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Honeymoon in Serbia

Typically Serbian!

It does not take long for foreign visitors to Serbia to discover the hospitality, kindness, openness and warmth of the country’s residents.

Shaking hands, done using the right hand, is customary when being introduced or meeting somebody of either gender. Kissing is not a necessity when meeting somebody for the first time, but every time you meet from then on, if you have developed affection for the person in question, kissing three times on the cheeks is the order of the day in Serbia. Of course, nobody will object if you only kiss once or twice while giving a long and sincere hug.

In Serbia, toasts are usually made with traditional rakija (brandy), often home-distilled. Toasts are made by clinking glasses, making direct eye contact and loudly proclaiming “Živeli!” A speech is usually only made on formal occasions, normally by the host, but a guest may give one, too.

Serbs enjoy rich and flavorsome food and normally have three meals a day, with lunch being the largest.

Paying the bill in restaurants is a big part of the Serbian mentality. The host will almost never allow a guest to pay for lunch, dinner or drinks because it is customary for the host to take care of all expenses while a guest is staying with him or her.

In contrast to the rest of Europe, there is no single day of the week in Serbia when you cannot have a night out and that holds true for all generations, for all lifestyles and musical tastes and for all available budgets. After a wild night out, somewhere around three or four o’clock in the morning, people continue onward in search of grilled meat or burek.

Destinations

Begin your travels through Serbia in Belgrade, the capital city, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Belgrade offers many great places to visit, with Ada Ciganlija – or the Belgrade Sea as it is known to the locals – Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan Park coming highly recommended. After an action-packed day, next up is a lively night out on the town, something for which Belgrade is well known.

Now make your way to Fruška Gora mountain, known as Serbia’s Mount Athos, which has 17 monasteries dating from the 15th to 18th centuries nestling on its slopes. And with that you have begun your journey through Vojvodina, known for its numerous farmsteads (salaši), stables, wine cellars, food and, of course, the EXIT music festival. This festival is held annually in the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad and attracts over half a million young people from all around the world.

As you sail along the Danube in Serbia, you will discover on its banks traces of prehistoric civilizations, such as Vinca near Belgrade and Lepenski Vir near Donji Milanovac. You will also come across Roman-era Viminacium, formerly one of the most important military camps on the Danube. Combine culture with adventure by using the many marked cycling paths to explore the banks of the Danube.

And in the south there is Niš, the birthplace of Constantine the Great, in whose time Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Southern Serbia is known for its energetic music, flavorsome food, Pirot carpets, peppers and kackavalj (caciocavallo) cheese. In Leskovac, do not miss out on tasting the best grilled meat in the whole of Serbia. After the rich food, you will appreciate the sharp mountain air of Stara Planina, eastern Serbia’s most beautiful mountain, where you will enjoy skiing or hiking in the midst of unspoilt nature. A little further south Vlasinsko Jezero lake and its floating peat islands await you.

Western Serbia offers an entirely different landscape and experience. Your first stop should be Oplenac, a cultural and historical site, home to the very important St George Church (Crkva Svetog Dorda) which is also the mausoleum of the Serbian Karadordevic family dynasty. Continue your journey through the “Valley of the Kings“, from the 13th-century Žica monastery to the 12th-century Studenica monastery which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. In this region you will also see the 13th-century Gradac monastery, the endowment of French princess Helen of Anjou, the wife of King Uroš I Nemanjic.

Now it is time for sport and adventure. Western Serbia, with its numerous mountains, rivers and lakes, is the perfect place for sports in the great outdoors. The Drina, Uvac, Lim and Ibar are rivers on which you can seek out an adrenaline rush, but remember, you need a good team for white water rafting.

Don’t miss out on taking a train ride on the 1925 Šargan Eight (Šarganska Osmica) railway, whose tracks cut through the mountain landscape of Mokra Gora in the shape of a figure of eight. Not far from here is the Sirogojno ethnic village and there are also opportunities for village tourism in hospitable Serbian households, with healthy, traditional food and, of course, local rakija (Serbian brandy), as well as traditional trades and handicrafts. You should also visit Drvengrad, a modern ethnic village built by famous Serbian film director Emir Kusturica.

