Kosovo Things to Do
The Albanian League of Prizren
The Albanian League of Prizren is situated very close to the city center. To go there, walk on Remzi Ademaj street and at the bridge follow the pedestrian zone leading to the the Albanian League. The complex has been restored with respect to its original shape after it has been badly damaged during the Kosovo war. It’s a typical Balkan style architecture complex. In the interiors items of the Albanian folklore life, photos of the leaders who gathered here in 1878 against the Ottomans, several documents in Albanian, French and Ottoman scripture and paintings of the leaders are exposed.
Ruined church of the Holy Saviour in...
Church of the Holy Saviour (Crkva Svetog Spasa) is situated in Prizren. You'll find it as you're ascending to the Prizren fortress. It was built in the mid of 14th century and is dedicated to the Ascension of Christ. Unfortunately the monument and its important frescoes were badly damaged during the Kosovo war. You might also watch my relevant brief video of what the visitor may see these days. The external door is closed and the monument gives the impression that it is closed to the public. Insist and call for the staff to let you enter the place. From this point, also, you can have a whole view of the city of Prizren with its imposing minarets of its uncountable mosques.
Kosovo Caves near Pristina
Kosovo Caves are near the beautiful village of Gadimje just 15 Kms South of Pristina, the capital city of Kosovo. Look out for the blue motorway sign for Gadimje, 10 Kms along the route from Pristina to Skopje. (Route Hawk if you are from KFOR or EULEX!).
Follow the road for 2 kms to the village of Gadimje and park in the coffee shop car park beside the small town bridge. Buy your tickets in the coffee shop. A personal guided tour of these wonderful and spectacular caves from the owner or one of his family takes just 45 minutes and costs just Euro 2.50 per person. The caves are a constant 16 Degrees Celcius so warm clothing is not essential. It is reccomended however that you wear appropriate footwear as there are some large puddles of water throughout the caves (Don't wear your Gucci or Manolo Blanak shoes !).
Kosovo Caves After your tour, relax in the coffee shop and river side terrace with views of the surrounding mountains.
Like many places in Kosovo, this is very much a work in progress! Plans for future development in the area include a complete tidy up / make over / beautification of that section of their village. At the moment they have prepared over 1,300 meters of cave walks for visitors. Another 5,000 meters have been charted and await development and safety works. There is apparently, an underground lake the size of a football field which they hope to open in a year or so!
This could quickly become Kosovo's most important tourism resource if it receives the right support.
See www.kosovocaves.com for further info.Related to:
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"Beska family restaurant": Local and Turkish cuisine in Prizren
Favorite Dish: Here at Beska we ordered a tasteful "Skanderbeg", that is rolled beef meat stuffed with mushrooms and white sause on the top, served with vegetables and for dessert we ordered a "trilece", that is a soft milky taste sweet with caramel on top. Really, delicious! I became an enthusiast to this Kosovan sweet! Among a big choice of beers Beska offers we had the chance to drink that excellent "Peja" beer, produced in Pec/Peja.
Prishtina Central Bus Station
A well organised bus station with a taxi station in proximity. Buses run by private operators, while drivers are polite even if they are with a poor knowledge of english. Ticket prices to all local destinations are rather cheap; buy the ticket on the bus from the inspector and enjoy the trip; don't worry about the low speed of the bus. This happens because in all regional roads there is only one lane to each direction. To my opinion www.balkanviator.com gives accurate information not only for Kosovo and all destinations inside the country, but to all destinations to the neighbouring countries, as well. A visit to the toilet costs 50 cents. Before entering the bus check out the sign with the destination written on its front glass. If you are travelling abroad (e.g. Skopje) you'll be asked to write down your name on the list of passengers.
Kosovo Local Customs
Photos with the KFOR forces
KFOR forces are everywhere in Kosovo. They are willing to pose with you, their permission is needed, though. So, to avoid any trouble ask them if they want to do it for you. The same also happens with the KSF, the Kosovan Security Forces. In general, taking photos of UN, OSCE or EULEX cars doesn't seem to be a problem. Although I didn't mention the relevant signs of prohibiting photos close to military installations, avoid taking photos of these buildings.
Kosovo Warnings and Dangers
Miserable airport service
The country is not such a mess as it is presented, and the cost of amenities is quite low. However, be ready for a disappointment right as you arrive. The airport of Prishtina recently taken over by Limak will await you with bad services, rude staff and security and stale food at the restaurant. So be careful and move out of thee place as fast as possible or you will get the worst impression ever about the country just as you land in.
Traffic - Hotels - Apts - Life in...
Mostly traffic - there is no traffic laws - lights are always flashing RED and no one ever obeys the rules of the road - beware of stolen vehicle - there is a very high black market for Mercedes - all stolen from Germany and elsewhere in Europe - you can get one very cheap!.. No guarantees - Hotels are decent - most 2-4 Star types - well maintain Restaurants have problems with the electricity being cutoff - but most have decent food - excellent places to eat - Life is leisurely - but always be on guard - never ever speak Serb in Pristina - or elsewhere for that matter - it will be a death sentence - YOURS!. - Never ever travel by yourself - I have - but I am European - so I can blend in very well - and my speaking French has helped me tremendously!.. Like they say - when in Rome (or Pristina for that matter! - Do as the Romans would do!.) - shopping is plentiful - the Albanians are not wanting for anything - shops are well stocked - unlike the Serb areas north near Mitrovica - who are lacking many foods and bare necessities! - even the one restaurant I went to eat at in the Northern Part of the city - had very few delicacies - but they did have a wonderful meal and it was half the cost of what you would pay in Kosovar - even in Pristina or Pecs!.. Now I have found memories of the good people there - both Serbs and Albanian - most young kids (young man and woman) - had no beligerency towards each other that I noticed - but they where willing to let bigones be bigones and live in peace - but each day you can see that the Serb are slowly being eradicated - burned out - and all are slowly moving out of Kosovo - in another 10 years all of Kosovo will be Albanian!..Related to:
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