TOURISM IN PELAGONIJA
Pelagonija, with its huge natural and man-made heritage has excellent potential for development as adventure travel destination. Adventure travel, according to the definition, includes physical activity cultural immense or clean environment. State statistical office measured that in 2015, Pelagonija has been visited by more than 62.000 tourists, out of which 41.000 were domestic and 21.000 were from abroad. Tourists in Pelagonija stay 2.5 nights in average or realize approximately 150.000 overnights annually. For touristic purposes, the region has 3.386 rooms available with 10.000 beds (private accommodation capacities excluded).
Main features of Pelagonija` s tourism product are clean environment, urban areas with millennia old history, active villages, vast cultural legacy, cultural and sport events and authentic gastronomy. In the region, main touristic destinations are cities of Bitola, Prilep, Krusevo, Resen and their surroundings, micro-region of Prespa and Prespa Lake and National Parks Pelister and Galicica. Also, touristic attractions worth mentioning are Pelister Eyes Lakes, Island Big Town, archaeological site Heraclea, urban architecture of Bitola, city of Krusevo, Marko`s Towers fortress, ancient city of Stibera, churches and monasteries St. George in Kurbinovo, Holy Transfiguration in Zrze, Treskavec and Archangel Michael in Prilep, Jovan Preteca in Demir Hisar, St. Ana and St. Petka in Maloviste. Most important events that have key role in attracting domestic and international tourists are Festival of Film Camera Manaki Brothers, Beer Fest, Carnival Procka, Actor of Europe, Apple Harvest, Festival of folk songs and dances Pece Atanasovski, Small Bitola Montmartre.
Pelagonija region has numerous active villages with defined touristic offer: Brajcino, Ljubojno, Dolno Dupeni, Slivnica, Pretor, Stenje, Otesevo, Dihovo, Maloviste, Nizepole, Slepce, Krani, Magarevo, Staravina. In these villages, tourists can enjoy hiking, trekking or biking in clean mountain areas, authentic cuisine, wild herbs collecting, production of dairy, honey and agricultural products, or during summertime, enjoy in sun, sand and water on perfectly arranged beaches along the shore of Prespa Lake.