Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Brezovica ski resort attracting visitors in Kosovo

You’ve probably heard of Kosovo, but not so much about the fact the Kosovo is a ski destination. Brezovica, is the largest ski resort in Kosovo and is attracting a large number of visitors this winter.  Brezovica is a touristic village, close to Prizren. The place is situated in the beautiful Sharr Mountains. The Brezovica area is a 1, 5 hour drive from the Pristina international airport, and close to the airport of neighboring country Macedonia. 
Photo credits: Kosovo Holidays

There are nine ski runs located in the area, with distances between 300 meters and 3.500 meters. The top of the biggest hill is around 2.500 meters (8200 feet) high.
Photo credits: Kosovo Holidays

Even New York Times dedicated a long article about skiing in Kosovo.  Also the British Travel Guide, Bradt Travel Guide recommends Brezovica among 10 alternative skiing destinations in 2018.
 “ Kosovo's premier ski resort, the Brezovica Ski Centre was built for the 1984 Olympics in Yugoslavia and still provides the best skiing in the country for cheap prices.
Photo credits: Kosovo Holidays

Many tour operators in Albania and Kosovo are organizing daily tours to Brezovica. You can go there just for some hours to enjoy the deep snow and learn to ski. There are special centres, where you can take some lessons how to use the equipment for skiing. You can go to the cable car and enjoy the amazing view of this resort. This is a place for entertainment for the ages. Even for beginners there are plenty of small sleigh (cost for rent is 3 euro for all the day) just to have e ride in the snow and to enjoy a wonderful experience.
For a tour to Brezovica contact: contact@kosovo-holidays.com

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bradt Travel Guides: Kosovo among ‘Exceptional places to visit in 2018’

‘Few people think of Kosovo as a tourist destination, but this intriguing corner of Europe has slowly started to grab the attention of those in the know.’ This is how 'Bradt Travel Guide', a British popular online guide write about Kosovo, recommending it among 15 Exceptional places to visit in 2018.

Church of Holy Saviour -Kosovo Holidays

Kosovo is packed with historical treasures, ranging from Ottoman-era mosques to magnificent monasteries.
Few people think of Kosovo as a tourist destination, but this intriguing corner of Europe has slowly started to grab the attention of those in the know. The country was a shambles only 15 years ago, but today you'd be hard pressed to find visible traces of the past conflict.
Boge, a touristic village in Kosovo
With new hotels opening country-wide and tourist infrastructure really starting to take place, there's never been a better time to explore this compact and eminently welcoming country, a land of gorgeous landscapes, fascinating cultural treasures, adrenalin-pumping outdoor activities and the best coffee outside of Italy.

National Museum of Kosovo

What are you waiting for? Take a tour full of adventures in Kosovo!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Independent: In Pristina you can live with £437.88 a month

In Pristina you can live with £437.88 a month, being one of the cheapest capitals in Europe to live in. The prestigious media Independent in the article “26 European cities where you can live on less than £600 a month”,  ranked Pristina (Prishtina) on the 4th place.

Business Insider has compiled a list of every European city where you can live on less than £600 a month — that's less than a third of the monthly cost of living in London (£1,838), and significantly less than living in Manchester (£1,128), Glasgow (£1,024), and Liverpool (£1,010).

The data was compiled from Numbeo's Cost of Living Index, which looks at the everyday costs in major cities around the globe and is updated every month.
The index takes into account a multitude of factors including the cost of groceries, eating and drinking out, travel, rent, utilities, and even spread-out and occasional splurges such as clothing and cinema trips — and one country emerged at the clear winner.
The index takes into account a multitude of factors including the cost of groceries, eating and drinking out, travel, rent, utilities, and even spread-out and occasional splurges such as clothing and cinema trips — and one country emerged at the clear winner.
The cost of living in Pristina, Kosovo:
Cappuccino: €1 (£0.89)
Three-course meal for two: €15 (£13.41)
Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): €0.64 (£0.57)
Monthly travel pass: €8 (£7.15)
One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: €150 (£134)

Read original article: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/european-cities-live-less-600-month-dnipro-lviv-kharkiv-pristina-craiova-a8084766.html

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Top articles recommending Kosovo during 2017

Several travel magazines and travel bloggers have written articles recommending the country of Kosovo as destination that you should visit one day. Kosovo is a new destination and yet is making a good impression on travel magazines.
Below are listed top articles about Kosovo:

