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I am a passionate traveler and I have visited a lot of beautiful places. What I had not seen all of these years was located just in front of my nose: my beautiful country of Serbia.
Since its inception in the 9th century, Serbia has been conquered many times, it was 500 years under the Ottoman Empire and at the crossroads of trade routes between the West and the Far East. Seventeen Roman emperors were born on the territory of present-day Serbia. This mixture of various cultures and tradition, left indelible marks.
The climate is mostly continental or moderate continental with hot summers and cold winters. Average temperature in July is 30°C in December about 3°C. The best time to visit is late May and the beginning of June.
Geography is extremely varied. From the endless Slavonian plains in the north, across the fertile fields and green forests in central Serbia, to the ancient mountains in the southeast.
Serbs are very warm and hospitable people, most of them speaks English and will gladly help you.
I feel privileged to have the opportunity to live in Serbia. Hope some of you, once in a lifetime will come here and see all those beauties with your own eyes. The enchanting beauty of unspoiled nature.
Something About Serbia by Laurence Mitchell
'Perhaps the greatest attraction of all, considering the long years of isolation, is the welcome the visitor can expect to receive', writes Serbia author Laurence Mitchell. With this guide to one of southeast Europe's most exciting destinations, Laurence Mitchell introduces travelers only to rural monasteries and tranquil national parks but also to hip nightclubs and swinging summer festivals. This fully revised third edition provides fresh information to business visitors, adventure travelers and those with an interest in art, history or wildlife. As a prime destination for winter sports, mountain resorts and a range of health spas in spectacular settings are covered. Also included is information on the newly independent state of Kosovo. New to tourism, Serbia is determined to show the world all its attributes: delicious food, beautiful countryside, low prices, safe travel and excellent city nightlife. The scars of war have faded and visitors can certainly expect a warm welcome. Raise a glass of belo vino and toast Serbia's reawakening.
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- Things To Do and See in Belgrade
Before visiting Belgrade, it is good to know something about his history.
Things To Do In Belgrade
- Things To Do In Belgrade
Looking for a town where you will feel like at home? You are at right place. Belgrade. Well known for friendly people, exciting nightlife, unique architecture, Belgrade says WELCOME to you.
Things To Do In Belgrade Part Two
- Things To Do In Belgrade Part Two
If you stay in Belgrade a few days, you will be rewarded with warmth, friendship and a beautiful experience of discovering one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in this part of Europe.
Towns Of Serbia
Every city and every town in Serbia is a story for itself. This page gives you some of these stories, and is up to you, depends of your adventurous spirit to scratch under the surface and in your own way explore cities in Serbia.
Belgrade is a true metropolis, dynamic, hospitable and open. Pleasure atmosphere, which is the result of its position on the crossroads of different cultures and customs. Wide boulevards and broad smiles on the faces of young Belgradians are synonymous of Belgrade, so you can easily feel like you are at home.
Read more about Belgrade at Things To Do In Belgrade and Things To Do In Belgrade Part Two.
Links to those two stories are on the right side of this article.
Serbian Athens, as Novi Sad used to call in the past and the cultural capital of Vojvodina. Although relatively small, Novi Sad is incredibly charming, perhaps due to the combination of traditional and modern, which have been existing for a long time in a harmony in this city. This is one of the reasons for many to visit Novi Sad and enjoy, but also to stay in it.
Novi Sad is a city of theaters, museums, galleries, authentic cafes, authentic restaurants, small parks, shopping malls and fairs
The most attractive locations in Novi Sad are Dunavska and Zmaj Jovina street, Petrovaradin Fortress, Strand - the prettiest beach on the whole Danube, promenade, quay...
Cultural and historic sights: the Petrovaradin fortress, the Bishop's Palace, The City Hall, the Orthodox Cathedral dedicated to St. George, Catholic church.
