Gjakova is a city and municipality located in the Gjakova District of western Kosovo. According to the 2011 census, the city of Gjakova has 40,827 inhabitants, while the municipality has,110.680 inhabitants. Geographically, it is located in the south-western part of Kosovo, about halfway between the cities of Peć and Prizren. It is approximately 100 km (62 mi) inland from the Adriatic Sea. The city is situated some 208 kilometers north-east of Tirana, 145 kilometers north-west of Skopje, 80 kilometers west of the capital Pristina, 435 kilometers south of Belgrade and 263 kilometers east of Podgorica.
The city of Gjakova has been populated since the prehistoric era. During the Ottoman period, Gjakova served as a trading center on the route between Shkodër and Istanbul. It was also one of the most developed trade centers at that time in the Balkans. Gjakova has always been considered as a city where tolerance and coexistence in terms of religion and culture has been part of the society in the last centuries.