The city of deep valleys, green mountains and hillsides, the capital of the youngest country in Europe, and one of the historical cities of Balkans is Pristina (also known as Prishtina). Pristina is inviting you to an utterly different world. Pegasus arranges regular flights to Pristina, Kosovo. Thanks to Pegasus, you can start packing up your bag for a trip that is in touch with nature and history without considering and worrying about Pristina flight ticket prices.
Prishtina is the capital and the biggest city of Republic of Kosovo. Albanian, Turkish, Bosnian, Serbian and Greek people are living in the city that has a population of 200.000. You can buy your tickets for cheap flights to Prishtina right at this moment on flypgs.com for touristic or business trips. After the wars that had been happening in Balkans for years, almost all of the buildings in Prishtina were damaged. However, both roads and buildings having been restored since 2008 and the buildings that date back to Ottoman times are also among those restored buildings. It's especially hip to go to Balkan countries and visit Ottoman buildings lately. If you're also curious about this beautiful city, reserve your ticket on Pegasus right now.
Attractions in Pristina
- Xhamia e Mbretit (Imperial Mosque): Built in 1461 by Sultan Mehmet II Fatih, this mosque is one of the masterpieces that you should see after your Pristina flight.
- Tyrbja e Sulltan Muratit (Tomb of Sultan Murad): Do not forget to visit Tyrbja e Sulltan Muratit that was built upon the grave of Sultan Murad who was buried in Pristina, and become a witness to history.
- Muzeu Etnologjik (Ethnographic Museum): If you are a traveller who is fond of history, do not neglect to visit the Muzeu Etnologjik where 18th and 19th century art pieces are exhibited.
What to Eat in Pristina
- Kebab: At the top of the list of popular dishes of Pristina, kebabs come first, but with a small difference in terminology; here, meatballs are called kebabs. So, do not get surprised when you order kebabs and receive grilled meatballs.
- Pljeskavica: Pristina style pljeskavica is made from beef, pepper, and cheese.
- Ćevapi (Cevapcici): This is made from onion, hot sauce, farm cheese, and a special kind of sauce called ajvar; you should absolutely try ćevapi on your Pristina trip.
- Rruga Nënë Tereza (Mother Teresa Street): One of the most central places of Pristina is Rruga Nënë Tereza where there are countless cafés and restaurants on this street.
- Parku i Gërmisë (Germia Park): Particularly very crowded during summers and situated outside the city, ‘Parku i Gërmisë, is an ideal place for you to taste Balkan dishes and samples from world cuisine in its restaurants and cafés.
Landscape of Pristina
At the centre of Kosovo, Pristina has a look of a city that is trying to get up and go. Thanks to the renewal works that continue at a very high speed, historical buildings are getting back to their sumptuous days. On the other hand, modern structures are beginning to replace the bad tracks of the past.
Transportation in Pristina
Basically, transportation in the city is performed with buses. Alternatively, taxis can be used but they are more expensive than buses. Do not forget to haggle about the price!
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Transportation to Prishtina can be done with many different alternatives. You can visit the city center and places to see with both public transportation and your private car. You can prefer flypgs.com to rent cars. However, let's us say that tais are a bit expensive in this city.
Prishtina International Airport was officially opened to use in 1965. The city center 25 minutes away from the airport by car; there are a couple of other means you can use to go to you hotel. If you prefer a more comfortable way, you can take one of the taxis that wait outside of the airport. Normally, it costs 25-30 € to get to the city center but you can negotiate it down to 20€. If you call a local taxi company and request a taxi before you get on the plane, it'll cost 15 € to reach the city center. It'll be cheaper if you call a local taxi company in any case.
Prishtina has a quite advanced bus network. You can buy your tickets on the bus and it's very cheap. You can check bus hours and destinations on this website: http://www.prishtinabuses.info/en
Taxis are more expensive than buses but they're still cheaper than most of the cities. Make sure that the taxit you take has a taximeter. Remember that roads in Prishtina are in very bad condition and they're mostly under repair. Naturally the city has dense traffic.
- Prizren Shuttle - There are shuttle services between Prishtina Airport and Prizren for every flight of Pegasus. One way: 7 Euro, Round Trip : 12 Euro. Address: Prizren Station: Near Prizren Bus Station, Opposite of Pizeria Furra, Tel : 049 129 635
Prishtina may not be the most suitable city for shopping. Prices are affordable but there aren't many options. Still, we've listed some of the places where you can go shopping in Prishtina.
