Gjakova might be the most authentic town of Kosovo. At the same time, it is a modern municipality, and the only one with a female mayor.
The old town of Gjakova (Serbian: Đakovica) was one of the most developed trade centers during the rule of the Ottoman Empire in Balkans. Although the old town was ruined in the Kosovo war of 1999, the streets are restored to their traditional style. You can walk for a while along the several small wooden shops. If you are lucky, you will find the shop that makes handmade cribs.
After a renovation in 2014, the central square of the Gjakova old town (Çarshia e Madhe) is a true enrichment of the Kosovar culture. It’s a brilliant spot to have a coffee or a qebab. This narrow street contains only small bars. See picture below. In the summertime at night, the whole street is filled with youngsters.
Gjakova old town has the oldest bazaar of Kosovo
The big Hadum mosque is situated in the Gjakova old town. This is a beautiful building to visit. Nobody around to open the door for you? Then just enjoy the garden and look of the mosque.
But the city is more than the Gjakova old town and tradition. Since 2013, it has a couple of big warehouses, kids paradises and bowling. The Nertili Center is worth visiting for a couple of hours. You can drive to it in a couple of minutes, just outside the center. It contains a bowling center, shopping mall, food court, swimming pool and a place to ice skate. Kids have their own place to play.
If you want to have a stunning view over the city, you can drive up the hill. This place called Çabrati, has a couple of restaurants with a great view over the Kosovar city of Gjakova. With good weather, you can even sit in their back garden.
- Gjakova has a Tourist Information Office, close to the mosque in the old town.
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