6 extraordinary places of the Balkan Peninsula
1. Split, Croatia
A town on the Adriatic coast is the perfect combination of natural and artificial beauty. In 305 BC, the Roman emperor Diocletian used this place to restore strength after the bustling Rome. He built a rich palace here, which has become a familiar part of the historic city center. A traveler can walk along the Riva embankment, climb a nearby hill and enjoy the city view or relax on the beach.
2. Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled seemed to come from fairy tales. The deep blue lake framed by the Alps, with a picturesque church on an island in the middle, has truly become one of the pearls of Slovenia. Having hired a boat, the traveler will reach a small island, where he will most likely get to a local wedding. According to tradition, the groom carries the bride in her arms through all the steps of the church to make a wish inside. It is considered a good sign if the newlyweds find the chime of bells holding hands.
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3. Gjirokaster, Albania
Also known as the City of Stones, Gjirokastra in Southern Albania is protected by UNESCO thanks to the many well-preserved houses of the Ottoman Empire. Despite the fact that the number of inhabitants hardly reaches the number of 20,000 people, a rather large Greek community is located here. In addition, the city became the birthplace of two of the most famous Albanians – Enver Goksh, the communist leader, and Ismail Kadare, a novelist and dissident. The area was inhabited in the Bronze Age, and most of the architecture dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
4. Nessebar, Bulgaria
This city with a population of 10,000 inhabitants on the Black Sea coast is another good example of how nature and culture can create an amazing place. About 500,000 tourists come to Bulgaria every year, many of them are sent here. For 3000 years different tribes lived in Nessebar; it was under the rule of empires. They left marks in the form of buildings of various architectural styles and time periods. There are many Orthodox churches here. Location on the coast with one half of the city on a small peninsula, only adds to the charm of this place.
5. Subotica, Serbia
Subotica is a typical Balkan city. There is no main ethnic group, and the population is a mishmash of Hungarians, Serbs, Croats and others. Since the city is the center of the Vojvodina region, which for the most part is still more Hungarian than Serbian, it has become the birthplace of famous personalities. For example, the writer Dezho Kostolany and the recognizable performer of the role of Dracula, Bela Lugosi, were born here. The city has a rich and confusing history, because in these territories there were different empires, but the most common is the art nouveau style architecture of the period of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
6. Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
Since most of Montenegro is covered in mountains, Durmitor has become a center of mountain tourism. Here you can ski, go mountain climbing or just enjoy the scenic views. Numerous lakes fill the landscape, and in autumn the park is highlighted with bright colors of autumn leaves. Part of the terrain is located in the canyon of the Tara River, the second largest after the Grand Canyon.