- Bookstore on the outside of Grand Hotel
- Prishtina bazaar
- Outside of Boro Ramiz Sports Palace
- Music stores on the streets around Deshmoret
- Prizren that is located near Stone Bridge
Silverwork of Kosova is very famous in this area. You can buy silver items on UCK street, Garibaldi Street and Krenare Rugovica. You can buy old fabrics, costumes and pots from Delvina on Bill Clinton Boulevard.
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If you're curious about what to eat in Prishtina and Prishtina's most famous foods, take a look at the list we've created for you.
If you like drinking coffee, Prishtina is the right address. There are beautiful cafes everywhere and young people looking hip in them. Unemployment problem of Kosova is also a issue in Prishtina. That's wht the blonde guy sitting next to you may actually be an economist or political scientist, don't refrain from talking to people. Order a macchiato, lay your legs and enjoy the day. You can even work if you have your computer with you because almost all cafes have wi-fi. We especially recommend you to go the old OSCE area, around Tiffany's, Luan Haradinaj Street and Dardania.
Don't forget to eat traditional qebabtore in Prishtina. Also, like in many other cities, you'll come across doner kebab restaurants. It can be considered for a fast meal during the day.
- Pishat - Some say that pishat is the best restaurant of Prishtina. If you want to try the local kitchen, you should definitely eat at Pishat. In this restaurant, which has affordable prices and a bice atmosphere, everyhting you try will be delicious. However, we recommend you not to go there if you're in a hurry because although the service is quite genial, it's a bit slow. Address: Rr. Qamil Hoxha 11
- Home - This restaurant, that is right across ABC Movie Theatre, serves the most delicious version of the Mediterranean and Kosova cuisines. Employees of the international companies that are located near, delegates and chancellors, local actors and musicians generally eat here. It's also a grat pleasure to listen to the music they play. Moreover, waiters can speak English so it'll be easy for you. Address: Luan haradinaj, Tel: 044 336 336, [email protected]
- Rron Restaurant - Rron is a hidden jewel just outside of Prishtina, on the road to Gracanica. This restaurant, which is mostly preferred by local and international politicians, attracts people with its interior design with high ceiling and garden filled with greens. There is also a little park for kids to play inside. Address: Veternik - Prishtina, Tel: 044 347 777
- The Lounge - Foods are delicious in this restaurant which serves a fusion of international and local cuisines. Also, don't forget to order a cocktail from the bar. Address: Opposite of RTK Building, Mother Theresa Str.
- Tiffany Pizza - This restaurant located right behind Home makes the best pizza in the city. One of the pizzas are called Raki, we think that it's worth trying.
- XIX Restaurant - This restaurant located in the the center of Prishrina serves a fusion of Italian and local foods. Also, remember that you can use its wi-fi. Address: Luan Haradinaj 2, Tel: 038 248 002
- Himalayan Gorkha - If you crave Indian food while travelling in Prishtina, you should stop by Himalayan Gorkha. You can start with a vegetable or chicken pakora and continue with chicken cooked in Tikka or Biryani style, which are classics of Indian cuisine. Prices are quite affordable. Address: Qafa Galery, TMK Street
- Restaurant Ex - Waiters speak English and they are quite genial in this restaurant where you can taste both Far East food and local food. Address: Fehmi Agani
- Pinocchio - This cosy restauranthas both very delicious foods and an amazing city view. Address: Dragodan/Arberia Mahallesi
- Il Passatore - If you want to eat real Italian food, you should visit Il Passatore. You can't get enough of the food in this restaurant which is managed by an Italian mother and her family. Taxi drivers know the name of this restaurant, they can take you there if you ask them to.
- Famous Sarajeva Meatball Restaurant 1957 - This meatball restaurant, which is in service between 8 am - 5 pm, is an ultimately radical and famous stop. You can also buy uncooked meatballs in special packages in kilograms here. Address: Rr. Andrea Gropa No:36 Near Qafa Business Center, Tel : 044 135 232
- Famous Sarajeva Meatball Restaurant 1 : Address: Albimall Veternik-Prishtina, Tel 045 425 119
- Famous Sarajeva Meatball Restaurant 2 : Address: Albioutlet Mall Kosova Plain Fushe Kosova- Prishtina, Tel: 044 790 709, Work hours : 09.00-22.00
- Famous Te Syla Meatball Restaurant 1967 - You can experience an endless joy of taste in Grand Store Shopping Center. You can also buy uncooked meatball varieties how much you want here or its store located at the city center on Bulevardi I Deshmoreve Street.
