Travellers are always searching for new destinations, trying to find something different, of undiscovered, and of pretty. In Europe Western Balkans are taking a primary position in the tourism sector. The governments of the countries of Former Yogoslavia and Albania are investing money to promote their lands and also to implement the structures. In the last years, the results started to come.
In the 90s the area became famous because of the war, but now everything is changed. Yugoslavia doesn’t exist anymore, but there are different small countries ready to welcome foreigners as visitors and not only. Investors and new residents from Western Europe are choosing the new countries to establish their business and to live there because it is cheaper.
For sure a lot of tourists started to explore Balkans because it is something new, unexpected, and really cheap for Western Europe standards. Thanks to low-cost airline companies and also some of the great companies like Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, and Austrian Airline is easy to get in Balkans directly from different countries in Western Europe and Turkey.
If Croatia and Slovenia developed very good tourism services and they are part of the EU, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia, Albania are on the way now, but they have a lot of beautiful places to show. I am having the chance to travel around those territories and I want to share with you my experience. Of course, I will talk in the next articles, day by day, about the countries and luxury, because it is present.
What is common around Balkans is the hospitality, people are always friendly and welcoming. The guest is holy and the inhabitants, even if they know only the local language, they are always willing to open their houses and offer something to drink and to eat, discovering something about the visitor and to know from where they are. Marvelous landscapes are disseminated among all the Western Balkans.
If we talk about hospitality by structures like hotels and restaurants, many things are still to be done, but there is anyway good example. If we compare the Balkans with Western Europe, we can say that generally the life and the values are the ones that it was possible to find in Italy or other Western countries around 50-100 years ago, but this is positive, because the relations with the people are easy and more genuine, as it is the food.
A great variety of fruit and vegetables is available on all the menu, but the meat has a special place. There are some traditional recipes, but the best way to taste the local food is the most simple one, like grilled meat and salads, because you can really feel the taste of the products coming directly from the farms. Go around Western Balkans is a joy and you can discover really interesting places.