An authentic destination, far removed from mass tourism, Serbia has remained neglected by travellers, who still remember the images of the Yugoslavian conflict. This magnificent country in the heart of the Balkans does, however, conceal precious treasures; its mysterious monasteries in particular, but also its splendid landscapes, (like at the Iron Gate). We must also not overlook the bohemian and cross-cultural atmosphere of its towns, with the exuberant capital of Belgrade in particular. Should you travel to Serbia, you will enjoy a very rich historical and architectural heritage and a welcoming population.
Surface area : 88361.0 km2
Population : 7259000 inhabitants
Local handicraft consists of intricately woven rugs, whose design, originality and harmonious colours make them true works of art. They are mostly made in the region of Pirot and in eastern Serbia. This is also where you will find beautiful rustic, colourfully decorated pottery, as well as clay-based toys for children.
The art of decorating flasks is a local speciality here, particularly in the region of Vojvodina. Shops are open Monday to Saturday from 6:00am to 9:00pm and from 8:00am to 2:00pm on Sundays.
Serbia has always had a reputation for its legendary gastronomy, blending Mediterranean and Central European influences. Traditional meals are copious, festive and accompanied by music!
Local custom has it that slatko (fruits preserved in sugar) should be offered to visitors as a welcome gift. Before meals, you will be offered Kajmac spread (sheep's milk cheese), on proja (a cornflour bread roll), served with a glass of Sljivovica (plum brandy, a speciality from Central Serbia), or dunjevaca (quince brandy, a speciality from Vojvodina). Almost everywhere, you will be able to taste spit-roasted specialities, from suckling pig (prasetina), to lamb (janjetina) or mutton (ovcetina). Cevapcici is a preparation based on small grilled beef rolls, served with onions. Zito is a dessert made with wheat, walnut, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg, with a drizzle of rum.
Tzigane music and folk dancing fanatics will be delighted in Serbia, as it is a country which offers an impressive number of traditional music festivals and folk events. As for handicraft, being able to work with wood and ceramics are widespread skills.
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