outside ohrid, Ohrid
Lake Prespa lies south-east of the famous Lake Ohrid, in the south-west of Macedonia. The two lakes are separated by the Galicica National Park.
Golem Grad is a beautiful uninhabited island in Lake Prespa. It is rich in flora and fauna, such as pelicans.
Golem Grad means Big Town, but the island is also called Zmiski Ostrov, meaning Snake Island. Indeed, many snakes can be seen on the island.
Although you are free to navigate around the island by boat, all visits to the island have to be agreed with the administration of the Galicica National Park.
Follow the link below to my Golem Grad page and tips for more information.
About twenty kilometers from Ohrid, on the right from the road leading to the monastery St. Naum, in the rocky area of the tourists camp Gradište, is the cave church Holy Mother of God. Inside this little cave are wonderfull fresco-paintings from 14th century. This cave is right on the (third) beach at camp so after visiting this cave you could refresh yourself in lake.
You can visit the cave church of St Arhangel Mihail (Archangel Michael) in the village Radozda.
Radozda is the last village before Albania on the west coast of Lake Ohrid.
There is also a nice small restaurant called Dva Biseri, Two Pearls.
A visit to Radozda can be combined with a visit to Struga and Kalista.
Visit the settlement and monastery complex of Kalista on the northwest coast of Lake Ohrid.
Kalista has its own beach and (cave) churches, and a trip can be combined with a visit to e.g. Struga and Radozda.
See my Kalista page for more information.
Camping and beautiful areas? Yessss... indeed.
Gradiste is green, place is so colourful and has very impressive trees. And Gradiste has a great beach! Some of my pictures on that page (other tips) I shot there.
Remember, from there you can reach also the Church Cave.
About the mass of fishes there in the lake (Ohrid) I was really surprised.
The other end of the pebble beach is more amazing indeed... some stones on the water become this part of the bech in a playground where you can go in the water jumping from one to other.. all beneath the cliff where run the path...its a great view ... and a beautifull place to take photos
Going down from the path through a steep way we got the beach , a pebble one with real clear water...my guide told me that the makedonian part is cleaner than not the albanian one, and i could see with my eyes once i crossed the border the next day... you could swim there easily with no harm but the albanian...buffff its absolutelly scary and dirty
Stunning strands split in two i beheld from the cliff ..easily we went down where a couple of youngers "play together" ... it reminded me for a while the catalonian Costa Brava, beautiful strand in a charm place ..
My local guide after have lunch offered himself to show the outskirts and i accepted kindly. the path as you see on this pic departs from Kaneo and going up the hill through pine trees and following the linecoast
If you like landscape and nature... You cant miss to visite Mavrovo. This fantastic part of country is placed in the west Macedonia. You can see also monestry St. Jovan Bigorski, church with nfantastic art peaces.
Rent a scooter and go exploring! It's an incredible fun but be sure to inform someone of your intentions - the region is not very secure! The breathtaking beauty of the nearby mountains and the lake will make your day only if the garbage all around have not spoilt it beforehand!
The National Park Galicica is situated on Mount Galicica, that is a part of the mountain range of Sara-Pind. Due to its exceptional natural beauty and extremely opulent and endemic flora and fauna, in 1958 the Macedonian section of the mountain was proclaimed a National Park.
The main geological surface on the major part of Mount Galicica are Paleozoic metamorphic silicates covered with 500-550 m horizons of massive limestone that have spongy structure and are highly porous.
The massif has developed relief with large and deep valleys and a vast mountain crest that in the southern part of Galicica reaches the altitude of more than 2,000 m. Such relief, as well as the vicinity of the two Lakes enable continuous, extremely long and beautiful scenic views for visitors.
Galicica enjoys moderate Continental climate influenced by a large quantity of water from both Lakes and the hot Sub-Mediterranean influences that break through the relatively low mountain saddles in Albania.
In addition to the extraordinary natural beauty and aesthetic values, Galicica is also a unique environment with well-preserved natural flora in several ecosystems.
The flora in the National Park Galicica covers more than 800 species, among which there are numerous relict and endemic forms whose farthest limit of distribution is Mount Galicica itself. The presence of eleven local endemic forms discovered so way is quite remarkable. These forms exist only on the slopes of the Mount Galicica, and are clear evidence of the specific floral structure of the mountain. It should be underlined that there is an on-going intensive research of the flora in the Park. There are indications of an even greater number of endemic forms.
The fauna on Galicica is also prolific and diverse. There are no precise data about the number of invertebrate species. Vertebrates are present with 170 species: 10 amphibians, 18 reptiles, 124 birds, and 18 mammals.
Panoramic photos made around Ohrid Lake in Macedonia: view on Gradishte from the boat in the Lake, view on Ohrid and Prespa Lakes from the top of Galichica Mountain.
The beautiful village Vevcani is situated northwest of Lake Ohrid.
It has springs, a working watermill, church, picnic area, brooks etc...
A view from Sveti Naum towards Albania -- the white building is a border post! Macedonia shares Lake Ohrid with Albania. This causes problems with overfishing and pollution ...