Category: Kosovo

Hidden Places Of Europe

5 reasons to visit Prizren, Kosovo’s undiscovered gem

With its rich cultural heritage, café culture and mountain backdrop, Prizren is Kosovo’s best kept secret. Here’s why you should visit and linger a while… 1: It has a stunning location   Sinan Pasha mosque (Dreamstime) Nestled in a valley between the Sharr Mountains on one side and the ruins of a hilltop citadel on […]

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Under £250: Hitch-hike around Kosovo

Under £250: Hitch-hike around Kosovo Wanderlust's associate web editor, Peter Moore, heads to Europe’s newest country before the crowds to find a warm and alcoholic welcome
Who? Peter Moore, 49, Wanderlust’s associate web editor and travel author
Why? To visit Europe’s newest country
How long? Six days
Total spend: £240
By my third day in Kosovo, I began to suspect that my arrival in each town was being preceded by that of a representative of the local tourist board, sent ahead to make my journey as memorable as possible.
I’d just been driven to the door of an impossibly atmospheric 12th-century house/fortress, called a kulla, by a man who’d picked me up on a lonely road in south-west Kosovo. As I walked into the smoky bar to see if they had a room for the night, I was called over to a table by three local men and plied with Kosovar beer.
I’d barely had my request to buy the next round unceremoniously slapped down when a group of men sitting at the table opposite pulled o..

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Rediscovering Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia

Rediscovering Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia Wanderlust kickstarted one wave of tourism to the underrated Balkans – and Macedonia won Best Emerging Destination in the 2016 Wanderlust Travel Awards. Now it’s time more of you headed for Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia…
“Back in 2005 Wanderlust was here. They were the first! People started to come then.” I broke, startled, out of my reverie as I overheard Brother Kalist reminiscing. “I can still remember the reporter – it was like it was yesterday!”
I moved away from the fresco I had been studying and introduced myself to the charismatic bearded monk who lives alone in the monastery of Sveta Bogorodica at Treskavec, set high on a windswept hill beneath Macedonia’s Mount Zlato. “I had a copy of the magazine,” he said, “but I lost it to the fire.”
Back in 2005, when a Wanderlust writer did indeed visit Treskavec, there was only a rough track up to the monastery. However, in 2013 there was a devastating fire, and a road was built to help ..

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