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.
The 7th annual Chopin Piano Festival is on from 11 - 24 April in the centre of Pristina. Enjoy live performances two or three nights a week by both local and international pianists in addition to symposiums and roundtables dedicated to various influential composers. www.chopinkosova.com
From the end of November to the beginning of January, don't miss Prishtina's Christmas Market and all the lights that spring up between Zahir Pajaziti Square and Skanderbeg Square on Mother Teresa Boulevard.
If you're looking for some nature, you may be surprised to find you don't actually have to look that far. Just on the edge of Pristina is Germia park with 62 square meters of greenery suitable for picnics, walks, and light hiking. From the center, take Bus 4 to the last stop for less than 50 cents or 4-6 euro taxi ride.
About 25 minutes outside of the city, near Badovc Lake, Bear Sanctuary Pristina is a gorgeous place to spend a couple of hours learning about the brown bears that were rescued from local restaurants following a ban on the private ownership of them in 2010. For more information visit www.vier-pfoten.org/en/projects/bears/bear-sanctuary-prishtina.
As perhaps the best museum in the country, it's worth paying a visit to Muzeu Ethnologjik (Ethnological Museum) for a crash course in Kosovar culture and tradition. It features several great exhibits on life in Kosovo between the 15th and the 20th century, all on display in a beautifully restored Ottoman-era townhouse. Rr. Iliaz Agushi, +377 44 628684
During the winter months, there is no better escape from Prishtina than to the mountains of Rugova. In less than two hours you can be skiing the modest slopes in Bogë, the area's largest village, at nearly a quarter of the price you'd normally pay in the rest of Europe.
Near the town of Gracanica, just 7 kilometers south from Pristina, is the ancient city of Ulpiana which dates back to the 2nd century and is believed by some to be the former capital of Dardania. Excavation and restoration work are still very much in progress and chances you will find anyone around there to give you guidance around the site are slim, but it's well worth a visit for anyone interested in this ancient part of Kosovo's history.
If you happen to be visiting Kosovo between the 5-13 of August, do not miss the opportunity to attend Dokufest, the country's most famous festival and one of the most well-known international documentary film festivals in the world. A truly unique experience with Kosovo's prettiest city, Prizren, as its backdrop.