Backpacking The Balkans Day 22

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.This great walking vacation follows distant trails between valleys and villages which might be mainly used by native shepherds and villagers. This unbelievable cross-border walking holiday explores wild regions and follows trails along the Peaks of the Balkans route. As we weave our means via spectacular mountains and explore a few of Europe's wildest surroundings, we’re assured a heat Balkan welcome, easy lifestyle and distinctive expertise. We begin within the historical gem of Peja nestled on the foot of Kosovo’s Rugova Mountains and home to charming Ottoman architecture and a rare alternative to step back in time. After Peja we uncover Kosovo’s wild magnificence and hike by way of traditional villages before heading over the Jelenak Pass and into Albania’s magnificent Accursed Mountains.
By crossing distant borders and walking by way of lush valleys, we criss-cross between dramatic Montenegro and majestic Albania while surrounded by unbelievable surroundings. After transferring to Virpazar in Montenegro, we sail across Lake Skadar house to fantastic birdlife, stay within the breath-taking heart of Lovcen National Park and discover the Bay of Kotor, Europe’s most southern fjord.
This distant area of Albania continues to be undiscovered and off the overwhelmed monitor, which is what makes it so particular. Staying here means we really get to expertise a rural lifestyle as we stay with people who are usually self-enough. Growing vegetables and fruit alongside maintaining cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and bees is a lifestyle whilst electricity comes from local hydropower stations.
Without any mild pollution, if the sky is obvious we should have a wonderful opportunity for some star gazing. Peja is among the oldest settlements in Kosovo and the gateway to the Rugova Valley. Lying on the foot of dramatic mountains, Pec has a labyrinth of narrow streets, Ottoman style architecture, impressive mosques and pavement cafes. Initially settled by the llyrians in 200 BC, it has been occupied by each the Byzantines and Ottoman Empires. The Ottomans brought Islamic culture with them and the town is a superb melting pot of faiths and cultures.
The city is also house to Patriachte Monastery which is the seat of the Serbian Orthodox Church. After a brief introduction to Peja we switch to the village of Reke e Allages by way of the dramatic Rugova Gorge. This area is mainly occupied during the summer time months by farming households. After a picnic lunch we'll stroll through the Rugova Mountains and head up to meadows and high pastures earlier than descending into small villages.
The afternoon of walking finishes at Drelaj the place we stay in a distant hamlet in a easy guesthouse and luxuriate in some residence-cooking. It is possible to fly with Turkish Airlines from London & Manchester however we do advocate that you simply fly the day before into Pristina so you've a full day exploring this facinating city. This wonderful strolling holiday follows remote trails between valleys and villages which are mainly utilized by local shepherds and villagers. As you’d anticipate in mountainous areas of Europe, paths are rugged and can be slippery underfoot, whilst in June we could encounter late mendacity areas of snow to cross. Homestay and guesthouse lodging in the mountains is easy and this area of the Balkans nonetheless observes a really traditional way of life.