Best Cities In the Balkans


The Top Ten

1 Belgrade, Serbia

The most interesting of all cities in Balkan. There are so much diversity and variety in Belgrade. The best nightlife, many trendy and vibrant places, interesting churches and museums, mixture of many architect styles, from Turkish, Austrian to big communist areas. Also it has some pretty churches, especially St. Sava temple, which is the biggest Orthodox temple in the world.

Great food, people are super kind and helpful. Love it!

Belgrade is the most interesting city in the world with the most interesting people on svetu. Come and feel the spirit of the city with so much diversity concluded in one perfect unity!

Yeah I'm from Belgrade

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2 Sofia, Bulgaria

Old and modern

No need for explanations. Simply the best town in the peninsula!

I live here. You should come and visit. It's very nice

In Sofia meets east and west, which makes the city charming, romantic, cosy and vital at the same time.

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3 Athens, Greece Athens, Greece

Actually, Istanbul is the largest city in the Balkans, but if you consider it as a non-balkan city (because the biggest part of the city is in Asia) then, indeed, Athens is the largest city in the Balkans.It also has a variety of means of public transport, like a subway, tram, suburban railway... (I live in Athens)

A historical town where civilization and democracy started!
Parthenon and many more monuments are part of this amazing town

Athens of course the best and biggest city in balkan!... (is metropolis 5 million peoples)

Athens is a city you must visit before you die.

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4 Tirana, Albania

It's the best city and people are friendly here.Even it isn't very safe due to the crimes but its very beautiful city either Albania as a country

Especially on the last 2 years, Tirana has shown it's contemporary orientation in architecture and cultural art. It is alive, very clean and it is becoming the greenest city in Balkans.

The is no place like Tirana in whole Europe.

A vivid city!

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5 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Best multicultural city

Left my heart there. No place like Sarajevo!

All I can say is that it's awesome. Visit it, and you'll know.

The best city in the world

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6 Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center.

Well, I think the best place to live should be chosen not only for its comforts, because in the balkans there is still a strong racist behaviour in most of the top list towns... And I think the best place where every balcan citizen could live it's Istanbul. Unfortunately I wouldn't fell comfortable live in Athens or Belgrade, even if they are some magnificent cities (I think so because I've visited them). And this is truly a shame for all the balkan population.

Istanbul is the heart of the world. You can see the transition of culture, Islam, Oriental to modern as well as in any other city. Istanbul is the largest city in Europe. This makes also a strong impact on the economy. People in Istanbul are very friendly and the whole city is like a huge family. There is goodness and love between all people. This is ISTANBUL.

If you did not visit Istanbul, you did not see the world. In other words, if you are a eager traveler like me, without Istanbul world is not complete.

I would rank this city number 1

7 Skopje, Macedonia

In 1963, a huge earthquake destroyed 90% of the small town of Skopje. After that, the Yugoslav Government will big help from countries from all over the world build a new city for 300.000 people. Until 1990 it grew to a city with half mil. And since it became a capital of independent Macedonia in 1991, it gained another 300.000 which gives a number 800.000 living in the city nowadays plus another 200.000 daily workers and visitors from Macedonia and Kosovo. With it's total 1.000.000 people, it's a modern city, with many new boulevards, administrative buildings, shopping malls... And you can steel feel the old culture in the old part of the city. A city where Orthodox, Catholics and Muslims all living together under one roof. All in all, nice city to live, work, study, party,... In, and visit as well...

The most beautiful city in the Balkans with beautiful streets, buildings... You must visit SKOPJE before you die

Well Skojpe as a balkan city, has probably the best infrastructure because is the newest of all, built just after the 1963 earthquake. Accept that it is one of the few places in the world where cristians and Muslims live together in peace. Night life, shopping centers, good food and wine. Also it is the cheapest city to live in the balkan

Great piece! I lived there once and you nailed it!

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8 Zagreb, Croatia

Simply the best, very safe and clean.

I live in Zagreb and its best city in Balkans to me. You can see a lot of things and a lot of history museums. - Vic1141

The cleanest of the 10 and one of the richest

Clean, Mirogoj Arcades are great, Zagreb cathedral is so nice. Public transportation is great! I heard that they will built metro in 2017. I was there and I love that city. Greetings from Austria

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9 Bucharest, Romania

Very nice historical buildings..

