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Located on the Balkan peninsula, in southeast Europe, Serbia is among Europe’s most affordable destinations. Formerly under Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman rule, the landlocked country is known for its natural beauty, gastronomy, and vibrant nightlife. While in the country, adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers can hike the forested hills of Kopaonik National Park taking in the scenic views of valleys and rivers. Visitors can also indulge in other activities such as biking, rafting, kayaking, and more. Zlatibor is a popular ski area known for its party atmosphere. To uncover Serbia’s Austro-Hungarian heritage, visitors can explore few towns in Vojvodina, including Sombor, Bela Crkva, and Subotica, and marvel at their intricate secessionist architecture. Major landmarks in Serbia are Belgrade Fortress, Golubac Castle, Petrovaradin Fortress, Sombre Red Cross Concentration Camp, Resavska Pecina Caves, House of Flowers Mausoleum, Studenica Monastery, Lepenski Vir, Sirogojno Open Air Museum, Saint Sava Church, and Aleksandar Nevski Church. Serbia is a Balkan gem in terms of gastronomy and famous for its grilled meat, carp and trout. Visitors must not miss out on the opportunity to try local delicacies such as ‘Raznjici’, shish kebabs of pork or veal, and ‘Pljeskavica,’ grilled meat patties with onion and spices.
Popular Destinations in Serbia
Capital of Serbia, Belgrade is undoubtedly the country’s top tourist
destination with its ancient history, booming nightlife, and culinary
excellence. The city is located at the intersection between the Sava and
Danube rivers. Belgrade is an eclectic mix of old and new styles, from Art
Nouveau structures to 19th century buildings. Ottoman relics contrast with
remnants of the Habsburg legacy and Socialist Modernist monoliths. The
cultural city is lined with museums, performing art venues, and parks, such
as National Theater, Nikola Tesla Museum, National Museum of Serbia,
Tasmajdan Park, Museum of Yugoslavia, Jevremovac Botanical Garden, and
Museum of Contemporary Art. Belgrade has earned the reputation of being a
notorious party town, hub of nightlife in the Balkans, due to its numerous
floating nightclubs (splavovi) which are native to Belgrade. Visitors here
will find several alternatives in the bohemian Skadarlija quarter as well.
Major attractions in Belgrade are Church of Saint Sava, Republic Square,
House of Flowers, St. Mark's Church, Bajrakli Mosque, Millennium Tower, St.
Michael's Cathedral, Princess Ljubica's Residence, and Nikola Pasic Square.
Located in Northern Serbia, on the banks of Danube River, Novi Sad has been
a cultural hub for centuries. The liberal city is 2019’s European Youth
Capital and famed for its alternative music scene, and established
galleries. Novi Sad hosts Serbia's largest music festival. The Exit
Festival, one of Europe's foremost music events, is held annually at the
Petrovaradin Fortress. The looming Fortress dates back to the 17th
century and comprises tunnels and a clock tower. Novi Sad is home to a
number of noteworthy museums such as Museum of Vojvodina, Matica Srpska
Gallery, Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, and City Museum of Novi Sad.
While here, visitors can wander through pretty cobbled streets lined with
cafes and shops and explore the city at their own pace. Notable attractions
in Novi Sad are Novi Sad Synagogue, Saint George's Cathedral, Varadin
Bridge, Danube Park, Strand Beach, and Rakovac Monastery.
Located in Southern Serbia, Nis is the third largest city in the country.
Founded in 279 BC by Scordisci, it is among the oldest cities in the
Balkans and all of Europe and considered to be gateway between the West and
the East. Formerly under Roman, and Byzantine rule, Nis is renowned as the
birthplace of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. Nis is home to one
of the oldest churches in the country and multiple historic landmarks such
as Memorial of Constantine the Great, Nis Fortress, Bubanj Memorial Park,
Kurvingrad, Bali-Beg Mosque, and Islam-Aga's Mosque. The area in front of
the Nis Fortress is lined with rows of cafes which are frequented by the
local student population.
Best Time to Visit Serbia
Serbia experiences heavy snowfall and rain, hence the best time to take Serbia flights is in the months of May, July, August, and September. For those who wish to take cheap flights to Serbia, the ideal time to visit is between the months of April and October when the weather is still bearable, and crowds are less.
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