Bitola – Битола
This city is located in the Pelagonia Valley at the foot of the Baba Mountain Massif in south-western Macedonia. Bitola is about 70 kilometres east of Ohrid (about 70 minute drive on a good day), 33 kilometres east of Resen, 66 kilometres southwest of Prilep and about 15 kilometers north of the border crossing with Greece. According to the 2002 census, this city had a population of 74,550.
In addition to having maintained much late 19 & early 20th century neo-classical architecture, Bitola also hosts the ancient city of Heraklea Lynkestis (Heraclea Lyncestis), a wonderful museum and other great attractions.
Bitola is also known as the ‘City of Consuls” and the following countries currently have their consulates seated here: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and the Ukraine.
- Ajdar-kadi Mosque
- Baba Mountain Massif and Mount Pelister
- Art Gallery
- Church of Saint Demetrius
- Church of Saint George in Kurbinovo (nearby)
- Heraklea Lynkestis (Heraclea Lyncestis) ancient city founded by Philip II
- Ishak Çelebi Mosque
- Jeni Mosque
- Kodža Kadi Mosque
- Lake Prespa (nearby)
- Monastir Bazaar
- Old Bazaar
- Pelister National Forest / Pelister National Park
- Širok Sokak – Pedestrian street (see the first gallery below)
- Turkish Bath
Festivals and events in Bitola
- AKTO Festival for Contemporary Arts featuring visual arts, performing arts, music and theory of culture.
- Ilinden Days – a festival of folk songs traditional dances and costumes.
- Interfest Bitola – Festival for Classical Music
- International Graphic Triennial, an international graphics exhibition
- International Shakespeare Festival
- International Youth Art Festival featuring young artists from the Balkans and the rest of Europe
- Manaki Brothers Film Festival / The International Cinematographers Film Festival hosted by the Macedonian Film Professionals Association (MFPA). This festival is a member of the European Coordination of Film Festivals (ECFF).
- Small Monmartre of Bitola – a children’s arts festival
Širok Sokak is a pedestrian street in the heart of the city. A walk along this street will treat you to the Jeni Mosque, the Catholic Church “Holy Heart of Jesus”, the Clock Tower, the Turkish Bath, great architecture, the Magnolia Square with the water fountains is a great meeting place, also an excellent national restaurant called Grne is in this square and Širok Sokak features other gastronomical and shopping pleasures. The first gallery below begins on Širok Sokak.