XK – Kosovo

Kosovo (Republic of Kosovo, in Albanian: Republika and Kosovës, in Serbian: Република Косово) is a state of Europe (recognized by a good part (93) of the UN countries) and is bordered by Serbia to the north with Montenegro and Albania and south with North Macedonia.

When to go:
Kosovo’s climate is mainly continental, the region being limited to the south by the mountain ranges of the northern Albanian Alps, and to the west by the Mokra Gora Mountains. Therefore the presence of these two chains limits the transit of Mediterranean meteorological systems (perturbations) on the area, keeping the relative humidity content rather low. Kosovo has short, muggy and hot summers, and cold and long winters. In the main cities of Kosovo the average daily temperatures range between −3 ° C and +3 ° C in winter. In summer, the maximum average temperature is 27 ° C, while the minimum average is 16 ° C. The area is characterized by weak winds of variable direction. Average annual rainfall varies between 920 mm per year in the most western area (Kosovo) and 610 mm per year in the most western one (Metochia). The rainiest months are October and December; instead the least rainy months are July and August. The snowfall days are on average 5 for each month between December and March.

What see
Pristina – Capital of the state, it has numerous green areas
Brod – One of the most spectacular villages in the Balkans
Giacovizza (Gjakova or Đakovica) – Although severely damaged during the war, this city currently offers by far the best of Kosovo’s nightlife, as well as excursions to nearby lakes; the Qarshia (market) has been renewed and it is worth spending several hours.
Gračanica – An ancient Serbian Orthodox monastery, dating from the 14th / 16th century, protected by UNESCO.
Kačanik (or Kaçanik) – A quiet and peaceful city with an ancient fortress.
Kosovska Mitrovica – City divided between south (Albania) and north (Serbia), with a decadent heritage of communist industrial architecture. The bridge that divides the city is the country’s political and ethnic dividing line.
Peć (or Peja) – City with extensive Ottoman and Orthodox (Serbian) heritage. A reference for outdoor sports in the spectacular surrounding mountains: the nearby Rugova Canyon is one of the most important areas of the country and a ski center in winter.
Prizren – The best preserved old Ottoman town in the country, watched over by a majestic castle on the hill.
Uroševac (Ferizaj) – The local church and mosque are literally side by side.
Other destinations:

Brezovica – Ski resort with old infrastructure, but large slopes, located in the Šar Mountains in southern Kosovo.
Šar Mountains National Park – Proclaimed in 1993 within the 39,000 hectare temporary borders south-west of Kosovo. The Šar Mountains are a mountain range which borders on North Macedonia. These mountains are the home of many animal species, such as: bears, wolves, deer and foxes.
Rugova Canyon – Located north-west of Peć, it has extremely steep walls, possibly up to 300 meters. It has a length of 25 km and a depth of up to 1,000 meters, making it one of the longest and deepest canyons in Europe.

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