Hotel Sumski Feneri
S. Trnovo, Bitola, 7000, Republic of Macedonia
Best Hotel in Bitola
Great family run place. clean comfortable rooms. Very helpful staff and owners. Can't praise them highly enough. Would recommend it to anyone!
Unique Quality: Clean air. Good food. Calm, peaceful - utterly enjoyable
Directions: about 5 km outside of Bitola town but taxis only cost $3-$4 dollars so it's quick and easy to access from town - worth the trip
More about Bitola
shirok sokak & it's arhitecture
Hamidie Dzadessi/Wide Street-Shirok Sokak
what to pack for May vacation
What is proper attire for May travel in Bitola? Shorts, Capri's, jeans, slacks, dresses. What shoes are best, flip flops, tennis shoes, etc. What do locals wear.
Re: what to pack for May vacation
It will be warm in the upper 20c and light jacket is appreciated as the evenings can be coldish. I pack so I can layer my cloths, same goes for every town or city you visit in Macedonia. Tennis shoes are OK. But for night out on Shirok Sokak, I suggest some nice clothes, girls definitely dress to kill and boys wear smart casual attire.
Why don't you check my Bitola page, there is advice on packing too.
welcome to my home town.
Travel Tips for Bitola
It's hard to choose ...
It's hard to make a choice between sitting in a cafe and visiting Heraclea as my favorite thing about Bitola. But I'll choose Heraclea as you can tour antiquity AND sit at a small table under a grape arbor with a cool drink:)
Turkish TV series "Farewell Rumeli" & Bitola
Bitola is also the city where the footage was shot for the TV series “Farewell Rumeli”, which captured the imagination of Turkish TV audiences. One of the most important filming sets was the village of Makovo near Bitola. The TV series has resulted in special tours being arranged from Turkey to Macedonia, especially Bitola the primary shooting location.
Bitola: City of consulates
During the Ottoman Era, Bitola (or Manastir) was the capital city of the Vilayet of Rumelija which covered geographival Makedonia; that means: Makedonia, Northern Greece, South West Bulgaria.
Bitola especially becam an important city during 19th century when imperialist countries began to give attention on the region. At the beginning of 20th century, there were already 16 consulates in Bitola where the population of the city was 75.000.
Today, the population of the city is almost the same and the consulates had already left the region. But only three of them stays:
Turkey; Because of the Turkish minority in the settlements around Bitola and because of historical and cultural ties, as well as increaisng economical activities between Makedonija and Turkey
Great Britain; as they do not want to leave before French.
France: as they do not want to leave before British. :)
Just to add a few things to what MacedonianUK says about this place, the village is well worth visiting for the architecture, the scenery - and the hospitality, (although it would be fair to say that unstinting hospitality is the norm almost everywhere in Macedonia). If you're familiar the Scaninavian style of 'Skansen' open-air museums, this is one where the buildings are still where they were built. You might well get a conducted tour too. But the village is not just a museum-piece. Around the end of July there is a Vlach festival with a stage set up outside the church of Sv. Petka. The day we visited the village, there were poetry readings in the evening and, such is the hospitality, the locals gave serious consideration to providing us with a simultaneous translation into English.
The village is difficult to reach but get there if you can, you're unlikely to regret making the effort.
Drink something cool ...
Summers are hot in Macedonia -- even in the Pelister mountains. You can buy cold drinks there and sit down at small tables under a grape arbor. The table tops are reproductions I was happy to hear :)