Kosovo (Albanian: Kosova, Serbian: Kосово и Метохија, Kosovo i Metohija) is a country in South Eastern Europe. After a lengthy and often violent dispute with Serbia, Kosovo declared independence in February 2008 and is recognised by about half of the countries around the world, despite heavy opposition from Serbia, which continues to consider Kosovo an illegitimately separated province of Serbia.
People seldom go out of their way to visit Pristina (Albanian: Prishtinë), the capital city of Kosovo: Communist rulers destroyed large chunks of Pristina to build a model city for the new man during the early years of their rule in Yugoslavia, leaving few major sights in the city.
Kosovska Mitrovica or Mitrovicë is a city in the north of the Republic of Kosovo although the northern part is controlled by Serbia.
Ferizaj is a town in Kosovo, just west of the main highway linking the national capital, Pristina, with the Macedonian border.
Prizren , in Kosovo, is a pretty city of mosques and monasteries dating to the 14th century. Happily spared (mostly) from both the "destroy the old, build the new" drive of the communists during the early years of their rule in Yugoslavia, as well as the ethnic and religious atrocities that plagued the Western Balkans in the last decade of the 20th century, Prizren has the best-preserved old town in the country by far, and is often referred to as the cultural capital of Kosovo.
Prevalla (Serbian Prevala) is a skiing center 28 km from Prizren, Kosovo.
Gjakova/Gjakovë (Albanian) is a city in western Kosovo with about 101,000 inhabitants.
Tetovo (Macedonian: Тетово, Albanian: Tetovë) is a town tucked into the northwestern corner of western Macedonia, in the shadow of the Šar Mountains. The major city of the Polog region, it has about 53,000 people, making it the fifth-largest city in Macedonia.
Peja (Peja/Pejë in Albanian or Peć in Serbian), is a city in northwestern Kosovo.
The Rugova Mountains are in the north-western part of Kosovo. It is a region within “Bjeshkët e Nemuna” (the Cursed Mountains), also known as The Albanian Alps.
Skopje (Macedonian: Скопје, Albanian: Shkup, Turkish: Üsküb) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia. Skopje is city of many cultures and many centuries.
Gostivar is a town in the Western Macedonia. The town has about 45,000 people.
Bajram Curri is the largest town in the Tropoja District of northern Albania, near the border with Kosovo. It is an important gateway to the spectacular Valbona valley and the breathtaking ferry ride across Lake Koman.
Kumanovo is city with about 105,000 people located in the northern part of Eastern Macedonia. Located in the middle of a long valley 35 km to the northeast of Skopje, Kumanovo is one of Macedonia’s larger cities.
Lure National Park (Albanian: Parku Kombetar i Lures) is in Northeastern Albania (41° 47′ N, 20° 11′ E).
Prokletije (Albanian: Alpet Shqiptare or Bjeshkët e Nemuna), sometimes called the Accursed Mountains are a range in Serbia, Kosovo, and northern Albania.
Makedonski Brod is a town in Western Macedonia, on the south-eastern part of Suva Gora, western Karadžica, and south-western Dautica mountains.
Debar is a small city in the very western part of Western Macedonia right on the border with Albania. Debar is a small city with about 10,000 people.
Thethi is a village surrounded by Thethi National Park, up on Albanian Alps, in Northeastern Albania, in Shkodra District.
Kraljevo (in English "King's town") is a town and the administrative center of Raska District of Serbia. Kraljevo is located in central part of Serbia, at the confluence of the Ibar to the Zapadna Morava.
Veles (Macedonian: Велес) is a city located in the Povardarie region of Macedonia. The city is home to over 43,000 residents, making it the sixth-largest in the country.
Macedonia (Macedonian: Македонија Makedonija) is a landlocked country in the Balkans. It's bordered by Serbia and Kosovo to the north, Albania to the west, Bulgaria to the east, and Greece to the south.
Kratovo (Macedonian: Кратово) is a town of just under 7,000 residents located in northeastern Macedonia. It is situated on the western slopes of Mount Osogovo inside the crater of an extinguished volcano.
Kriva Palanka is a small mountain town in the very northeastern part of Macedonia. It has about 12,000 residents.
Prilep is a city in Western Macedonia nicknamed "The city under Marko’s towers", alluding to its fortress. The city of 76,768 is the Macedonian tobacco capital.
Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park is in the Librazhd and Bulqizë regions of Albania. It is one of Albania's newest national parks, having been created in 2008.
Kragujevac is a city in Serbia. With the population of 180 000, it is the fourth largest city in Serbia, the industrial center of the country, the main city of the Šumadija region and the administrative centre of Šumadija District.
Montenegro (Montenegrin: Crna Gora, Црна Гора) is a country in the Balkans, on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east, and Albania to the south.
Stobi is a large set of ruins in the Povardarie region of Macedonia, near the village of Gradsko. The nearest city is Kavadarci roughly 20 km (12 mi) south.
Shkodra is the fourth largest city in Albania. Recently, it has experienced a face lift as streets and buildings were renovated, a promenade opened and a new swing bridge built over the Buna River.
Lezhë is a small city in Albania and part of the historic Mirdita regionLately there has been new development in terms of seaside hotels and countryside guesthouses.
Kavadarci is the wine capital of Macedonia, located in the Tikveš grape growing region of Povardarie.
Skadar Lake National Park is the Montenegrin side of Lake Skadar. It is the largest lake of the Balkans.
Ulcinj (Cyrillic: Улцињ, Albanian: Ulqin or Ulqini) is the most southern coastal town of Montenegro.
Virpazar is a small town on Lake Skadar in Montenegro. Its main attraction is its proximity to the lake and as a great starting point for hiking.
Mount Ostrog is a monastery and site of pilgrimage in Central Montenegro.