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What to see and do in Serbia – a guide to notable attractions and landmarks

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With its vertiginous mountains, historic monuments and vibrant cities, Serbia is rich in natural beauty, history and culture. The silver-lining of the country’s volatile past is that much of the landscape remains unspoilt, as well as guaranteeing a holiday devoid of hectic tourist resorts. Whether you choose to visit one of the many beautiful monasteries, ramble along the gorges of Homolje, or dance the night away on one of Belgrade’s popular splavs, you won’t be left wanting for things to do.

Nenad Marinkovic

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Serbia

Belgrade Fortress

 

Proudly perched on a grassy hill overlooking the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, Belgrade Fortress is an impressive relic marking the various periods throughout Serbia’s cultural history. Nowadays, the fort and many of its historic artefacts sit among manicured gardens and popular cafés, as well as playing host to many of the city’s sports, arts and music events. Head down after sunset and see the stone walls beautifully illuminated as you stroll along the riverbank.

 

Fruska Gora National Park

 

Arising out of the Pannonia plain, Fruska Gora Mountain and the surrounding national park are an ideal location to check out the county’s indigenous flora and fauna. Wander the unspoilt valleys, through abundant meadows and thriving forests, and those who are really lucky may spot some of the country’s more endangered animals. Also, be sure to explore and discover over a dozen monasteries peppered throughout this region, evidencing Serbia’s spiritual past.

 

Palić Wine Route

 

Perhaps not the first country we think of when it comes to wine, however, lying in the same latitude as some of the major French vineyards, the northern region of Vojvodina is home to numerous wineries which have been producing fine wine for thousands of years. Visitors to the region have the choice of following several wine routes, allowing plenty of opportunity to sample the local vintage, and what better way to take in the scenery as you do!

 

Resavska Pećina

 

Hidden beneath the rolling hills, the clandestine caves of Resavska Pecina are home to a dazzling display of stalagmites, stalactites and flow stone waterfalls. Beautifully illuminated, negotiate your way through this vast subterranean cathedral, admiring the magical red, white and yellow hues exposed all around you.

 

Vlasina Lake

 

Set upon a mountainous plateau, 1200 metres above sea-level, this gem is still largely undiscovered by many tourists. The altitude, along with rich ecology and plentiful surrounding forest, makes this the perfect location to relax and unwind in isolated bliss. If you’re lucky, you may even get to witness one of the lake’s party-pieces: during particularly high water levels, peat land on the surrounding shores can sometimes become detached, forming a floating island.

 

Kopaonik mountain range

 

Come winter, the lush green mountains, synonymous with hiking. turn a fluffy shade of white and Kopaonik becomes home to Serbia’s largest ski resort. With a vast array of runs, varying in difficulty it’s the perfect location to clip on skis for the first time and learn your snow plough from your parallel turn! Unlike many resorts across Europe, you won’t have to jostle for a space on the ski-lift, and, as if that isn’t enough, prices tend to be a lot cheaper in comparison to the more established destinations, despite the great snow conditions.