Best city in Eastern Europe, come and see

Beautiful city

Very beautiful city :D I love Romania from Serbia :D

10 Novi Sad, Serbia

Large enough and urban city with beautiful architecture and large streets on the blue Danube river with the second largest fortres in Europe, Petrovaradin. Simple this is family city.

This city is for everyone, you can have a good time and relax.

This is nice and quiet city, but big enough to give you all urban, economic and cultural challenges you need.

A wonderful city with beautiful and positive people. The position of the city is perfect. It has the Danube, sand beaches, beaufifull fields, hills and forests around it. You can do almost anything in Novi Sad.

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The Contenders

11 Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki is by far the most beautiful and lively city in Balkans! It has the best night life (bouzoukia, clubs, bars), the biggest university in the Balkans with 70000 students (totally 110000 including the other 2 universities of the city). It has a renovated coastline, people can walk there all day and night, the old city with its fortification, many monuments from ancient greek, roman, byzantine, ottoman and modern greek times and plenty of museums. Its cuisine is magnificent with many restaurants, bars and bistros with greek and international foods. People are very friendly and helpful to the tourists. Also, Thessaloniki's girls are by far the most beautiful in Greece!

For large-cities lovers, I think it is a very good destination, as it is the 5th largest city in the Balkans! Also, when it comes to romance, it is often called 'the city of romance and love'. Its romantic streets make Thessaloniki an ideal destination for couples! Just visit Ano Poli (the Old City) and its romantic streets by night, and you will understand what I mean!

Surely the place to be.

I had been there! I fell in love with this city!

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12 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
13 Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik needs to be first place lol

14 Plovdiv, Bulgaria

One of the oldest city in the world! I love it!

The oldest and most beautiful city in Europe

It's wonderful. Lots of fascinating excavation work in the middle of downtown, without any disruption of modern commerce (hotels, stores, restaurants, etc.) And the excavations are not only from Roman times but also from Thracian times (contemporaneous with Ancient Greece) and earlier. Much pleasanter than Sofia (which is not bad by any means but rather shabby around the edges). It's about the only place in Bulgaria I saw that was not in the economic doldrums. The people are friendly and the food is fantastic.

If you are looking for a cultural city break then visit Plovdiv and be inspired. Famous for its enormous historical heritage, tangle of quaint cobbled streets of the Old town and the iconic Roman theatre, Plovdiv is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe. Its Old town is an open-air museum, situated on the three hills of the ancient Trimontium. Enjoy the local café-culture and Mediterranean laid-back, leisurely lifestyle.

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15 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Most beautiful small city in the whole of the region, even if a bit out of the balkans, still by far the nicest even from the balkans.

Our beautiful Slovenia and capital Ljubljana!

Slovenia is the best!

Is not about how big you R. Is about how big is your heart. Ljubljana has great heart.

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16 Vushtrri, Kosovo

Friendliest and most religious place in kosovo.
Good history about the town too!

Been there
Very friendly people

Quite a small town however is the oldest settlement in Kosovo. It has historical monuments, such as the Vojinovica Bridge, the Ottoman Hammam and the Kalaja Castle.
Outside the town is the beautiful river of Sitnica along with scenic fields and countryside. Furthermore it is an Islamic town holding one of the Largest mosques in the Balkans, I. E Central Mosque. It is known for having lots of nice cafe's along with small boutiques and souvenir shops. In my opinion it is probably the best looking town in Kosovo.

17 Korce, Albania

Best town actually, small cozy and fashion. Lots of fiesta, nice food, plenty museums and nice people.

Great city,a great developing country

The best city to live and to have fun

Beautiful parks and buildings. Traditional architecture.

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18 Varna, Bulgaria

Best city in Bulgaria.People are nice, the sea is beautiful.

19 Pristina, Kosovo

Best city in balkans, best machiatto in the world according to yahoo, great food, great nightlife and most friendly people in Europe

I LOVE Pristina

Home of Rita Ora, Dua Lipa, Era Istrefi

20 Nis, Serbia

Nis is the third city in Serbia. Great fun, excellent food :) :).. The City of Nis has higher percantage of people with university degree than European cities. Welcome!

Coolest city in Serbia

City with soul.Mix historical and modern.Must visit!

21 Bitola, Macedonia

It used to be one of the biggest in the balkan hundred years ago and main balkan center in Ottoman empire, so it has a lot of ottoman and antique architecture. On the other hand it is a good place to visit in winter because of the nearby ski-resort.

