Serbia is the largest country in the Balkans that possesses a great touristic potential. While it doesn’t have access to the sea, it boasts a wealth of beautiful places that are worth exploring. Its neighbors are Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the west, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro to the south, Romania and Bulgaria to the east, and Hungary to the north.
Serbia has something to offer to almost all types of backpackers, including history buffs, nature lovers, food enthusiasts and seekers of buzzing nightlife. The country takes pride in a vast cultural heritage reflected in its multitude of museums, monuments and religious sites.
The capital, Belgrade, is a boisterous city that perfectly combines heritage and modern lifestyle. It has many historical landmarks that take visitors on a trip to the Serbia’s uneasy past.
Some museums that are worth visiting include the National Museum, the Military Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Don’t hesitate to visit the museum dedicated to the illustrious scientist Nikola Tesla. It displays the inventions of the Serbian genius as well as artefacts related to his life outside work.
There are also many monuments that pay tribute to historic figures, such as the Prince Mihailo Monument, the Nicholas II Monument, and the Victor Statue. Besides a rich heritage, Belgrade has plenty of bars, cafes and clubs charged with the explosive energy of Serbian youth. Nightlife enthusiasts will surely like the adrenaline-stacked atmosphere of the sleepless Balkan city.
There are many attractive destinations outside Belgrade as well. In the Northeast, there is the second largest city of Serbia, Novi Sad. A lively and cozy city with many places for exploration and recreation. Some of them include the Petrovaradin Fortress, the Liberty Square, the Danube Park and the Vojevodina Museum.
One of the best places to absorb the city vibes and come to a better understanding of Novi Sad character is Dunavska Street. It’s a vibrant throughfare lined with 19th century buildings painted in pastel colors that host cafes, boutiques and bookshops.
The town of Subotica at the border with Hungary takes pride in an excellently preserved collection of 19th-century of Secessionist architecture. Also, you can try the delicious traditional food in the local restaurants and taverns. The South’s rolling hills decorated with red-roofed houses are a feast for visitors’ eyes.
Wander the narrow, winding streets of the old villages perched atop hills to witness the lifestyle, culture and traditions of the locals. Aside from the wonderful rustic scenery, the hills host three of Serbia’s most important monasteries with a rich history that goes back to the medieval times: iča, Studenica and Sopoćani.
Serbia is a haven for gourmands. The country’s cuisine consists of delicious, spicy and filling dishes that can leave anyone drooling. Most of the dishes are inspired by old family recipes that pass on from generation to generation. Meat and vegetables are hardly ever missing from a Serbian family meal. Usually, they are seasoned with lots of spices to give them a peculiar flavor.
Fish is also an important player in the country’s cuisine. Locals cook it in different ways: grilled, smoked, baked, boiled or fried. Some Serbian dishes that every tourist should try include Podvarak, Sarma, Fish Paprikash, Leskovačka mućkalica and Proja.