Serbia, located in southern Europe is one of the relatively new countries, founded in 2006. It is steeped with history, culture, and nature, making it ideal for a vacation with the whole family. In this blog we list 10 attractions in Serbia that you should not miss during your trip.
10. Devil’s Town
One of the most unique nature attractions of Serbia is actually a work in progress. Nearly 200 rocky pillars which are continually breaking and growing make up this tourist attraction. Devil’s Town is located in southern Serbia. It stretches over 2 valleys along the Radan Mountain. Acidic water in the region keeps cutting through these rocks to create these unique towers. A local legend gave this attraction its name. According to folklore, the rocks were actually members of a wedding party who were scared by the Devil and turned to stone.
Zlatibor is a tourist destination situated in the mountains of western Serbia. It is an ideal location for nature lovers and those who are into skiing. While summers can be spent exploring the several hiking trails, winters are reserved for skiing. Tornik, a ski resort on the highest mountain of the region, is the main crowd puller, accommodating up to 5400 skiers per hour. The region is extremely scenic, with quaint ancient villages and large meadows. At Zlatibor you can also visit the open air museum and several wooden churches. The region is also a haven for food lovers. Try the Zlatiborian prsuta, a local delicacy made of dried meat, and Slivovitz, a plum brandy.
Subotica is one of the best places to visit in Serbia as it is home to numerous art nouveau buildings. The city has the highest Catholic population in Serbia. It is the 5th largest city in the country. The City Hall and the Synagogue, both dating back to the early 1900s, are major attractions of Subotica. In addition, this ancient city also has some historical architecture like the Cathedral of St. Theresa of Avila, constructed in 1797. Numerous cafes thrive along the main square, which houses the City Hall along with its blue fountain. Subotica is also home to one of the largest flea markets in Europe, in its Buvljak neighborhood.
7. Novi Sad
Novi Sad is a beautiful city along the banks of the Danube River. The city is considered to have one of the best beaches of the Danube. Founded in the late 17th century, it is the 2nd largest city of Serbia. Novi Sad is known for its relaxed ambiance, ideal for tourists who are looking for a laid-back vacation. Some of the major tourist attractions of Novi Sad include the old Town Hall, Dvorac Dundjerski Castle, and the Serbian Orthodox Church of the Great Martyr St. George. A major event in the city calendar is the popular annual Exit music festival. The festival is hosted every July at Petrovaradin, an old unconquered fortress.
6. Studenica Monastery
This 12th century Studenica Monastery is considered to be the richest monastery in Serbia. But that is not why it makes it to our list. The monastery is also renowned for its stunning Byzantine frescoes and paintings from the 13th and 14th centuries. Even the churches in the monastery complex have some stunning ornate decorations. Of special mention are its 2 white marble churches — Church of the Virgin, and Church of the King. This mother of all Serbian Orthodox monasteries is set amidst lush greenery which adds to its visual appeal. The monastery complex also has the tomb of Stefan Nemnja – the founder of the Nemanjic Dynasty as well as this monastery.
5. Derdap National Park
Derdap National Park boasts of four gorges that stretch a total of 115 km through beautiful valleys. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Serbia, especially for nature lovers. The four gorges together make the Derdap gorge. One of the gorges, Gospodin vit, is home to one of the deepest rivers on earth. The Derdap gorge is nicknamed the Iron Gate as it is the southern entrance to the imposing Carpathian Mountains. The Park is situated along the Danube River and is treasure trove of nature for its rich flora and fauna. A popular attraction of the region is the magnificent Golubac fortress. Tourists also flock the artificial lake in the vicinity.
Palic is a small town in Serbia located close to the border of Hungary. If you are looking to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature then this is the place to be. Palic is known for its beautiful lake, gardens, and wineries. It is home to an annual European film festival every summer. You can choose to stay overnight in Palic as it has a wide range of accommodations. It can also be covered through a day trip from Subotica which is about 8 km away.
3. Kopaonik National Park
The Kopaonik National Park is home to Kopaonik, the highest mountain in Serbia. Established in 1981, the park is also a home to the largest ski resort of the country. It boasts of 25 lifts and runs that can handle up to 32000 skiers every hour. So if you are into skiing, then head to the park between November and May. However, if you are more into hiking, then you have to visit in the summer months. It has numerous trails dotted with rock formations which are uniquely named — waterfalls, hot springs, and geysers! The region is also famous for its minerals. Silver, iron, zinc, and even gold have been mined from the mountain. So keep a lookout for anything shiny when you hike!
If you are traveling between Belgrade and Sofia, then Nis is a must visit attraction. It is the 3rd largest city of Serbia and steeped with history. Nis was founded way back in 279 BC. It is the birthplace of the legendary Constantine the Great — the founder of Constantinople. There is a memorial in Nis to celebrate its favorite son. Nis is also home to the ruins of a fortress that was built in the 18th century by the Turks. Another attraction, which is not for the faint-hearted, is the Skull Tower. It is made of the skulls of the hapless Serbian victims decapitated by the Ottomans. A more relaxing attraction would be to visit Niska Banja, a hot water spring with medicinal properties.
Belgrade, which is located near the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers, is the capital and largest city of Serbia. The beauty and tranquility of the city is in sharp contrast to its tumultuous history of war and destruction. The city is host to numerous events throughout the year ranging from film festivals and musical concerts to book fairs and beer festivals. The Belgrade Fortress is the city‘s most sought after historic site due to numerous churches and museums. Of special mention are ‘The National Museum’ and ‘Nikola Telsa Museum.’ Take a tour of these museums or go for a casual river walk to have a feel of the city.
Originally posted 2017-04-24 06:25:11.