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7 Wonderful Places You Should See on the Balkan Peninsula

The Balkan Peninsula is one of the most beautiful regions in Europe. Today, we have made this list of 7 places, ranging from cities to national parks that you should visit:

The Center of Balkan Peninsula – Belgrade, Serbia

The capital of Serbia has lots to offer, in the sense of nightlife, cultural happenings and historical monuments. The city’s heart is Stari Beograd, the older section of the city with its Kalemegdan Fortress, the street of Knez Mihailo with its lovely traditional restaurants. The Danube and the water clubs offer great variety of nightlife entertainments, so it’s not a wonder that Belgrade has been voted as the city with best nightlife in Europe several years in a row;

1. Belgrade-1_balkan_peninsula via travelersx

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

This series of small lakes connect between with slopes and waterfalls situated in the lushest of greenery make for a wonderful vista. Only two hours away from Zagreb through a well-maintained road, it is a definite must see;

02- Plitvice_Lakes, Slovenia_balkan_peninsula via wikimedia by Dickelbers (Own work)  licensed CC-BY-SA-3.0 

The paradise of Balkan Peninsula – Metheora, Greece

Sandy beaches and blue seas are synonymous with Greece, yet we would like to point you this a tad different scenery. Above the town of Kalambaka, in the vicinity of Kozani and Larissa, you will find these Orthodox monasteries located on high, steep rocks. Their name basically means “in the clouds” and every brick used had to be taken up by ropes and pulleys. Today, the monasteries are still inhabited and they house one of the largest Medieval libraries in Europe;

03- Meteora_Agios_Triadas, Greece_balkan_peninsula via wikimedia by Dido3 (Own work) licensed CC-BY-SA-3.0 

Krka National Park, Croatia

It might not be as famous as Plitvice lakes or Dubrovnik, the Krka National Park is one of most picturesque landscapes on the Balkans. Situated near the city of Shibenik, the park has two small waterfalls-Skradinski Buk and Visovac. The river Krka has a small island with most charming small monastery built on it;

4. Krka-1_balkan_peninsula via adriaticprestige

Sarajevo, Bosnia

There isn’t a city on the Balkans that reflects the peninsula’s multiculturalism and religious diversity better than Sarajevo. This is where Old European charm mixes with Oriental mystery in a blend unique for this city only. Though severely damaged in the war conflicts that ravaged the Balkans in the 1990s, several restoration projects, brought back the beauty of Sarajevo;

5. Sarajevo_balkan_peninsula via arrangementsabroad

Mostar, Bosnia

Another gem of multicultural past in Bosnia. While in Mostar, make sure to have a cup of Turkish coffee (they say it is tastiest here) and enjoy the view of the newly reconstructed Stari Most (“Old Bridge”). Or perhaps take a bungee jump from it. It is not as it has never been done before  ;

06- Mostar, Old Bridge, Bosnia and Herzegovina_balkan_peninsula via flickr by Kevin Botto licensed CC BY-ND 2.0

The Gem of Balkan Peninsula – Zadar, Croatia

Now we move to the Dalmatian coast. Along with the historical monuments, make sure you visit the Sea Organ and the Greeting of the Sun. The Sea Organ (as in musical instrument) is basically row of steps near the sea, each wide enough to be used as a seating bench. Special channels resonant with 7 accords when the sea waves hit them, thus producing unique music that cannot be replicated. The Greeting of the Sun is glass plaques installation powered on solar energy. After the sunset, colorful images illuminate the night.

Zadar, view from near the Land Gate_balkan_peninsula via flickr by Dick Stracke licensed CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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