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Pogradec, the city on Lake Ohrid

Pogradeci (or Pogradec when in a sentence with a preposition as in "to", "in" or "from Pogradec") is a city with a population of around 15,000 in the southeast of Albania, on the southern shore of Lake Ohrid, close to the border with Macedonia. It is surrounded by hills on the southern and western side. It is known for its canned fruits and a centre of vegetable and diary production; there is also some light industry. It has great prospects for tourism as it has an excellent beach and beautiful scenery around the lake and surrounding hills.

View to Perrenjas
 
Lake Ohrid
 
Pogradec beach
 
Beach volleyball
 
Playing volleyball
 
Swimming in the lake
 
The beach, Pogradec
 
Holiday makers at the lake
 
Launching a boat, Pogradec
 
Children's playground
 
Statue, Pogradec
 
Lini and Lake Ohrid
 

Liqeni i Ohrit, or Lake Ohrid, one of Europe's deepest and according to most experts the oldest lake in Europe, lies on the mountainous border between southwestern Macedonia and eastern Albania. It has a unique aquatic ecosystem with more than 200 endemic species and is therefore of worldwide importance: in 1979 UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site. Lake Ohrid is the deepest lake of the Balkans, with a maximum depth of 288 metres and a mean depth of 155 metres. It is 30.4 kilometres long and 14.8 kilometres wide at its maximum extent, with a shoreline length of 56 kilometres in Macedonia and 31.5 kilometres in Albania. Its total area is 358 km².

Overlooking Pogradec on top of the hill is Encheleana, an ancient fortress of Illyrian origin. The fortress was rebuilt in the Middle Ages during the time of the Bulgarian invasion. The place of the present city was named by them: Po (or Pod) Gradec ("Under the castle"), a name it has retained until the present day. In the 18th Century during Ottoman times the town was an administrative centre but it suffered extensive damage during the First World War, the Italian-Greek War of 1940-1941 and the National Liberation wars from 1941-1944. There are however still some old buildings, now preserved as cultural monuments.