Strumica Travel Guide

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Strumica Things to Do

  • Gabrovo Waterfalls

    Gabrovo is a village south-east of Strumia.The waterfalls of Gabrovo are less spectacular than the Smolari Waterfalls and the Koleshino Waterfalls, but certainly worth a visit.There are some good picnic opportunities. In the summer the air is cool and the trees provide shadow.You can park at the small roundabout. If you go left at the roundabout,...

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  • Church of St Konastantin and Elena in...

    Mokrino is a village south-east of Strumica.The Church of St Konstantin and Elena lies in the center of the village.It dates from 1876. The Saint's day is on August 3rd.You can also visit the Mokrino Springs when you are here.

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  • Mokrino Springs

    Mokrino is a village south-east of Strumica.About 1.5 km east from the center of Mokrino there is a area with some springs. Mokro means "wet" in Macedonian.There's not much to see except from some huge old trees with huge roots and some water coming from the ground.But it is a very tranquil and cool place, perfect for a picnic.Forty liters of water...

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  • Koleshino Waterfalls

    Kaleshino is a village south-east of Strumica. It is know for it's waterfalls.Especially on a hot summer day, a visit to the waterfalls can be really relaxing. The forest around the waterfalls is nice and cool.There are several good picnic places on the site.The last part of the road is not asphalted. From the parking, it is about 1 km walking,...

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  • Old Mosque in Banica

    Banica is a village about 3 km north-west from the center of Strumica.This old mosque can be found close to the Tomb of Struma.We asked if we could enter to see the inside, but that was not possible. Most likely because the mosque seems to be used as a stable or storage of the people living next to it :-)Next to the old mosque is a temple, where we...

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  • Ruins of a Turkish Bath near Banica

    Banica is a village about 3 km north-west from the center of Strumica.These ruins of a Turkish Bath can be found close to the Tomb of Struma, in the fields just north of Banica.There is also an old mosque nearby.

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  • Struma Tomb near Banica

    Banica is a village about 3 km north-west from the center of Strumica.The Tomb of Struma is found in the fields just north of Banica. It is a medieval tomb, that looks like a mausoleum and consists of 9 layers.There are three legends about the origin of the tomb:1) Struma, the sister of King Marko2) the sister of Perseus, a relative of Alexander...

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  • Ruins of a mosque

    The ruins of this mosque are located on a Turkish cemetery near Bansko. Bansko is about 12 km south-east of Strumica.It is next to the road from Bansko to Svidovica, on your right if you're traveling towards Svidovica.Nearby, you can visit the ruins of a Turkish Bath and the ruins of the Church of the 40 Martyrs from Sebastea.

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  • Ruins of a Turkish Bath near Bansko

    These are the ruins of an old Turskih Bath near Bansko, about 12 km south-west of Strumica. It is situated in the middle of a field and completely overgrown. The roof is almost completely gone.If you enter, you can still see the piping in the walls at some places. Probably also this bath used the water from the Parilo hot spring.A friendly local...

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  • Church of the 40 Martyrs of Sebastea...

    The foundations of the Church of the 40 Martyrs of Sebastea are about 12 km south-west of Strumica, somewhere in the fields near the village Bansko.This church was form the 12th-13th century, but work on it also had been performed during the Ottoman period.Near the church a necropolis was discovered originating from the 13th century.We found the...

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  • Old Turkish Baths in Bansko

    Next to the site with the Roman Baths in Bansko is a former Turkish Bath. This was closed in 2005, and the building now appears to be in use as one huge public toilet.

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  • Roman Baths near Bansko

    About 12 km south-east of Strumica you can find well conserved ruins of an ancient Roman bath house, which was a thermal spa. They are located near the village Bansko.This bath house dates back to the 3rd and 4th centuries.The bath house used the thermal mineral water of the spring Parilo located next to the baths. This spring has a capacity of 42...

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  • Statue of Goce Delchev

    This statue of the famous Macedonian revolutionary Goce Delchev (1872-1903) was erected to commemorate his 100th birthday and his frequent visits to Strumica.. It is a huge statue, over 5 meters high.The text on the statue says: "I understand the world only as a field for cultural competition between the nations"

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  • Orta Mosque

    The Orta Mosque was built in 1614 AD on the foundations of a church dating from the 11-12th century. This church burnt down in the 13th century, and a necropolis was built on the same place which was used from the Middle Ages up until 17th century.The model that can be seen on the pictures shows how the mosque is located with respect to the old...

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  • Strumica City Hall and Tourist...

    The city hall of Strumica is located in a nice building in the center of the city.It was built between 1926-1931 and had the role of the first brothel in Strumica.The Tourist Information is on the 3rd floor, rooms 8-10. They can provide you with several free English booklets and maps, among which -A very informative colorful 50-page guide about the...

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  • Ancient Urban Building Machuk

    This site is located next to the Orta Mosque and can be easily overlooked when you don't know about it.When you DO know about it, there's not much to see, just some ruins. The mosaics described in the guides are covered with sand for protection.These ruins are the remains of an urban mansion or palace from the 4th-6th century.

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  • Museum of Strumica

    As usual in most museums that we visit in Macedonia, we were the only visitors and we got a private tour from one of the archeologists. He only spoke Macedonian, but could understand some English. My girlfriend translated for me.At ground level there was a temporary exposition (2011) with archeological findings from southeast Macedonia. Texts were...

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  • Church of St Cyril and Methodius

    This big church was finished around 1912. It is on the same location as the 14th century church dedicated to St Dimitri, which was burned down.There are actually two churches, one is in the basement and was constructed in 1750-1760. This lower church is dedicated to the 15 Martyrs of Tiberiopolis. Do not forget to go down the stairs and have a look...

