Balkan Peninsula Wonders

Walls of Dubrovnik

The most recognizable landmark that define the historical city of Dubrovnik and gives the city its characteristic and world known reputation are the untouched city walls, which surround the city with a total length of 1940 metres. This complex fortress, one of the most beautiful and solid fortress systems on the Mediterranean, is composed of a range of forts, bastions, casemates, towers and freestanding fortresses.

 The defensive stone walls surrounding the city of Dubrovnik 

We visited the Dubrovnik in 2014 when we toured 9 countries in the Balkan Peninsula.

Plitvice park & its waterfalls

Plitvice Lakes National Park is not only incredible with its series of 16 turquoise lakes, some connected by trickling water, others through calcium travertines, and others still by stunning waterfalls. One of the oldest national parks in southeast Europe, it also holds the title of being the largest national park in the country.  Besides the incredible waterfalls, the forests of Plitvice Lakes National Park  is home to many rare birds, bear families and wolves.

The walking paths of Plitvice Lakes National Park

We visited the Plitvice National Park in 2014.

Acropolis and the Parthenon

The Parthenon in Athens, built in the mid 5th century BC,  is the remains of a temple built for the Greek goddess Athena, the patron goddess of the ancient City of Athens, in 438 BC. The Parthenon is located on the Acropolis, a hill overlooking the city of Athens, Greece.

Acropolis and Parthenon Acropolis is probably the most famous and most visited monument in the world from the Antiquity times.

We visited Acropolis and the Parthenon in 1984 and again 2015.

Meteora monasteries built on rocky peaks

Meteora is one of the gems of Greece. Located near the town of Kalambaka in northwestern Thessaly, it consists of a number of rock pinnacles topped with a total of 24 monasteries, 6 of which are still in use and open to visitors, while the others are abandoned.

Amazing sunset over Meteora monasteries

We visited Meteora in 2015.

Santorini

Santorini is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast of Greece’s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago, which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. It has multi-coloured cliffs soaring out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings, dazzling panoramas, romantic sunsets and volcanic-sand beaches.  It is on many traveler’s bucket lists.

We hiked from the village of Fira to Oia

We visited Santorini in 2015.

Church of St. John on Lake Ohrid

The Church of St. John is located on a cliff overlooking Kaneo Beach on Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. It is part of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, which is an unrecognized break-off from the Serbian Orthodox Church. This has to be one of the most beautiful settings for a church in the world.  You can go on a day trip from Skopje but it is best to fit in an overnight stay in Lake Ohrid to take in the beauty of the lake and the small authentic town.

Church of Saint John at Kaneo at sunrise

We visited the Church of St. John on Lake Ohrid in 2014.

Bay of Kotor

The Bay of Kotor is a region of Montenegro. The bay, the city of Kotor and the surrounding territory are a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the superlative used to describe its stunning scenery are: gorgeous, breathtaking, majestic, divine. Photos simply can’t do justice to this place.  Best way to take in the beauty is to schedule an overnight stay in town and hike up in the morning via the fortress route.

We visited the Bay of Kotor in 2014.

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