There are pebble beaches all the way along Peštani's shoreline, so it's easy to find somewhere to stop, flop and enjoy the sunshine. Lay out your towel on the beach near the Kaj Mestono restaurant for a central spot, there's a jetty where the boats dock and you'll have a fab across the lake towards the western shore. And you're close by to supermarkets and a few restaurants too, so when lunchtime rolls around you'll easily be able to pick up something to eat.
Just a 10-minute drive away, Gradište beach is the place to be if you're looking for something lively. It's one of the most popular beaches in North Macedonia, and with everything you need at the tips of your fingers, it's not hard to see why. Hire a sunbed to lie back and enjoy the sun on the pebbles. There's music playing all day, and it's a good swimming spot too. There are pine trees providing a spot of shade when you need it, and you can grab food and drinks from the café, so when it's cocktail o'clock you're sorted.
When it comes to mealtimes there are a few restaurants to pick from in Peštani. Try something more traditional, like pastermalia – the North Macedonian version of pizza – or selsko meso, which means village meat – a tasty pork and mushroom stew served in a traditional clay pot. And you're just a 15-minute taxi ride from Ohrid's centre, where there are lots of other restaurants to try.
Right on the lakefront in Peštani, the outdoor terrace at Kaj Mestono is the perfect spot to watch the sunset over your evening meal. Fairylights light it up once the sun disappears, and there are pretty pink and white flowers all the way around. The fish soup and grilled Ohrid trout are firm favourites here, and you'll want to try a glass of local wine or some Skopsko beer too. The restaurant's open Wednesday to Sunday, but make sure to visit on Macedonian night when there's traditional North Macedonian dancing and music throughout the evening.
Just across the road from the beach is Pizza Bane, a family-run restaurant that's wallet-friendly, and it's got a varied menu too. Start your evening meal with fresh bread and dips, and then choose from a range of traditional dishes including selso meso (a pork and mushroom stew), grilled fish and Macedonian salad. There's also pizza and pasta dishes on the menu, and the kitchen can cater for gluten-free and vegetarian diets too. With bottles of Macedonian Tikveš wine coming in at €5-6, this is a great option if you're looking for tasty food with an even better price tag.
You can wander between the beaches on the lakefront here, or to the few restaurants and snack bars down the road. And the Galičica national park is just behind, so if you fancy a walk or a hike you're in a good spot. Just so you know, the forest in the national park is home to a number of animals, including bears.
Take a 20-minute taxi to Ohrid harbour and book a spot on the ferry to spend the day down at southern end of the lake. The local ferry leaves Ohrid every day at 10am, and tickets are €10 per person. Wander through the Monastery of St Naum, originally built by Saint Naum of Ohrid in 905 BC, and through the gardens where you can spot peacocks, fountains and find plenty of photo opps before grabbing a bite to eat at the restaurant. And you can take a boat ride at the nearby springs of the Black Drim river that connect Lake Ohrid with Lake Prespa too, it'll last around 20 minutes and is a great way to see local wildlife.
The local buses in Lake Ohrid are blue and white and are run by the Galeb bus company. Ask at your hotel reception for the nearest stop and a timetable, and look out for yellow markings on the road to see where to wait. Buses generally run every 30 minutes.
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