- Alaturka Turkish Restaurant - A mosaic restaurant where Turkish culture and Kosova spirit both live together. Address: Rr. Ahmet Krasniqi No:3 Dragodan Prishtina, Tel: 044 350 352 – 049 623 233
- Famous Buregdzinica Bosna - You shouldn't leave Prishtina without tasting famous Bosna borek. Address: Kurriz – Dardania Prishtina
Accommodation in Prishtina
If you're curious about where to stay in Prishtina, many alternatives for your taste and budget from luxurious hotels to hostel style rooms preferred by students are waiting for you.
- Grand Hotel - This hotel located at the city center dates back to the communist era and it hasn't been renewed since then. Naturally, it's not the best option to accommodate but it's one of the most important spots of the city. There are internet, cable tv and meeting rooms. Address: Pristina Unio Commerce
- Hotel Sirius - There is a luxurious restaurant at the top floor of this hotel that is located at the center. The decorations of its rooms are very stylish and all rooms have air conditioner, LCD television, mini bar and personal safe. Bathrooms have shower and air dryer. Also, the hotel has free wi-fi.
- Hotel Prishtina - This hotel, which is very close to UNMIK building, is in walking distance to many places you may want to visit. The hotel, where mostly European Union employees stay, is quite clean and comfortable. There is free wi-fi and breakfast is included in prices.
- Hotel Baci - Baci, which is similar to Hotel Prishtina, can be preferred for its closeness to the public transportation stations. There are places to hang out and free wi-fi in its lobby. Moreover, Hotel Baci offers free laundry service for its guests. It also has a gym and a sauna. Breakfast is included in the prices.
- Hotel Begolli - There are 5 apartments and 11 rooms in this boutique hotel run by a family. Apartments have a kitchen and all the necessary utilities. Address: Off Mother Thereza Street
- Hotel Sara - Rooms are very simple but clean. In this hotel, which has red and green corridors, some of the rooms have hot tubs too. Address: Maliq Pash Gjinolli St
- Hotel Victory - This hotel that is located at the south of the city is 15 minutes away from the center by walk. Rooms have air conditioners and wi-fi. There are plenty of juice and pastries in breakfasts. Address: Mother Teresa, p.n., Tel: +038 543 277
- Buffalo Backpackers - Young but helpful staff of this hotel located at the city center will make your life easier. Breakfast is included in room prices. The hotel has free wi-fi, a kitchen guests can use, a big garden and a common area where all guests hang out. Address: 274 Musine Kokolari, Tel: +377 45 643 261
- Velania Guesthouse - You'll be pleased with the cisy atmosphere of this place which also has free laundry and wi-fi.
- Hostel Pristina - In the hotel, which offers washing machines that can be used by guests, wi-fi and cable tv, breakfast is also included in prices. Address: 16 Musine Kokalari, Tel:+38649187791
- Hajde Hostel - The hotel's owners are quite genial and it has breakfast, wifi and laundry services like other hostels. Address: Ismail Dumoshi 40, Tel:+37744945015
- Hostel Han - This hostel, which is located at the city center, is a good accommodation option with its warm staff and modern interior decoration. Also, its beds are very comfortable. There is free tea and coffee in the kitchen and guests can hang out and play PS3 in the common area for a whole day. Address: Fehmi Agani 2, Tel:+377 44 760 792
- Hotel Gorenje - http://www.hotel-gntc.com/index.html
- HOTEL Ora - http://www.hotelora.eu/
- Hotel Emerald - http://www.emeraldhotel.info/
Places to Visit in Prishtina
Prishtina's best places to see are generally comprised of historical and natural beauties. You'll explore warm people and interesting traces in this city which is home to many different cultures.
- Ethnography Museum - Prishtina Ethnography Museum is located in the old city. Its curation that includes video and music elements is quite creative. There are birth and death rooms, costumes and traditional jewelleries in the museum, which has been founded in two houses from the 18th and 19th centuries.
