Debarca Municipality

Debarca (Macedonian: Дебарца ) is a municipality in the Southwestern Statistical Region of North Macedonia. The village of Belčišta is the municipal seat. It is the municipality in which Ohrid "St. Paul the Apostle" Airport is located, the second of two international airports in the county.

Debarca municipality
Општина Дебарца
Rural municipality
Flag of Debarca municipality
Official logo of Debarca municipality
Location of Debarca municipality
Country North Macedonia
RegionLogo of Southwestern Region, North Macedonia.svg Southwestern
Municipal seatBelčišta
 • MayorZoran Nogacheski (Independent)[1]
 • Total425.39 km2 (164.24 sq mi)
 • Total3,719
 • Density12.95/km2 (33.5/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
Area code046


The municipality borders Kičevo Municipality to the northeast, Demir Hisar Municipality to the east, Ohrid Municipality to the south, and Struga Municipality to the west.

The municipality encompasses the Debarca Valley, part of the Sateska River watershed that flows into Lake Ohrid and belongs to the Lake Ohrid Drainage Basin.

The majority of the villages are nestled between the Karaorman Mountain in the west and Ilinska Mountain in the east.


The municipality consists of 30 villages.

According to the last national census from 2021 this municipality has 3,719 inhabitants.

2002 2021
Number % Number %
TOTAL 5,507 100 3,719 100
Macedonians 5,324 96.7 3,330 89.54
Persons for whom data are taken from administrative sources n/a n/a 316 8.5
Albanians 153 2.8 59 1.59
Turks / / 2 0.05
others 30 0.5 12 0.32


  1. ^ Local Elections 2021 – Mayor of Debarca. State Election Commission.

Coordinates: 41°30′00″N 21°23′00″E / 41.5°N 21.3833°E / 41.5; 21.3833