A cosmopolitan city in the midst of change
Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008 and Pristina became its capital. Pristina’s recent history is still visible in some of the sights in the city, including the huge mural of Bill Clinton, as well as the EU, US and Albanian flags flying overhead. It is a surprisingly youthful, vibrant place with interesting landmarks. Kosovo is in the midst of a rapid move towards self-identity and with the help of the European Union is undergoing considerable reconstruction. As a consequence large numbers of foreign workers strengthen its cosmopolitan flavour and restaurants have popped up serving anything from local specialities to exotic sushi. In the warm evenings, most people walk around the streets, stopping at cafes to chat and meet friends.
Pristina has some interesting and historical sights and a great café culture which appeals to visitors year on year. The opportunity to experience a place that is changing rapidly makes Pristina an engaging city destination.
When to Go?
Pristina has a continental climate. The summers are hot with temperatures averaging 25ºC -32ºC between June and September. This is the best time to visit so you can spend a leisurely afternoon at the outside cafes and parks. Winters are extremely cold with temperatures dropping to a chilling -15ºC. Late spring and early autumn are also pleasant times to visit.
How to get there?
Direct flights to Pristina International Airport (PRN) are available from the UK. Alternatively passengers can fly to Tirana in Albania and take a direct bus or flight connection onwards to Pristina. The city is about 25 minutes drive from Pristina International Airport. A taxi stand is available outside the terminal building and a reception desk is available inside the airport for passengers wanting to book a private car.
Walk around the city of Pristina and take in the sights including the huge mural of Bill Clinton, the Skenderbeg Monument, the ancient mosques and narrow lanes of the old quarter. The Museum of Kosovo is also worth a look for historical artefacts on city life. In summer, take a trip to Gërmia Park to enjoy the huge swimming pool and fields full of families and young people.
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