Published By: Sanjukta

Nature that leaves you stunned: Best of the Balkans

Balkan beauty is an underrated enchantment, waiting to be explored

When it comes to natural wonders, the Balkans might not be the first place that pops into your head, it is a nature’s playground. Think sweeping mountain ranges, pristine waterfalls, and picture-perfect lakes at every turn. With pristine lakes, surrounding mountain ranges, lush valleys, dense forests, Balkan will leave you in awe once you witness all that it has to offer.

Stroll through old town vibes or feast your senses with photo-worthy scenery, choose Balkan. Here’s the best of Balkan to explore.

Plitvick Lakes

Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. Imagine a fairy tale landscape: crystal-clear turquoise lakes cascading into each other, surrounded by lush greenery and waterfalls. It's like Mother Nature decided to show off her painting skills here. You can wander along wooden boardwalks, marvel at the vibrant colors, and breathe in the fresh air. It's a slice of paradise that'll leave you in awe.

Krka National Park

Krka National Park is a paradise of waterfalls and lush greenery, easily accessible from coastal towns like Zadar and Split. Take a boat ride to the main waterfall area, where you can swim in the crystal-clear waters and marvel at the natural beauty surrounding you. Don't forget to explore the park's diverse flora and fauna, and be sure to visit in the shoulder seasons to avoid the crowds.

Rila Mountains

The Rila Mountains offer a breathtaking landscape of sunken valleys, granite peaks, and alpine meadows. The Seven Rila Lakes, nestled among the Rila Mountains, lakes offer stunning views and tranquil surroundings. Each lake has its own charm, from the serene Tear Lake to the dramatic cliffs of the Eye Lake. Taking a hike is a feast. Whether you're a hiking enthusiast or a spa lover, there's something for everyone here. Explore the network of hiking trails, relax in the natural hot springs, or visit the iconic Rila Monastery nestled within the forests.

Durmitor National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage site is like a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Towering peaks, deep river canyons, and glacial lakes create a landscape that's both rugged and majestic. Strap on your hiking boots and tackle the trails that wind through pine forests and meadows dotted with wildflowers. And for the adrenaline junkies, there's white-water rafting on the Tara River, Europe's deepest canyon. It's nature at its most untamed and utterly breathtaking.

Tara National Park

Dense forests, meandering rivers, and cascading waterfalls – Serbia’s Tara National park features a leisurely cruise along the Drina River, all the while marvel at the dramatic cliffs that rise from its banks. Or hike to the top of Crveni Potok (Red Stream) for panoramic views that stretch as far as the eye can see. And don't miss the opportunity to visit the famous Drina River House, a quaint little cabin perched on a rock in the middle of the river. Seems straight out of a fairy tale.

Lake Bled

A tiny island with a fairytale church sits in the middle of the emerald-green water, while a medieval castle perches atop a rocky cliff overlooking the scene. Rent a rowboat and paddle out to the island, ring the wishing bell, and soak in the serenity of this magical place. And if you're feeling adventurous, hike up to Ojstrica viewpoint for a panoramic view that'll take your breath away.

Bay of Kotor

The Bay of Kotor is a hidden gem in Montenegro, with its dramatic fjord-like landscapes and medieval towns. Explore the charming city of Kotor, nestled between the shore and limestone mountains, and hike up to San Giovanni Castle for panoramic views. Don't forget to visit the picturesque village of Perast and its iconic islands in the middle of the bay.

Lake Skadar

Lake Skadar is a freshwater paradise straddling the border between Montenegro and Albania. Take a private cruise to explore its tranquil waters, go birdwatching, or hike along its scenic shores. Base yourself in Virpazar and dedicate a day to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of this stunning lake.