The multitude of spas, which were once frequented by Roman emperors and now frequented by business people and top sportsmen and women, are ideal places for rest and relaxation. The best known spas are Vrnjacka Banja, Sokobanja, Banja Kanjiža, Banja Koviljaca and Palic. Or maybe a mountain health resort, such as Zlatibor, Zlatar or Divcibare, would be more to your taste. Nature has been generous to Serbia, so close to the spas there are many reserves, natural monuments and protected plant and animal habitats.

And winter sports lovers will enjoy the range of facilities on Kopaonik mountain, where the skiing season starts at the beginning of December and ends as late as April. During rest of the year you can partake in mountain walking, flying, orienteering or bird watching.

Regardless of where in Serbia you begin your journey, you will feel the tradition and spirit of the people conveyed through the wide range of events – whether tourist, cultural, sport or entertainment – which are held all year round. The Dragacevo Brass Bands Festival in Guca, the Homolj Motifs in Kucevo, the Rajac Mow, the Shepherd Days of Kosjeric, Vrnjci Carnival and the Days of Grape Picking in Vršac are just a few of them.

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Culture

Although Serbia has for centuries been the scene of frequent wars, devastation, fires and mass-migrations, on the turbulent roads leading from East to Europe and from Europe to East, a rich cultural and historical legacy has remained there. The rich variety of historical monuments and sites of natural beauty make Serbia a country of great interest for tourism and very much part of its attraction.

Testament to prehistoric life in this region are the numerous archaeological sites. Lepenski Vir, the first example of socioeconomic structure between 6500 and 5500 BC, Starcevo from the Early Neolithic, 5500 to 4500 BC, and Vinca from the Late Neolithic, 4500 to 3200 BC, constitute the evidence that this was for millennia a cultural centre of the prehistoric world.

There are also the important remains of Roman roads and towns – Gamzigrad, Sirmium, and Mediana, with a variety of structures – which today bear witness to six centuries of the presence of the Roman Empire on the territory of Serbia.

One of the most important categories of preserved monument in Serbia are Orthodox monasteries, which came into being during the period from the 12th to the 17th century. They can be found in an area ranging from Fruška Gora in the north, through the Morava and Ibar valleys, all the way to Kosovo and Metohija. The Stari Ras and Sopocani complex, Studenica monastery and Visoki Decani, together with the Patriarchate of Pec, Gracanica and the Our Lady of Ljeviš church in Prizren, are listed under the joint name of “Mediaeval Monuments in Kosovo (Serbia)” on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

See you in Serbia! Welcome!

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Nature

Plant and animal varieties which have disappeared and become extinct in other parts of Europe can still be seen by lovers of nature and wilderness, living in the green marshlands and dense forests of Serbia.

Serbia is also a perfect destination for all those seeking an adventure-packed outdoor holiday. Those daring enough to experience true freedom at dizzying heights can try cliff or rock climbing. If hiking is more to your taste, you can expect to enjoy the beauty of nature with its abundance of medicinal herbs, mushrooms and forest fruits.

Serbia abounds in protected areas of special geological, biological and environmental diversity, as defined by international criteria and indicators. The biodiversity – the natural diversity of species and ecosystems, together with the geodiversity – the diversity of forms and phenomena in the geological make-up of Serbia, make it a country in which every nature-lover can find something of interest.

The UNESCO list of wetlands of international significance – protected under the Ramsar convention – includes nine sites in Serbia. The UNESCO MAB Council has designated part of the Golija nature park as the Golija-Studenica Biosphere Reserve not only for its exceptionally well-preserved authentic natural resources but also for its cultural resources.

We invite you to visit Serbia’s nature reserves, national parks, natural monuments, protected habitats of threatened plant and animal species, areas of outstanding beauty and nature parks.

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Activities

All you have to do is decide what interests you the most: leisurely enjoyment of the outdoors, adventure in the air and on water or up close and personal encounters with Serbia’s animal kingdom?

You can enjoy horse riding across the plains of Vojvodina or conquer the high peaks on Kopaonik mountain. You can cycle across the hilly and green landscape of the Šumadija region or try your hand at mountain biking on the steep trails on Tara mountain. If you are not keen on flying in a powered paraglider, maybe exploring the depths of the Zlotska Pecine cave will be more to your liking. And whether you prefer hunting for prize stags or fishing where you do not have to lie about the size of the catch afterwards – the choice is yours.

Source: www.serbia.travel/

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