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14 Reasons to visit Kosovo

14 Reasons to visit Kosovo

Okay, so Kosovo might not be the first destination you think about for vacation due to its past and the location at the middle of inland Balkan. However, you shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Kosovo as a travel destination because it has a lot to offer its visitors!

That’s something I learned and experienced when visiting Kosovo for the first time. Nature is beautiful, people are friendly, prices are cheap and the fact that it’s quite unexplored makes it a lot more exciting to explore!

Hopefully, you too will discover Kosovo’s beauty as well, and here are 14 reasons why you should visit Kosovo!

Wonderful and friendly people

The people of Kosovo are hospitable, friendly and very talkative. Don’t be surprised if a stranger comes up to you and talk. In many countries, this would be quite sketchy, but here in Kosovo, it will be out of curiosity about where you’re coming from and why you’re visiting Kosovo (in a good way).

Most of the younger generation speak English very well, and you won’t have a hard time to speak with them. Some of the older generation might not speak more than a few words of English, but if you happen to know Italian or German they might know that besides Albanian.

Beautiful nature

The countryside is another special thing about Kosovo. You see cows and goats walking freely around the landscapes and they look really happy. Another thing that will strike you upon arrival is the natural beauty you can find all over the country, ranging from mountains to lakes and waterfalls.

Hiking is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Kosovo, and you can do it yourself or together with one of the many tour guides available.

kosovo nature

It’s incredibly cheap

While prices are rising in Europe in general, especially at more crowded tourist destinations, it’s safe to say that Kosovo is one of the most inexpensive countries in Europe, and you can have a full meal for less than 3 USD.

That’s about 1/3 of the equivalent price in Sweden, hence you get a lot of value for the money as a tourist.

A young country on the uprise

While the past definitely has some dark spots of war and other problems, things are turning for the better I think. There’s an optimistic feel whenever you speak with the locals, and the overall feeling is that Kosovo is looking toward a brighter future!

And probably a lot more tourists as well as soon as they discover what a lovely place this is.

History and Culture

The area of Kosovo has been inhabited for thousands of years. Several empires and peoples have roamed these lands, and you can see parts from different eras while traveling around the country.

They have a strong culture and identity and you can tell that the Kosovars are proud of their heritage. When others talk about history and Kosovo the first thought is often the horrible Kosovo war, but there is so much more history to discover!

Delicious food

Like other Balkan countries they eat a lot of meat, so you’ll find all the Balkan classics. But if there is one Kosovar dish you should try then it would have to be Flija

Fegese

Some of the interesting places to visit in Kosovo

Where to go? Here are some of the places I think everyone should visit! I’m sure there are more, but this will be a good start.

Prizren

One of the most beautiful and interesting cities in Balkan I think. Quite similar to Mostar, even though Prizren definitely has its own charm and character. It’s easily accessible from Albania or Skopje in North Macedonia.

We went on a bus from Tirana and we arrived a couple of hours later. It’s a lively city filled with cafés, restaurants and beautiful mosques. Don’t miss to climb the fortress and enjoy the impressive views over Prizren!

prizren

Rugova

If you like spending time in nature, then you should put Rugova on your bucket list! Lakes, mountains, trails, canyons, and gorges are plenty. Just look at the photo below and you will see why you should go.

Rugova

Pristina

The capital is also the biggest city with a population of about 210 000 people. Here you will find a great range of bars and restaurants, and several cool buildings and landmarks.

Another classic as a tourist is to do an air five with the big statue of Bill Clinton, which is a tribute to the former president.

Pristina - Capital of Kosovo

Gjakova

Situated between the cities of Peja and Prizren, Gjakova makes an interesting stop. The city was quite damaged during the Kosovo war, but it has been rebuilt and once again serves as one of the cultural and educational centers.

Some points of interests include the Old Bazaar, Hadium Mosque, Saint Paul and Saint Peter Church and the Clock Tower.

Gjakova

Peja

Another old city in Kosovo with plenty of beautiful buildings and culture as well as surrounding nature. Due to the diversity of activities, there is also a growing tourism industry in Peja.

Peja kyrka

Sharr Mountains

Another stunning mountain range in Kosovo. This one is located east of Prizren at the border to North Macedonia. Here await lakes, shepherds, and breathtaking scenery. The Sharr Mountains is a must place to go when you visit Kosovo if you like hiking and nature!

Sharr Mountains

White Drin Waterfall

A stunning waterfall that rises 25 meters high. Located in the Žljeb mountain in the Prokletije in the village of Radavc, 11 km away from the town of Peja.

Germia Park

In the northeastern part of Pristina, you will find the natural gem called Germia Park. I would advise going on the weekdays though, as it tends to get crowded during the weekends!

Flights and hotels in Kosovo


Do you have more tips for people who want to visit Kosovo? Feel free to share in the comment section below!

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Linda

Saturday 30th of November 2019

Thank you for this great article about Kosovo. Next time you should go and visit Cave of Gadime,one of the most beautiful caves in the world, it’s in a city called Lipjan, very near to Prishtina, also National Park of Blinaja, this one too is in Lipjan. There are unique places and everyone should visit.

Iris Bokelmann

Tuesday 11th of September 2018

I was in Kosovo this year in June, to visit Prishtina, Peja and Prizren. I have come back now in September, because I loved it so much. I can recommend Hostel Saraç in Peja. Its a family owned hostel that has very cozy and relaxed vibe. I just stayed there again for 9 nights. And I can recommend to anybody to visit Mitrovica. I have been to the southern and northern part of the city. I have to say that it was probably the most impressive experience I had in Kosovo. It was totally safe.

Ermal

Saturday 9th of February 2019

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay in Kosovo ? Yeah there's no more war and it's totally safe. The war was in 1998/99

Dukagjin

Thursday 29th of March 2018

Deçan also have a very beutiful mountains and a goodd tradicional albanian historic object , Kosovo is not explored because off politic problem with Serbia but the people in Kosovo are the most friendly people in Balkan,?

john duncanson

Sunday 18th of March 2018

Very true; however, run of the mill review. No mention of North Kosovo though, where the official language is not Albanian. Any reason you omitted this district?

Albulena

Sunday 25th of March 2018

Kosovo has two official languages in all of its territory. In the Northern part, the majority of citizens have Serbian ethnicity so they communicate in their language. However, Albanian remains official language in that part too.

Alexander Waltner

Sunday 18th of March 2018

I haven't been there, so if you have something interesting to share about that area, please feel free to do so here in the comment section, so other people can read.

Red

Sunday 18th of March 2018

I live in Prizren. I'm so happy 'cuz I live in Beautiful City on Balkan !