Saint Naum (Sveti Naum) is a village located 25-30 km from Ohrid (depending on the chosen means of transportation), situated right next to the Albanian border. Besides the monastery bearing the same name, which is one of the main tourist attractions in the area, St Naum also offers tourists a beachy strip of sand, a souvenirs alley, a traditional restaurant and – what impressed me the most – the extraordinary springs of Lake Ohrid and the Black Drim river. But let’s take each at a time!
As tourists, we choose to visit certain destinations due to one, two or more things that respective place can offer to us. Usually, we are charmed by combinations of reasons, such as a country’s natural attractions and sport/adventure infrastructure, characteristic urban architecture, vivid nightlife and possibility for shopping, or picturesque rural areas, great cuisine and amazing cultural landscape, just to give some examples. From this point of view, Romania is an unusual tourist attraction, as it surprises tourists with such a wide palette of options for things to do, see and experience that any vacation here will seem too short. If you’re curious what some of the things you can do here are, I’ve prepared a list. Long. Unusually long.
If you were patient enough to bear with me the long road to Ohrid and if you enjoyed the Old Town, as well as my stories, it means we’re on the right track. Today, in the third chapter of my Ohrid travel guide, we’ll talk about what it actually is the core and main reason why this small town is so charming: Lake Ohrid.
After a long break since the first part of this series, I’ve decided to continue showing you how my passion for stairs has made them the main characters in many of my travel photos from around Europe. With no further ado, I give you:
1. Cordonata Capitolina in Rome unites Piazza d’Aracoeli to Piazza del Campidoglio. It is actually the monumental ramped staircase leading to the Capitoline Hill and the surrounding palazzi, and it’s famous for being designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti. Due to the width of the stairs, it allows visitors to gradually ascend the hill in slo-mo, which makes it not tiring at all. At the base of the Cordonata there are two black statues of Egyptian lions, while at the top we can admire the statues of Castor and Pollux.
After taking together the road to Ohrid, we have finally made it to this beautiful Macedonian town. If we were to follow the logical sequence of events, I’d now have to write about the next thing we usually do when we get to a destination, which is finding accommodation. However, before all that, I’d like to charm you with the beauty of the place and only after to bore you with the logistic details (accommodation, food, clubs etc). So the second part of this little Ohrid travel guide will lead us through millenia of continuous civilization, overlapped on what we now know as the old town. Let’s start, thus, the tour of the town, and I’ll be your guide for its whole duration.
First step is to arm ourselves with a map of the town. Because I’m a big fan of maps I find on the internet, I recommend you to print this map and take it with you. In Ohrid I identified four main attractions that you shouldn’t miss: the old town (situated on a hill), the port, the Riviera (a low, asphalted waterfront) and Carsija (the main walking & shopping street). All four unite, according to the map, at the entrance in the harbour (the central area of the city), where we’ll start climbing to the old town. Don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes, something to cover your head and a bottle of water (if you’re visiting during the summer), your camera for taking pictures and your attention to listen to the history and legends. 🙂 Continue reading