Luxury Travel section of the Bloomberg.com compiled the list of five under-the-radar destinations in the Balkans to consider this summer.
Authors of the article, Trey Sarten and Martin Bryan, reminded that Dubrovnik - both Croatia’s and the region’s most visited city - has become so swarmed with summer sightseers, that it is considering tourism restrictions.
“In the neighboring Balkans, the opposite is true: the same, untapped natural beauty, a fascinating mélange of cultures, but few crowds. And despite the region’s complicated war-torn history, the U.S. Department of State now considers the Balkan states safer than much of Western Europe”, authors explained.
The article titled ‘Forget Croatia: Why You Need to Visit the ‘Real’ Balkans’ mentioned Lake Bled in Slovenia as the best destination for families; Durmitor National Park in Montenegro as the best destination for road trippers; Accursed Mountains in Albania as the best destination for hikers; Sofia in Bulgaria as the best destination for urbanites; and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina as the best destination for ‘culture vultures’.
“The historic city of Mostar, an hour or two’s drive inland from the Dalmatian Coast, is emerging as the region’s cultural capital. Today, it’s a place where 16th century and 17th century mosques and contemporary street art go hand in hand”, reads the article.
“The recently-rebuilt Stari Most, an important example of 16th century Islamic architecture whose name translates to ‘old bridge’, is picturesque enough to single-handedly put this city on the map: Its arched point casts a mirror-like reflection into the green waters of the Neretva River. It serves as a beacon of the city’s recovery - unlike some buildings that still have bullet holes to serve as lasting reminders of the ravages of war”, authors conclude.