The meals are rich and the gastronomy interesting. A real mixture of East and West, as is often the case in the Balkans, we find Turkish influences, a heritage of the Ottoman Empire.
Byrek, qebap, baklavas, coffee is also Turkish. The stuffed vine leaves (sarma) will remind us of Greece, as will the Djath cheese, which is similar to feta. There are many dishes and stews, including one that tastes very similar to French cassoulet: pasul. With all that, the unchanging pita or pogaqe, the flat bread. Lots of salads and soups, sausages, grilled meat. Surely this is not the place where the traveller will starve.
Outside of tourist areas like Prizren and its walled city, the prices are reasonable. A complete meal in a typical restaurant should not exceed 5€.
There is a lot to see in Kosovo: a remarkable fauna, flora and especially Kosovars!
Kosovo has picturesque villages, charm and very interesting Kosovar folk architecture. Kosovo is the ideal country to explore off the beaten track and tour operators.
There are also beautiful monasteries, wild landscapes and breathtaking protected parks. The wildlife is abundant: Bears, lynx, chamois and many birds can be found in the mountains. A good reason to explore it if you are hunting… for pictures.
Do not look for interesting cities in Kosovo. Prizren is the most beautiful city in the country. Pristina still has a lot to do to become really worth a trip
Although the traces of the war are still there, Kosovo is not an ugly country. The capital, Pristina, is of little interest because it has suffered much in recent decades. It is not representative of Kosovo as a whole. The heavy, stressful atmosphere is often described in the criticism of travellers; this is not the case in Prizren or other regions.
The capital, Pristina, is not very attractive, fortunately Kosovo has a pearl: Prizren
Although very touristy, Prizren surprises above all by the reception of the locals. In a modest restaurant in the city centre, I was really friendly welcomed by the owner, who did not speak a word of English. He tried very hard to help us with the menu. The food was pantagruelikal and the offered tea and smile included. A warm, cheerful and sweet atmosphere, as one would not expect in Paris.
The Kosovars are hospitable and caring
The country is heavily stigmatized by the tragedies of 1992, 1999 and 2004. With such communication it is understandable that tourists do not rush to visit it. The events are, historically speaking, young, but 16 years have passed since the war. It is undeniable that some areas are still tense, but they are a minority. You just have to avoid them to meet hospitable Kosovars. The inhabitants are smiling, helpful and very, very polite. Hospitality is an important tradition for the locals. It is very common to be invited for tea, on the streets locals are happy to see and talk to foreigners.