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The Balkans

Encompassing countries such as Croatia, Serbia, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, and more, the Balkans are known for their rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and a complex tapestry of cultures that have left an indelible mark on the region.

From the stunning beaches of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast to the ancient ruins of Greece and the charming villages of Montenegro, the Balkans offer a mosaic of experiences, where ancient traditions coexist with modern influences, making it a captivating destination for those seeking adventure, history, and the beauty of the southeastern corner of Europe.

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Highlight of the Balkans

The breathtaking city of Mostar, located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a unique highlight of the Balkans. Mostar is best known for its iconic Stari Most, a 16th-century Ottoman bridge that gracefully arches over the Neretva River. This UNESCO World Heritage site not only serves as a symbol of unity but also as a platform for local divers who showcase their bravery by leaping from the bridge into the river below. Mostar's Old Bazaar, with its cobbled streets and bustling markets, exudes a captivating blend of Ottoman and European influences, offering a glimpse into the city's rich history and culture.

What to do in the Balkans

Walk, explore and island hop Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

Home to some of the most spectacular islands and coastal scenery in the world, Croatia is a magical destination for a European walking holiday. Here you’ll find stunningly beautiful medieval towns, sleepy hamlets, pine-scented national parks and a wonderful variety of walking trails and footpaths. This Dalmatian Coast walking holiday introduces you to the most charming islands in the Adriatic – wildly beautiful Brac, lavender-covered Hvar, the medieval masterpiece of Korcula and the 'green gem' of Mljet.


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Walk the Albanian Alps

A land of jaw-dropping scenery, wonderful hospitality and fascinating culture, Albania is a Balkan gem and perfect for a unique walking holiday. Known as the land of smiles, Albanians are proud of their strong traditions and stunning scenery including the magnificent Accursed Mountains. This European wilderness is home to spectacular alpine landscapes and superb wildlife including lynx, chamois, wolf, deer, golden eagles, buzzards, owls and falcons


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Cycle through Kefalonia, Greece

West of the Greek mainland, Kefalonia is one of several islands in the Ionian Sea and the perfect location for a cycling holiday. Quiet fishing villages, olive groves, dramatic coast roads, pristine beaches (like Myrtos and Antisamos) and sipping a glass of Robolo wine with the locals in an authentic tavern are just some of the elements that make cycling here so special.


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Discover Slovenia's lakes and mountains

This small European gem is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the continent, boasting pristine alpine lakes, towering peaks, and lush green valleys. Slovenia's Lake Bled, with its iconic island church and medieval castle perched atop a cliff, epitomises the country's picturesque beauty. Nearby Lake Bohinj offers a quieter, more serene escape into the heart of the Julian Alps. As you venture further, you'll discover the Triglav National Park, where rugged mountain trails lead to panoramic vistas, waterfalls, and pristine forests.


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More Information About the Balkans

The Balkans are a beautiful destination throughout the year – each season brings new opportunities for adventure:

      Summer (June to August): This is the peak tourist season in the Balkans. The weather is generally warm to hot, making it ideal for coastal holidays along the Adriatic and Aegean coasts in countries like Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, and Albania. 

      Spring (April to May) and Autumn (September to October): These shoulder seasons offer milder weather and fewer crowds compared to the summer months. Spring is a particularly beautiful time to visit, with blooming flowers and green landscapes. It's an excellent time for hiking, exploring historic sites, and enjoying cultural events.

      Winter (December to February): Winter in the Balkans can be cold, especially in mountainous regions. This is the perfect time for a winter adventure such as snowshoeing in Bulgaria. Coastal regions like Greece and Croatia are quieter during the winter months, making them more suitable for travellers seeking a peaceful escape.

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