Debarwestern North Macedonia, right on the border with Albania. Debar has about 14,000 people in its city limits, with a total population of under 20,000 in Debar Municipality which includes 17 surrounding villages. The city sits on the north shore of Lake Debar, an artificial lake formed by damming where the Black Drin and Radika rivers meet. Debar is also a gateway into Mavrovo National Park from the park's southern boundary.
By carA border crossing from Albania exists just north of the city in the village of Spas. Within Macedonia, Debar can be reached from the east or south via highway R1201.
Inkjar MosqueThe oldest mosque in Debar was built in 1468. Its construction was ordered by Sultan Mehmed II. Set in a spacious courtyard, the mosque is rectangular with a pyramidal roof. It has a single minaret. The courtyard has an interesting octagonal türbe (tomb) and other graves.
Clock Tower MosqueNew mosque and clock tower in central Debar. The minaret stands taller than the clock tower.
RajčicaRajčica is a village immediately adjacent to Debar. Situated at the eastern entrance to Debar, it has over 100 residents.
Rajčica MonasteryThe convent counterpart to the Monastery of St John Bigorski in Mavrovo. Established in the 14th century, it is above Lake Debar 2 km (1.2 mi) from Debar. The main church at the monastery, dedicated to St George, was built in 1852. The convent was in rough shape until 1999 when it was restored and cooperation was established with a convent in Boston. A chapel was added to the grounds in 2006.
Church of St BarbaraA small medieval church sitting above Lake Debar. It was built in 1597. The church was robbed by Turks of important icons in 1913. There is a small cemetery around the church.
Church of St AthanasiusThis small church was constructed between 1868 and 1877. The fresco work was done in 1875.
Further afieldThe villages of Debar Municipality, set in mountainous scenery, are home to places of interest, particularly churches and monasteries. Gari and Osoj, on the slopes of Stogovo Mountain, are particularly known for their architecture as villages inhabited by Mijaks, a group of Macedonians known for their building skills. Gorno and Dolno Kosovrasti are on Dešat Mountain above the Radika River, with the latter being at a lower elevation.
Church of the AssumptionBuilt during the "renaissance" era of Macedonian churches in the 18th century, the Church of the Assumption has particularly rich fresco paintings done by noted artist Dičo Zograf. The iconostasis was done by another famous artist, Petre Filipovski-Garkata, and his brothers, natives of Gari. The rectangular-shaped church is mostly built of stone and has a side porch.
Elen SkokA single-arch stone bridge crossing the Little River. It was built in the 18th century and designed by Mimar Hayrudin, the architect behind the Old Bridge in Mostar. It is just within the boundary of Mavrovo National Park.
Restaurant Uranikuphone: +389 46 831 401 ext 108In the center of the town, Hotel and Restaurant Uraniku serve the best Albanian specialities.
phone: +389 46 831 092address: Selo banjishte880 m above the sea level with clean mountain air. The spa is known throughout Macedonia for its healing mineral water baths.
phone: +389 46 842 222address: Selo Dolno Kosovrasti (Горно Косоврасти)Hotel Kosovrasti is on the cost of Debar's Lake. It offers medical treatments using thermo-mineral waters.
- The village of Kodžadžik, about 21 km (12.6 mi) south of Debar, was once the home of Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's parents. Their home was reconstructed and now serves as a memorial museum. The family house was built in the 19th century in this mountain village.
- The Church of the Immaculate Mother of God in Dolno Melničani was built in 1884. It is a three-nave church mostly made of stone with a front porch and a separate bell tower. The village sits on a mountainside across Lake Debar from the city of Debar.
- St. Jovan Bigorski - this monastery is dedicated to St. John the Forerunner. It was made in the 18th century and includes beautiful frescos and icons in Rostuse. It is located about 20 minutes north of Debar. It is a must-see when visitng Macedonia.