'Lush forests, hundreds of miles of coastline, and more history then you could ever wish to visit'

Balkan Backpacker is the online travel guide for South East Europe – giving independent travellers knowledge and inspiration for visiting the Balkan peninsula. If you want to get off the beaten track and find the little known gems – your in the right place. If beaches, history, or wild mountain ranges are your thing, then this part of the world has it all.

As one of the largest sources of information specifically geared for South East Europe, our aim is to help you make the most of your time – whether your intention is a beach holiday or a longer trek around the region. Maybe your on a budget or would like to have a  city break… the information you find here is first hand backpacker fodder.

WHY THE BALKANS?

This fascinating region has hundreds of miles of coastline and thousands of islands….ranging from the lively to the deserted.

 Its historic cities and monuments are among the oldest in Europe. Wild forested mountains – separated by emerald green rivers – ensure there is always something to discover.

Throw in a fantastic summer climate, welcoming hosts…and the best value this side of Asia…and it’s easy to see why the areas popularity is growing.

 

Make your money go further.

Navigating the Balkans on a budget? Use our transport planner to find out how and when to travel

On the ‘Itineraries‘ page, there are suggested routes for both short and longer term breaks. The country guides give you essential facts and a lowdown of places to visit – without taking up hours of your time!

For those wanting to get even further off the beaten track…be sure to check out the regularly updated blogs and photos section for inspiration..


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We were leaving Cluj Napoca to head to Brasov when we realised that we would be passing by Alba Iulia. It would be a unique opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful walled cities in all southeast Europe..

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