Monastery Gračanica

Gračanica was constructed on the ruins of an older 13th-century church of the Holy Virgin, which itself was built on the ruins of a 6th-century early Christian three-nave basilica. It was located in the center of the Eparchy of Lipljan. Stefan Milutin's ktetor comments are written on the southern wall, including "I have seen the ruins and the decay of the Holy Virgin's temple of Gračanica, the bishopric of Lipljan, so I have built it from the ground and painted and decorated it both from inside and outside". In 1346, when the Serbian Archbishopric was raised to the rank of Patriarchate, the bishop of Lipljan was granted the honorary title of metropolitan bishop, and since that time they were called metropolitans of Lipljan or Gračanica.

Via Dinarica

The Via Dinarica - Dinaric Alps’ mountain corridor is located in the heart of the Western Balkans and passes through 7 countries in the Western Balkans all the way from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosna and Herzegovina to Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo and Serbia. Each country offers a vast range of activities, from adventure to relaxation, on both land and water and many more, visitors can also enjoy experience traditional lifestyles and taste the local cuisine of the highlands.The Via Dinarica is hiking and biking trail in the cross-border region of Montenegro running east from Durmitor National Park into the National Park “Accursed Mountains” in Kosovo and extending further to Albania on the north. The Via Dinarica features 2 long-distance uninterrupted trails, which represent uninterrupted physical activity related to two sectors - hiking and biking as the main tourist activities but also links with other adventure products such as Via Ferrata, Caving, Zip line, Thematic trail, Waterfall etc. The Via Dinarica mega trail was the Best New Trail in 2014 according toOutsidemagazine, the bestPastemagazine’s trekking path in 2015, a 2016 must-see by bothWanderlustmagazine andThe GuardianandNational Geographic Traveller’s “Best of the World” destination for 2017.The Community Development Fund (CDF) has been the main partner of the EU for the development and promotion of the Via Dinarica in through cross border projects in the territory of Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro. For more details, please follow the links below:

Peaks of the Balkans

PEAKS OF THE BALKANS In order to create income for local population, stop abandonment of the mountain region of Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania and to bring these parts of the region closer together, the national and local tourism organization and hiking clubs joined forces with the German Development Cooperation to develop “The Peaks of the Balkans” regions as one destination for mountain tourism. With the development of a transnational hiking trail, one of only few in the world, a common base for further development was set up. The transnational ”Peaks of the Balkans” leads through one of the remote and wild mountainous regions of Western Balkans. By using shepherd paths and footways, the trail winds through high alpine mountains up to 2300 meters above the sea level and leads through mountains scenery, with a diversity of breathtaking landscapes, varying from green valley to crystal-clear mountain lakes, waterfalls, river and remote picturesque mountains village, in which time seems to have stopped. All in all a “hidden treasure” for nature lover and hikers. Until twenty years ago, the region had been almost inaccessible for visitors, which make it an authentic cultural experience and adventure to hike across the three mountains Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro.   THE REGION The region of Dinaric Alps spreading across the north of Albania, the southwest of Kosovo, and the east of Montenegro which is also called “Accursed Mountains”, counts to the least known areas in South East Europe. Until now, the mountain region of Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania has virtually remained untouched and is only sparsely inhabited. Thus, it has preserved its fascination and authentic character. The region is known for hospitality of its habitants, which visitors can enjoy while staying in one of the traditional houses that can be found along the trail in all three countries. The variety of accommodation ranges from traditional stone houses, so called “Kullas” , to mountain huts and small mountain lodges where local and house-made dishes are served by the local hosts The region is known for hospitality of its habitants, which visitors can enjoy while staying in one of the traditional houses that can be found along the trail in all three countries. The variety of accommodation ranges The region is known for hospitality of its habitants, which visitors can enjoy while staying in one of the traditional.   The TRAIL The quite ambitious “The Peaks of the Balkans” trail comprises 192km and completes the circuit crossing the three countries. The hike can be started in each country: Peja (Kosovo), Theth (Albania) and Plav (Montenegro). 10 stages of the trail can be hiked in 10 to 13 days depending on the motivation and condition of the hikers. The level of difficulty ranges from easy to moderate, but requires good physical condition and mountain equipment (e.g. hiking boots, waterproof clothing lamp, GPS, first aid kit, mobile phone). Even though the whole is marked and signposted, it partly leads to uninhabited mountain region. Hence, it is recommended to hike in a group or accompanied by a hiking guide. Local mountain guide, trained by the DAV (Deutscher Alpen Verein) and familiar with the trail, are ready to accompany individuals and small groups. Further information on guides, accommodation, cross border procedures and a detail description of the trail stage, including GPS data and high profiles, can be found on the website (

