The second largest and one of the oldest cities in Republic of Macedonia, Bitola is located in the southwestern part of the country. It was founded as Heraclea Lyncestis in the middle of the 4th century BC by Philip II of Macedon. It has been known since the Ottoman period as "the city of the consuls", since many European countries have consulates in Bitola. Bitola is an administrative, cultural, industrial, commercial, and educational centre, but also has been the center of the Macedonian and regional cinematography for twenty years already.
Each year different national and foreign production companies shoot their films in the city or its surroundings. The diversity of locations and favorable infrastructural conditions are the main reason why filmmakers choose this city for their movies and TV series. The city life beats along the well-known high street Shirok Sokak, through the Old Bazaar to the beautiful mysterious landscapes in its vicinity. The unique aged and recent architecture, the natural beauty that surrounds it and the hospitality of its citizens are what people who have visited Bitola never forget.
You will come to perceive this town as a treasure of priceless physical and spiritual culture, created through the centuries by known and unknown craftsmen. A short distance from the city there are beautiful mountains and lowland areas which are ideal for artists and nature-lovers alike.
Also, two of the most beautiful lakes in this part of the Balkans, Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa are located in close vicinity to Bitola, and so is the Mariovo area. The city is well-connected by highways and regional roads to Skopje and Thessaloniki, which are the nearest airports in the region. The city is also the venue of the biggest film festival in Macedonia, ICFF “Manaki Brothers”. Each year the city is the hub of the best cinematographers from all over the world. Bitola’s beauty, charm and greatness will linger within you.