I knew nothing about Bitola upon my arrival. I hopped on a bus to the second largest city in Macedonia only because I committed to exploring the country properly. I wanted to see more than just the quirky capital and the charming town of Ohrid that seems to be everyone’s favorite. Luckily, Bitola didn’t disappoint.
There is not too much to see in Bitola from tourist point of view. Downtown is tiny and sleepy, but it has its own charm. I felt like I was one of just a few tourists in town, and I found it pleasant. It was a perfect place to be after a few days in slightly overcrowded Ohrid.
How to enjoy Bitola? Take the slower path. I spent hours strolling around Bitola’s Širok Sokak, the long pedestrian street and a heart of Bitola's little old town. I sipped many cups of coffee in outdoor cafes watching people go by. I explored ancient ruins of Heraclea Lyncestis as the only visitor that afternoon. I caught up on freelance work.
Sometimes just hanging in there is the thing to do in a new place. And taking photos, of course.
Have you heard of Bitola before? Would you like to go?
If you are interested in traveling in Macedonia (FYROM), check out my other posts on the country!