Tiny Kosovo is Europe’s newest (official) country: a handful of landlocked mountains, poppy-dotted meadows and oak forests smack bang in the middle of the Balkans.
The shadow of conflict in the late 90s has kept Kosovo off the holiday radar, which is a real shame. But go there today and you can feel that shadow lifting. NATO troops may still guard Serbian monasteries, and proper independence is an ongoing struggle, but the headlines now are increasingly good ones: an emerging tourist trade, film festivals in Peja, Pristina’s trendy cafe scene and world-class walking in the Rugova Mountains. Yep, Europe’s youngest member is definitely making up for lost time.
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Articles on Kosovo
Kosovo travel highlights
Dečani Monastery, Kosovo
See this stunning piece of art heritage and symbol of Serbian Orthodox culture
Rugova Valley, Kosovo
Tall grass pastures, mountains, simple wooden shacks – Rugova is like a little piece of Switzerland
Eat your way through Kosovo’s gastronomic heart and most beautiful town
Kosovo holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Kosovo
Geography and environment
Top 5 travel myths about Kosovo
Health and Safety
Kosovo travel FAQs
Australia: No - not required
Belgium: No – not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany: No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: No - not required
South Africa: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required
In restaurants, bars and taxis, travellers are expected to leave a small tip.
Internet access is fairly simple in Kosovo. The country has a good broadband network and there are plenty of internet cafes in city centres like Pristina and Prizren. Though more rural areas have been known to suffer outages.
Most Kosovars communicate by mobile, and the coverage is pretty consistent across the country. Prepaid SIM cards are available in most convenience stores and supermarkets if you want to avoid international roaming charges.
Most toilets in Kosovo are flush toilets, but access can be tricky. There are no public restrooms in Pristina, so your best bet is to call in at a cafe or restaurant. It’s not uncommon for Kosovo toilets to be out of toilet paper, so carry a stash of your own just in case.Using a public toilet or a toilet in a café will require payment, so it’s best to have some loose change on hand.
Coffee: 1 EUR
Simple lunch at a cafe: 3 EUR
Dinner for two in a restaurant: 17 EUR
Bottle of water: 33c
Although the locals say the tap water is safe to drink, it’s probably best to stick with filtered water while in Kosovo, as there have been accounts of contamination.
Cash is still the king in Kosovo. While major supermarkets and upmarket restaurants accept all major credit cards, there are plenty more who don’t, so be prepared and keep some euros on you at all times.
ATMs are the safest and easiest way to get cash in Kosovo, and there are plenty around in major towns like Pristina and Prizren. You’ll struggle to find them in smaller towns though, so make sure to withdraw enough cash to see you through until the next big city.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
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- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 2 Jan New Year's Holiday
- 3 Jan New Year's Holiday
- 7 Jan Orthodox Christmas
- 9 Jan Orthodox Christmas Holiday
- 17 Feb Kosovo Independence Day
- 9 Apr Kosovo Constitution Day
- 17 Apr Catholic Easter Monday
- 1 May International Labour Day
- 9 May Europe Day
- 25 Jun Eid Al-Fitr / End of Ramadan
- 26 Jun Eid Al-Fitr / End of Ramadan Holiday
- 1 Sep Eid Al-Adha / Feast of Sacrifice
- 25 Dec Catholic Christmas
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Kosovo go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/kosovo/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Kosovo
- Be considerate of Kosovo’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- Make an effort to learn some Albanian and Serbian before you go. Locals will appreciate the effort
- Avoid discussing politics with anyone unless they bring it up first. The Kosovo War is still a very raw topic for locals
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
- Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, especially children.