Kosovo Travel Guide
Europe’s Newest Country
Europe’s youngest nation is wise beyond her years. Take everything you already know about Kosovo and put it to one side if you come in with an open mind, you’ll end up leaving with a new outlook.
The best thing about travelling in Kosovo is meeting the people, whose warmth forged in fire as it may be is completely overwhelming at times. This is a country where you’re often greeted with a comforting hand on the shoulder, where strangers approach you on the street with a genuine curiosity, and bakers beckon you to join them in front of their ovens and taste the fruits of their labour. Kosovar hospitality is just one of the many things that made my two weeks in the country so special.
Kosovo is tiny, but there is no shortage of tourist attractions. The untamed splendor of Rugova Canyon and the Accursed Mountains are worth a mention, but it’s the cities that really make an impression. Prishtina, the capital, is a cacophony of cafes, street art, restaurants and creative spaces. Take a selfie at the Newborn Monument, a sculpture that evolves its appearance every year to keep pace with Kosovo’s ongoing metamorphosis.
Prizren, the cultural capital, is a perfect juxtaposition, with its stone bridge, elegant mosque and cobbled old town. There’s Peja, the gateway to nature in Kosovo, Gjakova, with its sprawling undercover bazaar and artisan workshops. Meanwhile, the divided city of Mitrovica and contested Medieval Monuments in Kosovo are a reminder that ‘country’ is still a contentious word in this part of Europe.
Kosovo Travel Essentials
WHEN TO GO
April to September.
HOW LONG IN KOSOVO?
2 full days each for Pristina & Prizren; 7 days for the highlights; 10-12 days to see everything.
Fly into Pristina, bus from neighboring countries, or train from North Macedonia.
Visa-free for most passports (90 days).
Hire a car or use intercity buses/minibuses.
45-50 USD per person per day (mid-range hotel; local meals; bus fares; museum tickets).