Re: DebConf22 Touristic Guide
Thanks for your email.
Could you (local team) add on the venue webpage details how to go from
Tirana to Prizren by bus?
Probably some of us will travel through Tirana airport.
And a tip: for future emails, would be better you adopt that kind of
message with links below, instead use html links. It's better to copy or
Here some examples:
Em 12/04/2022 13:35, Arianit Dobroshi escreveu:
Hello DebConf22 attendees,
If some of you would like to do some tourism before or following the
conference, we highly recommend it as the region is the most affordable
part of Europe with amazing beaches and mountains. Below is some advice,
and we will be happy to help you out with other questions you may have.
The Balkan countries, also known as the Balkan Peninsula, occupy a
rather large part of Southeastern Europe. This area is considered an
undiscovered part of Europe as it is much less visited than other parts
Kosovo is surrounded by steep mountains and is easily accessible in many
ways while being one of the most affordable European holiday locations.
Hiking routes like the Via Dinarica
<https://www.viadinarica.com/index.php/en/> and Peaks of the Balkans
<https://peaksofthebalkans.info/> bring a lot of visitors to Kosovo who
spend their time exploring these previously untapped possibilities.
More than 50% of Kosovo’s territory is covered by forests and mountains,
thus offering amazing hiking trails. Since Kosovo is quite a small
country, one might easily have access to these spots. Visitors can enjoy
hiking in Kosovo over the jagged Sharri, Pashtrik, and the Accursed
Mountains <https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Prokletije>, ski pristine and
less-trodden slopes in Brezovica,
<https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Brezovica> appreciate the well-preserved
Ottoman architecture of Prizren
<https://debconf22.debconf.org/about/prizren/>, sample raki or homemade
wine around Rahovec <https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Rahovec>, visit a
traditional stone kulla in Junik or Drenoc, dive into the
coffee-drinking culture in one of Prishtina
<https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Pristina>’s many wonderful cafés, or
explore both Islam and Orthodox Christianity at beautiful monasteries
and mosques (sometimes found side by side) around Kosovo. July and
August is when the Kosovo diaspora arrives so the roads and tourist
spots might get more crowded during and following the conference.
In addition to the beauties of Kosovo, DebConf participants can spend
time in Albania and North Macedonia which are bus rides away (their
capitals Tirana and Skopje are 3 hrs and 2 hrs away from Prizren
respectively). Immediately across the border from Prizren, one of
Albania’s best, Valbona National Park
<https://thethi-guide.com/about-valbona-valley/> is available. From
there, you may choose to take the ferry on the Drini river canyon or
hike to Theth which is another Albanian treasure. From the Koman ferry
landing or Theth, you can reach the city of Shkodra on the Shkodra Lake
and the beaches of Northern Albania and southern Montenegro on the
Albania is known for its Riviera which attracts hundreds of thousands of
tourists every summer, though still with many undeveloped beaches,
especially on the Southern Coast on the Ionian Sea. This is a place for
tourists to immerse in turquoise waters, hike in Llogara National Park
<https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Llogara_National_Park>, and camp
alongside the beach in the dozen campsites in Dhërmi
<https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Dh%C3%ABrmi> and Jal. Further to the
southeast and inland, you can also take some time to visit the
well-known cities of Gjirokastër
<https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Gjirokast%C3%ABr>, the City of Stone,
and the City of Serenades, Korça
<https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Kor%C3%A7%C3%AB>. Additionally, you can
also visit the city of Berat, the city of Ohrid in North Macedonia, as
well as Dubrovnik in Croatia, which are protected by UNESCO.
Travelers choose to visit Balkan countries because of their low-budget
deluxe treatment. These countries are way cheaper than the rest of
Europe, for example, Bosnia and Herzegovina has the cheapest alcoholic
beverages and North Macedonia has the cheapest food and non-alcoholic
beverages in Europe.
As a place full of lively cafés and wide-ranging restaurants, a thriving
outdoor adventure scene, the warmest locals you can imagine, and some of
the cheapest prices across a vast region, Kosovo and its neighboring
countries deserve the attention not only of the intrepid but of anyone
looking to avoid the regular tourist traps.
Let us know if you have any questions.
See you in Kosovo,
Paulo Henrique de Lima Santana (phls)
Belo Horizonte - Brasil
Diretor do Instituto para Conservação de Tecnologias Livres
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