Events: EXIT - International Music Festival (one of the best in Europe), Novi Sad Jazz Festival, International Street Musicians' Festival, Cinema City - International film and new media festival
What to see in the surroundings: Fruska Gora - National park with 14 lakes and 16 Orthodox churches, Sremski Karlovci - a small town very close to Novi Sad, religious center with monasteries, castles and authentic wine cellars. Ask for Bermet vine.
Subotica is the second largest city in Vojvodina, the center of its northern part. It is located in the far north of Backa, near to the Hungarian border, on the E-75 highway and the railway route linking the Balkans to northern and western Europe.
You will be fascinated with the architecture in the city.The mixture of Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau and Neoclassicism, certainly gives a special charm. For a "free royal city", Subotica was declared in 1779 year.
Cultural and historical monuments: The building of the old City Hall - a monumental building from the beginning of the last century with ornaments, mosaics and ornaments of great artistic value, building of the City Museum, the City Library and Theatre, the Catholic Cathedral and the Jewish Synagogue - the biggest in the territory of Vojvodina.
Surroundings of Subotica:
Palic lake - the most beautiful lake in Vojvodina. The lake is located in a complex that includes a decorated promenade, a zoo, and beautiful hotels and restaurants, where you will have the opportunity to taste traditional Vojvodina cuisine with a strong influence of the Hungarian cuisine. In addition, you can enjoy horseback riding, sailing, cycling and carriage ride through the century-old forest.
Ludoško lake - The station of a large number of birds and ethno house where you will be introduced to the former way of life in these areas.
Emir Kusturica's Movie
A romantic comedy about the adventures of an innocent dreamer in the weird landscape of the American West. Caught between childhood and adulthood he finds himself back in his hometown where he becomes involved with a wealthy widow and her stepdaughter. Starring; Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis, Faye Dunaway, Lili Taylor and Vincent Gallo.
Drvengrad, Tara Mountain
Ethno Villages of Serbia
Scattered around sacred objects, or lined along curved rural roads, ethnic villages are the true image of a former life in Serbia. The term 'ethnic village' refers to a place that protects the heritage of a nation, and at the same time successfully resists trends of civilization. Serbian ethnic villages are true national treasures, where the essence of Serbia is preserved.
These villages are authentic in the true meaning of the word. To the curious eye, they will discover well-preserved Serbian architecture, traditions, customs and cuisine, while old tales, the legends and myths, will inspire and satisfy every adventurer.
Drvengrad - Emir Kusturica's ethno village on Mećavnik
Drvengrad is film Etno village Mokra Gora. Located between Zlatibor and Tara mountains, and built by the film director Emir Kusturica on the hill Mećavnik. Rises above the village Mokra Gora and is on the same level with the narrow gauge railway Sargan Eight.
Drvengrad is the ethno village in the city style. At one end is the entrance gate, and on the other is a small wooden church. The church was built on the model of the Russian church and is dedicated to St. Sava. In the central part of the village is square paved with wooden cubes and surrounded by wooden cottages. The chalets are authentic and were transferred from that part of Serbia and Bosnia. It was built in the form of skeletons and placed on a stone pedestal.
Drvengrad have gallery, library, cinema "Underground", cake shop with homemade cakes and natural juices, national restaurant, and store with folk arts and crafts of this region.
Kusturica said: I have made up a town that looks as people have always lived there.
Sirogojno - open air museum of Serbian Ethnos
Sirogojno is located in southwest of Serbia, on Mount Zlatibor and 20 km from Uzice. The whole village became a museum in 1980, nowadays known as "Old Village". In the area of 5 hectares is shown how ordinary people have lived in those mountains. Old Village Sirogojno consists of 47 wooden huts, relocated from the nearby villages of Zlatibor and equipped with authentic household items, furniture and tools.
About 2,000 artifacts are exposed under the roofs of this ethnic village which annually sees more than 100,000 people. Apartment accommodation in log cabins is available for all visitors as well as souvenir shops and authentic inn.
There is also very beautiful rural wooden church dedicated to St.. Peter and Paul (1821.), As well as the old village cemetery.
