The Balkans are not just an interesting and unknown region in Europe, but they are one of the most colorful, dynamic, ancient and conflict-prone places. Countless stories that are all around us and are waiting to be told, heard and shared. Here, both modern and old coexist in a unique harmony. Only hours and sometimes minutes divide one from the other. Two of the Greatest Religions – Christianity and Islam have lived here for centuries. Sometimes peacefully, sometimes not up there. This combination has matched the Balkan-specific culture, a mixture between the West and the East.
Multinational, multicultural, multilingual, but mostly unique – this is the culture of the Balkans. The people here have gone through different ages, from the first European agricultural civilization, through the Hellenistic, then the Roman, then the Medieval Eastern Despots, the Ottoman-Turkish Empire, the struggles for national unions, Communism, and, finally, attempts for democracy. In most of these periods, wars are common, and hatred between neighboring countries has escalated to brutality. The memories of the last wars in the former Yugoslavia can still be seen in many places.
Balkan Tours 2019
Nowadays the Balkans are a safe and secure place. Tourism is growing and thousands of people are coming from all over the world to get to see this incredibly interesting part of Europe. If you are interested in the Balkans, contact us and together we will discuss what you can see according to your budget and time. Everywhere in the Balkans we work with local professional guides who know their countries and cities perfectly. You will love our Balkan tours for 2019.
Kosovo is the youngest country in the Balkans. Not yet fully recognized by the international community and Serbia, Kosovo is struggling to earn its place among modern European countries. The majority of the population is ethnic Albanians, and despite the many spoken languages, the Albanian dominates. In addition to being the youngest in terms of independence, Kosovo is also the youngest as a population. Extremely high fertility rates put it at the forefront in Europe. There are almost no families in which there are less than 3 children. Due to the weak economy and the complex political environment, a large proportion of Kosovo Albanians work in Western Europe.
Serbia is relatively well-known in the modern world, mainly because of the relentless wars of the early 1990s. The previous governor of the Communist Yugoslavia, today Serbia is still experiencing the collapse of this vast alliance in the Balkans. As always, time shows that artificially created and authoritarianly dominated unions do not last long. A few years ago, peace has finally settled on these lands, and all people, regardless of their religion or ethnicity, are hoping this time will be longer.
Montenegro is the smallest Balkan country. Extremely mountainous relief even on the coast. The people there are some of the highest in the world, arguing about it with the chandeliers. Like their mountains, they are tall, strong and proud. Although they are very close to language, culture, and background with the Serbs, Montenegrins have always held their independence and autonomy.
In Montenegro is one of the most beautiful cities on the Adriatic Sea – Kotor. Owned by different empires, the city is distinguished by its free spirit.
Bosnia and Herzegovina – the memory of an inhumane brutal war is everywhere, but mostly in the eyes of people. Bullet holes and shrapnel on buildings, destroyed museums, hospitals, schools, graveyards in city parks and stadiums. The grief of thousands of people separated from religion, united by the fear of their children.
Despite the sad picture, 25 years after the end of this fratricidal war, life in the country seems normal. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a confederation between Bosnia, Herzegovina and Republika Srpska. Representatives of four ethnic groups – Bosniaks, Herzegovina, Croats and Serbs live in the country.
Present independent Republic of Macedonia is one of the countries with the most complicated history and situation on the Balkans. Greece does not recognize their official name, Serbia does not recognize their independent Church, Bulgaria does not recognize their history and language, Albania has claims to some of the territories and the population, they themselves insist that they are the only heirs of Alexander the Great – puzzle with millions of pieces.
Croatia is perhaps the most famous Balkan country. The only Catholic country in the Balkans, Croatia, is heavily influenced by Western culture and is significantly different from the typical Balkan countries. However, the Croats are Slavs, as most in the region, and their close language and traditions make them part of the common Slavic community.
No matter how much time you spend on exploring these amazing places, it will not be enough. Sun, blue water and fresh breeze – what else we need?
Southern country with olive trees, poor roads and obsession of classic old Mercedes. Until the early 90’s, Albania was unfamiliar and distant even to its closest neighbors thanks to Communist dictator Enver Hoxha and his idea to isolate the country from the entire hostile world. For defense purposes, over 850,000 concrete bunkers have been built around the country. Today the ruins of this madness are everywhere and are one of the great attractions in Albania.