Traveling around the Balkan

Balkan area is the peninsula in south east Europe. For Balkan countries are consider Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Greece,Albania, Bulgaria and Turkey. All this countries are pack on 1000 km area from Croatia on North to Turkey on south. On Balkan area you have all you need from amazing mountains for hiking and skiing to beautiful sea beaches. All this countries are connect with each other with good roads and with good public transport. Moving around will not cost you much. In this article i will write about what you can see and how you can move around Balkan. Lets start from North , with Croatia.

CROATIA

Croatia has access on the Adriatic sea , have a wonderful coastline and breath taking islands. Capital city Zagreb is lovely busy city with amazing restaurants, bars and clubs. Also you can enjoy in nice cultural events. Sjeme is a small mountain near the city where you can relax in a nice walk and enjoy the calm atmosphere. Zagreb is connect with with every major city in the region or world. Many airlines flying to and from Zagreb so you have a good chance to visit this city for not that much money. With train you also have connection with all major european cities and of course with rest of the cities in the region.

Dubrovnik

Many companies fly to or from Dubrovnik, Rieka, Pula, Split,Zadar.

Dubrovnik is a city with huge culture and history , trade center back in the  time when was a Republic and because of the location still very important city in that region. Further north you have Split. Another city in Dalmatia that have a rich history and amazing architecture.Moving up on your way you can get to Zadar, nice city with lovely people and connection with some amazing islands in that area. Rieka and Pula are part of Istra great place with history and good connection to Italy.

SERBIA

Serbia is connected with Zagreb and Slavonia part of Croatia which is near the border.

Belgrade – Zagreb / Zagreb – Novi Sad / Zagreb – Niš / Dubrovnik – Belgrade / Osijek – Belgrade / Pula – Belgrade / Rijeka – Belgrade / Split – Belgrade / Zadar – Belgrade / Knin – Belgrade

Bus from Zagreb to Belgrade will cost you 32 euros, train is 22 euros. Rideshare is also and option to get to Belgrade.

Belgrade is a busy metropola that have amazing night life and of course lot of interesting things to see inside and outside of the city. Avala is a mountain in Serbia, overlooking Belgrade. It is situated in the south-eastern corner of the city and provides a great panoramic view of Belgrade, Vojvodina and Šumadija, as the surrounding area on all sides is mostly lowlands.On the other side of the country is one of the most beautiful mountains Zlatibor and Kopaonik. This two places are very famous in the region for the great ski terrains.

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BOSNIA

Bosnia is a mountainous country  landlock on the west part of the Balkan peninsula. Country is rich with mountains , clear river and amazing canyons.Lately there is another thing to visit there – Pyramids in Visoko. Sarajevo the capital city was a host of winter games in 1984. Jahorina mountain which is next to the city is amazing place for skiing in winter and for hiking in summer. Bosnia is connect with train and buses to Croatia and Serbia. International airport in Sarajevo have some good flights with Turkey  and some other countries.

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MONTENEGRO

Montenegro is a Balkan country with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. The Bay of Kotor, resembling a fjord, is dotted with coastal churches and fortified towns such as Kotor and Herceg Novi. Durmitor National Park, home to bears and wolves, encompasses limestone peaks, glacial lakes and 1,300m-deep Tara River Canyon.Montenegro have from nice beaches to wonderful mountains for hiking. Tara river is one of the most beautiful and cleanest river in the world, this is perfect for those who want to fishing. Montenegro is connect by air with Ryan air who fly to Podgorica for 30$ way . Also Tivat airport is connection with rest of the world. Ferries from Bari to Bar and many ships coming to or from Budva.

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ALBANIA

Albania, on Southeastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula, is a small country with Adriatic and Ionian coastlines and an interior crossed by the Albanian Alps. The country has many castles and archaeological sites. Capital Tirana centers on sprawling Skanderbeg Square, site of the National History Museum, with exhibits spanning antiquity to post-communism, and frescoed Et’hem Bey Mosque.South part of the country that has access to Ionian Sea is one of the most beautiful parts of that country . Cities like Berat offer great scenery and history with his lovely castle and fortress

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GREECE

Greece is a country in southeastern Europe with thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Influential in ancient times, it’s often called the cradle of Western civilization. Athens, its capital, retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos. Greece is rich with culture and tradition. Islands are breathtaking and they have a fantastic weather throughout the year. Greece is very popular among the tourist . Cheap flights and great road connection with rest of the Balkan countries allow really pleasant movement around the area.
greece
Small country in the heart of the Balkan area. Very well connected with all Balkan countries, you can reach Greece or Bulgaria for few hours ride. Trains to Bulgaria doesnt exist but you have lot of buses during the day. To Greece because of the crises train was stop. Two buses a day one in the morning and one at evening goes to Thessaloniki. Ticket is 20 $ way from Skopje. Skopje the capital of the country is nice place where you can enjoy in great restaurants and amazing clubs. Many new monuments build up recently allow you to enjoy in a urban walk  around the city. Old bazaar is great place to taste some local food and enjoy chatting with local. Ohrid is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. I wrote more about Ohrid in one of my articles here.
ohrid macedonia
BULGARIA
Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers, including the Danube. A cultural melting pot with Greek, Slavic, Ottoman, and Persian influences, it has a rich heritage of traditional dance, music, costumes, and crafts. At the foot of domed Vitosha mountain is its capital city, Sofia, dating to the 5th century B.C.
Rila seven lakes are one of the MUST things to see there. Black sea coastal cities like Varna, Nesebar, Burgas are full with tourist during the summer. Sofia airport is connect with every single big city in Europe and rest of the world.
bulgaria
Kosovo is a disputed territory and partially recognised state in Southeast Europe that declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo. Kosovo is landlocked in the central Balkan Peninsula.More information about this small country you can find in my article about Kosovo here.
Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.
 I also gave more information in my article for Turkey here.