Best time to visit the Balkans
I didn't associate North Macedonia with heat, I was thinking mountains and medieval meanderings. Wrong. August was sizzling. Luckily chilled, local white wine is always on tap
The Balkan region spreads over 500,000km², so climate does vary, particularly between the mountains and the coast. There are a lot of both. Anywhere on the coast can hit 30°C in summer, so hikers and cyclists beware. Many Balkan countries are small, too, such as Montenegro or North Macedonia, so they get busy in Jul-Aug. Generally spring and autumn are perfect for cultural and national park visits. In many countries you can go rambling happily as late as Nov. In countries dominated by mountains, such as Serbia or BiH, you rarely get over 17°C up high in summer. And do pack raingear.
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Balkans, month by month
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This collection of complex and culturally rich countries is packed with national parks, lakes, mountains and coastal gems that few have heard of...
Our Balkans map and highlights explores the countries making up the region and some of the unmissable gems in each.
As you'd expect from a region that's been ruled over by a succession of empires for centuries, Balkans cities are extraordinarily diverse.
Balkans cycling vacations explore some of Europe’s less-seen landscapes, as well as key cities as you cross borders.
Hike, bike and canoe vacations in the Balkans explore Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Make the most of the Balkans as you visit not one, not two, but three countries.
Balkans rail vacations take you on a winding route from Slovenia to Kosovo via a string of utterly underrated cities.
The Balkans is a large region with a diverse range of cultures, religions, history and cuisine.
Our guide to responsible tourism in the Balkans explores the key issues to keep in mind.