Greater Than a Tourist- Bitola Macedonia
50 Travel Tips from a Local
By Aleksandar Tashkovski
Are you excited about planning your next trip?
Do you want to try something new?
Would you like some guidance from a local?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater
Than a Tourist book is for you.
Greater Than a Tourist- Bitola, Macedonia by Aleksandar
Tashkovski offers the inside scoop on Bitola. Most travel books
tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing
wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this
book will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your
next travel destination.
In these pages, you will discover advice that will help you
throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses
or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge
from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel
Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to
know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book,
you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.
Inside this travel guide book you will find:
- Insider tips from a local.
- Bonus Tips: 50 Things to Know About Packing
Light for Travel by bestselling author Manidipa
- Packing and planning list.
- List of travel questions to ask yourself or others
- A place to write your travel bucket list.
“I’m in love with cities I've never
been to and people I've never met.”
– John Green.
There is a saying among Macedonians that any
intentional or casual traveler that has come in this
country, wants to stay a little bit more, come back or
move here forever. Macedonia is a rich source of folk
art, unrepeatable carving techniques; simply a zenith of
Apart of the other tourist destination like the Ohrid,
Prespa or Dojran Lake; the National parks of Mavrovo
and Galichica; the Matka Canyon, many beautiful
mountains also known internationally and recognized
because of their own specific environmental, historical
or cultural characteristics; the city of Bitola is one of
the most visited cities from tourists in Macedonia.
The city of Bitola is situated sixteen kilometers from
Baba Mountain, it is one of the most written about city,
second by territory, third by population in the Republic
of Macedonia and was built in the VII century a.c.
In its fourteen centuries history, the city has seen and
suffered a lot at the same time, especially with the
robberies from the crusade and all those who came
against the will of the population assimilating and
showing themselves as rulers- Byzantine, Turkish,
Serbian, Bulgarian and others.
During its existence the city of Bitola had many other
names: Manastiri (during the Ottoman empire, because
of the many monasteries in the city) or Obitel (which is
an old-Slavic name for a brotherhood of monks).
Deciding in accordance with the Bitola plate from 1015
the oldest name of the city is Bitola.
Today, Bitola continues to function as a cultural,
historical, consular, economical and scientific center in
the south west part of the Republic. With its rich
programs, archeological, historical and cultural heritage
it attracts many national and international tourists.
It is true that this city doesn’t have pyramids, sea, big
and exotic beaches, but when you enter the city you can
smell the breath of time while witnessing mankind
evolution through time immemorial.
All periods have left its own mark in Bitola, marks that
are without doubt full of never-ending inspiration for
generations and can be found today.
1. BABA MOUNTAIN
The third highest mountain in Macedonia is Baba
Mountain (Macedonian: Баба Планина/Baba Planina),
also known by the name of its highest peak, Pelister
(2601, meters, or 8533 feet). Baba massif splits up the
rivers in the region, so that they flow towards the
Adriatic. Because of the rich flora and fauna, parts of
the Mountain are legally protected as a National Park.
Pelister National Park's flora include the five-needle
pine molika (Pinus peuce) - a unique species of tertiary
age being present on only a few mountains in the
Balkan Peninsula. Fauna in the area include bears, roe
deer, Balkan lynx, wolves, chamois, deer, wild boars,
rabbits, several species of eagles, partridges, redbilled
jackdaws, and the endemic Macedonian Pelagonia
Pelister is the oldest and second largest national park
in Macedonia after Mavrovo. It is one of the leading
tourist areas in the country, since it is a well-known ski
resort, along with Ohrid, Prespa, Dojran, Popova Šapka,
Pelister provides views of the Pelagonia valley, Lake
Prespa, Nidže, Galičica, Jakupica, and the city of
Bitola. Pelister is also one of the most southern
mountains in the Balkans that has an alpine character.
Pelister is also known for its two mountain lakes, which
are called Pelister's Eyes, or the Big (2.218 meters) and
Small lake (2.180 meters).
2. RIVER DRAGOR
The river Dragor (Macedonian: Драгор) is a small
river (25 km) situated in the south of the Republic of
Macedonia. It flows mainly through the city of Bitola.
Its spring is in Sapunčica, Lak Potok, Crvena Reka
and Klisurnica on the Baba Mountain. The river moves
through the village of Dihovo, Bratindol and
Pelagonija. The Dragor progression goes to the Aegan
Sea through Crna and Vardar river. Because of a flood
in 1962 the river is controlled from the fake Strezevo
The river bridges have historical meaning for the
city (it has been on Ottoman postcards), especially
those built during the Ottoman empire. A project for
their reconstruction has been initiated.
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TOP REASONS TO BOOK THIS TRIP
Walk through the evolution of mankind history from
the beginning of time in the city that is the crossroad of
East and West.
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Prepare yourself for the best mountain biking, skiing or
Watch or take part in the daily creative, artistic and
cultural events happening in this city without end from
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aleksandar Tashkovski is the first Space Law jurist
from Bitola, who earned his bachelor’s degree in Law
at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
where he is finishing his Latin Legum Master’s degree
in International Law and Relations and Law of the
Aleksandar is a local from Bitola who will guide you
through the tips from his personal experience from the
many events throughout the years that are performed in
this prosperous cultural, spiritual, historical, economical
and scientific center- the city of Bitola.