About this book
This new fully updated 3rd edition of Bradt's Kosovo is the only full-length English guidebook to this land rich in cultural heritage, generous hospitality and stunning scenery which is celebrating its 10th anniversary of unilateral independence from Serbia. Updated by two resident tourism experts, this new edition is an ideal companion for all visitors, offering maps, contacts and detailed information not easily accessible online, insider knowledge of one of Europe's last unspoiled destinations, and comprehensive detail on sites, attractions and practical information.
What was once a hub for adventurous backpackers and international organisations has become an outdoor adventure destination in its own right with a compelling buzz thanks in part to a vibrant and dynamic young population: the average age here is 26. Mega-hiking trails like the Via Dinarica and Peaks of the Balkans have brought attention to the country's unmatched scenery and multitude of 2500+ meter peaks. New via ferratas - climbing routes - in the country's north and west appeal to the adventurous set, while newly restored archaeological sites offer a haven for history buffs as well. This third edition contains a wealth of new tour operators and fully-updated maps to key cities, regions, and hiking trails that make it easier than ever to explore Europe's youngest country.
Ringed by high mountains and recovering from a turbulent past, Kosovo is enjoying a tourism renaissance. Following this guide, visitors can ski over pristine snowfields and hike among saw-toothed mountains, explore the ebb and flow of Islam and of Orthodox Christianity at beautiful shrines such as Gracanica Monastery or Prizren's Sinan Pasha Mosque, sample raki at one of the vineyards, visit a traditional stone kulla, and be initiated into Pristina's coffee-drinking culture. Bradt's Kosovo caters for all travellers. With detailed descriptions of the country's lively cafés and wide-ranging restaurants, as well as the thriving outdoor adventure scene, plus accommodation to suit all budgets, this new edition is the ideal companion for tourists, NGOs and long-term visitors.
About the author
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history & conservation areas, History, Government & politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Money, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating & drinking, Public holidays & festivals, Shopping, Sports & Activities, Media & communications, Business, Cultural etiquette, Living in Kosovo, Time, Travelling positively
PART 2 THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Prishtina/Pristina
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat, Entertainment & nightlife, Shopping, Sports & activities, Other practicalities, What to see & do
Chapter 4 Central Kosovo
Gracanica, Around Gracanica, Memorial complex of the Battle of Kosovo (Gazimestan), Sultan Murat Turbe (Sultan Murat Mausoleum), Janjevo/Janjevë, Lipjan/Lipljan, Outside Lipjan, Shpella e Gadimës (Cave of Gadimë), Gllogovc/Glogovac, Around Gllogovc, Battlava Lake
Chapter 5 Western Kosovo
Peja/Pec, The Pec Patriarchate, Outside Peja, Rugova Valley, Klinë/Klina, Mirusha Waterfalls,Roman Village near Dresnik, Decan/Decani, Isniq, Dranoc, Junik, Gjakova/Djakovica, Outside Gjakova
Chapter 6 South Kosovo
Prizren, Outside Prizren - on the Zhupa Valley Road, North of Prizren, Dragash/Dragas municipality, Around Dragash, Rahovec/Orahovac, Outside Rahovec, Suha Rekë/Suva Reka/Therandë, Zhupa Valley, Brezovica, Strpce/Shterpcë , Walking near Strpce
Chapter 7 Southeast Kosovo
History, Geography, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Outside Gjilan, Novobërdë/Novo Brdo, Kamenicë/ Kosovska Kamenica, Ferizaj/Urosevac, Outside Ferizaj, Viti/Vitina, Letnica/Letnicë, Kacanik/Kacanik, Around Kacanik
Chapter 8 Northern Kosovo
Vushtrri/Vucitrn, Skenderaj/Srbica, Mitrovica region, Mitrovica/Kosovska Mitrovica, Outside Mitrovica, Leposaviic/Leposaviq, Around Leposavic, Zubin Potok: Gazivoda Lake
Albanian and Serbian Place Names