Tourism in Serbia, 10 Reasons to Visit Serbia. Serbia is one of the favorite countries of the Balkans region. It is situated in a non-seaside location in Southeast Europe, but it is closing this gap as a highly successful country on the “river-side city”, a Balkanic classic. Tourism in Serbia is seen as the primary sector for economic and social growth.
Recently, the number of tourists has increased, reaching about 100,000 more foreign countries each year. While the main destination for foreign tourists is Belgrade, the second destination is Novi Sad.
In 2017, 3 million tourists visited Serbia. Bosnia and Herzegovina is the country that visited Serbia the most in 2017. Countries following Bosnia and Herzegovina, respectively are; Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Germany, Greece, Romania, Macedonia, China, Russia, Italy, Poland, and Israel.
Belgrade, Serbia’s capital and largest city, has had 115 battles and has been destroyed 44 times in its history up to now. Today the city is more peaceful as it hosts many activities ranging from book fairs to music, film and beer festivals. Kalemegdan is the city’s most famous historical point full of museums and churches. It is also a good spot to see the rivers and the city at the same time. The best museums include the National Museum of Serbia, which houses more than 400,000 works, and the Nikola Tesla Museum, the king of inventors.
Subotica, the fifth largest city in the country, is one of the most visited places in Serbia. It is also the city with the most Catholic population. In particular, the municipal building and synagogue, which were established at the beginning of the 1900’s, are the most touristic spots. However, this city, which dates back to the historic Middle Ages, is known for its old buildings including the St Theresa of Avila Cathedral in Avila.
3. Novi Sad
It is one of the most well known cities in the country. It is a beautiful city on the banks of the Danube River, home to one of the most beautiful beaches. Novi Sad, a young city founded at the end of the 17th century with European standards, is Serbia’s second largest city.
Zlatibor is a popular tourist destination in the mountains in the western part of Serbia. It is full of opportunities to keep you happy and healthy from the summer months walk to skiing in the winter. Tornik, Zlatibor’s highest mountain, has a ski resort. The area is full of natural meadows and charming historic villages. Old wooden churches and open-air museum houses are the most popular places. After a day of exploring the region, you should taste the flavors of dried meat Zlatiborian prsuta and plum brandy slivovitz.
5. Studenica Monastery
The Studenica Monastery, located in the center of Serbia, is known for its lush green grasses and remains from the 12th century. Byzantine frescoes, tables and ornaments found in various churches in the monastery will surely attract your attention on your visit.
6. Djerdap National Park
In Djerdap National Park, there are four slopes extending from the valleys to 115 km. It has one of the deepest rivers in the world. These slopes meet at the southern entrance of the Carpathian Mountains to make the Djerdap valley known as the Iron Gate.
7. Kopaonik National Park
Kopaonik, the highest mountain in Serbia, became a national park in 1981. This is Serbia’s main ski resort. There are 25 elevators that can reach 32,000 skiers per hour and serve until May. This mountain is also popular with its mineral wealth; gold, silver, iron and zinc have been found here in the past.
8. Devil’s Town
Devil’s Town, one of the most spectacular rock formations in Serbia, is named after strange rock formations. According to local legend, it is said that the rocks are the participants of a wedding turned into stone by the devil. Extremely acidic water, also known as Djavolja voda, or satanic water, contributed to this geological phenomenon. Devil’s Town, in southern Serbia, consists of more than 200 unique rock formations spread over two valleys on Radan Mountain in southern Serbia.
Niš, Serbia’s third largest city, is a student city. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and the Balkans and is a very old city. Great Constantine, the founder of the Byzantine, was born here; its monument is located in the city center. There is also an 18th-century castle from the Ottomans in the city center.
10. Fruška Gora National Park
It’s called the jewel of Serbia. Mountain Fruška Gora, which gave the name to this park. The park, Serbia’s first modern national park, opened in 1960. More than 90% of the park is the forest. Moreover, thousands of plants and hundreds of species of mushrooms live here. For the park, there are 16 monasteries and many walking paths.