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Crossroads - Old and New

The City of Bitola is a mixture of a generation pushing new boundaries while steeped in thousands of years of history. The road into Bitola from the main highway passes by several miles of rather scruffy workshops, auto repairs, and various buildings and dwellings. Fortunately the charm of the city appears as you approach the Main Street - Shirok Sokak. The main street, on the maps as Marshal Tito continues to house a number of foreign consulates, a holdover of the City's major trading postion in the 19th Century.

The Heart Beat of the City

Shirok Sokak, roughly a mile long stretch of pedestrian promenade is alive with shoppers, passersby and numerous eateries / pubs with outside tables and chairs for enjoying a brew. Busy during the day, and packed at night, the street attracts a young crowd ready to enjoy the day or night.

Rich in Archeology and Historical Sites

Walking South from the main street of Shirok Sokak, you can easily walk to the National Institution and Museum, featuring pre-Roman artifacts through exhibits featuring Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Continuing another mile through a pleasant park it is a pictureseque walk to the ruins of Heraclea Lyncestis. Across the river is the old bazaar, and interesting mix of small shops and farmers market.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Awesome mixture of old, new and inbetween
  • Cons:They have a few bumps in the road to smooth out
  • In a nutshell:When life deals you a fish......make ......
  • Last visit to Bitola: May 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2011 at 5:04 AM

    Karl, brilliant Bitola page. The Bure was among our favourite places in town as well. We also had a glimpse of the Cemetery on our walk to Heraklea.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2011 at 4:34 AM

    Great page Karl. Brings back nice memories.

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Good stuff Karl ! :o)

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    Just a quick look...wifi on board costs the earth!!!! And the loading time as increased to very slow...LOL Marg


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