Rugova Valley

Rugova Valley is located in the heart of Dukagjini, in north-western Kosovo.

It covers an area of 32.000 hectares. Its highest peak is Coursed Mountain, with an altitude of 2560 meters. Among several characteristics that distinguish this valley, following are the most important ones

  • -Bistrica River, which passes throughout 12 kilometers of the valley
  • -Waterfalls that fall from a height of 30 meters
  • -Two lakes at an altitude of 1 800 meters above sea level and
  • -A number of caves

Rugova Valley is considered as an ideal place to spend a day or a couple of days, when you need to relax and get away from the daily routine and dynamic life in the city. It is a quiet preserved and unexplored region, and this offers a unique entertainment opportunity for the lovers of eco and rural tourism.

Batllava Lake

Batlava Lake is one of the biggest lakes in Kosova located in the eastern part.

It is fed by the Batlava River. The lake has an area of 3.27 km² and a maximum depth of 48 meters. It serves as the main source of drinking water for the territory of Prishtina and Besiana (Podujeva), and is one of the most popular touristic destinations for Kosovars.

Holy Bridge

Holy Bridge is located at the entrance of White Drin Canyon, in the south-west of Kosova.

It is another spot in this area, frequently visited by the tourists. The uniqueness of this bridge, is that it is built above an interesting and unique canyon which was created when White Drini River during a geomorphologic process opened a gizzard between two lime rocks. The bridge is 70 meters high, and the distance between the bridge and the river floor is 30 meters.

The bridge dates since WWII and is believed to become seen as holy after a human sacrifice was made there.

Marble Cave / Shpella e Gadimes

Marble cave is a cave made of marble cliffs formed by the metamorphosis of limestone.

It is situated in the municipality of Lipljan. The cave was discovered in 1966 by a citizen building his house and it was opened for tourists in 1976. The cave is 1260 meters long, while the tourist path is around 500 meters long. Huge pillars are predominant in the halls and the ceiling is covered with stalactites. Many pillars reach heights of up to 5 meters and they are covered with spikes, which is a special oddity of the cave.

Ornaments are in different colors, ranging from aragonite white crystal to red, with all shades in between these two contrasting colors. It is said that it takes 3000 years for 1 mm of it to grow! The air temperature ranges between 12 C and 15 C.

Germia National Park

Germia Park is a large beautiful park located in the east part of the city of Prishtina.

Its endless forests, well maintained paths, fresh air, and the spitting distance from the city make it an attractive place to spend a nice quiet afternoon or weekend. In addition, a large swimming pool is situated in the entrance of the park.

Skiing is another activity that can be performed there during winter, though there are no ski lifts or other facilities.

Sharri Mountains

Sharr Mountains is a mountain range that lies in the south-east part of Kosova.

They cover a territory of 60 km long and lie at an average altitude of 16-20 km. The Sharr Mountain consists of three main zones:

  • The zone of Luboten and Brezovica,
  • The central zone of Prizren, and
  • The zone of Opoja and Gora.

The most attractive peaks of the Sharr-Mountains are: Luboten , Bistra Peak, Black Peak, Kobilica Peak, Peak of Von Korff, Zallina Peak, Tërepeznica Peak, Great Vraca and Small Vraca. The highest peak is Luboteni Peak, which reaches an altitude of 2553 meters, and is believed to mean “Beautiful view” (originating from the French words: “le bo ten”).

The great ski and hiking terrains, picturesque landscape, and several mountain lakes make this part of Kosova one of the most beautiful and attractive places for visitors.

Prizren Castle

Prizren Castle is an old fortress situated the old part of the city of Prizren.

The fortress dates since the Roman years and lived until 1915, when it was destroyed during the First World War. It was built to protect Prizren from foreign attacks and consists of a great number of underground tunnels. Due to its long and interesting history, as well as the amazing view of the city, its ruins attract a great number of visitors nowadays.

Kosova Museum House

The Kosova Museum house was built by Austrians for the Turkish army in 1898, and was used by the Yugoslav national army until 1975.

Nowadays it has a rich collection of prehistoric objects and a wide archaeological exhibition that presents the life during the Illyrian, Dardanian and Roman years. The object is located in the center of Prishtina.

The museum is open for visitors everyday of the week from 09:00 o’clock in the morning until 17:30, except on Sundays it opens only from 11:00 to 15:00 o’clock.

Vermica Lake

Vermica Lake is a lake situated 15 minutes away from Prizren, on the road to Kukes.

The breathtaking view and the grassy banks of the lake are a perfect destination for a picnic. Moreover it is a perfect spot for fishing too. In addition, there is a number of restaurants near the lake, which offer an amazing view as well as a qualitative and well priced meal. Those restaurants are especially well known for the qualitative and well prepared fish.

Artana (Novobërda) Castle

Artana (Novobërda) Castle is an archaeological site situated in the highest peak of the Novobërdo Mountain, 30 kilometers east of Prishtina.

