Serbia Travel Guide
Serbia surprised me. I expected the history, architecture, and pretty rural towns and villages. I was not expecting the incredible modern chic party and music scene that thrives on the streets of Belgrade.
Like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia is a country that is reinventing itself and is fast becoming a must-see on the Balkan tourist trail.
The capital Belgrade is ideal for a city break and I believe compares well to cities like Ljubljana, Split, and Bratislava for things to do and places to see.
For winter sports enthusiasts there is the resort of Kopaonik which I visited some years ago. The resort provided a warm welcome and some difficult yet exciting and adventurous skiing.
The towns of Novi Sad, Nis, and Subotica attract visitors for their history and architecture.
Map of Serbia
GMT +1 Hour
2 hr 40 from London
Memories Of Serbia
I really enjoyed Serbia. The heavily protected landmark that is the Hotel Moskva in Belgrade was undoubtedly my highlight of Belgrade as well as the easy-going life down by the river Danube.
The city of Novi Sad with the incredible Petrovaradin fortress overlooking the Danube was special, especially the art kiosks that sit alongside the imposing walls.
The annual EXIT music festival is held in Novi Sad and has become a bit of an institution for party lovers. Maybe one day I might give it a go!
Serbia on Film
Getting Around Serbia
Hiring a car in Serbia is a great way to explore the country although public forms of transport are extensive aside from those little rural villages that are a little off the beaten track.
Belgrade and Nis are Serbia’s international airports although currently there are no internal domestic services available.
Mountain biking is popular in rural areas and bicycle lanes in the main city centres are becoming more widespread.
Sightseeing boats on the Danube are a must.
The bus service network is excellent in most areas of the country and cost-effective if a little slower than some forms of transport.
Places To Stay in Serbia
Top Things To See & Do
The capital city of Belgrade provides visitors incredible architecture, the cosmopolitan shores of the Danube, a huge choice of retail therapy, parks, and green spaces plus a nightlife to rival that of any in Europe.
The laid-back city of Novi Sad provides a mix of history in its museums and art galleries and then the modern-day attractions of fine shopping, restaurants, cafes, and bars. The iconic Petrovaradin Fortress is the city’s most famous attraction as well as the annual EXIT music festival that brings in those looking to party the night away.
Fruska Gora National Park
This is Serbia’s oldest national park where nature, vineyards, and monasteries combine to give visitors a real sense of the beauty of rural Serbia.
Close to the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad is the traditional and pretty town of Sremski Karlovci with is famous for food and poetry festivals as well as its parks and architecture
Located in the north of Serbia the beautiful city of Subotica has a lake and plenty of buildings from the art nouveau era.
Oplenac & Aleksandrovic Winery, Topola
The town of Oplenacis is a traditional Serbian town with plenty to enjoy in terms of architecture and history. Just outside the town is the Aleksandrovic Winery – one of the top vineyards in all of Serbia.
For the adventurous head west to discover the Ovcar-Kablar Gorge where you can enjoy spectacular views and hiking
Tara National Park
Also on the west side of the country, there is the first national park of Serbia – Tara National Park. There is a spectacular gorge as well as a lake here and also a population of brown bears which can if you are lucky, be viewed at special locations around the park.
Ivanjica & Mount Golija
In the southwest of Serbia, there is the town of Ivanjica and nearby the Hadzi-Prodan Paleolithic caves. Not far from here is Mount Golija, offering great walking hiking, and winter skiing opportunities.
The city of Nis is the third largest city in Serbia with its main attraction the Skull Tower which is a tower of over 900 human skulls embedded into its walls. It dates back to the 19th century during the days of Ottoman rule. Nearby to Nis, there is plenty of green spaces and hiking available.