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Activity: BIKE
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration:
1 Day
Accommodation:
Available on request"
Meals:
Available on request
Price:

Available on request

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Overview

This route takes in some of the most stunning scenery of Ohrid area. You will be riding on the scenic local road along the lake coast all the way from Ohrid to the villages before the border with Albania. A nice stop on the route is the colorful Struga open market, with great choice of fresh fruit and veggies, along with all housewares and souvenirs. Your last stop before the border is Kalishta monastery with the icon of the Holly Mother painted black. Next to the church, you will find the entrance that leads you up the stairs to an old cave church and to few monk cells dug into the rocks centuries ago. Here would be also the place for your last swim in Ohrid Lake before you head to Jablanica Mountain, and to Vevchani village at its foothills, which is your destination. Treat yourself with tasty homemade dinner in one of the guesthouses in Vevchani.

Highlights

Ohrid. The pearl of the Balkans, a UNESCO protected city. The most important sites in Ohrid are concentrated in the old town:
St Sofia church. The treasure of medieval architecture and painting. Frescoes which are best preserved examples of Byzantine monumental activities which took place in the period between 10th and 13th century.
Ancient theater. Renewed piece of history in the heart of Ohrid. It was first dedicated to Dionysus and the muses of poetry and theater games, and later it served as gladiatorial arena for battles. Today, it is a host to world artists such as Jose Carreras, Tina Gorina, or the conductor David Himenez.
Tsar Samuil Fortress. The shield of Ohrid that protected the city from the tribes’ invasion since 5th century.
The handmade papermaker. If you like history of books and writings, this workshop is a must to visit, with one of the two remaining (and operating!) Gutenberg press machines in the World.
Struga. The city of poetry, where River Drim flows out of Ohrid Lake. The beach with many restaurants and cafes is on your left. On your right you can enter the old town and the busy open market.
- Kalishta monastery. The Nativity of Holy Mother of God, is the oldest part of the monastery: it was built in the 14th century and is completely preserved with no restoration works. You will also find three monk cells carved in these rocks.
- Vevchani village. Vevchani people have always been known as skillful builders – this can be seen in the typical village architecture. It is also the place visited by many tourists, including Macedonians, for their good, traditional homemade food.
Vevchani springs. Declared a Monument of Nature. The biggest spring comes out of a cave above the village, and converges together with 10 minor springs bellow.

Difficulty Grading

MODERATEup to 75km / 46mihilly terrain with moderate uphillsRegular cyclists, who are used to longer rides and are happy to take an uphill, or two along the way

Map

lagadin vevchani map

When To Go

Possible15 April – 01 May and 15 October to 01 November
Recommended01 May – 14 October
Not availableAll other dates

Price

Available on request

INCLUDED IN PRICE:
  • Detailed cycling route descriptions and maps
  • Local safety information and contacts
  • Stand by support
  • Organization and logistic by Macedonia Travel

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE:
Options & Supplements:
  • Arrival / departure transfers available upon request
  • Rent of bike: from 21 € /per day
  • Luggage transfer
  • Accommodation in Ohrid
    Guesthouse (private room): from 25 € /per person sharing double room;
    Single supplement 20 €
    4* hotel: from 35 € / per person / sharing double room;
    Single supplement: 25 €
  • Accommodation in Vevchani
    Guesthouse (private room): from 18 € / per person sharing double room;
    Single supplement: 10 €
    Family hotel: from 18 € / per person sharing double room;
    Single supplement: 10 €

Arrival & Departure

By bus:
from Skopje to Ohrid: Daily
Price: 9€ (520mkd) / per person / one way
From Vevchani to Skopje: Monday to Saturday
Price: 7€ (420mkd) / per person / one way


Please contact the agency for current bus schedules


Private transfers:
Available on request

Bike Information

Available on request

Why Travel With Us?

ADVENTURES FOR EVERYONE

You only pay for what you want. We offer different levels of accomodation and comfort for every budget and travel style. Please read carefully the includes and excludes items and create the trip that is most convenient for you.

LOCAL EXPERTS

Since 2004 we create authentic, high quality tours in the Balkans. North Macedonia is our homeland, we have walked and biked every corner and we make sure that the balance between the activities, the "must see" attractions and the "off-the-beaten-track" experiences gives you the true Balkan - intense, hearth warming and often life changing experience.

SAFETY

- strict company risk management on each tour that we operate
- available 24/7 for anything from enquiries to emergencies
- smartphone navigation app in addition to the printed detailed route information and maps
- we give you a wireless modem on the trip so you can be easily located at any time in case of emergency

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