Sirogojno is surrounded by breathtaking mountain landscape, ideal for both winter and summer holidays. Nearby, there is a village Gostilje, Stopica cave and Vapa spa with mineral springs and tourist center Zlatibor.
Lisine and Veliki Buk Waterfall
Lisine is located in central Serbia, only ten minutes away from the famous cave Resavska Pecina. The best time to visit is spring and then the waterfall looks gorgeous. The waterfall is over 20 meters high and is protected as a natural monument. There are several ethnic restaurants besides the waterfall as well as accommodations in ethnic style.
Restaurant "Waterfall" Lisine is located at the foot of the mountain Beljanica, at 450m above sea level, situated near the waterfall Veliki Buk (50 m), is the right ambience to spend a nice weekend. It has a large property with a small zoo, a fish pond with Californian trout. Surrounded by meadows, pastures and beautiful forest.
Drvengrad - Kustendorf
Useful info about authentic ethno village Drvengrad
Waterfall Veliki Buk - Lisine
Monasteries of Serbia
Monasteries are one of the most important cultural, historical and spiritual values of Serbia. They were built between the twelfth and the seventeenth century, located from Fruska Gora in the north to the Kosovo in the south.
The architecture of the monastery shows the particular variety. Because of sculpture and ornamentation, frescoes, icons, manuscripts and numerous works of applied art, Serbian monasteries attracted great attention of tourists from around the world.
Serbian medieval monasteries are soul of Serbia.They are for centuries the center of the spirituality of the Serbian people, the frescoes and icons from Serbian churches are significantly treasure of the cultural and historical heritage of Europe and the world. The Stari Ras and Sopoćani monastery Decani Monastery Studenica, can be found on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
Studenica Monastery is one of the largest monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It is located 57 km from Kraljevo, central Serbia, founded by Stefan Nemanja 1190 year. The original combination of Byzantine space and temple structures, external forms and their processing in white marble, dating from Roman architecture consists of Studenica masterpieces of medieval European architecture. It is less known that right here was established the first Serbian hospital. An eight kilometers from the monastery, carved into the rock, is the hermitage of Saint Sava.
Žiča is located in the village Krusevica on the road between the Kraljevo and Mataruška Banja. The monastery was founded by Serbian King Stefan the First-Crowned. Construction of the main monastery church dedicated to the Ascension of Christ began in about 1206 was completed before in 1217 when Stefan the First-Crowned received the royal crown from Rome.
Sopoćani Monastery is located at the source of the Raška River, about 15 kilometers west of Novi Pazar, southwest Serbia. Sopocani monastery was built by Uroš I Nemanjić in 1260, and expanded and rebuilt in the mid 14th century by his great-grandson Dušan. From the once large monastery complex, which consisted of several buildings, today remains church Sv. Trinity. The monastery belongs to the architectural school of Ras. The frescoes of the monastery are one of the most impressive achievements of Byzantine fresco-painting, which depicts the monumental way, characters and events in Christian history. Sopocanska frescoes, made in the second half of the 13th century, representing the culmination of a classic style with main categories, harmony and beauty. The monastery and the complex of Stari Ras and Sopoćani, were added to the World Cultural and Natural Heritage List in 1979 year.
Tara National Park
Djerdap National Park
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National Parks and Mountains of Serbia
National Park Kopaonik
Kopaonik throughout the year offers ideal conditions for an active holiday and is the largest and most famous ski resort in Serbia. The highest point is Pančićev peak - 2,017 meters. "Mountain of the Sun" is the second name of this beautiful place. There is about 200 sunny days a year. Snow falls from the end of November and stays in May.
Superb maintained ski tracks at Kopaonik provide enjoyment to all categories of skiers, from beginners to top-level skiers and make your stay as comfortable as possible. Kopaonik ski resort has over 40 miles of ski tracks arranged for alpine skiing and 20 km of trails for cross-country skiing. For night skiing fans, there is a lighted ski track "Little Lake". In case of inclement weather, there is a possibility of covering part of the track with artificial snow. All the tracks are very well-connected with system of ski lifts, with a capacity of over 27,500 skiers per hour. Kopaonik also offers the snowboard park, which hosts both domestic and international competitions.
