The city of Pogradec and its surrounding area, as one of the Albanian beauty pearls, provides much to discover for its visitors. The region dominated by the fantastic Ohrid Lake, surrounded by fields nestled before picturesque mountains, will be your panorama throughout your holidays in Pogradec. The harmony of nature, and the friendliness of the inhabitants, will bring you back again and again.
Lake Ohrid and its surrounding area shines as a splendidly unique ecosystem. Due to its historic culture and its unique flora and fauna, in 1980, Pogradec was declared by UNESCO as a place of worldwide natural and cultural heritage.
Lin is the village that appears below, as you drive down the national road that leads to Pogradec. This small peninsula softly joins the shores of Lake Ohrid. It was once called “Lake of Light” perhaps because the light of both the sun and the moon wholly illuminate its surface year-round. Indeed, this lake’s reflections are legendary! Hundreds of locals reside in this small but beautiful peninsula. As you descend the road to get there, you will notice the beautiful red roofs of its characteristic small homes. One of the oldest mosaics in the eastern European region, dating back to the 4th century, is found here. Its intricate designs and beauty are only matched by the surrounding landscape!
A truly traditional village of the area! Soft water streams flow throughout the village and into the lake, rocking boats on its surface, lush gardens surrounded by weeping willows. This is only part of the imagery that makes Drilon one of the most attractive touristic destinations. Its flora and fauna are among the most diverse in the country, as well. For good reason, the communist dictator Enver Hoxha, chose this refreshing and relaxing environment as one of his vacation spots!
Immediately following Drilon, comes Tushemisht. Only a few kilometers away from Macedonia, this village welcomes many local and international tourists throughout the year. With many guesthouses and delicious restaurants, this is as close to a resort as you can get without the isolation. On the contrary, its vast and beautiful landscape creates a sense of wellness in the visitor. The lake’s calming waters, which as the great Albanian author Dhimitër S. Shuteriqi aptly described are “the color of a pigeon’s neck,” are the perfect soundtrack to your visit. Small cobble-stone alleys take you around the small center as you take a short relaxing walk in the evening.