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GEOGRAPHICAL POSITION

You can find Kosovo in the heart of the Balkans! Located in South-Eastern Europe, Kosovo borders with Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, and Montenegro. Beautiful mountain ranges surround Kosovo in all directions: Sharr/Šar Mountains in the south and southeast, bordering with Macedonia, and Kopaonik Mountains in the north. The mountainous border with Albania and Montenegro in the southwest is home to the highest peak, Gjeravica/Đeravica (2,656 m/ 8,714ft). Two large plains spread over west and east from the central region of Kosovo.
As the capital of Kosovo, Pristina is also the largest city and administrative center. It is only a few hours-drive away from the major cities in neighboring countries. The Adriatic Sea Port of Durrës in Albania is just 265 km away, whereas Thesalonniki Sea Port 330km.
Other larger cities of Kosovo are: Prizren, Pejë/Peć, Gjakovë/Đakovica, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Ferizaj/Uroševac and Mitrovicë/Mitrovica.

 
 
 

DEMOGRAPHICS

With an average age of 25 years, Kosovo has the youngest population in Europe. Almost 70% of 1.8 million Kosovars are younger than 35 years. More than half of the population is aged 15 – 24. Albanians comprise 92% of the population, Serbs 4% and other ethnic minorities - Roma, Ashkali, Egyptian, Gorani, Turk, Bosniak, Croats, etc., 4%. Albanian and Serbian are official languages. The Constitution establishes Kosovo as a secular state and the country is renowned for tolerance towards religion and atheism.

 

HOW TO TRAVEL TO KOSOVO

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo provides a list of countries that can enter Kosovo without a visa: http://www.mfa-ks.net/?page=2,157 . However, if you want to come to Kosovo you should consult Kosovo Embassy in your country or ones closest to your country.

 
 
 

AIR TRAVEL

Prishtina International Airport is located less than 15 km from the capital city, Pristina. The airport connects Kosovo directly to many countries: Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Austria, Belgium, Slovenia, etc. The airport has all facilities available, including car rental, restaurants, ATM, and shops.

 

ROAD TRAVEL

Kosovo’s capital Pristina is located nearly at a little more than one hour drive from the border with all the neighboring countries: Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia. The Adriatic Port of Durrës is three hours of drive away, whereas Greece less than four hours of driving.
The border points of Kosovo with the neighboring countries are:Albania: Vërmica, Qafa e Prushit, Morina; Macedonia: Glloboçica, Hani i Elezit; Serbia: Muqibaba, Dheu i Bardhë, Merdare, Gazivoda and Jarinje; Montenegro: Zhlebi, Gryka e Cakorit. Bus lines are available from all neighboring countries. Bus lines are also available to serve passengers across Europe: Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey to name a ffew.

 
 
 

TRAIN

There is only one line connecting Pristina with Skopje. Tickets can be purchased either at the station or when you board the train.

 

HOSPITALITY

Kosovo people take pride in their traditions of hospitality shown to all guests. Here is an interesting article to read:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/kosovo/ articles/Kosovo-what-to- see-in-Europes-newest-country/

 
 
 

WHAT TO DO WHILE IN KOSOVO

Kosovo has a full package for all tastes and moods of its guests!
If you are interested in history, culture and architecture you can visit legacy and fortresses from the Bronze and early Iron Era, Medieval monasteries, mosques, tekkes, hammams and other remains the Ottoman period and bizarre architecture built during communism, just to name e few.
If you prefer active outdoor sports and breathtaking views, visit Kosovo beech forests of Bjeshkët e Nemuna/Prokletije (Cursed Mountains) or the magnificent range of Sharr/Šar mountain range extending to Albania and Macedonia. Whether you want to hike and climb rocks or simply enjoy the view, the waterfalls, rivers, caves and flora and fauna of these mountains will make sure to impress you! Or, if you’d rather mingle with the locals and experience culture in the making, the capital city Prishtina has a lot to offer. Full of buzzing cafés and bars, cozy restaurants with traditional food and warm hospitality, a number of galleries, museums and open art spaces, Prishtina offers you the unique experience of what it feels like to live in a country of youthfulness.
Check out the Kosovo Guide for details: www.KosovoGuide.com