Solo Female Travel in Ohrid

Ohrid, located in the southwestern part of North Macedonia, is a remarkable city steeped in the culture and history of the Balkans. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled between stunning mountains on one side and the sparkling waters of Lake Ohrid on the other, is often referred to as the 'Jerusalem of the Balkans' because of its historical significance and religious importance. Known for its spectacular Byzantine-style architecture, it is home to a staggering array of churches, the most renowned being the St. John at Kaneo, perched above the lake. Ohrid's archaeological treasures, ancient theaters, and beautiful cobbled streets invite travelers to step back in time, while its vibrant festivals and thriving cafés offer a taste of contemporary Macedonian life.

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Is Ohrid good for solo travel?


Safety:Very safe

Ohrid is generally safe for solo female travelers. The locals are friendly and crime rates are low, especially towards tourists. However, like all travel destinations, it's always important to stay cautious, especially at night. It's best to stick to crowded places and well-lit areas. Public transport is reliable and usually safe, but always keep an eye on your belongings to avoid pickpockets. Always remember to respect the local customs and traditions.


Ohrid is quite easy to navigate since it is relatively small and compact. There are numerous signs throughout the city in English to help you find information. Walking is usually sufficient to visit most places of interest within city center. However, for places a bit far off, you might need to use taxis or public buses. Please note that language may be an issue, consider using a translation app if you don't speak Macedonian. However, many people, particularly in hospitality and tourism, do speak English to a degree.
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Things to do:Interesting

Ohrid, is a hidden gem rich in natural beauty and historical sights. The UNESCO-protected Ohrid Lake is stunning, and perfect for boating or simply enjoying a lakeside picnic. You can explore the ancient ruins of Tsar Samuel's Fortress, or the countless churches scattered around, with the most notable being Saint John Theologian-Kaneo. The old town offers charming and narrow cobblestone streets with quaint artisan shops and traditional restaurants. However, the nightlife is quite limited, which could be a drawback for some.

Food:Above average

In Ohrid, you can savor a rich and varied cuisine that reflects the town's cultural heritage. The local produce is incredibly fresh and includes a wide range of mouth watering dishes; predominately Mediterranean-inspired foods, but with a unique Balkan twist. There's a surprisingly large selection of seafood, considering it's a landlocked country, thanks to Lake Ohrid. Whether it be street food or high-end dining, the options are both affordable and rich in flavour. The only slight downside, which keeps Ohrid from getting a perfect score, is that it doesn't offer a lot of non-traditional or international food options.


Ohrid is quite budget-friendly for solo female travelers. Accommodation, meals, transportation, and attractions typically come with affordable prices. It is cheaper than many European destinations. However, certain high-end services and experiences may come with a premium cost.

Is Ohrid worth visiting?




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Ohrid is beautiful, great for a 2 day stay. There are pay-as-you-wish day tours available to bring you around the Church of Saint John, the Ancient Macedonian theatre, Ohrid boardwalk etc. I also enjoyed the boat tour to St Naums, incredibly pretty. It’s a very small town though, so 2 days is more than enough. It is much more affordable than Western Europe, I paid around €7 for Old Town Hostel Ohrid and I ended up meeting some of the best people there! However, I am ethnically Chinese so I experienced 5 instances of racism in 3 days - eg. the local children would yell Ching Chong at me and other slurs while I was simply walking on the street. Sometimes I was followed by Romany children asking for money. Didn’t feel the safest here overall

Posted: March 22, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 2/5
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I traveled alone to Ohrid and it was one of the best trips I have ever taken! I felt completely safe both at night and during the day, and people are incredibly friendly. As a solo female, I didn't face any inappropriate comments or strange looks.

Posted: March 24, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Hi girls 👑 My name is Ivona, I am 24 years old, now living in Struga, Macedonia. I never had the courage to travel alone, but recently I was in Malta , visiting a friend and I met some girls who traveled alone and saw the beauty in it . Now I'm open to travelling everywhere as long as my free days at work allow it. Also I want to show Macedonia to you girls, because it is amazing and so underrated. And happy holidays to you all 😊


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