The country of Serbia is located in the Western Balkans and was the founder and also a member of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The country is open for tourism all year round and although tourists enjoy spending their time in Belgrade the most, Serbia offers a variety of cultural and historical monuments, spas, mountains, fishing grounds and much more for visitors.
Our selection of 10 things to do in Serbia include;
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 for riders 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.
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. 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.
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, and some major cities are also located on the river. The most famous bridge on the river is the old bridge in Višegrad, which was described in the famous novel “The Bridge on the Drina, written by the Nobel Prize for Literature winner in 1961, Ivo Andrić. In summer the most popular activity on the river is rafting, with the most famous event being the “Drina Regatta“.
EXPLORE FRUŠKA 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 characterised 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.
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. Ovčar spa is also located in the gorge, which has hot sulfuric water that is used as a treatment for healing various health problems.
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.
VISIT THE DEVIL’S TOWN
There’s no devil living there, but you will find around 202 exotic rock formations that are very similiar to those found in Cappadoccia, Turkey. The mystery of these formations caused the locals to give it such a name. 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.
VISIT FELIX ROMULIANA
An archeological site, spa and UNESCO World Heritage Site located near the city of Zaječar. 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.
LEARN SOME 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 through to medieval and modern history, while the outside of 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 visit from visiting tourists.
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. This year the festival will be held from the 12th till 15th July, with the line-up including Guns N’ Roses, Avicii, Duran Duran, Erykah Badu and more.