Exploring the Western Balkans
Collected by Nicole Petrak
Karađorđeva 46, Beograd 11000, Serbia
The Savamala district was previously abandoned, but today its once-dilapidated warehouses are being transformed into forward-thinking cultural centers, art galleries, bars, and clubs. It’s a great example of neighborhood revitalization and...
44 ЈOVANA MIKICA, 24000, Subotica, Severno-backi county, Subotica, Serbia
Situated in northern Serbia, the city of Subotica is like a treasure box overflowing with Art Nouveau gems. Most of the buildings were constructed in the early 20th Century, when Serbia and neighboring Hungary were part of the Austrian-Hungarian...
Kneza Miloša 33, Beograd 11000, Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia is the jewel of Eastern Europe. Wonderful people, lively nightlife, beautiful buildings, and a vibrant art community. It's not an oft visited part of Europe for outsiders, but Europeans, especially younger ones, know it's the...
Sarači 8, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo is Europe without tourists. A stroll downtown takes you through time, from theBaščaršija district, with its 16th-century mosque and tiny Ottoman-era shops, into the Austro-Hungarian quarter, and finally to Yugoslavian-era apartment...
Osmana Džikića 41, Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
We had seen many highlights on a two-week cruise along the Adriatic coast on a small ship (only 48 passengers) – Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, and island towns. This spectacular coastline has a history from the Romans and Venetians to invasions by the...
Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
“Oh my god, he’s going to do it!” screeched the American teenager to my left. Sure enough with a quick wave to the crowd, a furtive glance downwards and a tuck of the pants, over he leapt. One of Mostar’s bridge-jumpers had just taken the plunge...
Lukomir, Bosnia and Herzegovina
From Sarajevo, book a day trip to visit Lukomir, one of the last semi-nomadic villages in southern Europe. Tin-roofed stone houses stand on the edge of the half-mile-deep Rakitnica Canyon, with spectacular views of the Dinaric Alps. 387/(0)...
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
In the decade after the latest Balkan conflict, the Sarajevo-based outfitter Green Visions started leading safe and affordable trips through this hardscrabble corner of Europe. A four-day hike in the rustic Bjelasnica area passes local herdsmen,...
Sveti Stefan, Sveti Stefan 85315, Montenegro
Creating canvas prints from travel photos is no longer a new method nowadays and you can get them done on sites like Popartguru. Though there are recent recorded changes in terms of types of inks used, resolution and the overall printing process,...
After climbing 1,352 stairs of the fortified walls of Kotor, we reach St. Ivan's fortress. However, our adventure was just beginning. On our descent we spot a sign directing us off the path. We took the diversion. Looking through the window we saw...
Street 1;Village Matka, Village Matka 1000, Macedonia (FYROM)
Matka Canyon, Macedonia: Since there weren’t any signs and we didn’t quite know what we were getting into, we should have brought more things from the car—like cash for tipping a boat driver. We took the meandering path along the edge of a...
The "Sharski Vodi" trail is part of a cycling marathon organized annually by few cycling clubs and associations from Macedonia. This pictoresque trails starts from the Popova Shapka ski resort, and the finish line is at the area of Vrutok. The...
There are 346 registered caves in Macedonia - a heaven for adventurers and high-adrenaline lovers. Their number is believed to be between 400 and 500. Many of the Macedonian caves have underground rivers, waterfalls, and small lakes, while most of...
Vishne, Prilep, Macedonia (FYROM)
Marko's Towers are situated to the northwest of Prilep, Macedonia just above the village of Varoš. The towers of Macedonian medieval Prince Marko are located on a 120-180 m high hill, surrounded by steep slopes covered with minute granite stones....
I spent 4 days with my two aunts and cousin in Himare, Albania. This is one of the points on what is often called "The Albanian Riviera". It is a true wonder of the world, I think. All the beaches are less than a 20 minute drive so it's very easy...
Skanderbeg, Shkodër, Albania
Though the country's former dictator, Enver Hoxha, died nearly 30 years ago, the Albanian landscape is still dotted with the 700,000+ bunkers that he ordered to be constructed. They're on beaches, in the countryside, in urban areas and even...
People often forget that Albania has an equally gorgeous Mediterranean coastline as Greece. Hop over to these beaches to experience similar waters with less crowd. With no one around for miles and miles, we were able to camp on this beach and...
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