Church of St Ilija
The Church of St Ilija can be found at the beginning of the town Star Dojran. It was constructed in 1848 (some sources mention 1874) and heavily damaged by bombing during World War I. Dojran was part of the Macedonian front during this war.
There is some restauration in progress, and judged from the chairs that were standing in the church in 2012, it also may be in use again, although it has no doors and glass windows yet.
It is a very large church, and its size is even more emphasized by its location on a high rock formation.
Monastery of St Majka Bozja
The Monastery and Church of St Marija Magdalena is relatively new, I found a source saying it was constructed in 2001.
It is not far from the Church of St Ilija.
Ruins of an Amam
The date of construction of this Turkish bath is unknown, but is has been working until its destruction during the First World War in 1916.
The water for the baths came in tile pipes from a locality 2 km west from Dojran called Dere-Bash.
Nowadays there is not much to see of the Amam, it is in ruins and part of it is covered in plastic for protection.
According to folk stories, the clock tower was build in the 14th century, after the city was concurred by the Turks in 1372.
The legend goes that the Turkish army came over the frozen lake, which was covered with snow, without knowing that it was a lake.
When the army entered the city, its inhabitants and the Turkish bey himself were surprised that the army had not drowned. The bey built the clock tower in honor of saving the army from drowning.
The tower is in ruins and it does not have a clock anymore. it is located high up a hill in the town of Star Dojran, not far from the ruins of an old Amam.
Dojran Information Center
This tourist information center is located next through the main road through Star Dojran (Old Dojran).
The info center was closed when we got there during its official opening times. The town hall is just behind the info center when you walk into the direction of the beach. So we went to ask for information there and the girl from the info center happened to be in the town hall.
You can get a map of Dojran with the main sights and some flyers here for free.
They can also help you with finding accommodation.
Before we came to Dojran, we were told that there would be plenty of Bed and Breakfasts / apartments available and reservation was not necessary. However, it turned out to be a very hot August in 2012 and a lot of people came to the lake for some refreshment. There were no more rooms available, except for the hotels which were either quite expensive or run-down.
We got a room in Nov Dojran (New Dojran) instead, which is about 4 km from Star Dojran. This was not optimal as there really is nothing to do in Nov Dojran, and we did not see restaurants there except for the one in our apartment complex Dan-Dar. Main message: be smarter than we were, and make a reservation before you go here in the summer.
There also is an ATM outside of the info center.
Dorjan Beach is a popular place during the hot summers.
The beach was very busy, and not extremely clean when we were there.
You can sit on the beach on a mixture of sand, pebbles and grass.
The water of the lake may not be as refreshing as you hope for during the hot summer, since the lake is rather shallow and therefore warms up quite quickly.
The water is green and not as clear as the water of Lake Ohrid. Lake Dojran is more like Prepa Lake, only a lot smaller.
Dojrana Statue: Legend of the lake
One upon a time, in the town called Polin, there lived a beautiful girl named Dojrana. She used to get jugs with water from the fountain every evening with her friends. The fountain had to be locked after use every time.
One evening, she went there with her friends, and the handsome Labin who she fancied was waiting there for her. While they started talking, her friends left. When she realized that her friends were gone, she went after them but forgot to close the fountain. The fountain ran all night, resulting into a big lake. When the villagers woke up the next day and found out what happened, they called the lake and the village after Dojrana.
Another, less romantic, legend tells about a Turkish bey who fell in love with the Macedonian girl Dojrana. He ordered his soldiers to bring her to his tent. Dojrana did not feel the same for her occupier and drowned herself in the lake, which was named after her.
Watch the fishermen at work
From what I've been told ... there is a very old style of fishing going on here ! Apparently, the local fishermen use birds (cormorants) to drive the fish into fenced in areas around the fishing huts in the water. When we visited, it was the wrong time of year, so I have yet to see it ... but will find out, go see it ....and update this tip ASAP.
Walk along the lake
There is something special about Lake Dojran. Somehow after walking around on a shore full of shells, and smelling the salty air, I felt like I had been at the beach ! The water in the lake is quite salty ... I don't know if it is good for swimming, since we went in October and it was too cold to even consider it!