Bitola is a city which tells the stories of serenades, love, and the city of the first camera in the Balkans, the city of consuls, and the cultural center in Macedonia – Bitola has many epithets.
- Licensed tour guide
- Transfer with car/van
- Pick up and drop off your accommodation
- Lunch and Drinks
- Entrance tickets
Reasons to visit Bitola is second largest city in Macedonia. It has been known since the Ottoman period as “the city of the consuls”, since many European countries have consulates in Bitola.
We pick up from your accommodation in Ohrid we drive 1, 5 hours to Bitola. After arrival we visit the ancient city of Heraclea Lyncestis. Built in the 4th century BC by Philip II of Macedonia (father of Alexander the Great), it was conquered by the Romans 2 centuries latter. The Via Egnatia road passed through this city, it was the main road connecting the Roman Empire with Asia. Heraclea Lincestis is famous for its beautiful mosaics, antique theater and roman baths.
Go back to center in Bitola. Walking tour start with visiting the National Institution “Institute and Museum” - Bitola, is located in one of the most important cultural and historical monuments of Bitola, in the building of the Old Army barracks.
This place was built in 1848, when Bitola had its biggest development, was built as a Military High School - Idadie. In 1900, this High School became a Military Academy - Harabie, and as such it worked until 1909. The most important period of the existence of this Military Academy is connected to the period when the cadet Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - the father of Modern Turkey, was educated there.
Tour continues through Shirok Sokak is the place where you can drink your coffee while enjoying the oldest architectural works and buildings in the Balkans, which decorate the city since the Turkish times.
Bitola is a town of consulates, also the town where the Manaki brothers, famous for their pioneering work with the camera, opened their Studio of Art Photography in 1905. In honor of their work in photography, and later, cinematography, the first international film camera festival in the world was started here in 1979 and is held every September. Street end with park there is Clock Tower and Yeni Mosque. The church of Sveti Dimitrija (St. Dimitri), dating back to the 19th century and renowned for being one of the biggest churches in the Balkans. Tour ends with walking cross Old Bazaar and finishing at the Green Market. Free time for lunch. Tour ends with drop off in your accommodation in Ohrid.