THE ALTERNATIVE TOURISM IN THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – THE CASE OF MUNICIPALITY OF KRATOVO
Alternative tourism as a tourist offer versus conventional tourism begins modestly, to spread also in the Republic of Macedonia. The Republic of Macedonia has 4300 archeological localities, over 1000 churches and monasteries, 27 monasteries with opportunities for monastery tourism, over 50 lakes, 16 mountains with peaks over 2000 meters above sea level, 230 buildings with Ottoman architecture and 43 towers and bastions, localities with endemic flora and fauna and many other rarities present only at this part of the world. Municipality of Kratovo has the following localities and opportunities for alternative tourism: "Kameni kukli (Stone dolls)", "The Golden town", "Golemo gradishte", "Cocev kamen (Tsotsev stone)", rock art, two pinetrees from the XIV century, 7 bridges and 13 towers built in the Middle century, three churches: "St. John the Baptist" (1836), "Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker" (1848) and "St. George of Kratovo", dedicated to the young Christian from Kratovo, who was proclaimed as saint in the 16th century and in 1515 at the age of 18, was burned in Sofia for his unbeaten faith in Christ. 11 230 hectares or 31% of the total territory of the municipality are over 1000 meters above the sea level, which, among other things can be used for mountain tourism. In Kratovo’s households and restaurants, special dishes specific for this region are prepared “Kratovski pastrmajki”.
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