Located just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Gaya Island is a brilliant place to end your Borneo adventure. At least, that’s the impression you’ll get from a trip to the town of Ohrid in landlocked North Macedonia, which has inland beaches. The eponymous Lake Ohrid, straddling North Macedonia and Albania, is one of Europe’s oldest and deepest lakes, and a seductive destination for a waterside break. After enjoying a sweetwater swim , wander the boardwalk and the charming cobbled streets of the Unesco-protected town, before heading up to the cliffside church of St John at Kaneo. Here you’ll enjoy a view of the lake often referred to as the “European Galapagos”, thanks to its dense biodiversity, all the while taking in Byzantine religious history and architecture. Meanwhile, taking a boat trip along the Canal Pangalanes offers untold opportunities for immersion in Madagascar’s unique wildlife, landscape and culture.
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