Cheap flights to Pristina
Pristina is a city in flux that is buzzing with its new found freedom and self identity. You won’t find many cities in Europe with such an exciting atmosphere.
Pristina really is a city where politics, recent history, ancient history and day-to-day life collide. Where stark communist blocks lie next to striking remnants of its Ottoman past. Beautiful 15th century mosques, hamams, clock towers and bazaars are all here to give you that distinctive eastern feeling. Amongst all this you’ll find the hustle and bustle of the city’s community life, mostly through the hum of the open-air cafes that flank the streets, particularly in Dardania. Sitting and drinking coffee is a national pastime and you’ll be hard pushed to get a better macchiato anywhere in the world. And when they’re not feeding their caffeine addictions the locals like nothing better than to hit the bars around Rexhep Luci and Peyton, where musical preferences range from dance and rock to hip-hop and jazz.
And throughout the city you’ll find fabulous eateries selling everything from local dishes to high-class cuisine, not to mention good quality kebab vendors on every corner.
Browse for English-language books and magazines at Dit' e Nat', Pristina's excellent little book cafe. There's cosy seating, great coffee and occasional events, too (Rruga Fazli Grajqevci, +49 256 362).
Pay a visit to the statue of Bill Clinton, which stands in a small park along "Bulevard Bil Klinton", beneath a huge billboard of the man. Hillary Clinton personally unveiled the statue on a state visit in 2011, and said she liked the colour.
Prizren, just an hour west of Pristina, hosts the DokuFest documentary film festival on 16-24 August. Thousands of young Kosovars gather here every year to watch world-class factual films. dokufest.com
Escape for some skiing in Brezovica, one of the best resorts in former Yugoslavia, just 70km south of Pristina. The slopes are excellent, and the accommodation, restaurants and bars are improving, but do check in advance if the chair-lifts are running regularly. Skis can be rented from Dane ski hire (scardus.org/en/tourism/brezovica/12).