Prilep, is one of the larger cities in the Republic of Macedonia. It is often called "the city under Marko's Towers" since the town is located on the skirts of the Towers of the legendary hero Krali Marko (Marko Krale). Krali Marko is described in the folk songs and tales as a powerful and wise ruler and fighter against the Turks.
Nowadays Prilep is known as a city where one of the finest sorts of oriental type tobacco is produced. Tobacco is one of the traditional crops which flourishes in the Macedonian climate. Many of the world largest cigarette makers use this tobacco to enrich the aroma and quality of their cigarettes. It is also being processed in local factories. It is the main cash crop in many small holdings.