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  • Medieval Feudal Tower

    This two-floored medieval Ottoman tower dates has an overhanging balcony on the second floor. It has small windows because it was used for defense purposes.Nowadays the ground level is used as somebodies storage room, as can be seen on the picture made through one of the windows. It is located not far from Monastery of the 15 Martyrs or...

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  • Hike to Ograzhden Peak

    This is a 19 km round trip from the recreational village Suvi Laki to the Ograzhden Peak and back. The height difference about 680 m, but total climbing is more. This hike was prepared for us as a GPS file by Noir from http://www.mkdmount.org/, for which we are very thankful!Suvi Laki is located half-way the road from Berovo and Strumica, so we...

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  • Monastery of St Ilija

    The Monastery of St Ilija is located in the mountains above Strumica. The monastery was probably build at the end of the 16th century, although there is speculation that it may be older.It was destroyed in 1923, but rebuilt between 1975 and 1984.Recently lodging quarters have been added to the monastery, but i don't know if it is possible to stay...

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  • Czar's Towers

    The Czar's Towers are located on the hill overlooking Strumica. They are the remains of a medieval fortress from the 11th-12th century, that was extended during the 12th-14th century.Life on this hill is thought to go back to 4750 BC, and many artifacts from different time periods have been found at this location.There is not much left over from...

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  • The 15 Martyrs of Tiberiopolis

    On the premises of the Monastery of the 15 Martyrs or Tiberiopolis there are the remains of older churches from the 5th and 10th century, dedicated to The 15 Martyrs of Tiberiopolis. The older churches were built on top of the tombs of the Fifteen Holy Martyrs of Tiberiopolis.The 15 Martyrs of Tiberiopolis refer to Christians who were tortured and...

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  • Monastery of the 15 Martyrs of...

    This Monastery contains the archeological site of the Holy 15 Martyrs or Tiberiopolis, the name that Strumica had in the Roman period. The new church is from 1972, and the foundations of the older church from the 5th century were found when the new church was constructed.It is a working monastery where you can stay, see here for more...

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  • Smolari Waterfalls

    Smolari is a village south-east of Strumica. It is said to have Macedonia's highest waterfall (40m) but i read about one that is even higher...From the parking it is a pleasant but steep uphill walk of about 700m, elevation about 100 m, that will take about 30 minutes.Especially on a hot summer day, a visit to the waterfalls can be really relaxing....

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  • Monastery of the Holy Mother of God

    Built on a rocky plateau, the monastery of the Holy Mother of God Eleusa was founded in 1080. In 1913, having decided to abandon the monastery, the monks set it on fire. This event damaged the fresco painting to a great extent. Today, the monastery’s original architecture has been restored and represents a rare structure of the 11th century in...

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  • Strumica - Monastery St Ilija - Czar's...

    This walk starts near Restaurant Loven Dom (Neretva Street) in Strumica and goes via the Monastery of St Ilija to the ruins of the fortress called Czar’s Towers or Carevi Kuli.At the picture of the crossing near Loven Dom, go right for the path to St Ilija. The first part is 2.5 km on a well kept footpath to the Monastery of St Ilija in the...

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  • Parilo Hot Water Spring

    Water coming from the Parilo spring near the Roman Baths at Bansko can be found close to the Roman Baths. Bansko is about 12 km south-west of Strumica.The spring itself has a capacity of 42 l/s.There is also a more sophisticated tap with spring water behind the hotel, see the pictures. WARNING, this looks like an ordinary tap, but hot water (72...

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  • Lady with a Mask

    This monument is dedicated to the Carnival. which is celebrated big in Strumica.It is located close to the Statue of Goce Delchev.

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  • City Park

    This small park next to the City Hall has several statutes.One of them, the Monument of 11th October is a small obelisk, and is dedicated to the fallen fighters in the National Liberation Struggle against fascism. The other monument on the pictures is dedicated to five students from Strumica, who were killed on August 13, 1951, near the village...

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Strumica Restaurants

  • Busy

    This small burek, pastry and pizza lunch place is located at the central square, close to the Statue of Goce Delchev.It can easily be missed, since you have to go downstairs to get to the entrance. When we were there, it was very busy with locals, which is always a good sign!

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  • Great food and marvelouse vistas

    We had diiner in Loven Dom, as part of our "Food & Wine crawl around Macedonia " in June 2011Food was local and fresh and the choice of drinks was excellent.What really impress me was the fact that they took intoconsideration that we were all tired and it was late,so dinner was light but filling... loved the grilled meats and the choice of fresh...

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  • Must visit !

    Mediternian food as well as traditional macedonian dishes. Fantastic in summer time as the garden is beautiful. Shopska salata - veg salad with grated feta cheese!

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Strumica Off The Beaten Path

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    by MacedonianUK Updated Feb 14, 2009

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    Nestlled in the slopes of Belasica mountain, hidden in the dense folliage is Smolare Watterfals.
    The name comes from the nearby vilage of Smolare.
    To get to the watterfals, you can drive past Strumica to the Smolare village some 20km away. Car can be parked at the top of the vilage and from there there is about 20 min hike into the depths of the mountain to find the watterfals. They are clearly marked so you can not get lost.
    Also there is local bus wich regulary connects vilage of Smolare with Strumica.
    Many Macedonians, specilay childern on school trips visit this hidden gem of breathtaking nature.
    Best keep sicret about Macedonia-Smolare Watterfals!

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