This Is The Best Balkan Country For Your Personality
The Balkans are one of our favorite regions for a Euro trip for the amazing natural scenery, historic towns and budget-friendly fun. But of the selection of countries south of Hungary and east of Italy, which one is right for you? Here’s our take — although you can’t really go wrong with any of them.
The Social Butterfly — Croatia
Croatia is where you’ll find the most fellow travelers, whether you’re looking to follow the footsteps of your favorite “Game of Thrones” character in Dubrovnik or set sail with the party people on yacht week. During the warm months, the Dalmatian coast is the place to be for seaside fun and during the holiday season, you can’t miss the marvel that is capital city Zagreb’s Christmas market.
The Artist — Slovenia
From the postcard-worthy banks of Lake Bled to the funky hidden corners of Ljubljana, Slovenia is a feast for the artistically-inclined. The natural beauty will inspire while spots like Metkova Mesto — a former military base turned into an artist colony — will give travelers a chance to really indulge their creative sides.
The Romantic — Montenegro
Kotor, Montenegro might be the most romantic place we’ve ever been. The sweeping vista extending over the Bay of Kotor from the fortress above the town, the well preserved Old Town, the Italian-style food, the live music and free-flowing drinking culture — it all adds up to the most lovely place around. Nearby Sveti Stefan and Herceg Novi offer much of the same (just at a more expensive rate).
The Mountain Lover — Bosnia and Herzegovina
Are the mountains always calling to you? Then Bosnia and Herzegovina is the country for you. Capital Sarajevo is located right in a valley surrounded by tall peaks (and you can hike, snowshoe, bike or ski those slopes). The rest of the country offers even more access to the Dinaric Alps.
The Hipster — Serbia
Belgrade is calling to those who think Europe feels a little too predictable. The Serbian capital city is bursting with cafe culture and late-night music venues, while Novi Sad offers music festivals and more. And current travelers can enjoy the still off-the-beaten-path feel.
The Introvert — Albania
You won’t find quite as many travelers on the road in Albania so you can enjoy the mountain villages, archeological sites and beaches all to yourself… for now. Cities like Berat and Tirana won’t remain underrated for long, and neither will the imposingly named Accursed Mountains.