Deçan

Where frescoes tell thousand-year-old tales.

Explore Deçan, Kosovo, home to the UNESCO-listed Deçani Monastery with stunning frescoes, surrounded by the scenic Accursed Mountains.

Welcome to Deçan, a small town in western Kosovo, famed for its UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Deçani Monastery, one of the most important monastic sites in the region.

Deçan is surrounded by the Accursed Mountains, with a population of just over 40,000 people. Deçani Monastery is the main reason why travelers stop here. Built in the 14th century under Serbian king Stefan Uroš III, this Serbian Orthodox monastery is known for its exceptional collection of Byzantine-style frescoes. The monastery is still active today and it's used by a small group of monks.

The town itself is quite small, but it's surrounded by nature. Nearby Rugova Valley offers excellent opportunities for hiking and skiing. There are a few hiking routes of varying difficulties leading to the nearby peaks, with spectacular views. If you're not into that, a drive through the valley might be just as rewarding - it's known for its scenic drives.

Food-wise, it's straightforward, traditional Kosovo food here. Expect a lot of grilled meats - 'ćevapi' (a kind of small sausage) and 'pljeskavica' (a type of burger) are local favorites. Fresh local cheese and bread are staples. Pair it with the local wine or beer.

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