My Bitola is the most European City in Macedonia, also Bitola have 100.000 population with Metro 125.000
Bitola is second largest city in Republic of Macedonia. Bitola have the best night life in Macedonia and 90% of electricity in Macedonia originated and made in Bitola.

Most European City, it's got the korzo which is amazing. Hidden Jewel and very affordable.

22 Ruse, Bulgaria

A really nice place to visit

A place where you can feel the freedom, the spirit of the old times and modern culture or just to take a walk on the bank of the Danube river - Ruse has it all.

Nice atmosphere throughout. Check out the cafes in the center, walk along the main streets with beautiful Seccession architecture, feel the borderline between the East and West. You won't regret it

Never a state capital, this city on the Danube encompasses all the history of the region: the Roman times, the medieval heritage, the Turkish occupation, the European modernisation, the Communist era.
Az Nobel prize laureate Elias Canetti wrote: "Anything I subsequently experienced had already happened in Ruschuk".

23 Burgas, Bulgaria

Westest point of Black sea. Sea, Lakes, small island. Good weather. Long beach. Charming Sea garden. Adorable girls. Most romantic city. Artistic!

24 Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Amazing old city with a lot of history and charme!

25 Kragujevac, Serbia
26 Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor has great beaches, as it is in the Gulf of Kotor. It also consists of towering mountains that can be visible from anywhere in the quaint, yet lively, town. The area is very safe, and the locals are almost all welcoming. Not to mention, it's very close to Dubrovnik!

27 Cluj, Romania

The nicest city in Romania, has the best universities, very educated people, intelectuals, good doctors, and the best beer URSUS

28 Mostar, Bosnia

I think the most beutiful city off all the ones listed. Google it and fall in love

The best city in region to live,around 100000 citizens,mediterian climate,only political situation is what stopping this town to go further

By the way, mostar is in the country named bosnia and herzegovina, not just bosnia, and finally mostar is really in herzegovina - different mentality, nature, climate and even speaking than in bosnia. and, of course, mostar is much much much more beautiful than sarajevo - stinky dirty criminal city fulled with wild dogs attaking everyone. banja luka and tuzla are more beutiful than sarajevo, too. near mostar you have blagaj, pocitelj, kravice, hutovo blato, it's near to go to the monutine and to the see, too - less than a hour of driving. mostar has beutiful sky (reallyu, the bluest you've ever seen) beautiful architecture, very pleasant climate, it's heaven on earth.

29 Stara Zagora

One of the oldest cities on 8000 years

30 Timisoara, Romania

Timisoara will be the european capital of culture in 2021

31 Ohrid, Macedonia

I love this city

Ohrid have around 50.000 population. Ohrid is notable for once having had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and has been referred to as a "Jerusalem (of the Balkans)".
The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments, and tourism is predominant. In 1979 and in 1980, Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were accepted as Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In fact, Ohrid is one of only 28 sites that are part of UNESCO's World Heritage that are both Cultural and Natural sites.
Lake Ohrid It is one of Europe's deepest and oldest lakes, preserving a unique aquatic ecosystem that is of worldwide importance, with more than 200 endemic species.The importance of the lake was further emphasized when it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979 and when, in 2010, NASA decided to name one of Titan's lakes after Lake Ohrid.

32 Gjirokastër, Albania

A very historical and beautiful city. I've been there and it's really awesome. It is called the city of stone

The Stone city og Argirocastle, in south of Albania, part of UNESCO, beautiful, antic and misterious city.

33 Veles, Macedonia

My best friend is from Veles. Also in the 2016 US election there were hackers from Veles that spread a lot of false information.

34 Rijeka, Croatia

City of diversity, multicultural city

35 Edirne, Turkey
36 Lazarat, Albania
37 Kazanlak, Bulgaria
38 Tekirdag, Turkey
39 Serres, Greece
40 Neum, Bosnia

Beutiful city on the adriatic coast..

41 Prizren, Kosovo

A very beautiful city with friendly people and delicious food. - ledibajrami

A very beautiful city with delicious food and very friendly people - ledibajrami

42 Pancevo, Serbia
43 Radovis, Macedonia
44 Fier, Albania
45 Yambol, Bulgaria
46 Ulcinj, Montenegro
47 Kirklareli, Turkey
48 Zhilivoda, Kosovo
49 Sisak, Croatia

Probably one of oldest cities

50 Mitrovica, kosovo

Mitrovica is a great city. Things that make this city great are the people, the delicious Albanian food, the party locations, the river and the friendly people!

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