Typical Macedonian food is similar to Turkish ann Greek cuisine.The meat has a great role in Macedonian cuisine.
Shopska salad - a salad made out of cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, poured over with olive oil and grated with goat cheese.
"Struska" - pork and veal stew with mixed vegetables and pepper
"Vlashika" - mouton stew with sauce
Moussaka - aubergines and potatoes baked in layers with minced meat
Tavce na Gravce - beans in a skillet
Selsko meso - pork chops and champignon mushrooms in a rich brown gravy
Tourist signposting in the old town of Ohrid is really good. The signs are bilingual - you have the names written in Macedonian and with Latin letters. They are big enough and the colour combination of yellow and blue makes them difficult to be missed. Also, the signs are relatively close to each other, so you can not loose your direction easily.
If you still have doubts that you can find your way around you can always buy a map of Ohrid from the street vendors that you can find all around in the old town.
Ohrid Traditional Architecture (I&V)
The syntagma Ohrid traditional architecture refers to the style of building family houses which was developed in the 18th and 19th centuries due to the fact that, during the Ottoman reign, the Christians were not allowed to build outside the town walls and the lack of the space inside the town walls.
The master builders of Ohrid traditional architecture, self-taught bricklayers from the region of Debar, created genuine and wonderful style of building characterized by the houses with upper flors more spacious than the ground floor. They managed to do that by using light wooden skeleton construction, called bondruk set on the stone built base of the ground floor. The upper floors of the houses, one or two of them, were whitewashed. The white walls are in strong contrast to the dark wooden window frames which is another element of so special and beautiful appearance of Ohrid houses.
The peak of the Ohrid traditional architecture certainly is Kukata na Robevci – the House of the Robev family. This elegant building is the work (and we may say the artwork) of master Todor Petkov from the village Gari, in Debar region, who lived between 1814 and 1899. Besides being beautiful and very high, this house is special for one more reason – it was brotherly house with two separate apartments, and it is very skilfully vertically divided into halves. Kukata na Robevci houses the National Museum which gives opportunity for the visitors to enjoy surprisingly cosy interior of this unique edifice.
Another beautiful example of the Ohrid traditional architecture is Kukata na Kanevcevci – the House of the Kanevce family. This house of modest size stands near the marvelous 11th century Church of Santa Sophia. It was built on the irregular basis with the frontal facade on the narrowest side. View of this narrow facade is often a subject of the paintings of local artists. For a good reason.
Kuka Uranija – the Uranija House is another well known building of the Ohrid traditional architecture. It stands very near the House of the Robev family. It houses the Ethnology Department of the National Museum.
There are many examples of Ohrid traditional architecture style of building within the town walls, including the newly built houses. The Ohrid traditional architecture has "important place in the cultural heritage" of the city.
The Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and Dances
"The Balkan Festival of folk songs and dances" is an international folklore event established in 1962. Its original title was "The Ohrid Festival of Amateur Folk Songs and Folk Bands". The ceremonial opening took place 20th July 1962 in the town's square. In 1967 the Festival was restructured and ever since it has been hosting vocal and instrumental bands and solo singers presenting their authentic folk creations and traditional culture through horas, songs, rites, traditional clothes, local costumes, traditional musical instruments, and handicrafts.
For more than twenty years "The Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and Dances" has been a member of the UNESCO Associations of CIOFF (The International Council of the Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folklore Art), and IOFA (The International Organization for Folklore Art.
Traditionally, the Festival takes place in the beginning of July. Countries from the Balkans and neighbouring countries take part in the Festival. In the 36 years of its existence, it has hosted about 40,000 folk singers, dancers and instrumentalists from Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, FR Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Cyprus, as well as from France, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Moldavia, Poland, Bohemia, Slovakia, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Australia, USA, Canada, Malesia, and others.
Part of the Festival focuses on displaying exhibitions. In recent years the Folklore Institute "Marko Cepenkov" from Skopje organizes seminars on Balkan folklore.
Another Statue of Sv Kliment
Everyone sees the statue of Sv. Kliment Ohridski located on the main square, but it seems that a second statue to this great man is seldom visited. While most attractions in the Ohrid area seem to have crowds of people around them, this statue seems to be left alone. It is located up past Sv Bogorodica Perivlepta near the local school's basketball court. When you visit the church and the gallery of icons, instead of heading back towards the upper gate just keep going.