Begin your travels through Serbia in Belgrade, the capital city, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. With its vast mountains and plateaus, it is a scenic land of great grandeur with rivers flowing north into the Danube. Nature has been generous to Serbia, there are many reserves, natural monuments and protected plant and animal habitats.
Belgrade offers many great places to visit, with Ada Ciganlija – or the Belgrade Sea as it is known to the locals – Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan Park coming highly recommended. After an action-packed day, next is a lively night out on the town, something for which Belgrade is well known. Combine culture with adventure by using the many marked cycling paths to explore the banks of the Danube. As you sail along the Danube in Serbia, you will discover on its banks traces of prehistoric civilisations,. And in the south there is Niš, the birthplace of Constantine the Great. Fruška Gora mountain, known as Serbia’s Mount Athos, which has 17 monasteries dating from the 15th to 18th centuries nestling on its slopes.
Western Serbia offers an entirely different landscape and experience. Western Serbia, with its numerous mountains, rivers and lakes, is the perfect place for sports in the great outdoors.
Don’t miss out on taking a train ride on the 1925 ŠarganEight (ŠarganskaOsmica) railway, whose tracks cut through the mountain landscape of Mokra Gora in the shape of a figure of eight. Not far from here is the Sirogojno ethnic village. There are also opportunities for village tourism in hospitable Serbian households, with healthy, traditional food and, of course, local rakija (Serbian brandy), as well as traditional trades and handicrafts.
The multitude of spas, which were once frequented by Roman emperors and now frequented by business people and top sportsmen and women, are ideal places for rest and relaxation. And winter sports lovers will enjoy the range of facilities on Kopaonikmountain, where the skiing season starts at the beginning of December and ends as late as April. During rest of the year you can partake in mountain walking, flying, orienteering or bird watching.
Regardless of where in Serbia you begin your journey, you will feel the tradition and spirit of the people through its wide range of events – The Dragačevo Brass Bands Festival in Guča, the Homolj Motifs in Kučevo, the Rajac Mow, the Shepherd Days of Kosjerić, Vrnjci Carnival and the Days of Grape Picking in Vršac are just a few of them.