The origins of the name Struga come from the Old Church Slavonic language. There are three theories regarding the name, all of which are supported by the local inhabitants of the Struga region.
The first theory is that the name of the town originated from the geographic location of the town. Located at the foot of an open valley and subject to a windy climate, it was suggested that the name originates from the old Macedonian term: (it blows wind).
The second theory says that the name of the city origins from the straga, meaning a cross.
The third theory comes from the word str'g which means water branch.
The old name of the city is ? Enchalon, the ancient Greek word for eel, a kind of fish that lives in the Lake Ohrid.
Until the last few decades of the 20th century Albanian Tosk, in particular the geographically central variety of the dialect dominated among speakers of Albanian in Struga. The local Romani population of Struga speaks and sings in the southern Tosk Albanian dialect, as does the local Turkish population. Aromanians in Struga also speak Tosk Albanian as do local Macedonians who learn to speak Albanian.
Frescoes from the rock church in the monastery of Kalishta.
There are several cultural monuments in Struga and in its vicinity such as
the Monastery of Kali?ta, 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 Rado?da with frescoes from the 13th and 14th centuries.
The Church of Sveta Bogorodica (St Mary) in Vrani?ta, 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.
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 the Republic of 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" (ma?ka pla?a), "Female beach" (?enska pla?a) 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: ? ) and are attended by poets, writers and artists from across the world.
^ abcMurtishi, Kaim (2001). Ladorishti: Histori dhe Tradita. Asdreni. p. 21. "ndërsa për ruajtjen e identitetit të Strugës, flet fakti se në atë qytet, para disa dekadave, flitej vetëm dialekti toskë, sidomos toskërishtja qendrore, ndërmjet Jugut dhe Veriut të Shqiperisë... Këto fakte gjuhësore i vërteton edhe popullata rome, jevgjit e Strugës, flasin dhe këndojnë toskërisht, gjithashtu edhe popullata turke e këtij qyteti, flet dialektin toskë. Këtë dialekt e flasin vllehët e Strugës dhe të Belicës. Këtë dialekt e flet edhe popullata sllave që ka mësuar të flasë shqip."