An increasingly popular tourist destination, Serbia boasts a fascinating mix of cultures, cities and landscapes with something for everyone to enjoy. Besides its bustling capital Belgrade, it has plenty of smaller cities, castles and churches to check out with lots of lovely scenery and nature on show wherever you go.
Located in the Balkan Peninsula and Pannonian Plain, the landlocked nation is very much set at a crossroads as it is surrounded by seven different countries. Clockwise, these are Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. To the south lies the disputed territory of Kosovo.
While hills and plains make up much of its territory, the Carpathian and Balkan mountain ranges dominate the south and east while winding rivers such as the Danube and Suva meander their way here and there.
Most people’s first port of call is its vibrant capital Belgrade which is set in a scenic spot where the two rivers meet. As well as showcasing an eclectic array of architectural styles, its huge fortress has numerous museums and churches to visit with the city also being known for its lively coffee houses and pulsating nightlife scene.
After Belgrade, the two most popular cities to explore have to be Novi Sad and Subotica. While the ‘Athens of Serbia’ is packed with pretty streets, interesting historic sights and hosts the electrifying Exit music festival, the latter instead exhibits lots of exquisite art nouveau architecture and has an amazing multicultural make-up.
Besides visiting impressive sites such as Studenica Monastery and Petrovaradin Fortress, guests can go hiking and swimming at Zlatibor, ski at Kopaonik or explore the colossal Uvac Canyon. Derdap National Park is another picturesque place to visit thanks to its gorgeous gorges and riverfront fort.