Founder of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Serbia is a country with a rich history at the junction which links Europe to the near East. Although Serbia four years ago lost its coastline due to Montenegro becoming independent, this nation remains a fascinating destination with many attractions. Rolling hills dominate the countryside, which is home to national parks and castles.
The Serbian capital city of Belgrade boasts classical architecture, wide boulevards and a pulsating nightlife scene that has earned a reputation for good fun and severe hangovers. Zlatibor is a cheap ski resort and an ideal destination to explore the wilderness when summer begins and the snow melts.
Located directly on the Danube River, Novi Sad hosts the infamous EXIT music festival and features a stunning 18th-century fortress. Serbia’s third-biggest city, Nis, is abundant in historical landmarks including the macabre named Skull Tower, a riverside fortress and Roman artefact. Positioned in the northern part of Serbia is Palic, a pretty lakeside town that is renowned for its annual film festival and thriving arts scene.
The Serbs’ friendly behaviour towards visiting tourists and their ability, especially among younger people, to speak English makes this small nation a welcoming destination for travellers. Lodging options in Belgrade are mostly good value and very glitzy in some cases. Serbian cuisine, especially in the capital, is varied. But for those wanting to try something different, pop into a Serbian eatery and order the popular pljeskavica—a kind of hamburger with curdled cheese.
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport offers flights to numerous European destinations as well as to Africa and the Middle East, making the Serbian nation a fairly straightforward country to get to. In addition, rail services also provide connections to cities across Central Europe, such as Zurich, Munich, Vienna and Zagreb.