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.

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!

I've been to all major cities in Europe, but none of them were like Belgrade, Serbia. That city is just an outstanding place to visit. Its architecture is a vibrant fusion from modern, historic, classic, a bit of an Oriental, all the way to the large(in volume) buildings from the period of socialism. I would also highly recommend to everyone to visit any of Belgrade's cafes, bars, pubs, discotheques and night clubs, they're probably among the best ones in the world. If you're into ethnic cuisine, Serbian food is finger licking good, tons of meat, cheese, awesome stews, etc. People are so friendly, the youth speaks impeccable English, so I don't see any boundaries for any of my fellow Americans. Whoever comes visit this city, won't regret it!

Belgrade is one of the largest cities in that part of the Europe. Night life is second to none with beautiful people, amazing food and hospitality you would not find anywhere in the world. For us who are coming from the USA and Western Europe, the prices are extremely affordable. Almost all young people you meet on the street speak English so that is a plus! Speaking of young people, girls in particular are just beautiful and trust me they are not vegetarian. They eat "pljeskavica, cevapi" and still somehow manage to look skinny and beautiful. They are so easy to get along with but don't expect to get them to bed first night this will NEVER work. Their brothers, cousins are extremely protective and will defend their honor. So all in all what else would you want? Great food, girls, rich history, extremely kind people especially if have some Slavic blood in you so use that card! You must visit Belgrade if you are in this neck of the woods.

2 Sofia, Bulgaria

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

Sofia is really beautiful, romantic and historical center in europa. incredibly charming.

In Sofia I see a modern city with Balkan spirit. It's Amazing place!

Amazing city, so much stuff everywhere and this city really will make you happy.

3 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.

4 Tirana, Albania

Friendly people, great buildings, modern building, great night life, a lot of parks.. It's the best city in the region.

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

Home town, best town. Visit it, unique in the region and nothing like it in the whole world!

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.

5 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Definitely the best city combined with the most kind and welcoming people.

Wonderful people and unique cafe-places, relaxing and enjoyable, suffer a lot but re-building...

Represents the essence of the Balkans: East meets West. A rich mix of architecture and the place I want to be!

Great and vibrant city with 400.000 people.

6 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!

8 Zagreb, Croatia

Come on people! Are we going to just let Serbia have the best balkan city? Zagreb is better, way cleaner! VOTE FOR ZAGREB! Also, Istanbul isn't technically even in the balkans.

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.

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

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.

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!

12 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Awesome girls and food

13 Dubrovnik, Croatia

This place is so beautiful. The place looks very Italian. I don't like the name. The Italian name Ragusa is a lot better.

Dubrovnik needs to be first place lol

14 Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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.

I have been living here as an expatriate for 23 years and it's been wonderful. All of our foreign visitors have commented on how they would like to live here. Just the right mixture: large enough to find anything you need; yet not too overcrowded.

6th oldest city in the world, European capital of culture for 2019. What's there more to mention?

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.

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.

18 Varna, Bulgaria

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

19 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!

20 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

21 Ruse, Bulgaria

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

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.

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".

22 Burgas, Bulgaria

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

23 Stara Zagora

One of the oldest cities on 8000 years

24 Kragujevac, Serbia
25 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.

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