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It is at the crossroads of two worlds that Serbia has prospered for more than a millennium, between the Slavic and Western European civilizations. With Romania to the east, Bosnia to the west, Hungary to the north and Bulgaria to the south, we are undoubtedly right in the heart of the Balkans. A simple stroll through Belgrade, the Serbian capital, will convince you: you will meet Orthodox, Catholics or Muslims, i. e. Serbs, Croats, Bosniacs, Hungarians or Albanians. But Serbia cannot be reduced to its capital, far from it, and that is what the Serbian tourist guide intends to prove. A visit to this part of Central Europe will be marked by many vestiges of the past, from ancient and impressive Roman cities to medieval castles, not to mention the profusion of monasteries with a rich territory. As you cross the mighty Danube, you will cross some of Europe's most beautiful natural parks before reaching the Iron Gates, the continent's largest parade. Rural tourism, cultural discoveries, gastronomic surprises, holiday nights in Belgrade, if the country has all this to offer, it is from the hands of its warm people that the beauty of Serbia will be presented to you. For those looking for an off-the-beaten-track getaway, Serbia does seem to fit the bill! Добродошли у Србију !
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When to go to Serbia? While the high tourist season begins in May and ends in October, the best time to travel to Serbia is nevertheless concentrated on the spring, but especially the autumn, seasons: sunny weather, low rainfall and mild temperatures. Winter sports enthusiasts and mountain lovers in general who are wondering when to go to Serbia will opt for the winter season, which runs from December to the end of March. Generally speaking, the climate is quite dry, especially in winter when, however, fogs are as frequent as they are dense.
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Wild and full of hidden nooks and crannies, Serbia has enough riches and activities to extend the adventure indefinitely. If you want to see everything the country has to offer, plan on spending about a month touring the country's major cities and landmarks. Thematic tours will guide you according to your interests. If you don't have much time, it is not so incongruous to discover Serbia just for a weekend, which would include the visit of Belgrade and Novi Sad, two cities at the heart of the country's culture and history. In order to combine business with pleasure, we propose a typical one-week stay and a shorter but more intense 4-day stay in Belgrade, to give you an idea of the essentials to visit. Of course, you are free to let your imagination run wild and create your own customized trip!
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The average price of a return flight to Belgrade from Western Europe is about €150, although some low-cost airlines literally break the prices. It should be noted that the price variation depends on the company borrowed, the reservation period, whether there is a stopover or not, but above all on the dates. To obtain attractive rates, it is essential to do so well in advance, as well as to enjoy pleasant accommodation at a good price.
How to go on a tour
Serbia is opening up more and more to tourism, so you will have no trouble finding a tour operator or travel agency that knows the country's main tourism players to set up an itinerary. Some agencies even specialize in certain themes or regions of Serbia. Finally, you can also combine a visit to the country with a visit from its neighbours!
How to get around
The bus network serves all cities and the vast majority of villages in Serbia, and those on major international routes are even comfortable and modern. Travelling by train in Serbia is a real pleasure for those who know how to take their time. Whether in the mountains of the west of the country, on the coast with its steep relief or in the plains, the landscape will always be much better appreciated by train. A personal or rental car nevertheless remains a guarantee of autonomy.
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Visiting Serbia, along its valleys and passes, along its rivers and the banks of the grandiose Danube, can take the form of a real adventure. It is a little known region, a bit exotic, completely different and confusing, on the European continent. You will discover a complex and rich history, made of struggles and marked by tragedies, some of them quite fresh; an ancient land, with sublime natural landscapes that seem to have come out of time; generous and welcoming inhabitants, always ready to share their anecdotes, their tribulations and to serve you their home-made rakija. Serbia is also a nation of contrasts, between its natural reserves where game, fish and rare birds abound and its cities with brutalist, communist, sometimes medieval or ultramodern architecture. Come and discover the Serbs, their landscapes, their gastronomy, their history and what drives them today.
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1. #Serbian Coffee
This specialty of the Balkans inherited from the Ottoman era has several names: domestic coffee, Turkish coffee, black coffee or Greek coffee. It refers to a coffee "black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love". Don't forget the right gestures: it is drunk in small sips after the grounds have fallen to the bottom of the cup.
In Serbia, both the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets are used, and the written language varies randomly: it is bijective, meaning that its letters are interchangeable from one alphabet to another. Cyrillic has been the official alphabet since the 2006 Constitution. The uninitiated do not know that Serbian Cyrillic differs from Russian Cyrillic.
Crossing the plains of Vojvodina and passing through the famous Iron Gates, the Danube also marks a cultural border in the country, like the demarcation between Northern and Southern Italy. On the one hand there is the influence of the German organization of the Habsburg Empire, on the other hand the Ottoman exuberance and warmth.
Traditionally, several specialties of grilled and marinated delicacies are served in a row at large banquets: ćevapčići (minced beef in the form of rolls), vešalica (smoked pork chops), ražnjići (kebabs), kajmak dumplings, sausages... in short, happiness. Prijatno (good appetite)!
This expression of Turkish origin translates as "stubbornness". The concept goes a step further, it refers to the idea of doing something precisely because you are forbidden to do it, acting out of pride or against reason. Standing firm in the face of adversity and living the way you want is now at the heart of Serbian identity.
Neighborhoods have a whole new dimension for a Serbian! A real micro-society is organized on each floor of large buildings, where people exchange tutoring for car repairs. Often, you know the habits and private life of the members of your komšija better than those of your own cousins.
Serbian brandy is part of everyday life. The most famous one, made from plums, has become a classic of meals. Between the twenty or so national flavors and the local recipes, there is something for everyone! Distilleries can be visited throughout the country, an opportunity to discover your favorite and, above all, to bring back a few bottles.
Serbia is not exactly a green economy or sustainable business paradise, but ecotourism and the system of traditional family farms(salaš) turned into rural bed and breakfasts is very developed, especially in Vojvodina. Turn to a tourist agency to book a stay there.
Initially Belgrade floating houses that appeared in the 1970s, the clubhouses on the Sava and Danube rivers have been the symbol of Belgrade's summer nightlife since someone had the genius idea of inviting the rest of the capital to them, sound system in hand. Since then, drunken revelers are regularly fished out of the rivers.
This music originating from the Balkans appeared in the years 1980-1990 and aims at making you enter in a trance (and chaotic dance). It is associated with the lost kids fed with cheap pivo, zoning the day in the streets and at 4 am in the parks. However, the turbo-folk scene is sometimes very salacious and macho.
Yugophilia", also called "Yugonostalgia", is the regret for the great Yugoslav era, a feeling that is particularly widespread among older people. This opinion, which appears to be revisionist, mostly corresponds to a demand for more social justice in the face of the brutal impact of the post-socialist economic transition.
This iconic car manufactured between 1977 and 2008 by Fiat and Zastava engineers in the Kragujevac factories is nicknamed "the worst car ever". The Fiat 127-like (but much less successful) model has been produced in almost 795,000 units and you can still drive it around Belgrade.
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You are direct. You know right away when you like or dislike something or someone and you don't hesitate to be vocal.
You're a world champion at fraternizing. You cherish your loved ones and family, but you can also spill your guts and share everything with a complete stranger you meet at the bar
You are adept at dark humor. No subject is off limits to you when it comes to making a joke.
Appreciation of the party lifestyle and of good and beautiful things is a real passion of yours. Admittedly, this has its drawbacks and Instagram makes you neurotic.
You don't trust anyone who talks to you without looking you straight in the eye. You are very proud, and you have nothing to hide. You like to be around like-minded people, so making eye contact is a big part of that. This is even more relevant when it comes to toasting.