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The Balkans

The Balkans comprise Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
Davis de Souza
Clear azure water and rocky outcroppings.


This area has a rich and complex history, amazing food, some of the friendliest people, beautiful cities and natural areas, all packed in to a relatively small space.

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Try the different types of burek (savory stuffed filo pastry) in each country.


Coffee in the Balkans is similar to Turkish coffee. Each country has a slightly different way of preparing it. Drink rakijato to gain cred with the locals.


  • Albania: Don’t miss the beaches. Check out some of the thousands of concrete bunkers across the Albania countryside. In Berat, you can take part in the evening “xhiro,” a tradition where everyone takes to the street for a walk.
  • Belgrade and Sarajevo: Learn about history.
  • Bosnia and Croatia: Check out the waterfalls. Hike up to the abandoned walls of Kotor to see the best view of the city and the bay.
  • Macedonia: Take a trip to Lake Ohrid.

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