Prizren is Kosovo’s cultural capital
The population is an exciting mix of Albanians, Turks, Roma, Ashkali and Serbs, and you can walk along the river taking in a variety of influences, from Ottoman mosques, to old Orthodox and Catholic churches via numerous bustling bars and cafés. The annual Docufest
, a celebration of short films and documentaries, is one of the highlights of the year, but there are festivals and live street performances throughout the season.
Ask and you will receive
Locals, the vast majority of which are Kosovo-Albanian, go out of their way (literally) to help you. If you ask someone directions you’ll inevitably be taken to your destination and should they not know the way they’ll phone a friend who does. Once, asking a local directions to the bus station transpired into a home-cooked family meal, a bed for the night and then, finally, a lift to the station for me. The service, from taxis to bartenders, is exceptional and honest.