20 Magical Winter Destinations That You Need To See

Ohrid, Macedonia

Ohrid, Macedonia

Welcome to the picture-perfect Unesco listed lakeside town of Ohrid, popular in the summer for swimming and sunbathing, yet enchanting in the winter for walking and musing. Pad along the blanketed cobblestones breathing in the cool air scented with pine leaves, incense from the Byzantine churches and the sweet scent of oven-baked bureks.

The lake Ohrid is one of the oldest in the world, and its beauty is at its peak during winter, when its desert and mysterious; in winter, the ancient Ottoman houses on the shore of the lake disappear in the morning mist and the wooden boats scattered around the lake look like ghosts on the shore. It’s so quiet and beautiful that you feel like staying here for hours.

Take an early walk along the idyllic waterfront as the morning mist wraps around the traditional Ottoman homes that flank the icy shores of Lake Ohrid, before exploring the narrow cobbled lanes and finding a cosy nook to enjoy a hearty Macedonian breakfast and strong coffee.


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