Up until recently, the only people who came to Kosovo were part of the UN mission. Today, visitors to Kosovo venture out of the capital into the mountains and meadows of this relatively small, landlocked country. All traces of the 1999 struggle for independence are gone, and what is left is a small country with a multi-cultural flair and a friendly people who are enormously welcoming to visitors.
Roads and Riding
Many parts of Kosovo are quiet and rural, with rolling hills through tiny villages. In the southwest, the Dragash Mountains offer snow-capped peaks and lush green meadows. In these areas, the roads can be challenging, paved but narrow and winding, with some pot-holes. In very rural areas, the roads may be dirt. In Kosovo you’ll see a wide variety of transport, anything from large recreational vehicles to horse-drawn carts.
Climate and Environment, When To Go
Kosovo has a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. Snow can fall as early as November and as late as April. The locals believe spring to be relatively short, with the temperature hitting summertime levels relatively quick. Spring however, is when the natural scenery is best, with the mountains still capped in snow and the meadows blooming with wild flowers. Temperature-wise, a good time to tour Kosovo is in the fall, September and October, when the difference between day and night temperatures is the greatest.
Sights, People, Food and Drink
Besides riding through the wonderful natural scenery, Kosovo has a few mountain-tucked villages and some wonderful monasteries to stop in. Prizrin is the jewel in the crown of Kosovo and a “must-see” for any visitor. Ottoman-era buildings in Prizrin jut out into the narrow cobbled streets. Kosovo is an ethnic mixture of peoples, with the majority being Albanian. There are also Serbs, Bosnians, Turks, and Roma, so everywhere you ride, you’ll see a variety of sights and cultures. This variety is also reflected in the food, which can be very good, especially the locally grown fresh produce, lamb and veal. Coffee is the drink of choice for Kosovars, sometime served in the Turkish-style.
Facts for the Traveler
Capital city: Prishtina
Population: 2.1 million
Land area: 10.908 sq km
Official language: Albanian, Serbian and Turkish
National currency: Euro
Religion: Muslim 90% Christian Orthodox 7%
Time zone: Central European Time (GMT+1)
International dialing number: country code: 381, international access code: 00
Visa: Tourists from most countries (EU, USA, etc) do not need visa. A valid passport is required only.
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
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