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Serbia Travel Guide, Discover the Balkans!

March 19, 2015

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Serbia is a small and coquette country located in the Balkans, one of the former six republics of the ex-socialist republic of Yugoslavia.

Serbia is neighbored by Bosnia and Herzegovina on the western border, by Montenegro on the south, Croatia on the North West, Bulgaria on the south-east, Hungary to the north, Romania on the north eastern border, Macedonia and Albania on the southern one. As you can easily observe, Serbia sits on a major land-route if you travel from, let’s say Turkey to central Europe, making for a strategic point if you’re into exploring the old continent.

With a land surface of 81,361 square kilometers and a population of almost 10 million, Serbia sits on the crossroads of European trading routes and history, being a very hospitable country who welcomes tourists while its capital Belgrade is world renowned as one of the emerging/developing capitals of Europe.

The Serbs speak English pretty good and Serbia is filled with tourists in the summer, most of them being German, Italians, English and French who gather here to enjoy the mix of cultures, religions and ethnics that make Serbia unique.

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What to see, what to do in Serbia

Well, Serbia is not your regular mass-travel destination but this is a good thing, because while you’re here you can enjoy one of the hottest and less known, actually undiscovered Eurotrip destinations.

The capital is Belgrade and offers everything, ranging from a tumultuous night life and beautiful girls to lots of art galleries and museums, everything spiced up by a multitude of cafes and restaurants, not to mention some of the trendiest nightclubs in the European Union. The Old Town is the place for architecture buffs, because here you shall find the Belgrade Fortress, Kalemegdan Park and the Cathedral of Saint Sava, also Princess Ljubica Conac, a residence built by Turks back in the 19th century.

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Djerdap National Park spreads over 64,000 hectares and its main point of interest is the river valley, which is made out for gorges. This is not the only national park in Serbia that’s worth visiting, while you’re at it go see Fruska, Gora, Sara, Tara and Kopaonik. Fruska Gora is perfect for hikers and animal lovers (bird watching) and also harbors a few old monasteries.

The kings of Serbia used to be crowned, back in the old day that is, in the Monastery of Zica, located next to Kraljevo, making for an interesting example of the Serbian school of architecture (Morava).

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Another interesting urban dwelling is Novi Sad, far away from Belgrade (I almost wrote Baghdad) , a lively town boasting with its elegant city Centre and its picturesque medieval fortress that overlooks the great river Danube.

Up north from the capital Belgrade sits the old province of Vojevodina, a place of beauty, filled with wild-life and wooded hills, home of Orthodox churches and monasteries. Far up north you’ll discover Subotica, where you can admire the heavy influences of Hungarian architecture along with an interesting array of secessionist art.

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While living the wild life in Belgrade, stop for a little history lesson at Nikola Tesla museum where you can enjoy some impressive live demonstrations of his magnificent inventions that shaped the 20th century. Also in Belgrade you can take a peek at the Museum of Yugoslav History where Tito (the former “dictator”) is buried; there’s lot to learn about Serbian culture here, it’s worth every penny.

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Food and drink in Serbia

Serbia is the grilled meat capital of the world. Along with animal meat, fish dishes are highly praised, but keep in mind that if you’re into veggie burgers, these are not the droids you’re looking for.

Serbian specialties include jellied pork, grilled minced meat (charcoaled), skewered meat, cabbage leaves filled with meat/rice, meat patties (lamb, beef, pork) and if so much meat made you thirsty, you’ll enjoy slivovica (a local brandy made from plums), rakija (a spirit made from grapes), various wines( Riesling, traminer, vugava) and last but not least, Turkish style coffee. As you can see, Serbians party hard and eat like real men!!!

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Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required if you wish to enter Serbia, but no visa. If you’re from the European Union, you can visit with only your national ID card.

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