Belgrade is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It dates back to at least 5700 BC when the Vinča culture, one of Europe’s largest and oldest prehistoric cultures, evolved there. In more recent history, the Byzantines, Ottomans, Austro-Hungarians and Yugoslavs have all put their stamp on the Serbian capital, making it

If you’re in search of some armchair travel or inspiration for your next trip, we’ve rounded up nine of our favourite books set in the western Balkans.  Whether you’re looking to escape to the idyllic mountainscapes or understand the region’s complex past, these books will have you gripped – and perhaps even inspire you to