Bitola Off The Beaten Path

  • Dragar River in Bitola
    Dragar River in Bitola
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  • The Derelict Building
    The Derelict Building
    by johngayton
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    Hiking on Mount Baba in Pelister National Park

    by Pijlmans Updated Jan 31, 2013

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    Hiking in Pelister National Park

    In Bitola, we took a cab which took us to a dead-end road close to a hotel at the foot of Baba mountain (Baba means grandmother).

    From there we did a short hike through the forest to the mountain hut Kopanki, where we cooked our dinner (soup + pasta, it´s hard to make something else on the rudimentary cooking-range in the little kitchen next to the mountain hut. But very adventurous!)

    You have to bring your own food! It is also a good idea to bring some beer or rakija, to catalyze contact with the other guests :-)

    Kopanki mountain hut (110 beds) 1600m Mount Baba. Tel (not verified) 047 222 384, 5-10 euro / night.

    UPDATE 2013: IN JANUARY 2013 THE KOPANKI MOUNTAIN HUT BURNED DOWN

    The next day, we hiked to the other mountain hut, Golemo Ezero (meaning big lake), next to, yes, the big lake. This is a hike of about 8-10 hours, so be well prepared and take sufficient food and water. We got directions from the owner of the Kopanki mountain hut, and from the very few people we met on our way. The route is partly marked.

    The route takes you through superb nature to two rare glacial lakes, the Pelister Eyes (Golemo Ezero is one of them). They are seperated from each other by a hill, functioning as the nose between the eyes...Let the pictures speak for themselves!

    During this hike it is also possible to climb to the highest point of Mount Baba. However, because there was a lot of fog during our hike and for sake of time, we did not do that.

    When we got to the Golemo Ezero Mountain hut (on a Sunday) it turned out not to be possible to stay overnight and we had to hike for 3 more hours to Bitola. We were lucky to meet some other hikers on the way, who called some cabs once we arrived at the foot of the mountain. We learned our lesson and will call in advance next time to arrange our stay! From Bitola we took another cab back to Ohrid were we were staying.

    Golemo Ezero mountain hut (45 beds) 600m below Pelister Peak at 2000m. Tel (not verified, afternoons only) 047 221 605. You probably also have to bring your own food here.

    See my travel site about Bitola for more pictures.

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    Bitola Dragar River

    by Roadquill Written Nov 16, 2011
    Dragar River in Bitola

    Running down the center of town through a walled river way is the Dragar River. I would call it more of a stream, but it does add a nice ambience to the town. During the day the sunlight sparkles off the surface.

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    Bitola Music School

    by johngayton Updated Aug 7, 2011

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    I was just wandering past here when I caught the most amazingly melodic sounds emmanating from what appeared to be a derelict building. A piano was accompanying a choral piece and the acoustics were reverberating powerfully enough to reach me on the street. I stopped, stunned, and just stood and listened until the piece finished. Only then did I think of taking a few pics.

    The building still looked derelict and there seemed to be no movement from within. Nothing else happened for the couple of minutes that I waited before heading off to wherever I was going (I wasn't actually going anywhere, just wandering) but upon finding these pics as I build this page the memory of that little moment in time floods back.

    Doing a little research I find that the building seems to be part of the Bitola Music School campus, the main buiding of which is a rather plusher one just off the Shirok Sokak. The Bitola Music School is one of Macedonia's "pride and joys" and is considered to be the finest musical educational resource in the Balkans.

    The school, as a whole, has over 1800 students and its alumni include some of the best-known musicians in the country such as Tose Proeski, Marijan Stojanovski, Lambe Alabakoski, Karolina Goèeva, Dimitar Andonovski and Hristijan Spirovski.

    None of these names mean anything to me but the unforgetable moment I caught lives with me still.

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    Sveti Gjorgi

    by iaint Updated Jun 21, 2011
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    One of the stops on our lazy drive from Bitola to Ohrid was at this “church”. It’s really just a tiny chapel hidden away on the hillside well away from the Prespa lakeside - to be safe from marauding Turks apparently.

    It was a 20 minute uphill walk to get there - the road was too narrow for the coach. A touch energetic for some of the older or chubbier VTers, but we got there. And back.

