Serbia is a beautiful country, a destination still far from mass tourism to discover slowly, walking and on the trains, between forests and streams of water, among reserves and parks. For the ecotourists, for those who love the authenticity and uncontaminated nature, Serbia is a paradise, and today we'll tell you all about.
Serbia has many faces to be discovered: the liveliness of the capital and other cities, the rich testimony of a long and important history, the arts and architecture, the national parks, the rich flora and fauna, the slow pace of rural villages, the untouched nature
The capital of the country, which is located where the river Sava flows into the Danube, is a modern, young and creative city. Walk through its streets to discover museums, art galleries; stop for a drink in the bar with modern design and go into the old city, the picturesque Stari Grad, here life is lived around the fortress Kalegmegdan, beautiful green lung of the city.
Immerse yourself in the neighborhood of Skadarljia, the neighborhood with a bohemian soul. Do not miss the St. Sava Temple, one of the biggest Orthodox temples in the world and one of the most beautiful views of the city. Finish your day in the kafana, typical taverns where you can taste the typical Serbian flavors.
The second largest city of Serbia is Novi Sad, in the northwest of Belgrade, along the Danube. Here you live between elegance, tradition and modernity. It is city from a multiethnic soul that is also reflected in different architectural styles. The city's symbol is the Petrovaradin fortress, now arts center, planetarium, place of nightlife and home to the famous music festival EXIT.
Here the Emperor Constantine the Great was born. We are southeast of the capital, and here we can enjoy the spirit of the Balkans, understand the history and culture in museums and archaeological sites. In this city, which is one of the oldest in the Balkans and easily explored on foot, you can not miss the ruins of Mediana.
Along the way across Europe, arriving in Serbia, the Danube passes through the geographic, geological, historical and cultural points of interest of the country. The River (navigable) was crucial in the history of the country, a meeting place and passage of different cultures. For this reason, along its entire length, from the Pannonian Plain to Djerdap, alternate with beautiful landscapes of nature, there are cities and historical sites of the country. On the border with Romania, the river is lost in the Iron Gates, a spectacular series of gorges, the biggest river pass in Europe.
The itineraries that can be done are many, discover those we have chosen for you:
Parallel to the vitality of its cities, in Serbia there are places where life has the rhythm of nature. Here the country will surprise you more because of its nature of unusual beauty. In every corner we find parks, such as the National Tara, in the far west, to Koponik, in central Serbia, the Shar Planina in the far south. Each park has its characteristic landscapes, forests, valleys, mountains, its rich flora, often with many endemic species such as Serbian spruce. You can not miss the picturesque Uvac canyon, one of the habitats of the griffon; and Djavolja Varos (Devil's Town), a masterpiece of nature with its characteristic pyramidal formations of land and "hats" made of stone.
On the banks of the rivers, in the wide plains, scattered on the slope and the tops of the mountains, surrounded by woods, in the vineyards, you will find the villages of the country Serbian. It is nice to walk in the rural villages, crossed by streams and often surrounded by deep forests.
Here we can know the authentic hospitality of the Balkans, which is almost sacred, and the true flavors of the fish soup, the plates of sausage banarska accompanied by beans.
Along with the inhabitants, you can enjoy fishing, horse riding, swimming, the harvest of medicinal plants and berries, walking or cycling, making jams and liqueurs, thus living a different and unforgettable holiday.
The Serbian cuisine is very rich and varied and it's born as a fusion of Bulgarian, Greek, Hungarian and Turkish cuisines. The specialty that you must try are the ćevapi, rolls of minced meat with onions and bread, the Pljeskavica, spiced and grilled meat , Serb beans, the gibanica, the proja (a corn bread) and the delicious ajvar, a peppers cream. During your holiday, you'll try also several soups. And to finish off a great meal you just have to taste the grapes, the Sljivovica and lozovaca.
Discover all eco-friendly accommodations in Serbia, from the appartaments surrounded by vineyards, to the small B&B in town.
Cover image: Tupavica falls, photo by Milos Golubovic via Flickr
Author: Chiara Marras