20 + 3 + 1 NomadXpress top experiences in the Balkans

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After almost two months spent rambling across the Balkans (from the alpine Slovenia to the mediterranean Rhodes, Greece), we wish to present you our list of the most thrilling sights and moments we have relished so far. The list goes in descending order of importance for us. At the end, you will find our 3 best gastronomic experiences, plus an extra logistic one. Feel free to...
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One week in Crete: the best of …

After visiting Santorini, we couldn't help approaching the Asian side through the magically wild island of Crete, 6 hours far away by boat. We had to tailor our stay there exactly one week in between the boat from Santorini and the following one to Rhodes. Off season, you only have one ferry per week, on Saturday. Largest and most southerly island of Greece as well as...
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48 hours in Athens: Ancient and modern “polis”

Athens is the two-faced Janus famous for its remarkable polarities: its glorious thousand-year old history goes along with the sad socioeconomic decline in the last notorious period. Nearby trendy, colourful districts like Psirri or Syntagma, you have spoilt, gloomy neighborhoods like Omonia (where we found our apartment : ) or others. Next to the busy, chaotic streets, you...
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One week in Albania: Emerging tourism at cheap prices (Hurry up !)

Albania was actually not a "must" Balkan country in our initial plans. There were Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia but not much more on the eve of our trip. Nonetheless we had heard from a pair of friends enticing praises regarding its increasing development - after the fall of the communist period - associated with a sort of freshly innocent, still authentic, gaze to...
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Paintings & Sculptures

Mica Popovic - Second Class - 1977
Here is a modest selection of art works which drew our restless attention during our visits to some museums along our creative route. Be delighted and feel free to leave a comment ! PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS SCULPTURES & INSTALLATIONS (MODERN) CLASSIC SCULPTURES
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Worldwide Cuisine

As Spanish-Italian food lovers, we couldn't help creating a section for all the different dishes and styles of cooking we are tasting during our tour.  Don't forget to click on the photos for more info! Bon appetit !!! SLOVENIA Slovenian food was the beginning of our cookery pilgrimage, where we relished our first fresh fish plate at the Lubjiana open air market, to...
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Local Beverages

Here you can find a list of the most typical lager beers in the Balkans, with the original alphabetic transcription and the city where we placidly savoured them. Enjoy !   And here a selection of the most popular raki or rakija, a distilled spirit most commonly made from plums in Serbia or grapes in Albania. Also we couldn't miss to try a glass of local-home made w...
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12 hours cycling around Lake Ohrid: between Albanian and Macedonian borders

Considered one of Europe's deepest and oldest "basins", Lake Ohrid is a pure natural beauty nestled between Macedonia and Albania. Its calm and clear waters, together with the charming views of the still, mute mountains surrounding the lake,  create an irresistible attraction to hopeful visitors from all over the world. Although the lake is constantly replenished with the f...
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Bittersweet Kosovo: from the newly born Pristina to the moorish Prizren

Kosovo might be not the first destination you come up with when thinking about a travel. Indeed, we ended up there quite by coincidence, as a short "transfer stop" in between Montenegro and Macedonia. To be honest, we had been a bit enticed by our Lonely Planet guide Southeastern Europe, where Pristina, the Kosovan capital, is mentioned as one of the "14 top Experiences" o...
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Lovćen National Park: Under the Montenegrin bishop ruler

Once you reach the Coast of Montenegro, Lovćen National Park is one of the top visits This park with 6220 ha is the perfect choice for trekking lovers. It is composed by two main mountains: the Black Mountain (Crna Gora - 1749 m) that gave Montenegro its name; and Jezerski Vrh (1657m) which is the second highest peak and the most visited point because it hosts on the top th...
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48 hours in Sarajevo: A never-ending city

"Sarajevo is doubtlessly one of the most impressive Balkan capitals" The colourful houses spreading on the surrounding hills; the cosy pedestrian streets in the city center filled with cheap, traditional restaurants; the spectacular juxtaposition of religious symbols of Islam, Judaism and Christianity; the panoramic views of the city; the war museums and the amusing night li...
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Stories from Korčula: Marco Polo or Marko Pilich ?

After checking Marco Polo's house in Venice (the house he moved to in 1299 when he came back from his long Asian journey), we could not miss the opportunity to investigate his alledged origins in the Croatian island of Korčula. Leaving aside all the thoretical debate (you can partially, from the Croatian side, read it here), we would like to describe our personal experience ...
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48 hours in Belgrade: Non-stop city

Belgrade is by all means a really intriguing and fascinating city, set halfway between the unvanished historical burdens and a bouncy, animated spirit projected towards the new global challenges. If you wander about its eclectic districts, you will unavoidably bump into countless aspects of its troubled, tormented recent history: from the decrepit buildings still torn to pie...
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12 hours in Plitvice Lakes National Park: Waterworld (in wintertime)

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the largest national park in Croatia and represents the most beautiful natural hydrographic landscape in the country, so we could not miss it! We arrived to the park right from Belgrade. In order to save money of an extra night accommodation and travel time during the day, we decided to catch a night bus (the only bus from Belgrade to Plitvice...
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