Samoil's Fortress, Ohrid

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Climb the hilltop to explore , which watches over the nearby lake and also serves as one of Ohrid's most recognizable symbols. Built upon the foundations of a fortress dating from the 4th century BCE, the structure has undergone a multitude of renovations and revitalizations since. Hike your way up to the top of the castle hill and admire the work of its imposing stone walls. Enter the fortress and explore the interior; though it's unrestored within, you can get a good sense of the layout. Be sure to climb atop the ramparts for a sweeping view of Lake Ohrid, the town, and the surrounding mountainous landscape. Samoil's Fortress is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Ohrid Edition.
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  • This was a really interesting site with a long history, however there is not 1 sign to tell you any information which is a real shame. The views are lovely and it's easy to find. I would like to see m...  more »
  • Well, Fortress with nothing else... Great view over Ohrid and the Lake... must see and visit. Put it on your list and spend few euros for good foto shooting  more »
  • That climbs to the city to get to this citadel. But the view is superb. From all sides. Too bad that all the paths are not yet be redone. But it's already good work. Apparently, even of the excavations inside. A must see.
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  • Nice city view. Ticket costs 1 euro. It is possible to walk on the walls but some part (half approx.) of the fortress is closed for visit. One place where you can drink coffee or eat icecream is very close to gates. It is small and not presented on the map. The view is also nice from there. (see first photo) Coffee was good but other choice was very weak: chips, hot-dog and pair of real dogs, which were laying in the shadow near by.☺
  • Great photo ops, but definitely try to visit outside of tourist season. Stairs and walkways are not easy to navigate with people going two ways.
  • It's a beautufull part of town and a important site to visit if you are interested in the Ottoman empire. Unfortunately not much more then the walls are remaining. But you also have a nice view on Ohrid.
  • The fortress is situated quite high, so it is a bit of a climb from the city. Well worth it though, the views from the top are amazing, you can see the whole city. Very low entrance fee (around 1 euro).
  • The place is worth for the views. Tickets are not too expensive,but could be cheaper. If you are not keen on climbing the wall next to it is a nice caffe with perfect view,too. And coffee is excellent.

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Combining natural beauty and historical sights, Ohrid is one of Macedonia’s best known and most visited destinations. In spite of its modest size, the scenic shore of Lake Ohrid offers an array of accommodations. Hotels range from luxurious to budget-friendly. Much more numerous than hotels are the guesthouses, where you can find lodging in modern villas and traditional homes, in town or in the peaceful natural surroundings just outside. Rental apartments and several hostels oriented toward younger visitors round out the offerings.
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