Pelagonija is a geographical plain between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia, the Macedonian part incorporating the cities of Bitola, Prilep, Krushevo and the picturesque village of Mariovo.
Prilep is the place where one can find the finest marble in the world, and it represents a famous world center for production of quality tobacco. It is famous for the Tobacco Museum that owns exhibits that are partly purchased from institutions and individuals across Europe, Asia and Africa and the other part are excavated from sites and thus, represent unique objects. Prilep is a town of rich monumental heritage, the most representative monument complexes being: Bedem, Gradishte, Bezisten and the remains of the ancient cities Stibera, Alkomena, Keramija and Kolobansa. There are also churches and monasteries that date back to the Middle Age as well as the most famous towers called “Marko’s Towers”. If you happen to be in Prilep during the months of June and July, do not miss the “Vojdan Chernodrinski” theatre festival and the Prilep Summer of Culture event, which offers cultural achievements in all domains of art.
Bitola is the second largest city in the Republic of Macedonia that still bears the nickname “the city of consuls” as it was a seat of consuls in the 19th century. It is famous for the Clock Tower and the long pedestrian street called Sirok Sokak that abounds in neo-classical buildings, stores, coffee bars and restaurants. It is also a home of the renowned International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”. The National Park Pelister is not very far from the city. The five-needle pine tree known as “molika”, which is considered to be a Tertiary Relic Plant, forms the greatest part of its vegetation, making the National Park a unique picturesque and attractive place to visit. When visiting Bitola, one must also not miss the ancient city of Heraklea that dates back to the Hellenistic period.
Mariovo is a region in the southern part of Macedonia where the largest canyon is found. The region is divided by the Crna river into two sub-regions: Small and Old (Big) Mariovo. It is noteworthy that due to its specific position, this part of the country has a distinct local climate that differs from the other parts of the country. The small number of inhabitants in the villages, and the absence of industry and factories place this area among the cleanest eco regions in Europe.