As you may know from a previous post, I recently spent a week in Albania and from Albania I traveled with my best friend to Kosovo via a coach (ticket was 15 euros). I spent one day and a half exploring the surroundings and was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful everything was. I am not too sure the name of the city I visited but I know it was one of the main tourist cities. I did not see many tourists but the streets were certainly filled with people, particularly in the evenings as religious celebrations were occurring. Kosovo operates in euros and the prices of food and drink were certainly very affordable- think a whole pizza for 1 euro 50. The city reminded me a little of Italy due to the bridges and rivers/lakes but the overall feel was much more community based. There was such a cute little statue in the center of the city and legend has it, if you drink from the fountain you will keep coming back to Kosovo, let’s see if that is true . . .
My best friend and her partner took me on a little hike to see the whole city from wayyyyy up high and it was breathtaking. It was so peaceful and beautiful, but a very steep hike! There is a kind of stadium at the top and a mini castle dating way back into history. If you manage to visit Kosovo I really recommend hiking around as the scenery is splendid. In the evenings the atmosphere is wonderful, everyone is out and about catching up and drinking tea or beer. The night is really pretty has lights are everywhere and the mini shops are open filled with an assortment of dinky trinkets and pastries.
I stayed at such a beautiful hotel, I had my own balcony and the room was wonderfully presented. It was about 30 euros. HOTEL ANTIKA. I am not sure if this is something all hotels do but the towels were shaped like a swan and I was so obsessed with it haha! The wifi isn’t great in the hotel though, sigh guess you can’t have it all! I would stay at this hotel again without a doubt though. Speaking of wifi, don’t turn on your travel data! I had a surprise when my phone company said it would be £2 a day and it turned out to be £40 a day (luckily I managed to get it sorted but double-check before you go away!)
I feel like Kosovo is one of those places that you need to visit in order to experience something so unique and different. The best place to get there is probably by bus from Albania which takes a few hours.