Wednesday, July 5, 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