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Hiking the Balkans is supporting organisations and associations that share our vision and are active in the Balkan countries. The idea behind Hiking the Balkans is to promote the Balkan peninsula as a destination to nature lovers who enjoy the outdoors and want to have first-hand experience of this fascinating region of Europe. We work […]


The wine world landscape is pretty well laid out at this point: There’s the Old World and the New World, and while new wineries are popping up daily, the countries from which quality wines come are well established. Sure, there are esoteric winemaking countries like Slovenia and Croatia thrown in there, thanks to a new […]

Lonely Planet: Hiking across Macedonia: finding remote contentment

At 3:30am, on the fifth day of an expedition along Macedonia’s mountainous western edge, we traded our trekking poles for reins and mounted horses in search of yet another peak. Headlamps spotlighted the steam from our breath mixed with the fidgety smoke of rolled cigarettes. We left Galičnik, a village tucked into the folds of […]

The New York Times: Hiking Beyond Borders in the Balkans

…Tomorrow we would follow that trail and slip virtually unnoticed into Albania. That would have been among the stupidest things you could do had it been the 1980s, when Albania was the North Korea of Europe. From World War II until his death in 1985, the Communist leader Enver Hoxha hammered Albania into an oppressive […]

Hiking in Kosovo

Globetrotter Elisa: Hajla 2403 moh – med en fot i Kosovo og en i Montenegro

Det er alltid stas med toppturer! På toppen er det alltid fin utsikt, det er et perfekt sted å spise matpakka si på og det gir deg en aldri så liten mestringsfølelse. Nå skal det ikke sies at alle disse faktorene slår inn hver gang, men på denne turen hadde jeg både været og kroppen […]

Topptur, bjørnehistorier og hjemmebesøk i Kosovo

På min tredje og siste dag blant Kosovos mektige fjell, skal vi opp på Guri I Kuq på 2522 moh. For at dagens tur ikke skal bli så lang som den 11 timer lange gåturen vi hadde dagen før, tar vi jeep en times tid opp en skikkelige krøtterveien til vi kommer helt opp på […]

Globetrotter Elisa: 7 tips til hva du kan gjøre i Ohrid

Skal du besøke Makedonia, er det nesten obligatorisk med et besøk i byen Ohrid. Den ligger ved den vakre innsjøen med samme navn: Ohridsjøen. Sjøen er nesten 300 meter dyp og omkring 3 millioner år gammel – noe som gjør den til Europas dypeste og eldste innsjø. På grunn av det unike økosystemet og at […]

Mirror: Magnificent Macedonia is one of Europe’s undiscovered holiday highlights

It’s barely nine in the morning, but at the waterfront café on the shores of the sparkling, crystal-clear Lake Ohrid, the owner is recommending I try a bowl of traditional fish stew – for breakfast. I’m spending a week in Macedonia and have already encountered baked snails, giant flaky pastries and huge sausages at random […] Top 10 Things to See and Do in the Balkans

The Balkans Peninsula covers a good part of Europe and is one of the oldest settlements in the continent. No wonder it is one of the most popular tourist destinations, as it features numerous historic towns and natural wonders. From mountains to pristine beaches, from ancient buildings to luxurious resorts – there is something for […]