Small Cities of the Balkan

Explore the Balkans, full of culturally unique traditions, traces of medieval history, beautiful nature, beaches, and surprisingly delicious cuisine.

In this trip

  • BeachesBeaches
  • CultureCulture
  • Night LifeNight Life
  • Small TownsSmall Towns
  • Great FoodGreat Food

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Sofia, Bulgaria

  • 2

    Skopje, Macedonia

  • 3

    Ohrid, Macedonia

  • 4

    Tirana, Albania

  • 5

    Budva, Montenegro

  • 6

    Kotor, Montenegro

  • 7

    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • 8

    Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • 9

    Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Things to do in and around Sofia

  • Sofia: Sin City HDR
  • Sofia
  • Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Sofia - National Museum of History
  • Ancient Roman Bathhouse and Church
  • Boyana Church
  • Ledenika cave
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  • Bulgaria-02877 - National Archaeological Museum
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  • Pygmy marmoset
  • Plovdiv
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  • Church of St Petka of the Saddlers-2
  • The Geyzer of Sapareva Banya
  • Rila monastery
   
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Sofia

Bulgaria, Sofia City region

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Bulgaria's capital is a fusion of old and new, with historic churches and Soviet remnants alongside modern amenities, parks, and galleries.

Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria and is the 15th largest city in the European Union. The city is located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain in the western part of the country, within less than 50km drive from the Serbian border. Its location in the center of the Balkan peninsula means that it is the midway between the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea, whereas the Aegean Sea is the closest to it. Sofia has been an area of human habitation since at least 7000BCE and is Europe's second-oldest city. Among its many attractions you may find the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, National Art Gallery, Natural History Museum, palaces, churches, and much more.
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Things to do in and around Skopje

  • Skopje view
  • Skopje
  • Skopska Čaršija - Skopje Bazaar
  • Skopje - Public Beach
  • Museum of Macedonia in Skopje
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  • Matka Canyon
  • Chair at Museum construction site
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, March 2015
  • Skopje Fortress
  • Lemur
  • Stobi Ruins
  • Mavrovo ezero
   
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Skopje

Macedonia, Skopje region

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Macedonia's largest city is also its capital, known for historical landmarks, cultural institutions, and varied nightlife.

Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia. It is the country's political, cultural, economic, and academic center. It was known in the Roman period under the name Scupi. Skopje is located on the upper course of the Vardar River, and is located on a major north-south Balkan route between Belgrade and Athens. Industrial development of the city has been accompanied by development of the trade, logistics, and banking sectors, as well as an emphasis on the fields of transportation, culture and sport. Its main attractions include Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, Memorial House Mother Teresa, Old Bazaar, Skopje Zoo, and more.
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Things to do in and around Ohrid

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  • Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
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  • Heraclea Lyncestis, Republic of Macedonia
  • Pelister National Park - Macedonia
  • Greek Theatre built in 200 BC, Lychnidos, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia FYROM
  • Ohrid
  • Church of St. Bogorodica Perivlepta
  • Church of St. Sophia
  • Galičica National Park
  • Macedonia (Struga) St.Naum Monastery
  • Church of St. John at Kaneo, Ohrid
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  • presilhas vermelhas
  • Fortress Towers of Marko
  • Mavrovo Lake
  • Stobi Ruins
   
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Ohrid

Macedonia, Southwestern region

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The largest city on the Ohrid lake is home to a variety of churches, several monasteries, and other historic landmarks.

Ohrid is a city in the Republic of Macedonia and the seat of Ohrid Municipality. It is the largest city on Lake Ohrid and the eighth-largest city in the country. Ohrid is notable for once having had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and has been referred to as a "Jerusalem (of the Balkans)". The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments, and tourism is predominant. Ohrid is one of only 28 sites that are part of UNESCO's World Heritage that are both Cultural and Natural sites. The main sights of this city are Lake Ohrid, Church of St. Sophia, the amphitheater, Holy Mary Peribleptos, Samuil's Fortress, and more.
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Things to do in and around Tirana

  • Tirana, Albania
  • Sheshi Skënderbrej, Tiranë
  • National History Museum, Skanderbeg Square
  • Archeological museum in Tirana
  • Tile in Ephesus
  • vlora coastline
  • Verso
  • Vista sul lago
  • Boredom
  • Albanian national gallery Tirana
  • Park Rinia, Tirana, Albania
  • #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover, May 15, Top 15 Trails to Blaze on BLM’s National Conservation Lands
  • Butrint national park
   
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Tirana

Albania, Tirana region

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Albania's modern capital city boasts colorful buildings, world-class museums, historic sites, and sprawling parks.