The castle was built during medieval years in the city of Novobërdo, at 42.61778 meters latitude. Novoberda was one of the biggest cities in Balkans and had a great importance. It was regarded as one of the richest cities in Balkans because of its natural resources, and consequently was often called as “the city of silver and gold”. The castle was built on top of a dead volcano crater, whose ruins can still be noticed these days.

The castle is actually on a process of restoration, a project funded by UNESCO.

Albanian League of Prizren

Albanian League of Prizren (Lidhja Shqipetare e Prizrenit) is a monument located in the center of Prizren, which became historically important  when on the year 1878 the heads of the League of Prizren held their meetings there.

It was an assembly consisting of 300 representatives from all Albanian inhabited territories gathered there to discuss about the foundation of an autonomic and unified Albanian state that would cover the territory of Prizren, Shkoder, Manastir and Janine. Many documents related to the League of Prizren are still archived in this monument.

Prevalla National Park

Prevalla is a park located in Sharr Mountains, on the road from Shterpce to Prizren, at a height of 1515 meters above sea level.

The mountainous terrain, amazing landscape and fresh air make it a fantastic area for hiking, skiing and unwinding. Moreover, Lepenci River derives in this territory, which makes it even more attractive and interesting for the visitors.

Visitors have a good option to choose between different hotels and restaurants, providing affordable rates  for accomodation and great locations to enjoy the view and a good meal.

Mirusha Waterfalls

Mirusha Waterfalls is a chain of waterfalls found in the Mirusha River, situated on the south of the Gremnik Mountains on the way to Gjakova at an altitude of 572 meters. Its distance from the capital city is approximately one hour.

Mirusha River engraved a 10 km long canyon and created 13 river lakes with 12 waterfalls between them. The waterfall with the biggest height is the one between the sixth and seventh lake, and it is 22 meters high.

Those waterfalls between the lakes, together with the stunning landscape, and rocks and caves around the waterfalls, form an overwhelming sight and present a special tourism attraction. Although the water temperature is usually quite cold, throughout summer when the temperature is high, swimming there can be incredibly pleasant.

Ujmani/Gazivoda Lake

Gazivoda Lake is an artificial lake located in the North West part of Kosova, in the border with Serbia.

Some 9.10 km2 of its territory belong to Kosova, which makes it is the largest lake in Kosova. The lake is formed by the damming of Iber River which flows into the lake, and it has an average depth of 105 meters.

Faith Mosque

The Fatih Mosque was built in 1461, eight years after the collapse of Constantinople.

It was built during the rule of Sultan Mehmet II al-Fatih – also known as the Conqueror, and hence the mosque took his name. It is located in the old part of Prishtina town and it is the biggest and most important mosque. Inside, painted floral decorations and arabesques grace the walls and ceiling. Its cupola was once the biggest in the region.

Hamam in Prizren

TURKISH BATH OF GAZI MEHMET PASHA: It was built in 1573.

It was one of three biggest Tukish Baths in Balkans, after Turkish Bath of Husret Bey in Sarajevo and T.B. of Daut Pasha in Skopje.
Presently, galleries of Turkish Bath of Gazi Mehmet Pasha are mainly used for figurative and photo exhibitions, literary promotion meetings, chamber music concerts, etc.

Brezovica Ski Resort

Brezovica is a unique ski resort located on the northwest part of Sharr Mountain at an altitude of 900 – 2,520 meters. Favourable climate conditions make this region suitable for tourism, sport and recreation during the whole year.

The ski resort possess 14 pistes, five chair lifts and five ski lifts, connected with 16 km of ski slopes of the average length 3 km. Currently, only 2 chair lifts and 1 ski lift are functioning.

The most well known hotels in Brezovica are: Hotel Narcis, Hotel Molika, Hotel Breza, Shtepija e Gurit and Woodland Hotel. In addition, there are also rentable private houses where you can accommodate yourself.

For more photos please visit our gallery Places to visit / Brezovica

Leqinat Lake

Leqinat lake (Albanian: Liqeni i Leqinatit or Leqinati or Liqeni i Kuqishtës) is a mountain lake found on the Rugova Valley.

This lake is well known throughout Kosovo and is visited by people going to the Rugova Canyon or by people climbing nearby peaks. Lake Leqinat is at an elevation of 1,970 m (6,463 ft). Lake Liqenat is just above the village of Kuqishte.

Gjeravica Peak

Gjeravica, Kosovo’s highest peak, is located in the Western part of the country near the Albanian border.

At an unconfirmed altitude of 2,656 meters (8,714 feet), it is considered as the highest peak in the Bjeshkët e Nemuna (Accursed Mountains).

It is somewhat different from the rest of the Albanian Alps because of the lack of a stony, limestone texture the mountains in Albanian Alps have. Many large and small glacial lakes can be found near the summit. The largest of the lakes is Gjeravica Lake which is just under the summit and is the origin of the Erenik river.

Junik Towers

According to an inventory conducted by the Institute for Protection of Monuments in Peja, in 2002/2003 Junik presented with a variety of objects, malls and cultural heritage values such as Towers – In terms of cultural heritage.