Kosovo: Your next adventure tourism destination 

6 Reasons to Visit Kosovo- Top Backpacker Destination

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The best destinations that you shouldn’t miss in Kosovo

Kosovo is a landlocked country, but there are a lot of spots where you can have a great experience. Kosovo provides troubled ancient and modern history, rich culture, stunning nature, numerous religions monuments and friendly people.
If you are more into ancient cities then you should definitely head to Prizren city and Gjakova:

Prizren City
Prizren is a charming town which gives the impression of flowing along the banks of a shallow stretch of Bistrica river which slices it in half. In addition nestled in between towering green mountains and a city constructed over many centuries with a mixture of architectures but clearly dominated by the ottoman influence Prizren is definitely one of the most attractive town of Kosovo. Prizren’s delightful city centre is the best-preserved and most picturesque in Kosovo, with a good collection of religious and profane buildings and quaint residential quarters, all within close range of each other. The city’s long tradition of religious and ethnic tolerance is apparent in the close proximity of Catholic and Orthodox churches, mosques and tekkes, many of them hundreds of years old.

Gjakova City
The city of Gjakova has its roots way back in the Dardanian period of history. Known in previous times as Patkova, Reka and Altin, the name Gjakova, first appeared in historical Ottoman records in 1485. Pride of place in the centre of the city was the Çarshia e Madhe, or Grand Bazaar, a large marketplace attracting traders from all over the region that was seriously damaged during the 1999 war but that’s now almost completely renovated. Hotspots to visit in Gjakova: Bektashi Tekke (Teqja e Bektashive), Hadum Mosque, Tailors’ Bridge (Ura e Terzive), Sacred bridge (Ura e Shenjte).

Rugova Valley
Rugova Valley located in the heart of Dukagjini, in north-western Kosovo, it is a perfect place for people who love to explore nature and wander through this breathtaking valley. It covers an area of 32.000 hectares. Its highest peak is Coursed Mountain, with an altitude of 2560 meters. Among several characteristics that distinguish this valley, following are the most important ones -Bistrica River, which passes throughout 12 kilometers of the valley -Waterfalls that fall from a height of 30 meters -Two lakes at an altitude of 1 800 meters above sea level and -A number of caves Rugova Valley is considered as an ideal place to spend a day or a couple of days, when you need to relax and get away from the daily routine and dynamic life in the city. It is a quiet preserved and unexplored region, and this offers a unique entertainment opportunity for the lovers of eco and rural tourism.

Mirusha Waterfalls
Mirusha Waterfalls is a chain of waterfalls found in the Mirusha River, situated on the south of the Gremnik Mountains; on the way to Gjakova at an altitude of 572 meters. Its distance from the capital city is approximately one hour. Mirusha River engraved a 10 km long canyon and created 13 river lakes with 12 waterfalls between them. The waterfall with the biggest height is the one between the sixth and seventh lake, and it is 22 meters high. Those waterfalls between the lakes, together with the stunning landscape, and rocks and caves around the waterfalls, form an overwhelming sight and present a special tourism attraction. Although the water temperature is usually quite cold, throughout summer when the temperature is high, swimming there can be incredibly pleasant.

Decan Monastery
Decan Monastery located in Decan 2 Km from the town. The monastic catholicon is the largest medieval church in the Balkans containing the most extensive preserved fresco decoration. The monastery was established in a chestnut grove by Serbian King Stefan Uros in 1327. The following year the king died and was buried at the monastery. The monastic church, and built from blocks of red-purple, light-yellow and onyx marble, was constructed by builders working under a Franciscan monk, Vitus of Kotor. The church is distinguished by its imposing size and Romanesque and Early Gothic structure and design. In 2004, UNESCO listed the monastery on the World heritage list citing its frescoes as "one of the most valued examples of the so-called Palaeologan renaissance in Byzantine painting" and "a valuable record of the life in the 14th century".

