Albania: Some Final Forts…

I guess one of the defining themes of my Balkans trip has been Old Towns so it felt right to visit a couple more in the south of Albania before I left this region. The towns of Berat and Gjirokaster both have UNESCO World Heritage status and are renowned for being two of the most … Continue reading Albania: Some Final Forts…

Albania: Trendy Tirana

After my spell in the remote Albanian countryside, it was time to head back to city life as I ventured south to Albania’s capital, Tirana. From Shkodër, transport is regular with buses heading there roughly once an hour. Given Albania’s aversion to proper bus stations, from Shkodër you catch the bus just off the big … Continue reading Albania: Trendy Tirana

Albania: Hiking Valbona – Theth

Completely unbeknownst to me when I decided Albania would be one of the stops on my Balkans trip, this gem of a country is home to a series of incredible national parks with breathtaking scenery. Who knew? Naturally, as soon as I did find out, I did some digging and made a beeline straight for … Continue reading Albania: Hiking Valbona – Theth

Albania: Škoda in Shkodër

After 10 days chilling in Montenegro, it was time to move on to my next adventure in the Balkans and I hopped on a bus to Albania. There are a few buses per day heading from Ulcinj to Shkoder (listed as Skadar in Montenegro) across the border and even beyond to the capital, Tirana. The … Continue reading Albania: Škoda in Shkodër

Montenegro: The Sunny(ish) South

Although I could have easily stayed in Kotor for a lifetime, after 4 days there I decided to move on, heading south down the coast of Montenegro. The bus station in Kotor is great. It has a big timetable posted with the times of buses to all destinations, both domestic and international. It’s worth snapping … Continue reading Montenegro: The Sunny(ish) South

Montenegro: Hiking Around Kotor

The Bay of Kotor is surrounded on all sides by mountainous terrain making it a perfect place to hike and get breathtaking views over the bay. I’d recommend downloading maps.me to get a look at all the trails on offer - it’s a great app which maps out all the trails really clearly and can … Continue reading Montenegro: Hiking Around Kotor

Montenegro: The Bay of Kotor

It was time to move on to my next country in the Balkans, Montenegro, just south of Croatia. Arranging transport from Dubrovnik was easy enough since it’s very close to the border. Fairly regular buses run daily to Herceg Novi, Kotor, Budva and Ulcinj. I booked my bus on GetByBus and printed my ticket just … Continue reading Montenegro: The Bay of Kotor

Croatia: Winter is Coming

Croatia’s southernmost major city is probably the one I most associate with Croatian beauty - it’s certainly the city I think of when I think of Croatia. It’s perhaps ironic then that I enjoyed Dubrovnik less than Zadar and Split. However, it’s still absolutely worth a visit. A slightly less enjoyable Croatian city is still … Continue reading Croatia: Winter is Coming

Bosnia: Making the Mostar It

Whilst Bosnia still remains relatively off the radar for many tourists who prefer to stick to the coast, one city which has arguably well and truly opened itself up to tourism is Mostar in the south of the country. Its proximity to Croatia and its iconic Ottoman-style horseshoe bridge bring many visitors day-trippers and visitors. … Continue reading Bosnia: Making the Mostar It

Bosnia: Sara-yay-vo

I decided to take a detour into neighbouring Bosnia & Herzegovina (hereby referred to just as Bosnia because... laziness) after being in Croatia for a week. Unlike tourist heavy Croatia, Bosnia is still trying to shake off its chequered history. Indeed, for many people this is a country with a history of war. This is … Continue reading Bosnia: Sara-yay-vo