Bitola (native: Битола) is a city in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. It is located in the southern part of the Pelagonia valley, surrounded by the Baba and Nidze mountains, 14 km north of the Medzitlija-Niki border crossing with Greece.
The city is dispersed along the banks of the Dragor river at an altitude of 615 m. above sea level at the foot of Baba Mountain. Spreading on an area of 1,798 km?. and with a population of 122,173 (1991), Bitola is an important industrial, agricultural, commercial, educational, and cultural center. It represents an important junction that connects the South of the Adriatic Sea with the Aegean Sea and Central Europe. Bitola has one of the oldest and most prestigious theaters in the country.