"Off the beaten track" destinations Eastern Europe/Balkins

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1. Posted by Ric2020 (Budding Member 5 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!


Looking for suggestions of "Off the beaten track" destinations for the following countries. I'm interested in the outdoors, hikes, landmarks/landscapes, activities and weird and wonderful places to have a pint/session.

Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia

Thanks in advance :)

2. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1452 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

If your idea of "off the beaten track is not much visited you might be surprised with Serbia. It doeasn't get many international visitors but the locals sure like to travel around their country so expect places to be pretty busy.

If you like hiking I would suggest visiting the Zlatibor region. Lots of different walks around the mountains. In the south you might want to visit Djavolja Varoš, very nice rock formations. If you like animals you might want to try and see the Griffon Vultures at Uvac Canyon. The view itself is worth the visit.

Most of the famous landmarks consist of churches and monastaries. The top ones to visit St. George's Church, Oplenac for the royal tombs, the female monastery of Zica, where they sell some really nice homemade drinks, the UNESCO heritaged Studenica Monastery and the three monasteries of the ancient Serbian capital Stari Ras Sopoćani, Djurdjevi Stupovi and Holy Apostles St Peter and St Paul Church. They all have amazing frescos however you cannot take pictures of them. Even if you don't like religious sites the town of Novi Pazar is worth a visit as it is one of the few predominantly Muslim areas of Serbia so has completely different feel to the rest of Serbia.

If you like Roman ruins Gamzigrad-Romuliana is really good and for something older Lepenski Vir is a Mesolithic site. Personally a trip along the Danube is a must in Serbia. They have a great road that hugs the river. This might be more touristy but I don't think you should miss Novi Sad. It is a lovely town with great views from the fortress.

Now I know you say you want a pint but Serbia is really famous for its wines so you might want to consider trying some of the local beverages. In Rajačke pivnice they still make wine in the traditional pit cellars while there you can also visit the cementary that has some beautifully carved headstones.

3. Posted by Albertbrown (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!


In Bulgaria, there are many offbeat destinations to explore some of them are Kardzhali, Ruse, Melnik and so on.

Apart from your selection also consider Estonia which has many offbeat locations like Haanja Highland, Ristna beach and much more to explore.

Happy travelling.

4. Posted by Vic_IV (Respected Member 141 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi, RN! ;)
Welcome to Ukraine!
You can visit some of the mystical places upon your arrival to the Ukrainian capital.
Those places are described here
In addition, consider some other opportunities:
Visiting some abandoned places.
Have fun!

5. Posted by irenevt (Travel Guru 567 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

In Serbia we were impressed with Nis. In Bulgaria we liked Plovdiv.

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7. Posted by Ellie303 (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I have been to Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania. You will have a wonderful time there.

8. Posted by Ellie303 (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

By the way, when you are in Romania, be sure to visit Transylvania. There is a very interesting medieval city of Sighisoara and Bran Castle, in which Prince Dracula spent some time.

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