pearl of the Balkans.