As spring is slowly approaching us, it is a good time to write about the budding green neighborhood of Belgrade – Avala Mountain.
Avala is located 16 km from the capital city of Serbia, Belgrade, and it has a reputation of being a popular day or even weekend getaway from busy city life. Avala is inviting especially for its walks which allow people to relax in nature.
With a height of 511 meters, Avala fits within the ‘Mountain range’, no pun intended. In the middle ages it was famous for the Avala Town, which was later conquered by the Ottoman Turks. Today the areas surrounding Avala are not heavily populated, although the mountain’s location is very close to Belgrade’s city boundaries.
Avala is one of the protected green areas of Belgrade and it has more than 600 plant species living on the mountain. Many species are protected by law due to their natural rarities, with 21 of the 67 bird species considered rare in Serbia.
Besides being famous as a traditional weekend and picnic resort, other attractions on the mountain include the newly built Avala Tower which is the tallest tower in Serbia and the Balkans region. Originally it was a telecommunication tower destroyed by the NATO bombing in 1999, with the new tower officially opened in 2010. The tower has a viewing platform on top with the beautiful view overlooking Belgrade, Vojvodina and Šumadija.
One of the most famous monuments located on Avala is the “Monument to the Unknown Hero” which is a protected monument by the country.
For those who love sport activities besides walking, can indulge in activities including orienteering, climbing, mountain biking and running.