The monastery St. Joakim Osogovski lies about 3 kilometers from the picturesque town Kriva Palanka near by the Bulgarian border. The monastery is deep in the colorful oak forest,on the beautiful slopes of Osogovo Mountain and it is dedicated to the saint St. Joakim Osogovski. Traveling along the curved road which will take you to the monastery you can not be untouched by the dense foliage that eventually reveals the spiritual temple, which is an ideal place for vacation, rest and spiritual experience. In this environment far away from the city noise, you can enjoy the mountain air and feel the mystical force that radiates from the silent walls of the monastery buildings and takes you back in history and time. The monastery St. Joakim Osogovski is one of the most beautiful and most impressive monastery complexes in the country. Recently a new baptistery was build, the old residential quarters were renovated and a reconstruction of the old bell tower built in 1929, was done.
In the monastery’s guest mansion there are about 80 beds. The restaurant aand the monastery café offers a large selection of native dishes. Besides the domestic visitors we have groups of visitors from Bulgaria who are the most numerous and visitors from many other countries. During the past year the monastery was visited by 20 to 30 thousand tourists. Frequently offered specialties are Kriva Palanka’s cabbage pie, palenta, cakes and pan-beans.
The monastery St. Joakim Osogovski is attractive for painters from all over the world painters participating in the international art colony “St. Joakim Osogovski” which is held here for the past two and a half decades. Beauties of the monastery landscape were painted by artists from Austria, Slovenia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia, and their works are exhibited in the premises of all the monastery quarters. In the old residential quarter there is a gallery where works are sold.
The town of Kriva Palanka and its surrounding offers you pleasure for all your senses, but most for your soul. Take a long walk along the clear rivers, climb up the amiable mountain, see the unforgettable panoramic view,breathe deeply and feel the music of nature. Taste the freshness of bright sources, succulent fruits and delicious food.
Natural resources Osogovo region with its clean mountain air, water potentials and rich flora and fauna are a great place for relaxation, especially for those who want an active holiday like picking medicinal plants and forest fruits or mushrooms.