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The Balkan region covering southeastern Europe has been named after the Balkan Mountain Chain and is home to some of the most exhilarating places in Europe. The region is fast emerging as one of the most unconventional and picturesque destinations in Europe. It meets the Adriatic Sea on the northwest, Ionian Sea on the southwest, the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea on the south and southeast, and the Black Sea on the east and northeast. An amalgam magnificent lakes and coastlines, weathered mountains and deep-rooted historical monuments make the Balkan region so alluring and worth a visit for all nature lovers.
Here are top places in the Balkans where you can get the best of the Balkan region.
Piran is a stunningly beautiful resort city that sits on Slovenia’s Adriatic coast. This gorgeous Venetian town is renowned for its long pier, turquoise sea and mesmerizing cobblestone lanes that lead to the grand Tartini Square. Boasting some of the best wellness spas in the world, Piran also has a rich cultural heritage. There are vibrant main squares, medieval walls, a buzzing harbor and plenty of amazing seafood restaurants in this region making Piran one of Slovenia’s best small towns to visit.
A UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, the old town of Gjirokastra is well-known for its magnificent Albanian countryside. This well-preserved Ottoman town enchants visitors with its imposing castle just overlooking the city and the old houses complement the rolling hills with their unique wooden facades. The town also has a bazaar, an eighteenth- century mosque and two churches from the same period. Some of the other main attractions that draw visitors to this historic town are the authentic local gastronomic delights.
Lake Ohrid is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes containing absolutely clean and pristine waters. Considered as one of the most biodiverse places in the world, it preserves a unique species of fish including the endemic pink-fleshed Ohrid trout. Ohrid town abounds with churches, medieval fortresses, a Roman theatre; Ottoman-influenced architecture and charming cobbled streets, is a nature’s miracle which should be visited by all nature buffs.
Mostar is a city situated in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina and is known for the epochal Stari Most (Old Bridge), a renovated medieval arched bridge. Visitors will find cobblestoned streets, old stone buildings, and its unique bridge overlooking the magnificent Neretva River. The city is replete with classic Ottoman architecture, plenty of traditional restaurants, mosques and other historic buildings. The city enjoys a picturesque landscape and is endowed with natural beauty and real Bosnian culture which makes visiting this city a must especially when you are visiting the Balkans.
Kotor is a fortified town and a UNESCO World Heritage site and has many squares and numerous Romanesque churches including Kotor Cathedral. There is a sublime and a different vibe that the city of Kotor has which says a lot about ancient myths and legends. The city which is enveloped by tall mountains is actually a Venetian maze of cobblestone alleys. The region is endowed with deep green pine forests, untouched waters and deep blue sea making the sight even more irresistible.
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