Gostivar is a town in the Western Macedonia and Polog. The town has about 45,000 people. This town is mainly populated by Albanians. Turks and Macedonians also make big part of the population. Gostivar is a town between Tetovo and Mavrovo&Kicevo.
Gostivar lies in the main road Skopje-Gostivar. You can come to Gostivar by bus from all cities of Macedonia. This road is smooth and nice but you have to pay a toll to drive on it.
Taxi or privat car
As you leave Gostivar, on the way to Kicevo and Ohrid, in the Vrutok village is the gorge of the biggest river in Macedonia, Vardar, that is 388 km (241 mi) long and flows into the Aegean Sea, at Thessaloniki. Gostivar is one of the biggest settlements in the Polog valley. The Polog valley can be observed from the high lands of Mavrovo and Galicnik, seeing the villages scattered through the valley like some kind of beautiful mosaic.
Some 26 km (16 mi) from Gostivar is located one of the best ski resorts in Macedonia: "Zare Lazarevski" in the Mavrovo National Park. Mavrovo is an interesting tourist attraction with unique natural beauties. This tourist centre is believed to be one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Macedonia. It is a place of many natural beauties, magnificent vistas, a crystal clear lake, high mountain hills from where you can see panoramas of Bistra and its nearby village suburbs. Mavrovo attracts tourists during all seasons, but it is more attractive in winter when it is all covered with deep snow. This mountain is very rich with flora and fauna. The whole tourist complex manages with 1200 beds and over 1000 villas, with many hotels, restaurants and shops. The Mavrovo region hosts ski tournaments and other sport recreations. The peaks on the northern part of the Bistra mountain: Rusino Brdo, Sultanica and Sandaktas, have good conditions for winter sport activities. The popularity of Mavrovo is growing every year with the attraction of many tourists.
Clock Tower is one of the remarkable object of Gositvar, suited in the center of the city is a object you must visit. This tower is built in 1728-1729 in the time of Ottomans by Ismail Aga
Church St.Bogoridica, is a historical monument worth visiting. This object is built in 1924.