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From Split to Sarajevo, Montenegro to Serbia, we have the best places to visit in the Balkans.
The Balkans have exploded as a tourist destination over the past few years, as it was only a matter of time before people realised that the Balkans was in fact one of Europe’s richest destinations.
The territory - spanning the borders of the Adriatic Sea, the Ionian Sea, the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea and the Black Sea, is often overlooked in the European region. The post-war and post-Communist/Socialist territory has become a diamond in its own right.
You could probably spend years, even decades, exploring all there is to see in the Balkans, however below are just a few places you should start with.
Serbia’s beloved capital can be described as vibrantly alive. You can find a party pretty much every night of the week, with intricate layers of history to keep your mind and soul captivated. The city’s most significant landmark is the Beogradska Tvrđava, a striking fortress residing at the union of the Danube and Sava rivers.
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
East meets west is the best way to describe the feel and mood of the city. The antique stone alleys of Baščaršija give the Old Town a Turkish feel, while directly north and south there are steep valleys covered with red-roofed Bosnia & Herzegovinian houses. In winter, Sarajevo’s mountain resorts - Bjelašnica and Jahorina – offer some of Europe’s greatest skiing opportunities.
Taking into account that it has undergone 5 name changes, passed through the hands of the Romans, Turks and Austro-Hungarians and twice been completely wiped from maps, it’s no wonder that Podgorica seems to be gripped by an identity crisis. Its streets are a mixture of Ottoman oddments, brutalist blocks and shiny new malls but also excellent galleries, plenty of parks and a vibrant café culture – making it a worthwhile place to visit.
There is no other place where you will become as immersed with ancient ruins as you will in Split –obviously assuming that you spend a majority of your time within the confines of the 1600 year-old Diocletian’s Palace. Split has benefited from the new arrival of many restaurants, beautiful hotels and the attractive Mosor Mountain and Krka National Park are close by.