Monday, September 3, 2018

The Guardian: Ohrid, one of the best alternative city breaks in Europe

Ohrid is becoming a hotspot European destination for each season and several world-known medias has recommend the picturesque city. This time the prestigious media “The Guardian” has listed Ohrid among best city breaks in Europe for late summer.

Ohrid is landlocked Macedonia’s “seaside” city. The old town tumbles down the hill to the banks of Lake Ohrid, with its boardwalk and beaches. The cobbled streets are crammed with churches and traditional houses, and the hill is crowned by the ruined Samuil Fortress. Other architectural sights include a 2,000-year-old amphitheatre and the photogenic 13th-century St Jovan Kaneo church perched on a cliff overlooking the lake.

After exploring the town and lakeside, take a boat trip to St Naum monastery and the nearby springs; go diving at the Bay of Bones, an underwater archaeological site; or trek in the mountains of the Galičica national park. Back in town, the terrace at Letna Bavča Kaneo is a good place to try fried plasnica (small fish eaten whole, like whitebait). For drinks, there are beach bars, including Ovreche and Cuba Libre, and and grungier late-night joints such as the Jazz Inn.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Culture Trip: Why Ohrid should be on your bucket list

Macedonia is country that has so much to offer from breathtaking scenery, historical sites and old towns. Ohrid city itself is a packed destination and no wonder Culture Trip has listed some good reasons to visit.
Culture Trip is online platform focused on tips for trips and destinations and inspiring their readers to travel more. Views, landscapes, architecture etc, are some of the reasons suggested by Culture Trip.
Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia | © trabantos / Shutterstock

“Home to narrow, cobblestoned streets and medieval-esque architecture, a visit to Ohrid may seem like a trip back in time. Yet to be hit by huge waves of tourism, Ohrid is a vacationer’s paradise, with glimmering beaches, spectacular views, and a wealth of Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine – all available on a budget.”
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Go for the history
Nicknamed the ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’, Ohrid is one of the oldest settlements in Europe, and was once considered to be the epicenter of religion and Slavic culture. Its history is evident in every building that lines the city’s old town. However, it is Lake Ohrid that makes the city a unique historical artifact. At three million years old, it stands as one of Europe’s oldest and deepest lakes, and gives Ohrid the prestige of being named as both a cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Go for the views, stay for the food
Macedonian cuisine is reason enough to come to the city. It is unlikely that you’ll make the trip to Ohrid without hearing about Dr. Falafel, which serves up some of the best falafel sandwiches in the region, with fresh hummus and pickled vegetables. Macedonian food has been influenced by a variety of cultures, but largely focuses on Mediterranean and Turkish flavours, with a hint of Italian zest. Typical dishes include flaky kifli pastries, rich vegetable and meat stew known as turli tava, and tavče-gravče, a delicious bean dish. Local foods are made from scratch, focusing on quality and freshness, while the lake ensures that there is never a shortage of fresh seafood.
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Telegraph: Macedonia-The country that will improve your health

The lovely and small country of Macedonia, located in Balkan Peninsula is making a point in the European tourism map. Travel guides and world known travel magazines has written a lot of articles about the jewel of Macedonia, Lake Ohrid. But this time, the prestigious Telegraph Travel dedicated the article about Macedonia’s majestic mountains.
“Tickly cough? Runny nose? Broken sleep? For a fast and effective remedy, try Macedonia.” this is how Telegraph invites its readers to visit Macedonia.

Korab Mountain
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Paul Bloomfield is the author of this long article, describing his experience in Macedonia: “, I found myself hiking through Europe’s most alluring al-fresco apothecary store.”
“A visit to the pharmacy has never been more delightful. Clearly, nobody loves scouring the aisles of plasters, paracetamol and Preparation H in Boots. But on the wildflower-spangled slopes of Mount Pelister in southern Macedonia, I found myself hiking through Europe’s most alluring al-fresco apothecary store.
Pelister National Park
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The meandering trail climbing from the little village of Nizepole, you see, is lined with the delicate pink blooms of lemon thyme, effective for alleviating insomnia. Mix with cowslips, gleaming yolk-yellow among tufty alpine grass, for a tea to soothe those sniffs and wheezes. Pluck a handful of plump, indigo-black berries from shrubby dwarf junipers to settle a dodgy tummy. And if your cough still niggles, try the time-tested local treatment.
Mavrovo National Park
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Independent: Ohrid -The best destination for off the beaten track

For all of you that want to beat the January blues go to Ohrid city in Macedonia. That is what 'The Independent' recommends. The popular British online newspaper “The Independent” has published this article with ranking diverse destinations: for foodies, nature, adventure and Ohrid is the best destination “Off the beaten track”.  

“Ohrid, Macedonia’s eighth-largest city, was once famous for having 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Sometimes known as the ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’, both the city and Lake Ohrid beside it are Unesco-protected sights.
Until recently, the city didn’t draw huge numbers of UK tourists, but with limited Wizz Air flights operating between Luton and Ohrid once again from April, the city is within easy reach of travellers in search of adventure.”

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Independent: Skopje among 26 European cities where you can live on less than £600 a month

The capital city of Macedonia, Skopje is ranked in the 14th place, among “26 European cities where you can live on less than £600 a month”. 

The data was compiled from Numbeo's Cost of Living Index, which looks at the everyday costs in major cities around the globe and is updated every month.
The index takes into account a multitude of factors including the cost of groceries, eating and drinking out, travel, rent, utilities, and even spread-out and occasional splurges such as clothing and cinema trips — and one country emerged at the clear winner.
Business Insider has compiled a list of every European city where you can live on less than £600 a month — that's less than a third of the monthly cost of living in London (£1,838), and significantly less than living in Manchester (£1,128), Glasgow (£1,024), and Liverpool (£1,010).
The cost of living in Skopje, Macedonia is £535.44
Cappuccino: 74.74 denars (£1.08)
Three-course meal for two: 1,000 denars (£14.52)
Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 45.22 denars (£0.66)
Monthly travel pass: 1,488.84 denars (£216)
One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 9,950 denars (£144.50)