For many, the name Kosovo evokes memories of the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. However, since declaring independence in 2008 a fragile peace has endured, and the country is slowly emerging as a destination for intrepid travelers. Those who visit find a tapestry of UNESCO World Heritage sites, welcoming villages, gorges and waterfalls, and a rich legacy of winemaking (particularly the pinot noir). Its capital Prinzen makes a lively base camp for exploring the outdoors: more than 10% of the country is protected as national parkland, and its natural highlights include the Waterfall of the White Drin River, Accursed Mountains National Park, and the peak of Tre Kukfit, where Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro intersect. For culture lovers, architectural remnants of its political past pepper the countryside, and visitors can explore medieval fortresses, Orthodox churches, Ottoman mosques and Roman relics. Of note, explore the 14th-Century St. Nicolas Monastery of Decan or the fortress of Novo Brdo, which bursts with wildflowers in spring.
Kosovo is the final destination on the 22-day Trekking the Via Dinarica tour, an incredible new MTS trip visiting six countries across southeastern Europe.