Monastery of Saint Naum
Monastery of Saint Naum
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  • andycoldham
    Crawley, United Kingdom1,001 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do trip
    If uou ard staying around Lake Ohrid, gris is a must do trip I believe its the second most popular trip after visiting Ohrid Town itself. The monastery grounds are free to roam around in but beware of the peacocks as they can be aggressive. There is small additional fee to enter the monastery and its well worth it. The grounds are delightful and have a small waterfall on them, and the whole site is a photographers delight. The surrounding site, has plenty of restaurants, souvenir shops, a lovely bay to swim in and of course the famous springs that feed the lake. Do take the 20 mins or so, trip around the springs where you will be rowed by well informed staff who will tell you all about the springs and show you in detail where they erupt into the lake. The waters are crystal clear and surprisingly very cold. The cost of this add on excursion is 25 Euro or 1500 Denari, and the boars take 6 people so gang up with 4 friends and the cost is very reasonable. A in all a superb place to visit
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Ulrikbuchert
    Odense, Denmark513 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to spend an afternoon
    The monastery grounds are truly beautiful and you can easily spend an afternoon walking around the monastery, seeing the springs, lounging on the grass and maybe take a swim in the lake. The beach at the monastery is supposedly one of the best places to swim in Lake Ohrid. Do visit if you're in the area!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 28 July 2023
  • TheLush101
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2,398 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting complex
    We were here as part of a group tour in September 2022. From the car park, you walk past some shops and stalls, up to the monastery itself. When we were there, there was a christening taking place, so it was nice to see that it's still used and, whilst being respectful, we were able to see inside. The views of the lake from the complex are great and you can take a boat ride to see the clear springs which feed the lake (see the separate review).
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 August 2023
  • blag
    Istanbul, Türkiye3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sv naum
    Very very beautiful place, magnificiant sv. naum. Beautiful old monastery dating back to the 10th century. It’s perfect for a whole summer day with the family and friends. Other than the monastery itself, walking the surrounding and gardens is really beautiful, offering great views of Ohrid lake. Additionally you have a nice beach so don’t forget to bring your bathing suit and picnic basket for a perfect day. There are many restaurants and booths selling touristy souvenirs if you care for that
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 November 2023
  • Steve_Grant1
    Oldham, United Kingdom1,722 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit from the main town
    This is a great visit from the main town. We went by boat from the harbour which was a very pleasant trip. We also walked around a circular path which took you to other small churches on the site . We finished with lunch in one of the restaurants which was pleasant. A trip on one of the boats to the springs is a must.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 November 2023
  • DeuceWooo
    United Kingdom1,387 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heaven on earth
    We went across on the boat, which was full of chain smoking kids. The adults who were with them were just as bad. Then the nun who was also with this party moved from her seat at the back & joined them at the front, so we were able to grab those seats & breathe more easily. I wished I'd've gone on one of the small boats, but I couldn't trust myself not to throw up on everyone. I suppose we all have our vices. I wasn’t prepared for this little beauty at all! There's places to eat, but don't go to the first one you come to thinking it's the only one as there are a few more. I had the tuna salad, not really tasty. They take a long time to return your change too, by stopping & chatting to everyone on the way. It cost them a tip. But do stop at the next one down for ice cream in a jar SLURP! We had a laugh with the monk at the monastery, he was lovely. We’ll go back for him. MrDW needed the toilet so I asked & someone was explaining how to get there. The lovely monk said that we were now friends & he told us about the short cut, PHEW! There's lots of little market type stalls too selling interesting goodies. We'd love to visit this place again, or stay at the hotel here. I don't know what I expected, but it certainly wasn’t this baby.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 December 2023
  • mel7155
    Singapore, Singapore1,337 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view, nice setting and peaceful
    Great view to superimpose nature and the religious to provide excellent opportunities for quiet contemplation. The building blends very nicely with the lake as a great backdrop . Nice to take pics but don’t bother to pay 3€ to visit the interior of the church as it is not worth it . Good to spent 10-15 minutes in this site .
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 April 2024
  • Kathryn D
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,068 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful location overlooking Lake Ohrid
    We visited here on our day trip from Ohrid. The walk up to the Monastery was quite steep in places and uneven surface due to cobbles, but it was well worth the trip. Beautiful views over the lake. A lot of tourists around and various market stalls. Restaurants overlooking the boating lake. A very serene place.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 May 2024
  • tracyeparker
    Lincoln, United Kingdom45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing, legendary stories…
    Amazing! I would have returned again during our holiday if there had been time. I loved visiting this very special place. The setting, the scenery, the boat ride to and from St Naum all made this an incredible, most special visit. Listening at the tomb for St Naums heartbeat as per the legend and hearing of the miracles and extraordinary stories associated with St Naum made for a wonderful trip.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 June 2024
  • TRFCAndy54
    Heswall, United Kingdom33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place on the lake with amazing history and a nice little beach to go into the lake. Difficult to get around with a w
    I had to review as a 4 not a 5 purely for one reason. As a wheelchair user, getting from the boat to the monastery was impossible which was a real disappointment. However we found an accessible route to a lovely restaurant on the lake and enjoyed lunch before a paddle in the lake which was awesome.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 June 2024
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Film G
New England1,053 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
The monastery buildings are maybe 1km from the parking. It is no longer an active monastery, and only the church is left. (The church itself is one of the nicer ones we visited.) The former monastery building is now a hotel. When you enter the grounds, a string of tourist stalls greet you on the left, selling particularly cheesy items. On the right is the lake, and there are many families there swimming and picnicking. Keep going and you’ll find the former monastery. There’s a good sized restaurant on the left as you walk closer to the monastery, which offers boat rides (row boats) around the spring-fed river that feeds the lake. These boat rides take around 20 minutes and are actually very worthwhile.