Ski Centre features:
Height of center 1.770m, Total length 44.000m, total lift capacity of 27,500 skiers / hour, number of light track 12, the number of middle track 7, the number of heavy tracks 4, longest run 3,500 m, height difference 512m, 18 km of Nordic trails, the length of the night runs 450m.
Seven-day ski pass in high season: 70 Eur for children and 100 Eur for adults.
National Park Tara
Tara is one of the richest and most valuable forested areas of Europe, both in terms of diversity and the preservation of ecosystems. It spreads to an altitude of 1,000 to 1,200 meters and covers an area of 19,200 hectares in the far west Serbia. At Tara grows Serbian spruce, "the Empress of European endemic species" with more than 1,000 plant species. Deep canyons and preserved vegetation are an ideal habitat for many species. The slopes of the canyon are temporarily or permanently habitat for about 100 species of birds such as the golden eagle, the griffon and vulturegray falcon. In the canyons of Tara, there are many traces of prehistoric, ancient, Roman and Byzantine culture.
Tara provides an ideal condition for an active holiday. In the winter, guests can ski at an altitude of 1,000 m. Two ski lifts, one for children and beginners length of 150 meters and a second for skiers, length 450 meters. During the summer season, tourists can use the beach at the lake, boats for excursions and outdoor swimming pools, 10 kilometers maintained walkways. For sports and recreation are available trim trail of 1.6 kilometers, the football field and outdoor facilities for sports. There are also other facilities such as exciting canyon hiking, cycling, boat rides on the lake, fishing, rafting and photo safari.
Zlatibor, the mountain of golden pines.
Zlatibor is located in the southwestern part of Serbia, at an altitude of 700 to 1,500 meters, 238 kilometers from Belgrade. The highest peaks are 1,496 Tornik we Čigota 1,422 m. Zlatibor is a famous summer and winter tourist center, with a long tradition among the mountains in Serbia. For the official beginning of tourism on Zlatibor is considered the arrival of King Aleksandar Obrenovic in 1893, Zlatibor is a mountain of great beauty, spacious lawns and mountain creeks. Because pines shining gold under the snowy this mountain was named Zlatibor (golden pines).
Ski center "Tornik" is located at an altitude of 1.110 - 1.490m, 9 km from the tourist center. Updated and expanded track which has four (Čigota, Tornik, Ribnica and Zmajevac), newly built, six-seater chairlift and ski lifts are "Tornik" ski center of exceptional quality to the taste of different categories of skiers.
Djerdap National Park - one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe
In the northeastern part of Serbia, on the border with Romania, there is a National Park Djerdap. The park covers an area of 63680 hectares.
Some interesting facts: The largest natural history and archaeological museum of Europe, park with the largest number of historical monuments from the Roman limes on the Danube, the earliest Neolithic settlement, founded more than 8,000 years (Lepenski Vir), park with the oldest geological history in Europe, the largest and longest gorge in Europe.
Lepenski Vir archaeological site located in the Djerdap gorge. There was one of the most important prehistoric cultures. At the site of Lepenski Vir was discovered the remains of sacred architecture from 6500 until 5500 BC.
Europe's First Monumental Sculpture At Lepenski Vir
Mediana - Emperor Constantine the Great
Archaeological Sites In Serbia
Modern Serbia is rich in traces of the past and of ancient civilizations. Numerous archaeological sites testify to a human presence from prehistoric times, through Rome, to the Middle Ages, a large and already excavated sites are Viminacium, Sirmium, Gamzigrad, Mediana, and others.
Viminacium - Roman defense line
Viminacium was the capital of the Roman province of Upper Moesia and the legionary camp. The most important remains of the city are located on the right bank of the river Mlava, where were the military camp and the village, built in the latter half of the I century. The Christ monogram of the second century was discovered here, so far the oldest evidence of early Christianity in the region.
