Traveling trough the balkans
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 8, 2012 11:18 PM Last Post By: everbrite
Oct 7, 2012 12:40 PM
Traveling trough the balkansHey there!
I' m new to the forum, so let me introduce myself. I'm a 19 year old film student from holland. Next to film i meditate and freerun, and thing about me is i want to experience everything this planet has to offer and crosses my path. The next 3 to 4 months i'm going to backpack europe and the middle east. the part i would like advice on, is from the slovenian border to istanbul. I'll mainly hitchhike, but might take a train or bus at some point too. Now i don't know much about the countries in between, and i'm not going to plan ahead much neither.
But i would love to hear some tips, suggestions about what route to take or must-see places. I like to see big city's just as much as i like to see desolated places. I would love to see a bit of Greece as well, but if i might go via Bulgaria then i would leave it out.
I know i am very unprepared, so you don't have to point that out. I like it that way, and if, underway, i feel i do need more structure i will take my time and spend a week somewhere researching and planning.
Please feel free to leave any thought you have or share with me your experience of traveling trough on of the countries or the area as a whole. Also i would like to know a good and cheap area for snowboarding in the balkans, or maybe you know of more extreme sports that can be done cheaply here (in the winter)
Oct 7, 2012 3:33 PM
Oct 7, 2012 11:56 PM
2Greece is a peninsula and thus out of your way except perhaps the north like Thessaloniki which is worth visiting.
What route to take depends some on your interests other than snowboarding and winter sports. If your goal is to follow the snow then you may be too early but if you wait until winter then head to Bosnia (after all, the Winter Olympics were in Sarajevo in 1984) and the the Durmitor National Park in Montenegro but don't expect much infrastructure.
From Montenegro head to Albania or Kosovo (Prizren) and Macedonia (Tetovo) and probably to northern Greece, perhaps Plovdiv and on to Istanbul.
Edited by: everbrite
Oct 8, 2012 7:19 AM
3This might be a good starting point:
I don't know about snowboarding, but Bulgaria has some fantastic skiing and is relatively cheap by European standards. There is skiing at Mount Vitosha, on the outskirts of Sofia and accessible by public transportation:
Oct 8, 2012 2:42 PM
4Hey there, thanks for the advice! I was only planning to snowboard once or twice, so apart from that i' d rather follow the warmer areas.
I think i will go to Bosnia and Macedonia, and decide about Albania or Kosovo underway.
But i'm not sure yet if Athene is worth to go to so far out of the way. I've seen the Balkanology site, it's very usefull.
Oct 8, 2012 11:18 PM
5There are no warmer areas really. Winter is pretty much winter throughout the Balkans unless you stick very close to the coast.
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