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Serbia

Serbia has something for everybody, from its lively urban attractions to peaceful towns and villages that dot the magnificent countryside. Aside from a wealth of cultural and historic relics there is also a vibrant café and bar scene as well as nightlife and arguably some of the best music festivals.

Belgrade, the capital of Serbia is located at the junction between the Danube and the Sava Rivers. It has an eclectic mix of old and new style, from 19th Century buildings to Art Nouveau. The imposing Kalemegdan Fortress is situated in Kalemegdan Park and the park is also home to the Military Museum, which houses the remnants of a US Stealth Bomber. Besides the fortress there are some colourful Orthodox Churches and quaint squares and the island of Ada Cinganlija or ‘Gypsy Island’ to the south of Belgrade.

Located on the outskirts of Belgrade, Vinca has an important place in Serbian history. Home to the archaeological site Belo brdo, meaning ‘White Hill’. The area was made famous by the archaeological finds uncovered in Vinca, many made of stone or bone, including statues, ornaments and drinking vessels. Tourists can tour the site as well as the Museum, which showcases examples of Neolithic culture said to date from back to 5,000 to 4,000 B.C. Vinca is also a popular stopping point for Danube River Cruises and famous fish restaurants.

Novi Sad is the capital of Vojvodinia Province and a main tourist destination. The city is famous for the dominating Petrovaradin Fortress, that dates back to the 17th Century. The picturesque Varadin Bridge spans the Danube and where you can hop on a River Cruise. For those who are more into the history and culture of the city then an excursion to the Stari Grad area of the city is a must. Here you will find War Memorials, art galleries and museums as well as some great cafés and bars.

Niš is known for being a University town, the 3rd largest city in Serbia and also the birthplace of the Roman Emperor Constantine. As such, there is a relaxed and fun loving vibe to the city, as well as a number of attractions of historical importance, including the Memorial of Constantine the Great, proudly showcased in the city centre. Niš Fortress, built in the 18th Century is surrounded by rows of cafés that are enjoyed by the student population.

The Zlatar Mountain Range, capped by the highest peak Golo brdo, is area is full of meadows, lakes and forests and due to its elevation and fresh air, has become an unofficial spa location for those wishing to relax. During the colder months, those who enjoy winter sport can indulge in skiing on the many slopes accessible via a dedicated ski lift that provides stunning views over the lush valleys below. Other fun things to do include rafting, boating and fishing.

Fruška Gora Mountain is affectionately known as the ‘Jewel of Serbia’. This mountainous region includes a protected area known as Fruška Gora Park and is studded with vineyards and wineries. There is plenty to do including picnicking, hiking and climbing in the region however, the biggest draw card would have to be the Orthodox Monasteries that are scattered all over the countryside, some dating back to the 12th Century.

Sokobanja is another well-known spa town where locals and celebrities gather to enjoy the thermal waters that are said to have deeply healing properties. As well as the hot springs, visitors can also enjoy the crisp air said to be high in negative ions and free from air pollution due to the increased elevation.

For all those who are winter sports enthusiasts the Kopaonik Mountain range is where things happen. Here you can hit the slopes, whatever your level of ability or experience. There are twenty four ski lifts that service the area and categories of slopes for all levels to choose from, as well as skiing and snowboarding available at the Kopaonik Ski Resort.

Mokra Gora is a lush valley with a spectacular landscape. The village has been restored to resemble its original state from days gone by. While here take a train ride through the Mokra Gora Valley from the famous railway station. The rail track is shaped in a figure eight so it neatly loops back to Mokra Gora at the end of the trip.

Close to Mokra Gora you will find the quaint village of Sirogojno that also features an Open-Air Museum or ‘ethnic village’ that includes period timber structures like a traditional Serbian dairy, an inn as well as a bakery. Locals are on hand to demonstrate traditional arts and crafts from the region. Sirogojno is also an excellent place to taste the local food and drink with traditional Serbian dishes prepared from recipes that have been handed down over centuries. If game you must try a glass or two of the local ‘Rakija’, a Serbian brandy.

For something a little different then don’t miss another site in the Mokra Gora Valley, Drvengrad or ‘Timber Town’. The village was actually originally built as a film set by local director Emir Kusturica for the film ‘Life is a Miracle’ and the village is now a fully running ethnic Open-Air Museum. With a passionate dedication to the arts, there are film festivals, music concerts, art classes and workshops held at Drvengrad throughout the year.

For those who enjoy a little adrenalin rush then head to the west of Serbia to explore its wealth of majestic scenery and extreme sports options. One of these is located on the Drina River, known for its great location for those who want to go white water rafting.

 

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