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Struga (Macedonian: Струга [ˈstruɡa] (About this soundlisten), Albanian: Struga/Strugë) is a town and popular tourist destination situated in the south-western region of North Macedonia, lying on the shore of Lake Ohrid. The town of Struga is the seat of Struga Municipality.

Much of the town’s income is through internal tourism. Struga’s location on Lake Ohrid makes it a slightly quieter and more peaceful experience than the more bustling Ohrid.

When visiting this quiet town of North Macedonia, there are a few other places that show the beauty and culture, like the clay chamber pots at the house of the Miladinovci Brothers,[who?] the old bazaar, the century old churches and mosques.

Before the evenings you can enjoy on 3 kinds of beaches called “Male beach” (maška plaža), “Female beach” (Ženska plaža) and Galeb (“Gull Beach”), located just before the estuary of the river Crn Drim (Black Drim) in its own flow, and between the two previous beaches.

Just in front of the “Male beach”, at the estuary of the river Crn Drim it is located the biggest 5 star Hotel Drim in Struga.

Out of the town there is another tourist place near the lake called Biser (Pearl), also a hotel.

Every August the Struga Poetry Evenings (SPE) are held at the “Poetry Bridge” (Macedonian: Струшки Вечери на Поезијата) and are attended by poets, writers and artists from across the world.[citation needed]

St. George Church – from the 13th century;
St. Nicholas Church
Church of the Myrrhbearing Women

Country Macedonia
Languages spokenMacedonian
Currency usedDenar
Area (km2)483 km2

Culture and history info

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Struga was part of the Manastir Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire.

Struga was the birthplace in 1865 İbrahim Temo, who would go on to be a doctor and one of the founders of the Ottoman reform movement known as the Committee of Union and Progress.

From 1929 to 1941, Struga was part of the Vardar Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.


Struga is also a place of important cultural significance in North Macedonia, as it is the birthplace of the poets Konstantin and Dimitar Miladinov.

The main event of the cultural life in Struga is the world's largest poetry gathering, Struga Poetry Evenings, whose laureates have included several Nobel Prize for Literature winners such as

Joseph Brodsky,
Eugenio Montale,
Pablo Neruda,
Seamus Heaney,
Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca
and many others since 1966.

There are several cultural monuments in Struga and in its vicinity such as

the Monastery of Kališta, a few kilometers away from the town center, lying on the shore of Lake Ohrid. It is believed that it dates from the 16th century, with frescoes from the 14th and the 15th centuries.
Another rock church is present in the neighbouring village of Radožda with frescoes from the 13th and 14th centuries.
The Church of Sveta Bogorodica (St Mary) in Vraništa, is believed to be where Tsar Samuel was crowned.
The church of St. George is also located in the town; built on top of Samuel's church, it has many icons from the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries.
Near the village of Radolishta, a basilica from the 4th century was discovered,[when?] with a mosaic.
Struga's old architecture dates from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Struga, Ohrid, Bitola, Skopje, North Macedonia
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