Bitola

With elegant buildings and beautiful people, elevated Bitola (660m) has a sophistication inherited from its Ottoman days as the ‘City of Consuls’. Its 18th- and 19th-century colourful townhouses, Turkish mosques and cafe culture make it Macedonia’s most intriguing and liveable major town. An essential experience is sipping a coffee and people-watching along the pedestrianised Širok Sokak (‘Wide Street’ – still called ul Maršal Tito officially), the main promenade and heart of the city.