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Kratovo

town in North Macedonia

73km

42.0666666722.18333333

Thessaloniki

city in Greece

77km

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Veles

city in North Macedonia

99km

41.7152777821.77527778

Pirin National Park

National Park

103km

41.5523.5667

Prilep

city in North Macedonia

121km

41.346421.5542

Sofia

capital city of Bulgaria

129km

42.723.3333

Skopje

capital city of North Macedonia

142km

4221.4333

Bitola

city in North Macedonia

151km

41.02821.32

Larissa

city of Thessaly region in Greece

153km

39.64166722.416667

Gjilani

City in Kosovo

155km

42.4621.47

Kruševo

town in North Macedonia

156km

41.36721.233
Sights

Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, Strumica

398m

41.43522.64

Goce Delčev Square

town square in Strumica, Macedonia

653m

41.4391111122.63730556

Strumica Fortress

Strumica's fortress dates from the 11th century. It sits just west of town, overlooking the city from its elevated position. It was used under the Byzantine, Bulgarian, and Serbian empires. It then fell under Ottoman rule and by the 17th century it was completely abandoned. The site, however, was used again during the Balkan Wars and the World Wars. A restoration effort of the fortress began in 2014.

1.5km

41.432322.6298

Kavadarci

town in North Macedonia

71km

41.4333333322

Kratovo, North Macedonia

town in North Macedonia

73km

42.0666666722.18333333

Stobi

archaeological site in Macedonia, ancient town of Paeonia

74km

41.5516666721.975

Stone town of Kuklica

This natural wonder, consisting of 15 larger (10 m / 32 ft tall) and 120 smaller stone pillars, was probably created by erosion and other climate influence. However, the legend connected to this phenomenon says that the figures are in fact wedding guests who were turned into rocks.

87km

42.1244444422.05027778

Kuklica

village in Macedonia

88km

42.1166666722.03333333

Cocev Kamen

Cocev Kamen is within Kratovo Municipality but, because of some mountains, is a shorter drive from Kumanovo than from Kratovo. The hilltop cave site of volcanic origin may have been inhabited as early as Paleolithic times. Some of the walls are painted, similar to such caves found in Bulgaria and Italy. It may have also been used as an astronomical observatory. It is on Macedonia's tentative World Heritage Sites list.

90km

42.0921.98944444

Mound of the Unbeaten

A World War II memorial built in 1961 to honor the Prilep area's fallen in the Struggle for the Liberation of Macedonia. It consists of memorial urns made of marble, almost resembling life-sized chess pieces. The site also contains a crypt housing the remains of 462 soldiers whose names are inscribed on the marble slabs. It is part of the larger Park of the Revolution which features busts of prominent local heroes. The site is in area of greenery with scenic views of the surrounding mountains. A memorial service occurs here every 11th of October.

121km

41.3343521.55455

Treskavec Monastery

Built in the 12th century and set atop an outcropping of rock on Zlato Mountain, this monastery dedicated to the Holy Mother of God is renowned as a place with an incredibly beautiful Macedonian sunset. Prior to the construction of a paved road in the 2010s, Treskavec was known for being largely inaccessible but nonetheless still being home to one monk. A fire in 2013 did a lot of damage to the monastery grounds, destroying almost everything but the church. The surviving frescoes inside are from different periods in the 14th, 15th, 16th and 19th century. It is no longer possible to spend the night here as the monks' and visitors' quarters were destroyed in the fire. If you hike in summer start early, if you want to take the hike in winter, early spring or late fall, ask around to make sure the path is passable. The position of the monastery offers views below of Prilep and above of the higher distant surrounding mountains.

