Occupying the northern tip of Lake Ohrid, Struga lies on the site of ancient Enchanlon. It was first mentioned in the 11th century and became part of the Ottoman Empire’s Manastir Vilayet in the late 19th century. Struga is famously the birthplace of the Miladinov brothers, who played an influential role in the Bulgarian nationalist movement.
Things to do in Struga
In the north of Struga is the Dr. Nikola Nezlobinski Museum, which is named after a Russian doctor who came to the town in 1924. As a lover of nature, he spent much of his spare time collecting and cataloguing local flora and fauna, resulting in the museum seen today. In addition to preserved insects and stuffed birds, archaeological findings are on display.
In the summer months, you can swim from the pebbly shores of Women’s Beach where you’ll find umbrellas and sun loungers for rent. There are a handful of eateries backing the beach, as well as bars that come to life after dark. On the opposite side of the Black Drin is Men’s Beach, which is watched over by the recreational facilities of Struga City Park.
Struga makes an ideal base for exploring the ancient city of Ohrid, which is renowned for its centuries-old architectural masterpieces. Don’t miss the Church of St. John the Theologian at Kaneo, a Byzantine landmark that is one of the most photographed buildings in North Macedonia. Climb the stairs that connect to Samuil’s Fortress for sweeping views across Lake Ohrid or coincide your visit with a performance at the Ancient Theatre.
Getting around Struga
Struga is around 15 minutes’ drive from Ohrid St. Paul The Apostle Airport, which has seasonal flights to destinations across Europe. Regular buses connect from Ohrid to Struga and the town centre is compact enough to explore on foot.