Serbia is open for tourism all year round and although tourists enjoy spending their time in Belgrade, the country offers a variety of cultural and historical monuments, spas, mountains, fishing grounds and much more.
Serbia is a small country with a lot to offer. Cultural-historical part, nature, gastronomy, nightlife … Not many countries can boast of such a package, there is always something missing. There are places that can truly substitute the sea when it comes to swimming. Peruac, Zaovine, and Kladovo are among them… What is difficult to replace for now are the long sandy beaches and other activities offered by coastal places.
Serbia cannot be considered to be hidden; its capital, Belgrade, has long been one of the Old Continent’s most important crossroads. Today, this city offers a laid-back cafe culture and an affordable nightlife along the Danube for all budgets.
When you leave Belgrade, you will discover many of the country’s joys, including outdoor experiences, spas and wineries, old monasteries, and monolithic structures from Yugoslavia’s past.
Some of the great 10 things to do in Serbia include:
1. Cycling down the Danube EuroVelo 6 Route
EuroVelo 6 route is one of the 14 routes created by the European Cyclists’ Federation in 1994. The aim of the project is to discover amazing landscapes when cycling alongside the European rivers. EuroVelo 6 route starts from Nantes and ends at Constanta (from Atlantic to the Black Sea) and it’s 4,448km long.
2. Ski at Kopaonik
Kopaonik is a major ski resort in Serbia with 25 ski lifts in total and a national park established back in 1981. It is Serbia’s largest ski resort, with well-prepared runs that provide endless enjoyment to all levels of skiers, from beginners to experts. The mountain is mainly famous for skiing, snowboarding and trekking, but also for its rich historical heritage. It’s highest peak is Pančić, which peaks at 2,017 meters. Every March the mountain is a host to the annual Big Snow Festival. Aside from alpine and cross-country (nordic) skiing routes, the Kopaonik ski resort also boasts a snowboard park that holds various regional and international contests.
3. Rafting on the Drina river
The Drina River is 346 km long, while its course through Serbia is 220 km long. It flows through Montenegro, the Republic of Srpska and Serbia. The river is famous for its old bridge in Visegrad, which was described in the famous novel “The Bridge on the Drina” written by the Nobel Prize for Literature winner in 1961, Ivo Andric. In summer the most popular activity on the river is rafting, with the most famous event being the “Drina Regatta“.
Almost the entire length of its journey, the Drina river in Serbia cuts between mountain ranges, forming gorges, before unexpectedly entering a valley and changing its character like a skilled performer. Its moodiness deceives even the most cunning, while its beauty softens even the most hardened hearts.
4. Explore Fruska Gora and its surroundings
Another jewel of Serbia is the National Park Fruška Gora which covers the territory of Vojvodina. It is famous for being the home to the historic city of Sremski Karlovci, plus is characterized by its forests and vineyards. Sixteen Orthodox monasteries are located nearby, which are famous for their architecture and treasures. Wine tasting is very popular in the region and other activities include biking, hiking, hunting and fishing. Being located just one hour from the capital and thirty minutes from Novi Sad makes the area very popular for tourists.
5. Get spiritual at Serbian Mount Athos
Ovčar-Kablar gorge is referred to this way as it contains more than thirteen medieval monasteries, which are known for their beauty and spectacular location. It is one of Halkidiki’s most interesting places for men alone. Women are not permitted to cross the border from Ouranoupolis to the Holy Mountain and must instead observe it from a boat. Ovčar spa is also located in the gorge, which has hot sulfuric water that is used as a treatment for healing various health problems.
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6. Take photos of the canyon of Uvac river
The Uvac River is part of the Uvac Nature Reserve and it’s located in Western Serbia. Probably the greatest attraction of the canyon is its meanders, with some of the river bends angled at 270 degrees, and caves that form the longest cave system in Serbia. The biggest impression is the view overlooking the canyon.
Uvac was once solely known as the name of the rivers Zlatibor and Zlatar, which were noted for their picturesque canyons and deep riverbeds before becoming a prominent tourist complex of natural wonders. The river Uvac forms the natural southern border of the Zlatibor mountain range, is the main tributary of the Lim river, and rises south-east from the Jadovnik mountain range. The river Uvac forms a natural border between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina near the conclusion of its course.
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7. Visit the Devil’s Town
On the Radan Mountain in southern Serbia, Devil’s Town is a rare natural phenomena. There’s no devil there, but you will find around 202 exotic rock formations that are very similar to those found in Cappadoccia, Turkey. The mystery of these formations caused the locals to give it such a name. It’s recognized for its unique formation of earth figures and mineral water springs. As a result, this location has been designated as a significant natural monument. Approximately 67 hectares have been designated as a natural monument, the first level of protection.
The area is also famous for its spa which contains two springs: the Devil’s Water and the Red Well. Devil’s Town was one of the nominees in the new ‘New Seven Wonders of Nature’ campaign.
8. Visit Felix Romuliana
Felix Romuliana is an archeological site, spa and UNESCO World Heritage Site located near the city of Zaječar. It is one of the most notable and well-preserved monuments is the Felix Romuliana complex. The location of the ancient Roman complex of palaces and temples was built by the Emperor Galerius. The complex is one of the most popular stops on the Roman Emperor’s trail through the Serbian territory.
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9. Learn about the Serbian history at the Military museum in Belgrade
Founded in 1878, the museum has more than 3,000 ancient and modern items. The exhibits progresses from ancient findings to medieval and modern history, while outside the museum features a display of numerous tanks and armoured cars, mostly from WW2. The museum is located inside the Belgrade Fortress which makes it a popular stop from visiting tourists.
10. Party at Exit Festival
The Exit Festival is an annual summer festival held in the Petrovaradin Fortress of Novi Sad. In 2007 the festival was awarded as the “Best European Festival” by the UK Festival Awards. Some of the artists that have performed at the festival in the past include the Pet Shop Boys, Massive Attack, Snoop Dogg, Lily Allen, Placebo and others.
How is Weather in Serbia?
As part of the Western Balkans, Serbia is a state in Southern Europe. In general, it has a moderate continental climate with harsh winters especially in the mountains. In its northern part, a continental climate characterized by a hot and humid summer and a cold winter is observed. In its southeastern part, on the other hand, the summer is hot and dry and the winter is quite cold, with snowfall.