- National Museum - Prishtina's national museum is opened in an old building and its entrance is for free. If you have time and you're interested in history, you should visit.
- Gërmia Park - You can have a pleasant day at this park that is located a bit outside of the city. Prishtina people who want to have a walk, walk their dogs or lay on grass are generally here. The pool in the park is filled with families and city's youth in summer. You can eat and enjoy the beautiful green view in the restaurants that are located at the upper parts of the park.
- Granica Monastery - This monastery that is located right outside of Prishtina is one of the most touristic areas of the region. The monastery that was founded by King Stefan Milutin in 1321 had standed for hundreds of years. It became a national and political center for Serbians after the Kosovo War. At the moment, nuns live there. You can buy honey prepared by nuns during your stay. There are also rooms where tourists can accommodate there but there may be electricity cuts, remember that.
- Christ the Saviour Cathedral - The cathedral, of which construction was started druing the Serbian rule, unfortunately, hasn't been able to completed. The church that has turned into a political issue is located in between modern buildings.
- Boro Ramiz - This huge sports palace from the communist era can be seen from everywhere in the city. Although communist architecture's plain style is not that attractive, the size is fascinating. The building, which has many restaurants and cafes downstairs, is waiting for you with graffities on its walls.
- Skenderbeg Statue - Gjergj Kastrioti, who worked for the Ottoman army in the 15th century, is a national hero for rebelling agains the Ottomans and bringing Albenian and Serbian peoples. He sits on his horse in the sculpture that is near the parliament building.
- Fatih Sultan Mehmet Mosque - The mosque, which has been built in 1460 after Fatih Sultan Mehmet's Balkans invasion, is in the old city center. Being one of the oldest buildings of the city, the mosque is famous for its painted ornamentations from the 18th century.
- The Great Hammam - The hammam (Turkish bath) located at the north-west of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Mosque dates back to the end of 15th century.
- Yashar Pasha Mosque - It was constructed by Yashar Mehmet Pasha in 1834. It's still open of prayers.
- Clock Tower (Sahhat Kulla) - The bell of the tower, of which construction was completed in the 19th century, was made in Moldova in 1764. However, this bell was stolen in 2001.
Neighborhoods of Prishtina
The city center or Qendra is surrounded by little hills and there are many neighbourhoods around it. Velania is an expensive area between the center and Germia Park. Hotels are mostly located in this area. There is Bregu I Diellit or the area that is known as Sunny Hill at the south of this area.
At the south of the center, there is another modern neighbourhood named Ulpiana. The expat community lives in the side streets of Arberia or Dragodan with its other name, which is at the west of the center; mostly because consulates are also located here. At the north of the center, there is Kodra e Trimave.
- DAM Fest - International Young Musicians Festivals, gets Prishtina filled with classical music artists from all around the world during March and April. www.damfest.com
- Freedom Fest - This festival that is held in June is organized by a local radio station. www.radiourbanfm.com
- SURF Urban Festival - Different concerts, exhibitions and performances are organized between June and August in this summer festival. www.summerurbanfestival.com
- 9/11 Dedication Festival - The film festival that commemorates the 9/11 attacks is held in The National Theatre around September 11th. Short films of local directors are screened with English subtitles. www.911fest.com
- PriFilmFest - Prishtina International Film Festival is held in ABC Theatre in September. The winner is given the Golden Goddess Prize. www.prifilmfest.org
- Prishtina Jazz Festival - Prishtina Jazz Festival, which is organized in November, is held in ODA Theatre. Many bands from different parts of the country and the world come and play in this festival. www.jazzprishtina.com
- Skena Up Film & Theatre Festival - This visual arts festival, which is organized in December, also has a competition element in it. In the festival, where film and theatre students share their own works with greater crowds, young people come together and learn about other cultures. www.skenaup.com
Prishtina's night life is quite active and it appeals to many different tastes. The fact that most of its population is comprised of young people has a great impact on that. If you're travelling to Prishtina espeically in spring or summer months, it's quite possible for you to see young people having fun in the streets and parks or join the fun in crowded night clubs.
- Club Spray - Young people who have fun and dance till the morning with DJ performances are here. Address: Veternik, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo-Unmik, Tel: + 377 44 118 518
- Counry code: +381
- Ambulance: 93
- Fire: 94
- Police: 92
- The closest pharmacy: 038 504 604