City of Poetry: Struga, Vevcani Village, and Lunch
- St. George Church: More than 50 centuries-old icons (one said to have miraculous powers) were found during renovations, and are now on display at this small church in the heart of Struga.
- Dr. Nikola Nezlobinski museum: Enjoy this small but interesting museum that features artifacts from the Neolithic period, an art gallery, and a fascinating dragonfly collection.
- Vevcani Village: This quaint little village at the foot of towering, 6,500-foot Mt. Jablanica is famous for the many natural springs that power its old water mills.
- Macedonian lunch: We'll stop at a restaurant in Vevcani for a typical local lunch featuring traditional dishes, prosciutto, homemade cheese, and wine.
About this Ohrid Tour
Struga has been called scenic. It's been called romantic. It's been described as a city with a tender soul. But what Struga is most famous for is poetry. Living it, breathing it, and hosting Struga Poetry Evenings, the largest poetry gathering in the world.
The city's love affair with poetry is not surprising, considering it's the birthplace of poets Konstantin and Dimitar Miladinov. The brothers are accredited with laying the foundation for Macedonia's literary tradition.
In 1862 they published a collection of 665 folk songs, totaling 23,559 verses. But perhaps the most famous of their works is a poem written by the younger brother, Konstantin, called Longing for the South. He wrote the nostalgic poem while he was studying in Moscow.
The brothers played a major role in making Macedonians not just aware of their nationality, but proud of it. Through their works they elicited strong feelings of patriotism that would eventually lead to the creation of the modern Republic of Macedonia. It is in their honor that Struga's famed poetry gathering takes place every year.
Because the Black Drim River runs right through Struga, you'll notice that the city has quite a collection of picturesque bridges. During the annual celebration, the bridges are used as stages from which poems are read.
Fittingly, the work that kicks off the readings is Longing for the South. And every year a new verse is added to Struga's ode to poetry.
Same old grind
Long before there was oil, gas, coal, or nuclear power there was water. Particularly currents of water harnessed for a variety of purposes. In Vevcani, that old technology is still being used today in one of the town's old water mills. They use it to grind corn, among other things. And while capacity-wise the mill is rather small, the same can be said for its utility bills.
Please make your way to the Ohrid Central Square and meet your guide at the St. Clement monument. Look for our representative with the GoBe sign.
Bring local currency as there is an entrance fee to St. Nikolas Church, if you wish to enter
Plan to walk less than a mile over gravel, cobblestone and flat terrain and make up to 25 steps.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic
Local Favorite Lunch
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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