At the site throughout the year are available expert guides and a dozen Roman chariot. There is also a Roman tavern to drink something. In the gift shop you can buy wine pottery, jewelry, .. Numerous tourists from America, Holland, Denmark, Austria and other countries who came to the Danube, are delighted with viminacium.
Gamzigrad - Felix Romuliana
Felix Romuliana is fantastic archaeological site. 238 km from Belgrade, an area of 6.5 ha, are the remains of magnificent imperial palace Felix Romuliana, determined by high walls for defense against incursions of barbarians. Imperial palace Felix Romuliana was built between 297 and 311 year AD, by the idea of the Roman Emperor Gaius Valerius Galerius Maximianus, in the luxurious style of antique architecture. The charismatic emperor Galerius was born in this luxurious palace.
The imperial palace Felix Romuliana since 2007 is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the target of curious visitors, as well as numerous researchers and archaeological experts from Serbia and around the world.
Not far from Niš halfway to Niska Banja is a well-known, but little explored archaeological site called "Mediana". It was built between III and IV Century by Emperor Constantine the Great, his summer residence.
Why, one of the most powerful emperors who ruled half the world, chose "turf" beside to Nis on 50 acres near the river Nisava to build his residence, when he could choose all the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean? Since the Mediana is located in a valley, a strategic totally defenseless against attacks by barbarian tribes, it is strange that Konstantin one of the most experienced Roman military leaders, decided to do just at that place, unless there were some valid and unusual reasons. And which they could be? The mystery becomes slightly larger after in 1972 when scientists for the first time conducted a serious archaeological excavation that reveal under the ground incredibly beautiful mosaics in the entire complex of the former Roman villa. To make the story about the secrets of Mediana be complete, we should mention the village about twenty kilometers from Mediana, named Jagličje. If Erich von Daniken had more time, he could take a picture of Jagličju another collection from five, many times described the mysterious stone balls identical to those found in Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico. The ones that are at the top of the hilly plateau called "Sokolov Reef" have a very large diameter of as much as two meters from unknown rock. No one knows who, why and when somebody did that? There are even stories about it. However, because there are records, many stories and testimonies from generation to generation, that the above Jagličja (what a strange name) in the past appeared "fire wagon" and floated "lighting of the church," which illuminated the night sky.
Vrnjacka Banja Spa
If you want to renew your spiritual and physical energy, spas in Serbia are the right place for you. Serbia has more than 1,000 sources of hot and cold mineral water and a great wealth of natural gas and mineral medicinal mud. Serbia Spas are located in a quiet valleys or on the slopes of a hill, surrounded by forests, meadows and orchards. The natural landscape has been supplemented by parks and promenades. Accommodation facilities, sports facilities, parks and swimming pools, and many events represent high-quality and modern tourist content.
Vrnjacka Banja Spa
Vrnjačka Spa is located in central Serbia, 200 km south of Belgrade. It is located on the slopes and in the valleys of Vrnjacka Goc and Lipovačka river. Elevation Vrnjacka Spa ranges from 220-300 meters. It is characteristic for its moderate continental climate, with moderately warm summers and moderately cold winters.
Vrnjačka Banja exists more than 135 years. This spa is named after the village Vrnjci. The first written records of Vrnjačkoj Spa can be found in the report of Baron Sigmund Herder who, by order of Prince Milos Obrenovic, examined the natural resources of Serbia. He gave a high assessment of the quality of mineral water and compared them with the famous Spa of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic.
Sports and Recreation Center "Paradise" has three grass football field, athletic track, and there are facilities for other sports. Guests have access to the sauna, bowling alley, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and fitness centers. Ski track on Goc mountain, attracts many lovers of winter sports.Goc is ideal for hunting too. During the whole year there are many cultural events and happenings. Vrnjačka Banja spa is best known and most popular tourist destinations in Serbia.
Sokobanja is an attraction to tourists due to its thermal mineral water, ideal altitude, temperate continental climate, fresh mountain air with plenty of oxygen and beautiful unspoiled nature. Spa is located in central Serbia near Rtanj mountain.