    I enjoyed the walk in the countryside in the sun. The chapel was nice too. Frescos etc.

    But, it’s a 12th century church and the frescos date from 1191. Worth the visit.

    Kurbinovo is the little settlement nearby. It's set back a little from the eastern lakeside road, at the northeast corner of the lake.

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    Memorable Cemetary

    by Roadquill Written Jun 10, 2011

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    Patrons of the Bitola Cemetary
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    I admit that sometimes I enjoy walking through old cemetaries. The cemetary along the walk from the city center to the archeological Heracleas site was very interesting in that many of the headstones featured photograph likenesses of the deceased and memories enscribed.

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    The Zoo?

    by Roadquill Updated Jun 10, 2011

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    Bitola Zoo

    There is a zoo, at least that is what I was told. I did see a vulture and hawk in a cage. The local seems to be just South of the City, on the way to the Heracleum Lysentis site. Features a number of big cats, but is still not up to European zoo standards... but is working on it.

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    Why an Hotel named Ḗpinal ?

    by JLBG Written May 27, 2011

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    Why an Hotel named Ḗpinal ?

    I wondered why there was an Hotel Ḗpinal in Bitola and found that the city had been twined with Ḗpinal, France since 1968. The twinage is very active and there are a lot of exchanges between the two cities, including exchange of schools for short stays.

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    Bitola: City of consulates

    by Dirim Written Sep 8, 2007

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    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. :)

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    Malovishta village

    by GeoV Written Dec 9, 2005

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    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.

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    Living relic of the past

    by MacedonianUK Updated Nov 21, 2004

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    The vilage of Malovishta is the only vilage within the border of the National Park Pelister. Malovishta is big vilage with all the atributes of small town. Has old Macedonian City arhitecture and electric mix of cultures. Malovishta is the biggest Vlah or Aromani populated vilage. As the Vlahs are known as exelent traders the vilage prospered and grow. It is said that the vilade in one point in the end of the XIX century had 4000 inhabitants and 4 schools. 2 Vlahs, 1 Macedonian and 1 Greek.Also had Gimnasium for the boys and Licei for the girls.
    The road to Malovishta leads you trought the slopes of Baba Mountain and is sort of hidden from the main road Bitola-Ohrid. As very wealthy vilage Malovishta has two Churches. One was build by the Vlahs in the vilage and the other one by the Macedonians around 1700 A.D. Also some 5 km up the mountain is the monastery of St. Anna wich is beutifull example of XVIII century craftsmanship. There are konaks or sleeping rooms, where you can stay ofcourse for free. Visiting the vilage of Malovishta is experiance, as you seem that you are walking trought history. The Vlah familys in the vilage still keep their language and tradition and is one of the most exiting places sarounding Bitola.
    If you decide to visit take bus to the vilage of Kazani and walk the 4 km to the vilage, but there is also bus directly to the vilage its self. Make sure you have sturdy walking boots,lots of film rolls and planty of water if you decide to hike up to the monastery.On the 8th of August is the Monastery holly day, so people from the sarounding vilages and Bitola come to pay hommage.
    The walkig path to the monastery is clearly marked and is worth the effort to get there.

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    The Roman city of Heraclea Lyncaestis ...

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Heraclea was the smallest and best organized of the ancient Roman sites I visited this trip. This is a general picture of the site.
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    Please see the travelogues for more pictures of Heraclea.

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    Architecture of Bitola

    by Arkeolog Updated Mar 31, 2009

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    I liked Bitola's architectural features so much. It's a real mixture of different styles and worth to see.

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    Under the arbor ...

    by shrimp56 Updated Aug 12, 2003

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    grape arbor

    The grapes aren't ready to be made into wine yet, but they provide shade at the small "cafe" at Heraclea. Do try the Macedonian wines elsewhere -- they are great!

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    Some "locals" wander by ...

    by shrimp56 Updated Jul 23, 2003

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    In this picture you see a man and his sheep caught between two pasts -- Heraclea and the rusting remnants of a socialist state.

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    Drink something cool ...

    by shrimp56 Written Jul 23, 2003

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    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 :)

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