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PASTRMAJLIJA

The oval-shaped, pizza-like Macedonian delicacy known as pastrmajlijacan be found and consumed all over the country, although it’s in Štip where it’s most famously worshipped and prepared, and also where an annual festival takes place in its honour. Made from light and crusty white bread and topped with various types of meat and—for the real …

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KRIVA PALANKA

In the far northeastern corner of the country close to a popular border crossing point with neighbouring Bulgaria that serves the busy traffic route between Skopje and Sofia, the relatively small mountain town of Kriva Palanka acts as a moderate point of interest for the numerous travellers passing through the region as well as for …

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KOČANI

With a majority Macedonian population of a little under 30,000 and proudly claiming the title of the cleanest town in North Macedonia, most visitors to Kočani agree that the 30 minutes or so it takes to drive to the city from Štip are worth the effort. Although written records of its existence date back to …

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KEŽOVICA SPA

Probably built by the Ottomans towards the end of the 17th century and exploiting the abundance of volcanic activity in the region, the Kežovica Spa centre in the southwestern suburbs of Štip offer a glorious opportunity to combine an inexpensive mineral spa treatment with a step back in time. Facilities, which include the option of …

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ANCIENT BARGALA

Approximately 16km northeast of Štip along a narrow unpaved road that leads into the mountains, the former Byzantine settlement of Bargala dates from between the 4th and 6th centuries and should be included on any itinerary for visitors interested in the ancient history of the region. Still very much unexcavated and originally a fortified town, …

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HOTEL KRATIS

Sv. Georgi Kratovski 8, tel. +389 31 48 12 01, www.hotelkratis.mk. Featuring a choice of clean and colourful rooms and apartments in an unusual-looking building overlooking the river in the southern part of town, Hotel Kratis is low on extras but is more than adequate for a comfortable stay. The in-house restaurant’s summer terrace is …

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BEL KAMEN

Planina Plačkovica bb, tel. +389 76 24 76 70, www.hotelbelkamen.com.mk. A large chalet-like hotel on the outskirts of the city, Bel Kamen features a range of rooms, apartments and a single VIP apartment plus a few extras such as a spa centre and a large restaurant with superb views. An interesting place to spend the …

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