Vevchani, Вевчани (Vevčani)
The small town of Vevchani is located on the foothills of Mount Jablanica in southwestern Macedonia about 13 kilometers (17 minute drive) north of Struga and 14 kilometers north of Lake Ohrid. The origin of the name of the village evolves from the old Slavonic word “Ves” meaning “village”. Thus, “Vevčani” means people of the village.1 The ancient Roman road, “Via Ignatia” that connected the eastern provices to the rest of the Roman Empire passed through this very village. In 2002, in effort to attract more visitors and tourists, the village of Vevčani declared itself an independent republic and even created its own currency, the “Vevčani Ličnik” to be used as a souvenir. The village is famous for the Vevchani Carnival (Вевчани Карнивал), an annual tradition for over 1400 years that attracts travelers from all over the world.
- The Vevchani Springs (Вевчански Извори)
- Mount Jablanica (Јабланица), beauty and glacial lakes
- The Vevčani Carnival (Вевчански Карнивал) 13 & 14 January
- Church of St. Nicholas
- Church of The Ascension of Christ (at the entrance to the village)
- St. Spas Monastery
- Church of Saint Barbara
- Crn Kamen peak & the village of Gorna Belica
- Restaurant Via Ignatia and KM-Vin Winery
If you are coming from Skopje, the drive is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes and about 30 minutes from Ohrid depending on traffic.