The Three P's of Kosovo: Pristina, Peja and Prizren

Kosovo is one of the least visited, yet another hidden gem of the Balkans, which is definitely worth visiting. It became an independent country only in 2008 and ever since it has been a transition economy. It is still not recognized by many countries, especially by Serbia, which still considers it a part of it. However, don’t get confused, the are extremely different. | Culture and Nature Focused | Travel at your Own Pace
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Rada Georgieva

Rada is a conscious traveler from Bulgaria. She loves to connect with locals and discover new experiences.
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About this Itinerary

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Trip Duration

3 Days/ 2 Nights
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Best time to Visit

April to September
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Level of Activity

Enjoy at your own pace

Here's Everything you Need to Know

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Things to Do

You decide it all. We show you what you can fit in a day
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Getting There

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Getting Around

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Day One

First Stop: 'Newborn' Monument - Pristina

A trip around Kosovo should start from its culturally rich capital – Pristina. I would recommend staying at Hotel Kika, however there are also many other good choices. The first thing you should see is the ‘Newborn’ Monument, which is a clear message for the independence of the country. The letters ‘N’ and ‘W’ lay down as an acronym for ‘No Walls’.

Visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and Street Market of Pristina

Afterwards you can see the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, which was being constructed by the Serbians until the 1999, but then the Kosovo war interfered the construction and, in fact, it was never finished, as it is a symbol of the Serbian ruling.

 

A nice activity would be exploring the street market of Pristina, where you can enjoy locally produced food, ethnic clothes, as well as a huge amount of peppers, which is maybe one of the most symbolic tastes of the country.

 

As Bill Clinton was had a big effect in the Kosovo war, he became a figure of a hero for the country and so at the Boulevard named after him, they also have an 11-foot statue of him, which is one of the most attractive monuments is the city.

Nightlife in Pristina

Last, but not least, the lively nightlife of Kosovo is something you shall not miss. You can enjoy a fancy drink at the hipster café Soma or just drink a beer at a native in the local bars. The community feeling of Kosovars is more than exceptional compared to most European countries, so hearing stories from locals is an unforgettable experience.

Day Two

A Short Hike in Peja (UNESCO Site)

The second of the tree P’s – Peja - is a city surrounded by beautiful mountains and is the starting point of the Rugova canyon, so if you are interested in going on a hike, now is the time! The Peja Patriarchate, recognized by UNESCO World Heritage, can be reached by a 30 min hike.

Nightlife and Dinner at Peja

Later you can have an extremely delicious and in the same time extremely cheap dinner in the surrounding area. Then you can head to one of the nice bars where you can enjoy some live music. The monastery consists of three churches connected in one, the most significant of which is the red church. All of them are decorated with beautiful mural paintings. The monastery is still functioning and there are still nuns living in it, which you can meet during the visit.

 

The city center of Peja enjoys a pedestrian street filled with various restaurants and bars, most of which have beautiful terraces where you can have a relaxing afternoon. Afterwards you should definitely visit the old bazar of Peja where you can find many alternatively styled authentic souvenirs and local goods.

Day Three

Prizren: The Cultural Capital of Kosovo

Nestled in the mountains, the next destination is Prizren, known as the cultural capital of Kosovo. Located in the heart of the historic-center of the city, there are the Prizren Fortress, the Hammam of Prizren, the Sinan Pasha Mosque, the Church of Holy Savior and many more. The Lady of Ljevis is a Serbian orthodox church, which dates to the 14th century and was later transformed into a mosque under the Ottoman ruling. Nowadays it is another of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kosovo. In the afternoon you can head to the main square, which is where the locals hang out, drink coffee and enjoy the restaurant and bars surrounding the square.

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Getting There

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Arrival Airport

You need to arrive at Aeroporti Ndërkombëtar i Prishtinës "Adem Jashari" Airport (Pristina International Airport), The Airport has flights to numerous European destinations. The airport is the only port of entry for air travelers to Kosovo.

Departure Airport

You will be back in Pristina at the end of the trip. You will depart from Pristina International Airport in Kosovo, The airport is the only port of entry for air travelers to Kosovo.

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