North Macedonia: Bitola

Not far from the Greek border lies the pleasant city of Bitola. During the Ottoman times, it was known as “the city of consuls” since many of the European countries had consulates here. It is one of the oldest cities in the Northern Macedonia, founded in the 4th century BC under the name of Heraclea Lyncestis aka City of Hercules. During the Ottoman times (which was nearly 600 years long), Bitola was known as Manastir. The center of the city has a pretty Magnolia Square and a large avenue leading to it, known as Sirok Sokak aka Wide Alley. There are many historical buildings around, several old mosques (Yeni and Isak), and the Catholic Church of Holy Heart. A very pleasant city to just stroll along the pedestrian main street full of cafes and bars.