COUNTRY: north macedonia
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE: stobi
Bitola is one of the oldest towns in North Macedonia and is nestled in a picturesque environment of nearby mountains and the Pelister Natural Park. Besides the unique architecture, amazing city attractions and the famous food specialties, one of its highlights is the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis, which is named after the Greek god Heracles.
When in Skopje be sure to visit The Stone Bridge across the river Vardar, a symbol of Skopje from the 15th century. In addition, one should not miss Macedonia Square, the city’s main square, located in the vicinity of the Stone Bridge. It is the largest plaza in the country and one of the city’s primary meeting places and public areas. The most popular tourist walk starts from the Old Railway Station down to Macedonia Street, then passes near the birthplace and memorial house of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mother Teresa, and the Medieval Tower from the Ottoman times, also known as the Feudal Tower. You then pass through Macedonia Square, and cross the Stone Bridge. the walk continues to the Holocaust Museum and the Museum of Macedonian Independence, before reaching the Turkish Bazaar and ending at the Kale Fortress.
Gradsko – Stobi, an important outdoor archaeological site, is located in Central Macedonia, next to the E75 superhighway, 75 kilometers south of the North Macedonian capital of Skopje and the international airport.
Stobi Winery is located near the archaeological site after which it was named. Wine is one of the symbols of North Macedonia. The secret of the taste of North Macedonian wines is in the amount of sun, which contributes to the rich flavor of each and every grape.
Where to sleep and eat
Hotel Best Western Tourist ****
If you prefer to be located in the city center, then the best choice is the Hotel Best Western Touris. This hotel is located just half a kilometer from the City Museum and a less than ten-minute walk from the main Macedonia Square. This city hotel offers comfortable and well-equipped deluxe rooms and suites of all types with the highest standards of an international hotel. Facilities for business meetings and conferences are also available for event organizers. A buffet breakfast is available in the morning. the hotel restaurant offers a range of local meals.
Hotel Karpoš ****
Hotel Karpos is a great choice for either a tourist or business visit to Skopje. It is located in the city center and is only half an hour’s easy walk from the Stone Bridge and Macedonia Square. It has comfortable, well-equipped and spacious rooms of various types, from double rooms to deluxe apartments, as well as one room for people with special needs. For business guests there is an fully equipped hall and business center. The restaurant offers a delicious breakfast and local and international cuisine, and can also be used as an event facility.
If you want to take a break after a sightseeing walk of Skopje’s attractions, we recommend the Nacional restaurant. The restaurant is decorated in a traditional style with motifs of ancient heritage, and has a capacity of 100 seats. The menu includes delicious traditional Macedonian cuisine, fish and grilled specialties. In addition to the restaurant, within the building there is a pizzeria and cafe for those who want to take a short break and enjoy this type of cuisine. The pleasant and professional staff await you in this city facility.
HOW TO REACH GRADSKO
Skopje international airport (http://skp.airports.com.mk/default.aspx?ItemID=345); Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle airport (http://ohd.airports.com.mk/default.aspx?ItemID=345#)
From Skopje: There is a local train that stops at Stobi (Distance 80 km); From Thessaloniki: The train stops at Negotino – 13 km south from Stobi and in Gradsko – 5 km north of Stobi (Distance: 150 km); From Sofia: The bus stops at Skopje from where Stobi is reachable by bus or train (Distance: 254 km);
From Tirana: You can reach Stobi by train from any Macedonian bigger town along the road (Distance: 310 km); From Belgrade: The train stops at Negotino – 13 km south from Stobi and in Gradsko – 5 km north of Stobi (Distance: 480 km)
How to reach Stobi (directions and location): http://www.stobi.mk/Templates/Pages/Directions.aspx?page=206
Tel: +389 43 251 026
Address: Archaeological Site Stobi, Gradsko, 1420