Balkan region consists of several countries in southeastern Europe. Each country is characterized by diverse landscapes, people, and cultures. There are a wide range of activities for a traveler to enjoy in the Balkan region. Some of the alternatives are:
Visit the Balkan coasts
During summer you can head for the coastal resorts along the Adriatic, the Mediterranean, the Aegean or the Black Seas. The other option is to visit the lakes in Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, Macedonia and Albania. You may also visit the man made dam in Bulgaria. These places not only offer an escape from the scorching summer heat but also include lounging around the water, several water sport activities, historical explorations and several cultural activities. These are:
•Lake Palic, Serbia
•Lake Van, Turkey
•Lake Ohrid, Macedonia and Albania
•Plitvicka jezera, Croatia
•Kurdzhali Dam, Bulgaria
Visit the Balkans Mountains
A visit to Bulgaria's Rodopi Mountains will appeal to the adventurous travelers. The place is rife with ancient archaeological remains, and certain natural rock formations in the shape of giant mushrooms. The experience of exploring these sites is bound to enrich you. The ancient Thracian city of Perperikon lying to the northeast part of Kurdzhali is again one of Bulgaria's top archaeological attractions. You may also visit Tatul or Orpheu's sanctuary, which is another archaeological site.
You may also like to make a trip to Vlašic Mountain situated in the center of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This place offers various opportunities for winter sports.
A visit to Vrelo Cave in Macedonia is also recommended. It is actually Europe's deepest submerged caves.
One may plan a trip to Tara River Gorge in Montenegro for rafting.
The Cappadocia Rock Formation in Turkey is an ideal place for trekkers.
Visit to the forests, Natural Reserves and National Parks
Under this category one may visit the Retezat National Park. This park, in Romania attracts travelers because of the biodiversity of the area. There are valleys, caves, glacier lakes with variety of plants, birds, fishes, and mammals present.
Visit to the cities
The Balkan region is no doubt famous for the numerous mountain ranges, the rivers, lakes, and forests. Nonetheless one must not miss out the experience of visiting the sprawling metropolises in this region.
•Istanbul is famous for the historical landmarks, the Oriental bazaars, great eating houses as well as an intensifying nightlife. History buffs should not miss visiting the Hagia Sophia, the Sultan Ahmet Mosqe, the Topkapi Palace, and the Kapaliçarsi.
•Belgrade is a city conveniently located on the Danube and Sava Rivers. Tourists and locals alike make use of the houseboats as restaurants in the daytime and discos at night. Visitors in the city get sufficiently entertained by numerous museums and different architectural styles.
•Varna in Bulgaria boasts of an array of cultural events like Varnenso Lyato (Varna Summer) theater, and International Jazz Festival. One may also visit the archaeology museum, Aladzha, the rock monastery, and the Cathedral Uspenie na Sveta Bogoroditsa.
•Bucharest and Priština are also places which travelers will enjoy making trips to.
With so many things to do tourists can look to having a great time while on a trip to the Balkan region.