Written 14 August 2021
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kht53
Colorado Springs, CO366 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
It costs to park, but walking the grounds of the Monastery is free. When we got there, we found a large hotel and restaurant, both closed, but maybe this was the access to the large Monastery complex up on the hill because behind the fortress walls you can see none of that. Walking the grounds, there is a small church (closed), a walk along the beautiful lake, peacocks, and a campground full of identical empty campers. The highlight for me was the first shop kiosk inside the gate, where filigree pictures and Ohrid pearl jewelry were sold.
Written 13 December 2020
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Lisa W
Worcestershire, UK297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Interesting place, visit the springs and take a 20 minute soothing ride, where you are rowed through the beautiful clear waters for 200 denars each person, you can see the springs pulse below. Then walk up to the monastery which has great views and architecture. You can visit St Naums tomb and listen for his heartbeat although there are often queues.
There are peacocks in the grounds. Definitely recommend a visit!!
Written 16 July 2023
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IgorMarkovic
Smederevo, Serbia1,806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The Monastery of Saint Naum is probably one of the most famous tourist attractions and religious sites in Macedonia. The original monastery was built on in 905 by Saint Naum of Ohrid himself, while in later centuries it was then rebuilt several times. Today it represents not only the unique style in Christian architecture of the region, but also symbolizes one of the sources of Slavic literacy. Apart from the Monastery itself, the complex includes the spring of the Drim river, several smaller churches, museum, restaurants and a great park surrounding the monastery. The view of the Ohrid lake from the complex is astonishing! So, if you're a history and architecture buff, this is the right place for you! Reaching the Monastery from Ohrid or Skopje is quite simple and there are many options, just google. All in all, don't miss this place, it is truly amazing!
Written 6 March 2021
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Ulrikbuchert
Odense, Denmark513 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The monastery grounds are truly beautiful and you can easily spend an afternoon walking around the monastery, seeing the springs, lounging on the grass and maybe take a swim in the lake. The beach at the monastery is supposedly one of the best places to swim in Lake Ohrid. Do visit if you're in the area!
Written 28 July 2023
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TheLush101
Cardiff, UK2,398 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
We were here as part of a group tour in September 2022. From the car park, you walk past some shops and stalls, up to the monastery itself. When we were there, there was a christening taking place, so it was nice to see that it's still used and, whilst being respectful, we were able to see inside.

The views of the lake from the complex are great and you can take a boat ride to see the clear springs which feed the lake (see the separate review).
Written 27 August 2023
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christine p
Mosciano Sant'Angelo, Italy12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Dating from the 9th C and dedicated to St Naum, one of the chief architects of the Cyrillic language. Situated on Lake Ohrid it exudes tranquility and peaceulness. A must see for all visitors to Northern macedonia...love the peacocks
Written 9 October 2022
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Richard B
Edinburgh, UK5,053 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
The St Naum monastery sits on the border between Albania and North Macedonia. An ancient complex dating back about 900 years. The monastery sits on Lake Ohrid with astonishing views of the UNESCO heritage area. The profoundly religious site of St Naum is also an area of recreation for families with touristy shops, restaurants and lake side beaches and activities. A truly beautiful place for those seeking a religious experience or for anyone wanting a day at the lakeside beaches with a selection of restaurants.
Written 2 September 2022
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Ronald L
Denver, CO2,901 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Monastery of St Naum is an Eastern Orthodox church named for the medieval Bulgarian writer who founded it in 905. Removed in 11th to 13th centuries the monastery was rebuilt in the 16th century in the Byzantine style. Many interesting frescos inside are worth seeing. The monastery and church are built on a large rock outcrop above Lake Ohrid. You can visit nearby springs. Very popular destination in summer months. We got there on a cruise from Ohrid, Alexander Cruise Tour.
Written 23 October 2022
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Jim H
Europe3,763 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Large monastery located on the bank of Lake Ohrid. You can take a boat from Ohrid or drive. They have peacocks that roam the monastery so use caution as these animals can be aggressive. You can take boat cruises up the natural freshwater spring, spend time at the beach and enjoy the amazing views. There are numerous restaurants where there are tortoises in the garden area. They also sell souvenirs.
Written 20 June 2023
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