About Resen

Resen is a community center and a small town with 8848 inhabitants (census 2002). Resen Municipality is situated in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedoniain the Prespa basin . Surrounded by high mountains, grandmother on the east side, Galichica of West Bigla the north. Local government, business and important institutions are situated in Resen. Prespa Lake , National Parks  Galichica and Pelister give the region a special beauty. Prespa Lake is the second largest in the Republic of Macedonia . It is located on the south side of the Prespa valley between mountains and Galichica Baba 835 m altitude. Culture in Prespa dating from Neolithic . Via Egnatia passed through the valley during the Roman Empire . There are a number of monuments of art in the region. The most popular is the monastery in Kurbinovo built in 1191 year. Pottery is developed in Prespa in the past and is still present due to Resen's Colony of Cheramyc . Ceramic Colony is home to many world famous potteries, over the summer, every year.

History and culture

The ancient Illyrian city of Damastion may be near Resen. Resen's history dates back to Roman times when the famous road Via Ignacia was built, passing through the city.

During the Middle Ages, the Prespa area was part of the Bulgarian empire under Samoil. After the Battle of Klyuch, some of Samuil's soldiers, who were each blinded in one eye, settled in a village on the shore of Lake Prespa. The Byzantines called the village Asamati. The Byzantine meaning of this word is "settlement of one-eyed people". From then on, Resen was under Byzantine rule.

Later, Resen became part of the Ottoman Empire, and it was the birth place of  Ahmed Niyazi Bey, an Albanian officer from a noble family of the town, who was one of the initiators and leaders of the Young Turk Revolution  in the region in 1908. Ahmed Niyazi Bey's most famous monument in Resen is the Saraj, a French-style estate he built.

Travel Guide

Travel with a bus

If you considering to go with a bus you have a dozen of buses between Resen and Skopje. Time travel is 3 hours. Price for one way ticket is 530 denars/ 8.6EUR and two way tickets is 720 denars/ 11.7 EUR.

Time of departure from Skopje 06:00, 11:00, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30.

Note: If you considering travelling on weekend and holidays please contact the bus station for any changes of the lines.

Travel by train

There is no train line to the city.

Travel with taxi

If you are not comfortable to travel by train or bus, you can always get a taxi. The price for one way is more or less 5230 denars /85 EUR.

We recommended:

ABC Logistica
Mob: +389 78 504 500
Tel: +389 2 6143 900

Go with a car or rent a car

If you'd like to explore the land during your travel to you can go with a car or rent a car. Distance between Skopje and Resen is 204 km.

For rent a car we recommended:

ABC Logistica
Mob: +389 78 504 500
Tel: +389 2 6143 900

MIDA Rent-a-car
Office 2 (Airport Alexander the Great)
Tel/Fax + 389 22 56 10 10
24 hour service phones
Mob.1: 070 256 433
Mob.2: 071 223 042
Mob.3: 070 366 958