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!

Yeah I'm from Belgrade

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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!

Old and modern

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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)

Loved it!

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4 Tirana, Albania

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

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

Great city... visit it.

Yeah specially the night life

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5 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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!

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

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

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6 Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul, Turkey

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

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

Clean,historical and very welcoming city.People used to call Zagreb 'little Vienna' so probably I don't need to say anything else about beauty of this town.

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9 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.

Downtown looks really nice. A lot of good looking old architecture like churches and houses.
A lot of interesting museums and a beautiful fortress right next to the blue Danube.
The Danube shoreline is also on of the most beautiful places to see, especially at a warm summer night, so you can see all the little restaurants and their light.

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10 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

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 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!


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15 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.

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

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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 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 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.

21 Burgas, Bulgaria

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

22 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

23 Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Amazing old city with a lot of history and charme!

24 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".

25 Prizren, Kosovo

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

26 Kragujevac, Serbia
27 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.

28 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!

29 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.

30 Stara Zagora
31 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.

32 Cluj, Romania

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

33 Rijeka, Croatia

City of diversity, multicultural city

34 Timisoara, Romania
35 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.

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

Beutiful city on the adriatic coast..

41 Lazarat, Albania
42 Prizren, Kosovo

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

43 Pancevo, Serbia
44 Yambol, Bulgaria
45 Ulcinj, Montenegro
46 Kirklareli, Turkey
47 Zhilivoda, Kosovo
48 Sisak, Croatia

Probably one of oldest cities

49 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!

50 Radovis, Macedonia
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