Park of Bears in Pristina
The Bear Sanctuary Prishtina is a national park in Kosovo in close proximity to the city of Prishtina. The sanctuary is built on an area of fifteen hectares. Everyone who visits Pristina shouldn’t go without seeing this park with dozens of bears.
Photo: Bear Sanctuary Prishtina

Monday, October 23, 2017

San Diego reader: Kosovo untouristic country, but with lots to see

Kosovo maybe is not a typical tourist country, but is perfectly safe to visit — with lots to see for the intrepid traveler. The San Diego Reader, a large newspaper in San Diego has dedicated an article about the small country of Kosovo. Alice Diamond, the author writes a long article titled “What brings you to Kosovo?
Kosovo Monument of Independence
Photo: Arton Krasniqi 
"Just a hundred years ago, Pristina was a multicultural and vibrant trading city, with a huge bazaar in its center, an urban elite who spoke Turkish, a Serbian population with strong ties to the Orthodox church, a strong Jewish community which was even in charge of its own schools, as well as the large Albanian population, most of whom were Muslim, but with a small percentage who were Catholic. Today, aside from all the expats, it is nearly all Albanian Muslims.

Two words about Pristina, the capital city

Despite having a well-developed café society, Pristina is rather hard to fall in love with. Aside from a brief stint with the distinction of being the “World’s Newest Capital City” from 2008 to 2011, there are few Guinness Records it is likely to beat.
Being “wet behind the ears” as a nation is almost a point of pride. One would not expect to see this freshness illustrated in a nine-ton, ten-foot-high by eighty-foot-long monument, but this is just the kind of quirky thing you find in Kosovo. Basically the monument consists of seven block letters spelling out NEWBORN. It was initially painted yellow, one of the colors in the Kosovo flag, and was unveiled on the day the country declared its independence from Serbia in 2008.
While there may be only a few sights in Pristina, what they have is unique. The most notable building is the National Library on the campus of the university. The building was intended to include both Ottoman and Albanian elements, but there is little consensus on which aspect is which. The prevailing view is that the domes are an Ottoman influence — and the roofline does look like the Topkapi palace.
The symbolism of the metal work woven around the concrete exterior denotes is also up for grabs. Perhaps a harem screen for the Turkish part of the fusion? But others seem to think differently. Apparently, the official cutting the ribbon thought it was just a mistake and chastised the builders for failing to remove the scaffolding before the ceremony. And then we overheard one student saying he thought that it was to remind you to “Study hard and finish school, lest you be imprisoned here.”

Church in Prizren
Photo source: San Diego Readers

If Prishtina is the modern face of Kosovo, Prizren is a glimpse into its past with a history of the city dating at least to the 2nd century AD.
This museum city did not undergo heavy-handed demolition by Yugoslav Communists, as Pristina did; instead, ample evidence of its Ottoman past is extant. With upper stories of houses jutting forth into the street and delicious Turkish food predominating, it is the only place in Kosovo where Turkish remains an official language.
This becomes particularly handy for the hoards of Turkish visitors who descend on the town to purchase their very expensive, gold-embroidered wedding outfits.

The preserved city center delights with multiple fountains, bridges spanning the fast-flowing Bistrica River, ancient churches, and mosques from the 16th century. There is even a medieval fortress on the hilltop, protecting the city below.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Kosovo: Your next adventure tourism destination

Kosovo is blessed with so many beautiful nature destinations, where you can experience a lot of adventure activities. Medium.com, an online publishing platform, has recently published the article “10 Reasons to Make Kosovo Your Next Adventure Tourism Destination”, by PPSE Swisscontact.

Bike Tours
Photo credits: Dini Begolli 

“A landlocked country where you can explore outdoors all year round, while peppering your stay with a unique culinary experience and enriching your spirit at diverse cultural heritage sites, Kosovo is a destination that will speak to your adventure-seeking soul. You can challenge yourself with rock-climbing, caving, mountain biking, ziplining or swinging at nearly 900 meters above sea level.” 

Via Ferrata in Peja
Photo credits: Dini Begolli 
Here is the top 10 reasons to make Kosovo your next adventure tourism destination

1. Two Via Ferrata Lines: Peja and Zubin Potok
2. Bike tours in Peja, Prishtina, Junik and Gračanica
3. Hiking, Camping and Yoga
4. Kayaking in Badovc Lake
5. Zip-Line in Peja
6. Caving in Radavc
7. Adventure Park & Giant Swing
8. Snowshoeing in Rugova and Brezovica
9. Night-Skiing in Boge Slopes
10. Via Dinarica Trail
Giant swing in Peja Adventure Park
Photo credits: Dini Begolli