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Destination: Kosovo

WHY TO VISIT KOSOVO

Kosovo is a partially recognized state of south-eastern Europe (Balkans), self-proclaimed independent of Serbia on 17 February 2008, the latter immediately declared that it did not recognize its independence. Ten years after its independence proclamation, it is currently recognized by 113 UN member states. Full sovereignty was declared on 10 September 2012, coinciding with the end of the surveillance exercised by the International Guidance Group (ISG).

Tourism is almost non-existent. Despite the great natural and artistic wealth, there are few if not completely missing the infrastructure dedicated to tourists.

The country is substantially un-urbanized and nature is the owner in much of the territory. In the mountains on the border with Albania there are some facilities equipped with ski facilities and hiking trails.

From an artistic and architectural point of view, artistic jewel in Kosovo are the Serbian Orthodox monasteries, some of which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, first of all the Gračanica Monastery (1313), southeast of Pristina, and the famous Patriarchal Monastery of Peć (13th century), west of Peć.

WHAT TO SEE IN KOSOVO

Top destinations in Kosovo are:

  • Pristina
  • Prizren
  • Đakovica
  • Podujevo
  • Gnjilane
  • Peć

WHEN TO GO TO KOSOVO

Best period to visit Kosovo is from May to September.

Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Kosovo.

  • International Festival of New Music
  • Prishtina Jazz Festival
  • 40 Bunar Fest
  • Hasi Jehon
  • Hardh Fest

HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH KOSOVO

Kosovo is served by the International Airport of Pristina, the only civilian airport in the country, connected with direct flights to several European cities. 

Kosovo Railways J.S.C. is the Kosovo railway company, founded as UNMIK Railways. Kosovo currently has 333 km of railways. [74]

Kosovo is crossed by two important roads that form part of the European roads, the E65 connecting Sweden to Greece, and the E851 connecting Castellastua, in Montenegro, to Pristina, via Prizren. Since 2009 Pristina is connected to the Adriatic coast of Albania through a modern highway.

by plane, main airport is the International Airport of Pristina

by train

by car

GENERAL INFORMATION ON KOSOVO

country entry requirements: for not EU nationals, passport + visa

health tips & vaccination: prefer bottled water to the tap. No specific vaccination needed.

local currency: European euro

local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)

electricity: type C and F (230 V - 50 Hz)

mobile phone operators: 

WHAT TO DO IN KOSOVO

typical food in Kosovo

  • Flija: A pie made of thin pancake-like layers with a yogurt filling.
  • Raznjici: Grilled meat cooked on a skewer.
  • Hajvar: A red pepper relish, served mild or spicy.
  • Burek: Fine pastry layers stuffed with meat, vegetables and rice.
  • Cevapcici: A charcoal-grilled skinless sausage made from minced meat, garlic and spices.
  • Sarma or japrak: Meat and rice wrapped in vine or cabbage leaves.
  • Pljeskavica: A flavoursome, fast-food style meat patty encased in a bun.
  • Bakllasarm: A salty pie with yoghurt and garlic covering.
  • Baklava: Sweet nuts and honey in pastry.
  • Vranac wine: Grown mainly in the Rahovec region southwest of Pristina, this indigenous Balkan grape is among the oldest grape varieties in the world.
  • Turska kafa: Turkish coffee, thick, strong and sweet.
  • Rakija: A strong spirit usually made from grapes.
  • Slivovica: A potent plum brandy.
  • Boza: A thick, sweet drink made from malted corn and flour grapes.

souvenirs from Kosovo

  • wooden icons
  • embroidered tablecloths
  • Rugova region's typical clothing
  • kilims
  • knitwear
  • Rakija, Boza and Slivovica
  • Wine

SIMPLE DICTIONARY

Hello: Здраво (Zdravo)

Goodbye: Довирења (Dovirenja)

How are you?: Како си? (Kako si?)

Thank you: Хвала вам (Hvala vam)

What is your name?: Како се зовеш? (Kako se zoveš?)

How much is it?: Колико је то? (Koliko je to?)

Sorry: Извињавам се (Izvinjavam se)

Sources:

Source: http://www.thebesttimetovisit.com/

Source: http://www.roughguides.com/

Source: http://www.worldtravelguide.net

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