Balkans Travel BlogTravel tips and resources for travellers: Travel guides, itineraries, abandoned places, street art and off-the-beaten-path places in the Balkans
Hello and welcome to our Balkans travel blog. You will find all our blog posts from the European countries collectively known as the Balkans in this section of our website.
Maybe you found our Balkans travel blog because you are considering a visiting the Balkan Peninsula in Europe, or perhaps you are partway through planning a trip to the Balkans. Whatever the reason, we hope we can provide some useful resources and travel tips for the Balkan countries.
Which countries are included in the Balkan region is often cause for debate. The Balkan Peninsula lies in southeastern Europe and typically includes the seven countries that make up the former Yugoslavia plus three more bringing the total number Balkan states to ten. The countries are Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia. Some sources include Moldova as a Balkans country, but for the purpose of organising our posts, we’ve categorised Moldova as the former USSR. Some people exclude Slovenia from the list, but include Hungary. Arguably part of Turkey (the European part west of Istanbul) and northern mainland Greece have one foot on the Balkan Peninsula.
Geography and politics both come into play when defining the Balkan countries and settling on which countries make the list could turn into a much longer post than we have room for on our Balkans travel blog page.
As you would expect from a region that stretches from Central Europe to the Black Sea, the Balkans comprises a myriad of landscapes, experiences, cultures, cuisines and history. It’s impossible to pick a favourite, and the Balkans cannot be summed up in a singular cliched strap-line, other than “something for everyone”!
Our Balkans blog posts are generally aimed at independent travellers and backpackers like us and have a strong focus on travelling around using public transport, staying in budget accommodation and exploring off-the-beaten-path and lesser-visited places.
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A guide to the socialist-era monuments and memorials near Buzludzha in Bulgaria. What to see in and around Shipka and Kazanlak.
Visiting the abandoned Separation Mine in Potpićan in Croatia. Close to pretty Labin, the former mine was once part of Istria’s coal mining industry.
A guide to alternative things to do in Zagreb, Croatia for travellers who like to get off the beaten path. Including a map of locations.
Photos of eerie abandoned hotels and resorts in the Balkans. Some of the most evocative abandoned hotels and resorts in former Yugoslavia.
Planning a road trip from Zadar to Split in Croatia. A guide to the best towns to visit on the drive from Zadar to Split (or Split to Zadar).
Photos abandoned cars and other battered vehicles. The faded beauty of neglected vehicles from the UK to Thailand, and Kyrgyzstan to Cuba.
Alternative things to do in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a map of locations. A guide to unusual and Off-the-Beaten-Path places to see in Sarajevo.
The abandoned Haludovo Palace Hotel on Krk Island and a look at the history behind the Penthouse Adriatic Club. Part of our Abandoned Croatia series.
The abandoned Villa Izvor, Tito’s summer house, is located deep in the forest above Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, unknown to most tourists.
A short history of the Balkan Wars, 1991-1999. Read a quick summary of the Balkan Wars, an essential guide for visitors to Europe’s most complicated region.
One day Ljubljana itinerary – What to see in Slovenia’s capital in 24 hours. A guide featuring the best places to visit with a self-guided walking tour map.
The best places to visit in Romania. Photos to inspire a trip to Romania. A European country with the perfect blend of architecture, scenery and culture.
Visiting the site of an abandoned torpedo launch station in Rijeka, Croatia. A former factory which was the birthplace of the self-propelled torpedo.
Photos featuring ten of coolest brutalist and modernist bus stations we’ve spotted on our travels, highlighting some magnificent architecture.
How to get from Varna to Chisinau via the Danube Delta. A step-by-step guide on how to travel from Bulgaria to Moldova via Romania by public transport.
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