122km

41.4040166721.53826111

Markovi Kuli

Truly a Macedonian gem. While the towers themselves are quite interesting, it's the location and rock formations that make this hike well worth it. The trail begins above a residential area, at the "Stone Elephant" rock formation. The trail then steadily gets steeper and steeper. There is not a single tree to be found on the entire hike; bring water and avoid hiking during peak summer heat. With the lack of trees, it is easy to stay on the trail and not get lost. Enjoy the vistas from the trail that only get better as you climb further. The remains that can be seen are from the 10th to the 14th centuries, built under King Marko who was the last ruler in the region prior to Ottoman takeover. They exist at varying heights on the hill and are in varying conditions. Upon exploring the area, you'll likely find that you are alone in your exploration - no staff, no signs, no rules. Just yourself wandering ruins used to defend a medieval kingdom. This is a rare situation and may not always be the case, so be sure to visit Prilep soon. The fortress can also be reached by a more scenic but rough path from Varoš Monastery. You have the option of continuing on the original dirt road (before the fork) for another 5km/3.2miles towards Treskavec Monastery.

122km

41.361621.538475

Zrze Monastery

This monastery, dedicated to the Holy Transfiguration, is 34 km (20.5 mi) northwest of Prilep on the mountainside of Dautica. There are two main churches in the complex. The older one was built in the middle of the 14th century and the one beside it was built in the 17th century. Excellent frescoes are painted on the main façade of the church under the charming porch. The monastery stands on a plateau with a breathtaking view over the Pelagonia plain and the surrounding mountains. The monks are very friendly and might prepare tea and coffee for you. They will also tell you the history of the monastery and show you around. Look for the water spring behind the monastery for a tasty sip of natural water. The monastery is open to everyone only for day visits.

144km

41.5213888921.34166667

Gazi Hajdar Kadi Mosque

This mosque was built in the 1560s, designed by noted Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. After falling into disrepair years ago, it was renovated with the help of the Turkish government in 2016. Due to the decrease in size of the old bazaar, it is now at the northern edge of the district. It has a single dome with three additional domes above the portico. It also has a single minaret. Following restoration, the mosque is once again an active religious building and is now fully illuminated at night.

148km

41.0349916721.338475

Heraclea Lyncestis

archaeological site in Macedonia, ancient city

148km

41.0108333321.3425

Bitola Zoo

Opened in 1950, Bitola is home to North Macedonia's second zoo. It houses about 200 animals from about 40 species. Efforts have been made to bring the facilities up to European standards. Covering 2 hectares (5 acres), it is a relatively small zoo.

148km

41.014621.3415

Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Bitola

This Catholic church is the co-cathedral of the Diocese of Skopje. It was established in the 19th century but the current church was built in 1909 in the neo-Gothic style. It stands in one of the more historic sections of the pedestrian street Širok Sokak.

149km

41.028621.3358

New Mosque, Bitola

Located in the centre of Bitola and one of the city skyline's most prominent features, the Yeni Mosque was built in 1558. It has a square base with a dome-capped roof and one minaret. "Yeni" in Turkish means "New", suggesting that the mosque was built atop an older mosque or church. Today, the mosque is used as an exhibition space.

149km

41.0308333321.335

Clock Tower (Bitola)

The clock tower is the pride of the people of Bitola and a main symbol of the city. It was built in 1664 but got its present appearance in the 19th century. Standing 33 m (108 ft) tall, it is south of the Dragor River, between the old bazaar and Magnolia Square, on Širok Sokak. The square tower is capped with a small dome, on which a cross stands.

149km

41.0308333321.33388889

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Strumica

North Macedonia
Strumica is the second-largest city in Eastern North Macedonia with 35,000 residents. It is the seat of Strumica Municipality which has a population of about 55,000. It is the vegetable capital of North Macedonia.

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Climate

Average temperatures

Jan

5.6°C-1.3
Precipitation: 33 mm

Feb

9°C0.4
Precipitation: 33 mm

Mar

13.4°C3.4
Precipitation: 36 mm

Apr

18.4°C7.2
Precipitation: 37 mm

May

23.6°C11.6
Precipitation: 52 mm

Jun

28.2°C15.2
Precipitation: 41 mm

Jul

30.6°C16.9
Precipitation: 33 mm

Aug

30.4°C16.6
Precipitation: 29 mm

Sep

26.8°C13.4
Precipitation: 28 mm

Oct

20°C9.1
Precipitation: 39 mm

Nov

12.2°C4.2
Precipitation: 54 mm

Dec

7.2°C0.3
Precipitation: 44 mm
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