Why now: The Dinaric Alps are one of Europe's least explored mountain ranges. But these towering peaks in the Western Balkans will become much more accessible to foreign hikers in 2017 when, for the first time after years of development, the 1,200-mile Via Dinarica trail will be completely mapped with detailed stage information.
What to see: This spectacular new hike is, at its heart, a cultural corridor that links together ancient trading routes and more recent military paths through seven countries along the Balkan Peninsula. Expect astounding views of the Adriatic Sea and remote stays with isolated communities who still practice many old-world traditions.
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