Why Travel to Kosovo?
Whilst Kosovo may be one of Europe’s smaller countries, this certainly does not limit what it has to offer tourists visiting its regions. With a wealth of natural marvels, mediaeval sights, and intriguing history, it has something for just about everyone making the journey to the heart of the Balkans.
Its capital city, Pristina, is the largest city in Kosovo, with a total population of over 400,000. Inhabited since prehistoric times, this fast-evolving spot has seen the rise and fall of many historic empires and, now, it is the thriving administrative, economical, and cultural centre of the country.
Pristina’s long-standing history means there are a number of fascinating archaeological discoveries waiting to be explored in its vicinity, some of which date back to as far as the early Neolithic period. So, for history buffs, Pristina isn’t a capital to be missed off your bucket list.
If connecting with nature is more of your thing, then consider heading to Gazivoda Lake and Mokra Gora. Known for showcasing some of Kosovo’s best mountainous landscapes and tranquil forest scenes, here you will find some of Europe’s most beautiful natural environments.
For those who particularly love to get active when exploring new destinations, these regions are perfect to engage in outdoor pursuits such as hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking, allowing you to get up close to the wonderful displays of flora and fauna in one of the last genuinely off-the-beaten-path countries on the continent.
Travellers who particularly enjoy indulging in a new and exciting culture when on your holidays may choose to take the time to explore Gjakova. The seventh largest city in the country boasts a unique assemblage of oriental and modern architecture that can be viewed throughout its town. It is nestled on the banks of the river Erenik and is eagerly awaiting those looking to experience an authentic Kosovan settlement during their trip to Kosovo.
To draw your tour in Kosovo to the perfect close, why not opt to visit a Rahovec Winery? According to archaeological sources, grapes have been cultivated in the region since the Illyrian times, due to the favourable agro-climatic conditions in the region, meaning that Kosovo produces some of the best vines for those looking to cheers the end of their wonderful trip with a glass of wine (or two!)
Highlights of a Trip to Kosovo
No tour would be complete without visiting Prizren. Situated on the slopes of the Sharri Mountains and on the banks of the river Bistrica, it’s no wonder that this town is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the country.
Prizren is home to around 70,000 inhabitants and is the second most populated city in Kosovo. We would liken it to an open-air museum – rich in its interwoven history and cultural heritage with an array of captivating architectural masterpieces, you’ll be absorbed by this hidden gem.
Originally, Prizren was established as an important trading town through which old roads were constructed leading towards the Adriatic coast and the interior of the Balkan Peninsula. The area of the Prizren valley has been settled in by civilisations dating back as far as the Illyrian times.
The city was inhabited during the reign of the Roman Empire, and in the 2nd century, was identified as the settlement of Theranda in Roman Dardania. In the 5th century, it was mentioned with the name of Petrizên by Procopius of Caesarea. It’s safe to say that, of all the cities in Kosovo, Prizren has a fascinating historical timeline and is home to the architectural heritage of some of Europe’s most powerful empires.
Undiscovered Destinations offer tours to Kosovo in conjunction with Albania and Macedonia, but can also create a bespoke, tailor-made tour in Kosovo to suit all of your preferences, wants, and needs. All you have to do is contact one of our experienced travel consultants and they will support you in planning your ideal trip.
Private & Small Group Tours to Kosovo
To experience Kosovo’s highlights as well as a more authentic side to this heart of the Balkans, we recommend that you book a small group tour for the duration of your visit. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that experts have found you the best activities, places to visit, and the best places to stay without having to concern yourself with the details or stress involved with planning the perfect trip.
During your stay, you’ll be in the hands of one of our experienced local tour leaders who will be raring to share their insider perspective and knowledge of the country with you and be on hand to answer any questions or concerns that you may have during your visit.
With the option for tailor-made holidays also, you can ensure that you have the opportunity to influence where you’ll be going and what you’ll be doing during your Kosovo holiday so that all of your wants and needs can be met to a ‘T’.
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Tourism in Kosovo: What to Expect
Kosovo has a history of constantly evolving and dramatically changing as a European destination.
Most recent events threw it to the forefront of the minds of those around the world, as the country engaged in an ongoing conflict, which first broke out in 1998.
Since the end of the Kosovo war in June 1999, the country has done what it has always been best at: transforming and rebuilding, something it has had a great experience in since its first conflict dating back to 1389, which has shaped it to be what it is now known and loved to be in our modern era.
Not many people would consider Kosovo at the top of their list as a holiday or tourist destination, but those who take the leap are left with unmatched memories and delight from exploring its rugged interiors and fascinating settlements, to name only a few of its charms.
Reasons to visit Kosovo
Whatever your reason may be for wanting to visit Kosovo, you’ll find even more to entice you upon your arrival than you originally anticipated.
Prizren is definitely one of the country’s biggest draws. With beautiful Ottoman buildings, breathtaking views, and mediaeval monasteries (with Decan Monastery being a must during your next visit), as well as delicious wines and warm welcomes from the locals, you’ll leave Kosovo feeling content. We’d be surprised if you didn’t depart with plans to return sooner than you thought!
FAQs About Holidays in Kosovo
Is Kosovo safe to travel to?
Kosovo has had periods of political dispute and unrest but, in comparison to recent years, the country is relatively safe to visit. You should take the usual precautionary measures, as you would visiting any new, unknown destination, when visiting Kosovo.
Petty theft, such as pickpocketing, can be common, so remaining vigilant at all times is advised. For those visiting Pristina, particularly women, Kosovo is generally safe, as long as you remain aware of your surroundings.
How many days do you need in Kosovo?
Kosovo’s wealth of historical, cultural, and heritage sights, as well as its breathtaking wildlife, means you could easily spend weeks here. However, if you’re simply looking for a taste of what the country has to offer, spending 3-4 days in Kosovo will allow you to experience a good handful of its highlights.
Do I need a visa to go to Kosovo?
You do not need a visa to travel to Kosovo or to travel through the country if you are visiting. Upon entry, you will be issued a 90-day entry stamp, which can easily be renewed if you’re planning on staying in the country for longer periods.
How much does it cost to go to Kosovo?
Kosovo has been argued to be one of the cheapest countries in Europe to visit. If you live in Europe, you’ll often find cheap flights from airports to visit the country directly, and accommodation is no more expensive than in other Eastern European countries. A beer should only set you back by around €1.50, and you can even find high-end meals that won’t cost you any more than €10!
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