The Balkans

The Balkans

Also known as the Balkan Peninsula, the Balkans is a loose grouping of countries in a very mountainous region of southeastern Europe. Several countries fall entirely within the Balkans. Others, like Italy, have parts of its land within the peninsula. A portion of Turkey, for instance, is considered as part of the Balkans. Generally, the Balkans is comprised of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia. As a cultural crossroads, the Balkans has many faces.

The Balkans ~ Videos: This is a solid 6-minute video with highlights of several of the Balkan states.

FunFacts about the Balkans: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The Balkans, also known as the Balkan Peninsula, is a geographic area in southeastern Europe with various definitions and meanings, including geopolitical and historical. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch throughout the whole of Bulgaria from the Serbian-Bulgarian border to the Black Sea coast. The Balkan Peninsula is bordered by the Adriatic Sea on the northwest, the Ionian Sea on the southwest, the Aegean Sea in the south and southeast, and the Black Sea on the east and northeast. (Source)
  • The northern boundary is often disputed but is often given as the Danube, Sava and Kupa Rivers.
  • The highest point of the Balkans is Mount Musala which is 2,925 metres (9,596 ft) high, in the Rila mountain range in Bulgaria.
  • Technically, the Balkans is not a peninsula, though it is often called one.
  • Generally, authorities refer to the Balkans as a region, specifically a region of southeast Europe.
  • ‘Balkan’ is a Turkish word from Ottoman Turkish that means ‘chain of wooded mountains’.
  • The Balkan Peninsula is about the size of Spain, and has a combined area of about 470,000 km2 (181,000 sq mi).
  • The following countries are entirely within the Balkan region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
  • The following countries are partially within the Balkan region: Croatia (southern mainland), Greece (mainland), including islands adjacent to the Balkan Peninsula, Italy (Trieste and Monfalcone), Romania (mainland Dobruja), Serbia (Central Serbia), Slovenia (southwestern part) and Turkey (European part).
  • When hearing the term, ‘the Balkans’, generally it refers to a loose grouping of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.
  • The Balkans is covered by a variety of mountain ranges.
  • The climate varies in the Balkans depending on location, whether near the sea or high in the mountains, or north or south or inland.
  • The Balkans was the first area of Europe to experience Neolithic farming culture.
  • The Balkans historically is a crossroads of cultures.
  • Currently, all the states in the Balkans are republics.
  • The Balkan region is ethnically very diverse. 

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The photos below, all from the Balkans, are from different countries which I didn’t name. But overall, there is a similarity: a lot of stone, the sea, mountains, and antiquities, great beauty.

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34 thoughts on “The Balkans

  1. I’d love to visit some of the places in the photos. Touring the Balkans would be fun since there would be a number of countries to check out.

  2. There are several places in the video and photos that I would like to visit (especially the waterfalls). Loved the photos.

  3. Love thy he beautiful pictures! I didn’t realize there was so many countries as part of the Balkans. Some of the places look interesting to visit and learn more about them.

  4. Such a beautiful area. I love how the hills/mountains come right down to the water. Perfect!

    Fort Myers, Florida

  5. I’ve never been there, but my brother was stationed there for a peacekeeping mission and traveled through several of the countries regularly.

    Love the photo of the ruins on the island.

    denise from maryland

  6. The Balkans sound interesting. I loved the pics of the houses and businesses built cliff-side. I’ve never been to Europe at all, tho I think I would enjoy it. So different from the USA but in some ways pretty close.

  7. Hi, Everyone! Thanks for your comments! I have to admit one of the reasons I wanted to do a blog on the Balkans was to figure out exactly where it was, lol! Of course, a little bit of research soon revealed how complicated the region is and that even the north boundary of this area is in question. But what an amazing place and so full of diversity of culture and religion. I’d love to visit any of the countries here as well!

    Caris,
    Buckeye, Arizona USA

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  10. I really love anything that has that “villa” feel. This is a beautiful place. All those gorgeous churches…thank you from Alabama

  11. I like all the lakes and waterfall pictures. How do they build those monastery’s in the hillside?

  12. As always beautiful pictures!!! I’ve missed so much! Haven’t been able to be on the computer for 3 months because I had shingles on my right hand all the way up my arm and rt. side!!! My hand is still recovering but at least I have figured out how to type!!!!

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