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Overview

Located at the crossroads of central and southeast Europe, in the heart of the Balkans, Serbia has connected West with East for centuries. It’s a land in which civilisations, cultures, faiths, climates and landscapes meet and mingle. The international roads and railway lines, which run through the country’s river valleys, form the shortest link between Western Europe and the Middle East.

The capital Belgrade, with its impressive Kalemegdan Citadel, is a multicultural hotpot of ancient relics and new architecture, while the baroque citadel Novi Sad is a great place to wander the pedestrian promenades and enjoy the lively outdoor cafes. In the countryside, the agricultural regions in the north, lead to fertile river valleys and orchard-covered hills, and on towards mountains rich in canyons, gorges and well-preserved forests.

Tara National Park, one of Serbia’s scenic gems, is known for its high peaks, stunning waterfalls, thick forests, deep caves and incredible Drina River Gorge, a great place for rafting and boat trips. Spread over 19,200 ha in the western region, Tara is home to Serbia’s largest population of endangered brown bears as well as foxes, lynxes, otters, deer, over 130 species of birds and over 1000 flora species, including the rare Pancic Spruce. 

Serbia’s largest national park, Djerdap National Park, covers 64,000 ha in eastern Serbia. Situated on the Danube it’s home to some of the country’s most impressive natural beauty and archeological sites. The incredible Djerdap Gorge (Iron Gate) stretches nearly 100 km along the border with Romania with jaw-dropping cliffs, some soaring over 500m high. Hiking is excellent here with marked paths and viewpoints and the park is home to plenty of wildlife including bears, lynxes, wolves, eagles and owls.

Travel Seasons

  • Jun – Aug – High Season. The short summer is the ideal time to explore the countryside. It’s also festival season for those after a cultural experience.
  • May, Sep – Oct – Shoulder Season. In autumn, the landscape turns gold, red and orange while the locals press the grape harvests into wine. In spring, the snow melting makes certain areas muddy, but the mineral spas make good use of it.
  • Nov – Apr – Low Seaon. Winter brings snow and cold – great for the mountain resorts of Kopaonik.

General Information

  • Currency –  Serbian Dinar (RSD)
  • Languages – Serbian
  • Population – over 7,000,000 (2016)
  • Size – 88,509 km2 (including Kosovo)

Health and Safety

  • Travel insurance is essential for all international travel. Click below to find out more:
  • The CDC recommends the following vaccinations for Serbia: hepatitis A. Check with your doctor which other vaccinations you might need and make sure your routine vaccinations are all up-to-date.

Pros

  • Impressive natural beauty
  • Abundant flora and fauna
  • Warm and welcoming people
  • Cheap compared to its European neighbours
  • Architectural and archeological treasures
  • Less visitors means sights are often free of tourists

Cons

  • The brutality of Serbia’s history, especially in the 1990s, can dampen some traveller’s interest

Arriving in Serbia

  • Most international flights arrive in Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport
  • In the south, Niš Constantine The Great Airport, links the region with countries including Italy, Germany, Slovakia and the Netherlands
  • By land you can arrive in Serbia from Montenegro, Croatia, BiH, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary

Visas

  • Most nationalities do not require a visa, check before you travel Serbia visas >>
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