From K. Mitrovica it's possible to take a mini-bus just in front of Hotel Bisevac and to go to Gracanica, a serbian enclave near Pristina where live around 10 000 people. Gracanica is famous for its absolutely beautiful monastery. It's only one hour of bus from K.Mitrovica and departures seem to by very regular, something like every hour. So are the returns, with mini-buses leaving from the main place of Gracanica. The monastery is protected by swedish soldiers. The enclave of Gracanica is surrounded by albanians and very violent anti-serbs riots exploded in 2004, but when I went there (august 2008), it was all very quiet, so I could enjoy the monastery very peacefully.
No. 1 is widely considered northern Mitrovica's best restaurant. Serving a wide range of traditional Serbian foods, No. 1 will not disappoint. With a nice patio to sit out on during the summer months, No. 1 attracts many of north Mitrovica's international community and has a menu in English which is helpful. No. 1 is well decorated and a...more
Most people that have spent any time in Mitrovica will tell you that North Mitrovica has a far better nightlife than South Mitrovica. If you are able to visit North Mitrovica in the evenings, it can be a very fun place to spend some time. Always check the political/security situation in advance before crossing the bridge into the north though, as the situation can change very quickly.
DJ Funk is a great place to spend the evening hours. With a nice outdoor seating area, equipped with DJ and large flat-screen tvs, DJ Funk is a great place to spend a warm evening night. All the standard drinks are sold, along with chips and peanuts. The bar often has live bands, but also sports a talented local DJ on Friday and Saturday nights. The clientelle seems to be the hip mid-twenties crowd. Go and enjoy!
Dress Code: Smart casual
While the peace process between Albanian and Serbian population has still many miles to go, the criminals of both sides cooperate wonderfully. At least, Serbian and Kosovo (Albanian) police says so. The main grey-line business between the administrative border with Serbia Proper and Kosovska Mitrovica is said to be... gas. While in Serbia Proper...more
K.Mitrovica can be reached from Central Serbia. There is a bus leaving from Krusevac at 2.30pm and arriving in K.Mitrovica around 8. This bus stops at Kraljevo. As every buses going to Kosovo, it's very old, but since there are not many travellers inside, you will have enough space to feel comfortable.more
All over Mitrovica you will see many small shops and they sell all kind of things. Vegetables are sold in the street and you can go from seller to seler and see which one who have the best vegetables, and you know these are fresh.
What to buy: All kind of vegetables and fruit that they produce around Kosovo.
I have been here two days and I thought also that it should be much different, but I have only met nice and friendly people on both sides. Everybody is very curious what I am doing here. It is really nice and I recommend you to visit it. The people enjoy talking even that many dont have the knowledge of good English.more
This is a divided city between two different people, ethnic groups, serbs on the north part of Kosovo Mitrovica and the Albanians in the south. Then it is also two different currencies here. On the Serbin part you can buy and pay with dinarer and on the Albanian side you use euros. They dont have any own currency for the moment (may 2011), but...more
It is well-known, drivers of foreign-registered cars (cars with other than Serbian, Macedonian, Montenegrin plates) are asked for "border-line insurance" because neither European/Middle Eastern "Green Card" nor American/Canadian liability insurance is valid in Kosovo - so they say. The reality according some border police is a bit chaotic - it's not a "liability insurance" as we know, it's basically according them a way to tax the visitors, giving back nothing.
The insurance agents screen for foreign cars as they enter area which is under Albanian control.
Unique Suggestions: Drive the road from the "border" in the direction of Pristina and if you want to take the scenic road to Pec / Decani, take it from the highway "behind" the Kosovska Mitrovica.
AVOID ENTERING KOSOVSKA MITROVICA itself: the insurance is said to be charged / enforced(?) as you drive from the sector controlled by Serbs into Albanian (southern) sector. There is nothing on the highway. Since not much is interesting to see in Kosovska Mitrovica (besides some buildings which became parts of newspaper headlines few month ago), skip the city and enjoy the extra 50 Euro.
Fun Alternatives: Skip that city. North of KM is Serbian-controlled area, no Albanian insurance agent will stop you. Only a single "customs" sign shows the virtual border between two communities on the highway - and as I experienced, tourists are routinely ignored. UNMIK police asks travelers going to Serbia Proper to provide feedback about what they did experience and the word of mouth keeps going :)
But be careful driving in Kosovo: children may play on the street, a lot of roadwork is under way. There are much worse places in the States than that, no need to panic. Just stay alert, keep enough water in the car to drink, be defensive driver and keep 100% alcohol abstinence. It is OK to slow down and ask the directions. Actually, it is OK to slow down anyway.
Few miles before KM (Kosovska Mitrovica) there is a sign of Banjska monastery. While KM is better to be avoided - alone to save the 50 Euro "tourist entry tax", the Banjska monastery north of the KM, close to Zvečan is worth a short visit. There are several other monasteries in Kosovo north of K. Mitrovica, but I had time just for Banjska. It is ca. 3-4 miles off the main Belgrade - Pristina road and well after the UNMIK checkpoint.
The monastery, along with St. Stephen's Church was built between 1313 and 1317 and was founded by the Serb King Stefan Uroš II Milutin.
This man was my hair dresser wen i visit the Albanian side of Kosovo Mitrovica. He speaks very good English and has also worked some years in Belgium. He is very easygoing and sympathic man. I enjoyed to chat with him when he cut me, and his place is not far away from the famous bridge. It is the bridge who devides the city in two parts. If you...more