Zip Line

Fly like an eagle with the longest Zip Line in the region, 700 meters in less than a minute will give you the best view over the Rugova Canyon. This is the only large zip line in Kosovo and is certified by an international organization. Zip Line uses US-made equipment and trained professional staff. If you are in Kosovo, this is one of the must do activities.

Via Ferrata Peja

Only 3 kilometers from the city center of Peja, inside the Rugova Gorge natural attraction e which is protected by law, you will find the attraction of Via Ferrata which is a unique activity in Kosovo and offers experiences of outdoor adventures. Via Ferrata is a trail passing along the rocky massifs of the Rugova Gorge at different heights and offers the experience of adventure, entertainment and adrenaline. While passing through these trails, you will experience magnificent views of the Rugova Gorge nature, taking a unique experience that you will remember for a long time in your life.  In Peja, there are 4 Via Ferrata having different levels of difficulty, their length starts from 450m to 1 km while the heights reach up to 300m. Therefore, you can plan spending your weekend exercising the activity of Via Ferrata –    Via Ferrata "Ari" (Length 450 meters/climbing 1 hour and 30 minutes.) –    Via Ferrata “MAT” (Length 500 meters/climbing 1 hour and 30 min.) –    Via Ferrata “MARIMANGAT” (Length 1 km/climbing 3 hours and 30 min.) –    Via Ferrata "Shpellat" (Length 700 meters/climbing 2 hours and 30 minutes)   Via Ferrata, which means "iron trail", is a trail reinforced by a steel thread on the rock, which allows visitors to climb the terrain without having to be trained in advance.   

The Shadervan in Prizren

The Shadervan is a tourist area on the south side of the city, there are numerous cafes and restaurants there. The ancient water fountain is a protected cultural monument, there is a legend that if you drink water from the water fountain you will be sure to come back.

Old Çarshija in Gjakova

It is one of the biggest attractions at the site. The Old Bazar (Old Çarshija ) was the heart of the economy in Gjakova , a city of  trade and merchandise , which served to the villages around the Gjakova municipality, the Junik zone and the Gjakova Highland in the border with Kosovo and Albania. The Old Bazaar was burned and destroyed and then it was reconstructed after suffering damage during the war 1999 (the last war in Kosovo).  

Trepça Crystal Museum

Trepça Crystal Museum is a museum located in the town of Stanterg near the Trepca Mine, Mitrovica. Trepca Mine in Stanterg, Kosovo, is known for its crystal and mineral beauty of various kinds. In view of this fact, in 1964 the Museum of Mineral Crystals was established, which houses over 1300 exhibits of different types of crystals, making the Museum an object of great national importance for Kosovo both in terms of values ​​as well as in value. even in tourist terms. In addition to the crystals in the Museum, there are also old working tools that were used by miners in the early stages of mining. In 1970 the Kosovo Bureau of Protection for Nature put 512 crystals on display in the museum, further enhancing the museum's importance. Since its inception, the Museum has been housed in an object which, due to its age, did not meet the conditions for the exposure and preservation of crystals. In 2012, with the funding of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo and the enterprise, a modern crystal museum building was built. The value of the investment for the construction of this museum is around 560,000 euros and about 1,500 exhibits of selected crystals and minerals have been exhibited. In addition to the crystals from the Trepca mine, the Museum also houses over 100 types of crystals from various countries around the world such as: Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Brazil, which the Museum has received in exchange for the crystals from the mine. "Trepca".  

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