The region is a mix of religious beliefs (Catholic, Muslim and Orthodox Christian) and Slavic and other ethnic groups (mainly Serb, Croat, Bosnian, Greek, Turk and Albanian). The former Yugoslavian nations have by and large transitioned peacefully after the 1990's wars of independence moving towards development and EU membership, likely due in part to increased tourism in the region. Basically, the Balkans is a cheap, friendly and colorful place to travel. in the seaside areas you can find everything from beautiful islands to bustling seaside resorts, party beaches or small coastal towns. Inland lies an array of castles, historic cities, ski resorts, iconic bridges, monasteries and even the world's second largest canyon. Belgrade is famously crowned as the party capital of Europe if you want an intense late night vacation.