Serbia is located in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula and is at the crossroads of Western and Eastern Europe. Belgrade, the capital city, attracts many visitors from around the world and is considered to be a city for “every taste and every budget”. Serbia, like most of the region, was under the rule of different empires, such as the Ottoman and the Austro-Hungarian ones. The Ottoman Empire has in particular left a lot of influence on the language, the food, the dress and the architecture.
Apart from important monuments and landmarks dating back to pre-history, Serbia is also home to many national parks such as Fruška Gora in the Northwest, and Djerdap in the East, bordering Romania.
What to See
Belgrade, the capital city, will give you plenty to explore for a couple of days. Start with Park Kalemegdan and the fortress that has been of strategic importance over many centuries. Proceed to Knez Mihailova street, the main thoroughfare, and be prepared to see a lot of tourists and locals strolling and admiring the many shops and cafés. Aim to visit Trg Republike (Republic’s square), the National Museum of Serbia, and Skadarlija, the old part of town, all in the proximity of Knez Mihailova street.
Other cities in Serbia that offer a lot of history and sight seeing are Novi Sad in the north, and Niš in the south. To the east and close to the border with Bulgaria is Gamzigrad, a Roman archeological site, spa resort and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
What to Do
Sightseeing, spa resorts (banje), wineries in Fruška gora and the many restaurants and nightclubs in Belgrade will do for a more “hedonistic” vacation, but there are always plenty of opportunities for a more active lifestyle – such as a guided hike on Tara Mountain, rafting on the river Drina, or paragliding.
What to Eat
Everything! Well, that is, everything they put on your plate! Ćevapi, pljeskavica, shopska salad, burek, gibanica, djuveč, mućkalica, sarma, Karadjordjeva steak, kajmak and pršut are some of the dishes you will encounter very often, and they are all very difficult to forget! Prijatno! Bon Appétit!