Lake Ohrid

a Unesco World Heritage Site

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The calm of Lake Ohrid may come from the fact that it is the deepest lake in the Balkans, and one of the oldest lakes in the world (comparable to Lake Baikal and Lake Tanganyika). It lies between Albania and Macedonia and on the Albanian side the largest town is Pogradec where there are plenty of hotels, bars and cafes.

For a more atmospheric lakeside stay, head north to the fishing village of Lin where homestay accommodation is available.

You’ll be tempted to try local fish during your stay on the lake, but be aware that the Ohrid trout, known as ‘koran’ in Albanian, has been fished almost to extinction and in ever more desperate attempts to catch fish drastic dynamiting techniques are used so you will be doing the fish and its ecosystem a favour to enjoy some of the other bounty offered by the lake.

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