Junik known for its towers, fortified dwellings family typical Dukagjini Plains. Older towers are those of Hoxhaj neighborhood where towers complex is formed by the end of the eighteenth century. Towers, in addition to architectural interest bearing, have played an important social role. For example, the Chamber of Junik was also a legal institution, social and political. They held various gatherings of importance not only for Junik, but also for the whole of Kosova.

It is worth mentioning that fortified apartment tower is the only type of architectural flat of Albanians represented in certain regions in all popular strata and for this we can call without hesitation tower as flat to all Albanian layers.

Heart Shaped Lake, Junik Mountains

Kosovo is surrounded by mountains in the west and the south, where some of the best hiking can be done, according to the Kosovo Tourism Center.

There are many scenic lakes in these mountains, but located in Junik, a heart-shaped lake has become the favorite of many hikers. Zemra Lake is located 400 meters from the Albanian border and is found in the Prokletije near the 2,538 meters-high peak of Gusan. Several other lakes dot the area around this heart-shaped lake.

Ulpiana Antic City

Ulpiana City is believed to have been founded at the beginning of the second century BC, and it has flourished during the third and fourth century.

It is supposed that it covered an area of more than 1000 kilometers and it was located quite close to the rich mining. Historians believe that natural resources were the reason why this area got conquered by Romans, and remained under their invasion for centuries. The major part of the town was destroyed during the fifth century by the Goths and Huns, and the remaining parts were destroyed a few decades later by a catastrophic earthquake.

Nowadays its ruins can be visited in the territory of Prishtina.

Isniq Mill

Isniq Mill is an old-fashioned mill situated in the Dukagjini Plain, in the western part of Kosova.

It is water-driven, and is used for grinding corn. It is built on the fast flowing waters of River. Isniq has always been one of the largest villages in Kosovo with some 6,000 inhabitants. It has a picturesque setting on the fertile Dukagjini Plain at the foot of the “Accursed Mountains” on the left of the Deçani White Drin River.

Decan Monastery

Decan Monastery is a major monastery located 2 km away from the town of Decan, in the right bank of Lumbardh River.

It is the largest medieval church in the Balkans containing the most extensive preserved mural decoration. The monastery was built by the king Stefan Decanski III, in the 13-th century, and it has a height of 36 meters and a width of 24 meters. Its architecture consists of a combination of gothic, roman, byzantine and baroque style elements.

The monastery attracts visitors from different parts of the world and is recognized by UNESCO organization as a world cultural wealth.

Radoniqi Lake

Radoniqi Lake is an artificially created lake situated in the municipality of Gjakova.

It has an area of 5.96 km2, which makes it is the second biggest lake in Kosova. It was created during the 80-s and was named “Radoniqi” because of the town which used to be in the location where the lake was created. It is used as a drinking water source for a major part of Gjakova territory, hence swimming there is not allowed.

However, its crystal clear water combined with the amazing surrounding landscape make it an ideal spot for someone who wants to relax and enjoy the beauties of the nature.

Stone Bridge – XIV century

The Old Stone Bridge with nine arches is located to the west of the town of Vushtrria, along the old Vushtrri – Mitrovicë road.

The Stone Bridge belongs to a 14th century mediavel period. In the middle flow of Sitnica River, this bridge served to connect two river banks. In 20th century, the Sitnica river bed deviated and a natural phenomenon was created, a bridge without the river.

Badovc Lake

Badovc Lake is a lake situated in the Gollak Mountains, in the south-east of Prishtina.

The lake has an area of 2.57 km². It is used as one of the main sources of water for the territory of Prishtina. Because of its surrounding picturesque environment, it has become a popular touristic destination during spring and summer.

White Drin River

White Drin River is a river situated in the west side of Kosovo.

It runs through 122 kilometers of the territory of Kosovo, moving in a north-side direction. Its source is at Rusolia Mountain at an altitude of 586 meters. From the source, the water flows at a speed of 30 meters per second, where it creates a beautiful waterfall with a height of 30 meters. Then it continues its way down to the Dukagjini plane and joins Drini i Zi near Kukës town (Albania). The waterfall created at the source of the river is a rare and stunning phenomenon, which attracts a great number of visitors and offers an unforgivable experience.

Moreover, Holy Bridge (Ura e shenjtë) is another spot in this area, frequently visited by the tourists. It is an old bridge, built above an interesting and unique canyon created by White Drin River and it dates since WWII.

Newborn Monument

The Newborn monument which was created by Fisnik Ismaili and creative agency Karrota, is a typographic sculpture and tourist attraction in Pristina, Kosovo.

It is located in front of the Palace of Youth and Sports, and was unveiled on 17 February 2008, the day that Kosovo declared independence from Serbia. The monument was later re-painted with the flags of the states that have recognized Kosovo. Newborn will be painted differently and unveiled on 17 February every year.

The monument attracted the attention of international media reporting Kosovo’s declaration of independence, and it was featured prominently on the front page of The New York Times.