Gems of the Balkans: Gritty and gorgeous

Although numerous wars over the centuries have ravaged the Balkans, the tumultuous times are now revered in the region

The Balkans are steeped in the infamy of many wars over the centuries, but the former Yugoslav countries are also compelling destinations with their beauty, off-the-map cachet and post-war changes.

Intrigued by the violent past of these Balkan countries and to experience their resurgence, I have visited the region four times since 2010.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 24, 2019, with the headline 'Gritty and gorgeous'. Subscribe