Year Visited: 2018 – September
Kosovo, a disputed territory in the Balkans, is a partially-recognized state in Eastern Europe, subject to a territorial dispute with the Republic of Serbia. During former Yugoslavia, Kosovo was an autonomous province of Serbia, after a lengthy and violent dispute with Serbia, Kosovo declared independence in February 2008.
The Serbian government does not recognize Kosovo as an independent country, but as Serbian territory. If you enter Kosovo from Albania, Macedonia or Montenegro and intend to travel onward to Serbia using a PASSPORT, then you will be denied entry into Serbia at the Kosovo border due to the lack of a current Serbian entry stamp.
Kosovo, though a secular republic, is largely Albanian-speaking and Muslim but there are also significant numbers of minorities living within its borders, especially Serbs. Albanian pride is on display everywhere, the double-headed eagle on a blood-red background filling signs and banners in the streets. There are far more Albanian flags here than Kosovar flags.
We had been in the Balkans for few weeks before arriving in Kosovo and didn’t think the hospitality could get any better. But Kosovo raised the bar, the locals we encountered during our a week-long stay in Kosovo, were some of the friendliest people we have met during our travels. The local people went out of their way to ensure we had a great time.
Below are some places we explored during our a week-long travel around Kosovo. Click on any City to view my travel photos and stories.
After a week in Kosovo, we continue our backpacking through the Balkans journey towards south to Skopje, the capital city of North Macedonia.