Tourism in Kosovo

With its legendary hospitality, its Unesco World Heritage Site monasteries, stunning mountains, vibrant cities and chequered history, Kosovo is a fascinating, welcoming, rewarding place to visit. My recent article in The Independent gives my recommendations for the perfect weekend in Prishtina. And check out the Sustainable Tourism in Kosovo website which picks out some highlights, with practical information about visiting them.
Through work for the Ethnological Museum in Prishtina, for the Kulla e Mazrekajve, a renovated traditional stone house offering bed and breakfast, and training tour guides in Prishtina, I have become passionate about sustainable tourism in Kosovo as a way forward for the country's economic development, and offering people from beyond Kosovo the chance to learn from and understand a very different culture.

Read my 'insider's secrets' for visitors to Kosovo on the Wanderlust website, my prizewinning article on 'Kosovo for Seniors' on the Senior Travel Expert site or Albanian language articles in the national newspapers,Kosova Sot and Koha Ditore
Our NGO, The Ideas Partnership, has worked with a filigree co-operative in Prizren to develop workshops for visitors where tourists can learn about the history and process of silver filigree, and have a go themselves, creating a pendant to take home with them.  

An article on Fjala e Lire about the filigree workshops shows some great photographs, along with text in Albanian, and there is a fabulous blog post by some American visitors to the workshop which captures the magic of this work.

If you're looking for places to stay, check out the ecotourism section of the Kosovo Green Pages guide where you'll see information about homestay in Novo Brdo and Rugova. There is also now information available online about homestay in restored homes in Velika Hoca (on the Cultural Heritage Without Borders website, scroll down the list of download links on the right)
For unbeatable village atmosphere, great hospitality and wonderful cooking, visit the restored house and old barn now run as a guesthouse by British couple Alan and Mary Packer with their Kosovan friends, Kadrije and Nazmi Berisha just outside Kacanik. Their 'Hangjik' guesthouse has wonderful views of Luboten mountain, and is a great base for hiking the mountain.

Listen to the BBC Radio 4 programme where John McCarthy visited the Hangjik guesthouse.

Even if you're based in Prishtina you have the chance to visit a wide diversity of places in half-day trips. The neighbouring municipality of Gracanica has many things to see, including the Unesco World Heritage Site monastey.

By far the best guide to the country is the Bradt guide written by Gail Warrander and Verena Knaus.

Also available for the capital, Pristina, is the Pristina In Your Pocket guide.

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