Krklino is a village in Municipality of Bitola, which according to the 2002 census counted 611 inhabitants, a number which is far smaller today. According to one legend, the name of village Krklino comes from the name of the beautiful girl “Ilina”, who in the surrounding villages was known under the name of “Krklina”.
In village Krklino, there are churches dedicated to St. Todor and St. Mary, and especially interesting is the monastery St. Elijah, situated on a hill near the village.
St. Elijah Monastery
Up to the monastery leads an asphalt road, and what makes it especially interesting to visit this monastery in each period of the year is its location and the wonderful panoramas toward Pelagonija and Pelister.
Particularly interesting in village Krklino is the private museum and collection of rarities “Filip”. The rich collection of cars, motorcycles, bicycles, as well as well arranged city, village, Turkish and Jewish rooms, are just a motive plus to visit this museum, which according to many is the richest private museum in Macedonia.
Bukovo village is located in the southern part of the Municipality of Bitola at altitude of 770 m a.s.l.
There are two rivers passing trough Bukovo village: Stara Reka (“Old River”) and Kindarka.
The impressive architecture in village Bukovo is a testimony for its glorious past, that is, some of the houses are built in same style as the houses on the main street in Bitola – Shirok Sokak.
It is assumed that the population in this village has settled from the villages in the surrounding area, and according to some authors, part of the population in Bukovo came from the ancient city Heraclea.
Especially attractive in the vicinity of village Bukovo is the monastery “Holy Transfiguration”, which is one of the favorite picnic locations for the inhabitants of Bukovo and Bitola.
Bukovo village is widely known for the red pepper produced here, known as “Bukovec” whose name is derived from the name of the village.
The village of Gorno Oreovo is located 8 km from Bitola and up to the village leads the road through the village of Bukovo.
The name of the village originates from the richness of the walnuts in this region (“Orev” = Walnut).
The village is mountainous and is located at altitude of 960 meters a.s.l.
In the vicinity of the village on May 3, 1942, the first Bitola partisan detachment “Pelister” was eliminated, as it is evidenced by the monument in the center of the village.
In 1961 village Gorno Oreovo had 279 inhabitants and according to the census in 2002, the village had only 23 inhabitants.
In the center of the village the church St. Petka is located built in 1860 and near the village particularly interesting is the location “Dupen Kamen”.
Barešani is village in Municipality of Bitola, 10 km south of Bitola city.
Placed at an altitude of 660 m above sea level on the eastern slope of Baba Mountain, in the past near the village passed the famous Via Egnatia road.
According to the 2002 census, the village had 205 inhabitants, a number that is far smaller today.
In the center of the village is the temple dedicated to St. Demetrius (Св. Димитриј) built after the First World War, and in the west part of the village is the monastery St Mercurius (Св. Меркурие), which is one of the more beautiful monasteries in this part of Bitola municipality.
Graeshnica is a village in the southern part of Municipality of Bitola, 17 km away from the city of Bitola.
The village is located 700 m above sea level in the foothills of Baba Mountain.
In ancient times, the near the village of Graeshnica passed the ancient road Via Egnatia.
According to the 2002 census, there were 190 inhabitants in the village.
Dragosh village is located 20 km from Bitola and to it leads an asphalt road.
It is the southernmost settlement on the eastern side of Baba Mountain, located in the immediate vicinity of the border with the Republic of Greece.
According to the 2002 census, the village of Dragos numbered 33 inhabitants.
The holiday of the village is St. Elijah (August 2), when many people gather in the nearby monastery.
In this and other villages in this region, several churches and monasteries were built in different periods of time.
Village Velushina is located 12 km south of Bitola city at 616 m above sea level, on the very line where Baba Mountain passes smoothly into the Pelagonija valley.
The village is divided into two neighborhoods – Upper and Lower, and Veluska River flows through it.
Near the village there are traces of human existence since the earliest times, such as “Velushka” and “Porodinska” “tumba”.
“Velushka Tumba” is a Neolithic settlement, one of the numerous in Pelagonia valley that is a proof of a dynamic life in prehistory in these areas. The fertile land on which the agricultural products were planted, the proximity to “Veluska” and “Crna” Rivers and the Baba Mountain in the west, created excellent conditions for the formation of these Neolithic settlements.
Much of the objects found in these settlements are today presented in the permanent exhibition of the NI Institute and the Museum Bitola.
In antiquity, near village Velusina, the famous road Via Egnatia passed, which also had a significant impact on the development of this village.
Today the number of inhabitants in this village is constantly decreasing and according to the 2002 census, there were 160 people living here. Today are much less.
The proximity to Baba Mountain and the monastery St. George is a motive plus for visitors from Bitola who are frequent guests in this village and for many it is a favorite destination for short cycling / hiking excursions.
Dihovo village is located under the slopes of Baba Mountain in the Municipality of Bitola, 7 km away from Bitola city center.
The river Dragor passes through the village, which is one of the main destinations of Bitola population during the hot summer days.
The beautiful streams along the river, the fresh Pelister air and the beautiful meadows make Dihovo a great place for rest and relaxation. Whether you are interested in the rich cultural heritage in the region of Bitola, the natural beauties of Pelister or if you want to explore the surroundings with a jeep, Dihovo village is one of your choices if you are planning to visit Bitola region.