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The ultimate Balkans travel bucket list

Planning to travel through the Balkans someday? Do you have any idea of how much there is to see in Southeastern Europe?! Luckily, I’ve prepared this ultimate Balkans travel bucket list with must-see places, awesome events, and wonderful experiences you simply have to try if you’re coming over.

For keeping it handy, I also made a Balkans travel bucket list info-graphic at the end. You can save it, pin it, print it, whichever works best for you and your travel style. 🙂

Are you ready? Here we go:

Albanian beach as seen from the frame of broken sunglasses, held up by a woman's hand with pink nails.


Discover the Albanian seaside

Hike through Theth National Park

✔ Go on the Komani lake ferry ride

Kravice Waterfalls, in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jump off the Mostar Bridge

Visit Kravice Waterfalls

the ceiling openings of Devetashka Cave, Bulgaria


Hike Vitosha Mountain

Watch the sunset from Rila Mountain

Smell the roses in Balchik Castle’s gardens

✔ Visit Devetashka Peshtera

wooden trails over waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes


Explore Plitvice Lakes

Swim under the waterfalls of Krka National Park

Check out Dubrovnik‘s city walls

Listen to the Sea Organ in Zadar

Discover the Croatian vineyards

the top of the Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens, in Greece


✔ Visit the Parthenon, on the Acropolis of Athens

✔ Watch the sunset in Oia, Santorini

✔ Dance at a Greek night

✔ Visit Meteora

town in Kosovo, at sunset


Have a coffee on Raki Street, in Prishtina

Visit the National Library

Visit Prizren’s fortress

street with cafes in Skopje's bazaar, with colorful umbrellas above it


✔ Discover the Macedonian lakes

✔ Explore Vrelo Cave, in Matka Canyon

Visit Strumica during carnival

white and blue boat in foreground, Perast, Montenegro, in the background


✔ Climb to the top of Kotor’s San Giovanni Castle

✔ Visit Budva’s Citadela

✔ Sleep in Perast

boat on the Danube in the Danube Delta, Romania


See the wild horses from the Danube Delta

Hike the Maramures Green Heritage Trail

Cycle or drive on the Transfăgărăşan

Visit Cluj during TIFF (Transilvania International Film Festival)

✔ Go to Sibiu during FITS (Sibiu International Theatre Festival)

✔ Party in Vama Veche

barge with graffiti on the river with Belgrade in the background


Dance all night on a Belgrade floating club

Go up the Hill of Contemplation, in Belgrade

Go to Exit, the music festival in Novi Sad

Explore the Fortress of the Danube

town in Slovenia on the shore of Lake Bled


Climb to Ljubljana’s Castle

Explore the Postojna Caves

Visit Metelkova Mesto, in the centre of Ljubljana

Go river rafting near Lake Bled

boats sailing on the Adriatic at sunset, in an orange light

Multiple Balkan destinations

Sail the Adriatic Sea

✔ Eat the traditional burek

✔ Drink the ever-present raki

Drink three Unicorns in a row

Go rafting on the Tars (Tara) River

✔ Kiss a local 🙂

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13 thoughts on “The ultimate Balkans travel bucket list

  1. Jenn and Ed Coleman says:

    I am impressed with how much of the bucket list you have already checked off. I was wondering about “kiss a local” being on the multiple location list. Just how much kissing are you intending to do? Would kissing two or more locals qualify as successful completion? Would drinking three unicorns in a row help?

    • Mirela (The Travel Bunny) says:

      Hi, I actually didn’t get to do them all. They are still on my to-do list. I mean, take the unicorns: I’ve been told about them, but, like proper unicorns, they are hard to find.

      I had the kissing a local thing in my head in Albania, in Shkoder. Not to check something off, but because I really enjoyed the company. 🙂

      As far as the multiple locations, funny :)) But no, it’s just stuff you can do almost wherever you go in the Balkans. 🙂

  2. Alice Ford says:

    Sadly I have only got one country checked off your list. Time for me to go explore Eastern Europe. I have always wanted to go to the Balkans especially Bosnia. Thanks for this great list.

  3. Punita Malhotra says:

    Balkans are just so scenic and the towns have spectacular sights and histories attached to them. I loved Croatia and Montenegro but still have to visit many others.

  4. Renata - says:

    Funny, I never considered Greece being the Balkans.
    As a matter of fact, I haven’t been to any of these places – at least not as an adult, I spent holidays with my parents in Bulgaria, but that was about a hundred years ago; we actually took the train from Prague to….I don’t know which beach destination – and would totally love to visit. I think that this region will become quite popular over the next years, so one should go now.

  5. Shruti Prabhu says:

    Balkans are on my list as well! Jump off the Mostar Bridge sounds like a particularly interesting thing to do! So does the dance all night on a Belgrade floating club! I’m a big castle fan as well. I would want to visit them all!

  6. Nic says:

    The Balkans is one of our favourite regions we’ve travelled through and has some of the friendliest people we’ve encountered! We would definitely love to return some day. Not sure about jumping of the Mostar bridge though!

  7. Tif says:

    These are great items! I hope to get back to visiting the Balkens, we only visited Croatia and Bosnia! I would definitely add Island hop while in Croatia too! So beautiful!

  8. jack steve says:

    Informative and well explained article. Great Balkans bucket list. I have bookmarked it for future references. Thanks for sharing such an valuable and useful article.

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