Bukovička Spa is located at the foot of Bukulja, at 256 m above sea level since 1811. Spa is located 76 km south of Belgrade.
Niska Banja lies at the foot of Koritnik, Dry Mountains, at an altitude of 248 m. The natural therapeutic factors of Niska Banja are mild, moderate continental climate, thermal mineral water and natural mineral mud. Medical and tourist facilities are located in the landscaped park of 5 hectares. Near Niska Banja is Košutnjak Forest Park, with its jogging tracks. Niška Spa has a library, art gallery and an open stage.
Devil's Town - Natural Wonder
Devil's Town is one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the world. Place have strange name and looks wonderful with a group of spindle pillars covered with stone caps, which science calls soil pyramids. It consists of 220 soil figures created by soil erosion. Due to the unusual look, the site is named Devil's Town. Devil's Town is a specific and very rare form of erosion. Attraction is special because of the very large number of persistent figure. Erosive processes on the site has been going the centuries, some figures are gradually falling, while others occur. A special feature compared to other similar natural phenomena in the world, gives it an extremely acidic water in the valley between the pillars, called the Devil's Water. It is by chemical composition, especially extreme acidity and high mineral content, unique in the world. The percentage of metal in the water is from five to incredible 16 percent. Protected monument of nature "Devil's Town" is located in the south of Serbia, 89 kilometers southwest of Nis, and 27 kilometers southeast of Kursumlija. Devil's Town was at the "New7Wonders of Nature campaign".
EXIT Festival - The Best Major European Festival - 2013 Highlights
- EXIT Festival
Welcome to EXIT ADVENTURE July 10-17th 2014! EXIT July 10-13, Petrovaradin Fortress /// Novi Sad, Serbia SEA DANCE FESTIVAL July 15-17, Jaz /// Budva, Montenegro
Exit Village, Danube Beach
EXIT Dance Arena
Great Festivals in Serbia
Exit is a music festival wish is held annually at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, starting from 2000 year. Known as one of the biggest music festival in South Eastern Europe. Association of seventy major European festivals granted Exit 2007 award for best festival of the year.
The best-known groups that have been played at the Exit: Underworld, Fatboy Slim, Slayer, Apocalyptica, White Stripes, Garbage, Sick Of It All, Napalm Death, Dee Face,Nitin Sawhney, Burhan Ocal, Gilles Peterson, The Datsuns, Huun-Huur-Tu, Sandy Rivera, Cypress Hill, Massive Attack, Iggy Pop, Billy Idol, Robert Plant, Moloko, Peaches, Prong
Musical genres at Exit: rock, pop, electronic, heavy metal, hip hop, drum & bass, punk
More than 3.000.000 people from 60 countries have visited Exit in last 14 years. The youngest visitor was 18 months and the oldest was 72 years old.
Price: Exit Package - Bus/train transfer, accommodation, tickets = 139 Eur (10 to 13 July) or 199 Eur (10 to 17 July)
Accommodation: Camp 30 Eur 1 Person/8 days or Hostel 15 Eur/1 Person
This year Exit will be organized at two locations, in Novi Sad, Petrovaradin Fortress from 10 to 13 July and in Montenegro, Sea Dance Festival beach party from 15 to 17 July
Guca - Madness, made in Serbia
Guca is a famous brass festival held once a year in a small town of Guca. More than 500.000 people from all around the world visit small town of 2000 inhabitants every year. Festival is situated in western Serbia, a couple of hours bus journey from Belgrade.
" I didn't know you could play trumpet that way ", said Miles Davis, a Guča Festival visitor.
Guca is definitely the largest trumpet festival in the world. First festival was held 53 years ago and since than attracts visitors from all continents. It is a great honor to brass orchestra to be invited on festival.
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- Visiting Macedonia
Macedonia is historical the land of Alexander the Great. However, time and history has changed the entire landscape of this former Yugoslavian state, offering a rich area of cultural and natural beauty.