Ever wanderlust explorer has “bucket list,” whether they call it that or not. You can’t travel and not make mental notes about the next places you want to go, the next things you want to do. Venture out to South Europe for a life-changing travel experience.
South Europe is home to a vast cocktail of adventures, from blue waters of the Adriatic Coast to mountain views from one of the peaks in a national park. Skip Caribbean and instead hop across the Mediterranean Sea to the Greek Isles. And, enjoy experiences that are just so Balkan that you would seriously miss out by not doing them. Things like a looking above at all the amazing fresco art in ancient monasteries, a rousing hike through the Balkan Mountains or cevapi in a quaint village.
We have rounded up 9 uniquely #NewBalkans and offbeat travel experiences everyone should enjoy in a lifetime. How many have you ticked off on our bucket list? Find out below.
Bay of Kotor, particularly Perast, MontenegroBoka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor) has breathtaking views, Mediterranean climates and friendly locals. Perast is an old, photogenic town in Bay of Kotor, Montenegro. It is situated a few kilometers northwest of Kotor. Near Perast there are two small islands: one is called St. George Island, and the other called Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rock), and each has a picturesque chapel. Gospa od Škrpjela is particularly interesting given that it is the only artificially built island in the Adriatic.
Devetàshka peshterà (Devetashkata Cave), Bulgaria
This natural wonder has seven different-sized holes in the ceiling, bringing in natural light to illuminate its interior. This cave also houses some of the richest cultural artifacts from the Neolithic period. After visiting this marvel, it’s easy to see why it has always been a prized piece of real estate throughout history.
Greek Isles, Greece
Experience Santorini, Mykonos, Crete and Rhodes. Vacation along the coast of Greek’s most popular islands. Try Blue Villa Collection, a collection of luxury private vacation homes in Greece favored by well-traveled jetsetters.
Kravice Waterfalls, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Among the most fascinating naturalistic features of the Herzegovinian region are the sparkling waterfalls of Kravice. The waterfall was created by the Trebižat river with its tuff deposits and has been declared a natural phenomenon which is under state protection. As the water levels of the Trebižat river change, the waterfalls look different at different times of the year. In the summer, the emerald green waters of the lake below the waterfalls give them a unique ambiance of water, stones and trees.
It’s no wonder anyone who has stepped foot in the Slovenian capital will tell you this is the prettiest city in all of Europe, even competing with Paris! There truly is no city like Ljubljana with a castle and dragons.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
The Plitvice Lakes are located in Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. The emerald forests surround azure waters fed by mountain rivers and streams that cascade over unique mineral deposits that cause the landscape to constantly move and shift.
What’s your ultimate off-radar and unique #NewBalkans travel experience? We’d love to hear your own bucket list suggestions in the comments section below or share on your preferred social network and hashtag #NewBalkans. 🙂