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Different Forms of Tourism
The capital, Belgrade, is a very lively city, located on the banks of the Danube and the Sava. In the center of Serbia, the Orthodox monasteries of Studenica, Sopocani and Zica are worth visiting. The first two are Unesco World Heritage sites. Zlatibor, a low altitude mountain resort, and Vrnjacka Banja, a spa situated at the foot of Mount Goc, are also interesting tourist destinations. The town of Stari Ras and the medieval monuments of Kosovo are Unesco World Heritage sites, and are worth going to see.
Eastern Serbia is the place par excellence for adventure tourism. A mountainous region, with deep valleys and many streams, this part of the country abounds in unusual trails in the middle of nowhere. At a bend in a gorge, you may come across a beautiful waterfall, or a small church surrounded by lush vegetation. On the summits of the Homolje or Kucaj mountains, trails will show you majestic panoramas or take you through vast continental forests. A particular phenomenon is that these mountains conceal no less than 15 caves of great natural beauty open to tourists.
Monasteries represent an important cultural and historical heritage in Serbia. Built between the XIIth and XVIIth centuries, they not only shape the Serbian Orthodox landscape, but are remarkable witnesses to the architectural and pictorial wealth of the Middle Ages. For their cultural and historical importance, five monasteries have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Studenica, Stari Ras, Sopocani, Djurdjevi Stupovi, Decani.
There are more than 40 thermal spas and 150 hot springs in Serbia today, offering a wide range of accommodation and activities. The hot springs have been used since Roman times, especially in the center of Serbia. The most renowned thermal spas are Vrnjacka banja, Sokobanja, Mataruška banja or Niška banja.
Serbia is a landlocked country.
- Winter Sports
In winter, you can go skiing at Kopaonik (1 700 meters), the most popular ski resort.
- Outdoor Activities
Between medium altitude mountains, hills and plains, Serbia offers many possibilities for outdoor tourism. The mountain slopes, with their different heights, in splendid landscapes, allow lovers of mountain biking, paragliding and skiing to have fun in winter and in summer. The often steep mountain slopes, as well as many caves, either in their natural state or commercialized, will thrill climbers and potholers.
You will not find in Belgrade the same level of shopping opportunities as in Western Europe, but you will surely find souvenirs and local products. Serbian prices are attractive for tourists, but you must be careful not to be cheated by many of the vendors.
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Belgrade (GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer)
- Summer Time Period
Summer Time from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
The climate is continental in the North : cold winters, hot and humid summers with regular rainfall. In the rest of the country the climate is continental/Mediterranean : hot and dry summers and autumns and very cold winters with heavy falls of snow. Average temperatures vary from -2°C to 10°C in winter and from 15°C to 30°C in summer.
- Hotel reservation websites
The weather forecast (in Serbian)
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
Serbian cuisine brings together the influences of Central Europe, the Mediterranean and Turkey. Restaurants and Inns are very good value for money, and the welcome and service are often very good. Most restaurants offer traditional dishes such as pljeskavia and cevapcici, ground beef prepared with onions and spices, or veal escalopes karadjorjeva, breaded and filled with kajmak (cream).
For a quick meal you can also find excellent filo pastry tarts filled with cheese or meat such as gibanica or burek. Sweet dishes are Austrian-influenced (strudel), or Turkish-influenced (baklava). Serbia produces some red wines (Zupa, Krajina, Vencac-Oplenak) and some whites(Smerderevo, Fruska Gora).
- Dietary Restrictions
There are no dietary restrictions in the country.
- Domestic Currency
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
Currency is issued in notes of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 dinars. Coins in circulation have a face value of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 dinars. It is possible to change money on the spot. ATMs are still rare outside the center of Belgrade. There is no exchange control in Serbia. The legal tender is the dinar. It floats freely but the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) manages to maintain the stability of the currency, which is in practice tied to the euro.
- Possible Means of Payment
Big stores, restaurants and hotels take credit cards. Many small shops do not take them, especially outside the center of Belgrade. It is legally forbidden to pay in foreign currency, but in practice some shops take euros. The Serbian dinar is available outside the Serbian borders but not everywhere.
- Official Language
- Other Languages Spoken
Hungarian, Romanian, Slovak, Ukrainian and Croat in Vojvodina and Albanian in Kosovo.
- Business Language
Mainly Serbian and English.
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Latest Update: December 2023