The capital and largest city of Albania, Tirana is host to many public institutions and universities, and is the center of the political, economic, and cultural life of the country. The main cultural institutions of Tirana are the National Theater, the National Theater of Opera and Ballet of Albania and the National Arts Gallery. Performances of renowned world composers are regularly performed. The city hosts the Tirana Biennale, Tirana Jazz Festival, Summer Day, White Night, Rally Albania, Buy Albanian Regional Delicacies Expo, and Tirana Fashion Week. Tirana has been redesigning its identity to a Mediterranean city, lined with cafes and nightlife.
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Things to do in and around Budva

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  • Mogren Beach, Budva
  • Черногория. Старая Будва
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  • Buna (Ada Bojana) River, Albania
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  • Budva
  • Nautical Display in Citadel Museum - Budva - Montenegro
  • red beach
  • Skadar lake
  • The Gulf of Kotor/Котор/Cattaro
  • View from the Top
   
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Budva

Montenegro, Coastal region

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Dating to 5C BC, this coastal town offers great beaches, a medieval fortress, and vibrant nightlife.

Budva is a Montenegrin town on the Adriatic Sea. The coastal area around Budva, called the Budva Riviera, is the center of Montenegrin tourism, known for its well preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. Its main attractions include the isle of Sveti Stefan, a citadel, Catholic Church of St. John, the Dancing Girl Statue, the Mogren Beach, and more.
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Things to do in and around Kotor

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  • Montenegro - Kotor
  • Bay of Kotor
  • Inside the Maritime Museum
  • Kotor, Castle Walk, August 2015
  • red beach
  • Skadar lake
  • The fortified walls of Kotor
  • 1408221137 - Montenegro Kotor Cathedral of St Tryphon
  • Cat Museum!
  • The Gulf of Kotor/Котор/Cattaro
  • View from the Top
   
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Kotor

Montenegro, Coastal region

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A port town located off the Gulf of Kotor, popular with travelers for its natural beauty, and several historic landmarks.

Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro. It is located in a secluded part of the Bay of Kotor. The old Mediterranean port of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period. It is located on the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea. Some have called it the southern-most fjord in Europe, but it is a ria, a submerged river canyon. Together with the nearly overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovćen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive and picturesque Mediterranean landscape. Main sights include Cathedral of St. Tryphon, Fortifications of KotorMaritime Museum, St. John Fortress, and more.
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Things to do in and around Sarajevo

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  • Eternal Flame
  • 61 BOSNIE HERZEGOVINE - SARAJEVO (synagogue Ashkenazi)
  • Bascarsija
  • Vrelo Bosne
  • Lukomir
  • Svrzo House, Sarajevo
  • The Old Temple
  • Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
  • National and University Library
  • boracko jezero
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  • Sarajevo cathedral
  • Martyrs Memorial Cemetery Kovači - view from Yellow Bastion
  • Old Orthodox Church of St. Archangel Mikhail and Gabriel
  • Tunnel Museum
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  • Possible Pyramid at Visocica Hill - Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina
   
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Sarajevo

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo Canton region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life2 nights

The capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo is famed for its cultural diversity and many fine landmarks.

Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nestled within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia, it is surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans. Sarajevo is the leading political, social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a prominent center of culture in the Balkans, with its region-wide influence in entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts. Its main attractions include Gallery 11/07/95, Bascarsija, Vijecnica (City Hall), Svrzo House, Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, and much more.
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Things to do in and around Mostar

  • View from the Minaret
  • 1408201141 - Bosnia Mostar Street
  • Kujundziluk (Old Bazar) Mostar
  • Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque & Neretva River
  • Turkish House, Mostar
  • Lukomir
  • Neretva at midday
   
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Mostar

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton region

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Herzegovina's cultural center is a bustling city with a rich history, varied architecture, and several thriving art establishments.

Mostar is a city and municipality in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the most important city in the Herzegovina region, its cultural capital, and the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation. Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and is the fifth-largest city in the country. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge is one of the most recommended attractions of the city, followed by Koski Mehmed-Pasina Dzamija Mosque, Partisan Cemetery, Kujundziluk Old Bazzar, and more.
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Things to do in and around Dubrovnik

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Dubrovnik
  • Dubrovnik City Walls
  • Morning market at Gundulić Square
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  • Island of Lokrum
  • Cavtat, Croatia
  • War Photo Limited, Dubrovnik
  • Saint Blaise Church
  • Velika Onofrijeva fontana (Onofrio's Big Fountain)
  • Croatia-01619 - Rector's Palace
  • Towards Elafiti Islands
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  • Pile Gate, Old City of Dubrovnik
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  • 027 City wall walk - Across to St Ivan's Tower and the Maritime Museum
  • Makarska
  • Quiet beach
   
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Dubrovnik

Croatia, Dubrovnik-Neretva region

HistoricSmall townsCultureFoodNight life2 nights

With its dramatic scenery, a wealth of historic sites, quaint streets, and marvelous beaches, this vibrant city is a superb destination.

Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. According to CNNGo, Dubrovnik is among the 10 best preserved medieval walled cities in the world.
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