Brezovica © Shkumbin Saneja
Surrounded by rolling mountains and home to picturesque towns, Kosovo has escaped the notice of mainstream tourism and remains a hidden wonder in the very heart of the Balkans. Those who venture to this destination will find Ottoman mosques, striking forests, green vineyards and sublime monasteries aplenty.
Kosovo's recent history begins in 2008 when it broke from neighbouring Serbia after a long and bloody dispute. Today, Serb minorities are located in the north, while the rest of the population is largely made up of Albanian-speaking Muslims.
The country's top attractions include the Sar Mountains National Park, where nature lovers can spot bears, lynxes, wolves and chamois, and the Brezovica ski resort, which offers ski enthusiasts incredible slopes and favourable year-round conditions. Foodies should definitely tour the capital, Pristina, where the local fare carries Turkish and Albanian influences.
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