• Boom for budget Balkan beauty-zone

    St John at Kaneo church is one of Ohrid’s prime tourist attractions. Photo: BIRN.

    “We are experiencing one of the strongest tourist seasons of all time.”

    – Kiril Pecakov, mayor of the lake town of Ohrid.

    Failing to be by the sea is the biggest weakness of North Macedonia’s landmark Lake Ohrid, compared to other Balkan hotspots. But this season, scared off by the astronomical price hikes in coastal resorts, many have given Ohrid a try.

    According to local mayor Kiril Pecakov most of the guests have come from the Netherlands, UK, Poland, Turkey and Serbia.

    An ancient town, breathtaking scenery and one of the oldest and clearest lakes in the world, known as ‘The Macedonian Sea’, does not sound so bad after all.

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