Serbia is a lively combination of untainted landscapes, authentic history, and rare natural beauties. This Eastern European country has a rich and varied past, from the eclectic vibrancy of Belgrade to the calm spa towns of Sokobanja and Vrnjaka Banja, and still preserves a distinctly old-world flavor, though this does not make it an undeveloped backwater.
This country is packed with attractions that satisfy history lovers, partygoers, and those looking for adventurous locations. Even though the country is filled with both natural and historical spots for your eyes to feast upon, here are a few top spots that you must visit.
1. Devil’s Town
The peculiar geomorphological location of Devil’s Town, located on Mount Radan, is a top destination for those looking for a little Serbian mystery. Legend has it that the 200 natural stone sculptures that comprise this eerie town are actually a bunch of terrified wedding guests, located 700 meters above sea level and wedged between two ravines.
The colorful capital of Serbia offers the perfect mix of art, culture, and delicacies to feast on. The bold street art and the soothing spots such as the Belgrade Waterfront you will be able to witness something exciting happening in every corner of the city that is plopped between the Danube and the Sava rivers.
3. Drvengrad and Šargan Eight
Experience the scenic beauty Serbia has to offer with the Šargan Eight heritage railway. If the village appears a little like a movie set, that’s because it was designed to look like one. It began as a film set for local director Emir Kusturica’s film Life is a Miracle and has since evolved into an ethnic open-air museum with a focus on the arts.
4. Uvac Special Nature Reserve
Uvac Lake, Zlatar Lake, and Radoinja Lake come together to give you the ultimate experience of mother nature at its best. This reserve is protected mostly to reserve its lavish birdlife, especially the griffon vulture – the reserve’s treasured symbol. Not only can you enjoy the colorful and lively birdlife but can also explore the magnificent caves that line the crystal blue waters. The best way to explore is through boats.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is just south of the Danube river. There are stunning walls and temples to visit (for a nominal fee), as well as hot springs and even a tetrapylon, at this late Roman imperial palace and memorial complex (cubic Ancient Roman monument).
Tucked between two mountains you will find Serbia’s most popular spa resort- Sokobanja. As you enjoy a breath of fresh, crisp air and admire the serene surroundings, let the cool water of Bovan lake, the largest waterfall in all of Serbia, let all your stress washdown. If you are looking for some adventures around the same, you can always opt for hiking and trekking trails along the river.
7. Vrnjačka Banja
Vrnjaka Banja exudes peacefulness and invites you to discover something magical around every bend in the trail, from the man-made lake to the fanciful waterfall. Before entering the large decorative Japanese Garden, take a stroll through lush green parks, cultural centers, and natural sulfur springs.
8. Tara National Park
Tara’s lush scenery and stunning ravines are the best features of Serbia’s spectacular crown. The stunning Drina River canyon, one of Serbia’s most beautiful streams, flows proudly through its forested slopes. And that’s not all that makes water babies happy. Tara’s two lakes, Peruac and Zaovine, are both great for swimming and kayaking.
9. Djerdap National Park
You can find surprising cultural riches all throughout the place. The park spreads from the glistening Golubac Fortress to the dam in Novi Sip, flanking the Danube. Climbers and hikers can enjoy the park’s untamed terrain and local cultural legacy.
Zlatibor is a top destination for rural, sport, and health tourism, as well as organizing a variety of special events each year, thanks to its natural features. During the summer, there are festivals such as the Trumpet Festival and exhibitions of traditional folk art.
Serbia is vast with many small and large locations one can only dream of. They are serene, beautiful and give the visitors a chance to explore more of its lands and magnificent sights. If you know a location that should’ve been included in this list, please comment below. We are always open to learning more from our readers!