The Diversity of the Balkans Region

Posted: October 24, 2016
 
The magical atmosphere of Meteora - where you can engage in outdoor activities, soft adventures, and cultural tours - all in the origins of mankind's presence in Greece. Photo © ATTA / Rupert Shanks

The magical atmosphere of Meteora – where you can engage in outdoor activities, soft adventures, and cultural tours – all in the origins of mankind’s presence in Greece. Photo © ATTA / Rupert Shanks

Meteora - enjoying the unique geological phenomenon and digesting the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can follow the footsteps of the monks, on trails they used for centuries before the construction of roads. Photo © ATTA / Ru[ert Shanks

Meteora – enjoying the unique geological phenomenon and digesting the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can follow the footsteps of the monks, on trails they used for centuries before the construction of roads. Photo © ATTA / Rupert Shanks

A group of cyclists walking through the many small and locally-owned vineyards throughout the Balkans during their unforgettable cycling trip in the region. Photo © ATTA / Rupert Shanks

A group of cyclists walking through the many small and locally-owned vineyards throughout the Balkans during their unforgettable cycling trip in the region. Photo © ATTA / Rupert Shanks

A group of cyclists started in Dubrovnik, Croatia and enjoyed cycling through four countries for three days: Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia. Photo © ATTA / Rupert Shanks

A group of cyclists started in Dubrovnik, Croatia and enjoyed cycling through four countries for three days: Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia. Photo © ATTA / Rupert Shanks

Traditional dances in Ohrid, Macedonia presented by a local children’s performance group. Photo © ATTA / Lukasz Warzecha

Traditional dances in Ohrid, Macedonia presented by a local children’s performance group. Photo © ATTA / Lukasz Warzecha

Hundreds of kilometers of coastal roads in Southeastern Europe - starting from Slovenia, passing through Croatia, with a short stop in Bosnia and Herzegovina, taking you to Montenegro and continuing through Albania and onwards to Greece - all this with stunning views of islands, historical places, natural parks and protected areas.

Hundreds of kilometers of coastal roads in Southeastern Europe – starting from Slovenia, passing through Croatia, with a short stop in Bosnia and Herzegovina, taking you to Montenegro and continuing through Albania and onwards to Greece – all this with stunning views of islands, historical places, natural parks and protected areas.

The Balkans - a great mix of mountains with protected areas and unspoiled nature with stunning views towards the coast.

The Balkans – a great mix of mountains with protected areas and unspoiled nature with stunning views towards the coast.

On the way to the peak Kara Nikolla (Black Nikolla or originally in Serbian it was called Karanikolica - i.e.the wife of Kara Nikolla) is located near the Bozovca pass, a region that connects the Kosovar town Prizren and the Macedonian town of Tetovo.

On the way to the peak Kara Nikolla (Black Nikolla or originally in Serbian it was called Karanikolica – i.e.the wife of Kara Nikolla) is located near the Bozovca pass, a region that connects the Kosovar town Prizren and the Macedonian town of Tetovo.

Via Ferrata Ari is among the most adventurous outdoor activity in Kosovo with 100 meters of vertical climbing. The whole climbing and hiking trip takes two to three hours depending on the group and offers a spectacular view over the city of Peja and the Rugova Gorge.

Via Ferrata Ari is among the most adventurous outdoor activity in Kosovo with 100 meters of vertical climbing. The whole climbing and hiking trip takes two to three hours depending on the group and offers a spectacular view over the city of Peja and the Rugova Gorge.

Meet local people in traditional villages - each of the twelve Southeastern European destinations has a lot to offer - local traditions, history and its own way of life.

Meet local people in traditional villages – each of the twelve Southeastern European destinations has a lot to offer – local traditions, history and its own way of life.

When you come and visit Macedonia - do not miss to enjoy the stunning views that Ohrid and Prespa lakes offer. Lake Ohrid offers clear waters for diving with paleolithic settlements and active fishing villages along its banks. Four million-year-old caves and ancient ruins are waiting to be explored, while local shepherds and artisans await your visit by bike, foot, jeep or donkey.

When you come and visit Macedonia – do not miss the stunning views that Ohrid and Prespa lakes offer. Lake Ohrid offers clear waters for diving with paleolithic settlements and active fishing villages along its banks. Four million-year-old caves and ancient ruins are waiting to be explored, while local shepherds and artisans await your visit by bike, foot, jeep or donkey.

Meteora, a geological marvel of immense rocks topped with a monastic community, situated at the heart of the ancient land of Greece. Today Meteora has become a world-renowned destination offering unsurpassed natural grandeur, a rich history and culture and a wide range of travel services and activities. Meteora is one of those few world sites that neither words nor pictures can describe to encapsulate the magic and beauty of this place.

Meteora, a geological marvel of immense rocks topped with a monastic community, situated at the heart of the ancient land of Greece. Today Meteora has become a world-renowned destination offering unsurpassed natural grandeur, a rich history and culture and a wide range of travel services and activities. Meteora is one of those few world sites that neither words nor pictures can describe to encapsulate the magic and beauty of this place. Photo © ATTA / Rupert Shanks

Discover the caves of the hermits and follow the footsteps of the first monks to experience the splendor of nature and man. Hanging on the edge of steep cliffs; suspended for centuries between heaven and earth, the six active monasteries of Meteora have now become eternal monuments of man's determination, faith and skills. Photo © ATTA / Rupert Shanks

Discover the caves of the hermits and follow the footsteps of the first monks to experience the splendor of nature and man. Hanging on the edge of steep cliffs; suspended for centuries between heaven and earth, the six active monasteries of Meteora have now become eternal monuments of man’s determination, faith and skills. Photo © ATTA / Rupert Shanks

Macedonia, in addition to the stunning lake views, mountains with brown bears and other rare wildlife, fascinating food an opportunity to dive with a guide who can show you archaeological artefacts in Lake Ohrid, is also a great place for paragliding.

Macedonia offers an array of options. Stunning lake views, mountains with brown bears and other rare wildlife, fascinating food, opportunity to dive with a guide who can show you archaeological artifacts in Lake Ohrid, and paragliding.

Traditional houses with revival architecture nestled in the culturally and traditionally rich Rhodopi mountains in Bulgaria. Photo © Odysseia In Bulgaria

Traditional houses with revival architecture nestled in the culturally and traditionally rich Rhodopi mountains in Bulgaria. Photo © Antonio del Rosal – ATTA / Odysseia In Bulgaria

Did you know that Bulgaria is very well-known for their Rose Valley - not only for making rose jam but mainly because it exports rose oil for the French and global perfumery. Photo © Odysseia In Bulgaria

Did you know that Bulgaria is very well-known for their Rose Valley – not only for making rose jam but mainly because it exports rose oil for the French and global perfumery. Photo © Antonio del Rosal – ATTA / Odysseia In Bulgaria

Tradition and food - you may not see the “chef” wearing the same traditional clothing but you will definitely experience tasty and unforgettable cuisine throughout the Balkans. On the photo: banica (pastry with white cheese) in Bulgaria. Photo © Odysseia In Bulgaria

Tradition and food – you may not see the “chef” wearing the same traditional clothing but you will definitely experience tasty and unforgettable cuisine throughout the Balkans. On the photo: banica (pastry with white cheese) in Bulgaria. Photo © Norman Patry – Summer Feet Cycling / Odysseia In Bulgaria