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Travel to Serbia, beauty on the banks of the Danube

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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.

Our Editorial team's advice

Avoid talking about politics, especially with reference to the war or Slobodan Milosevic.


  • +An authentic destination, far from mass tourism.
  • +The bohemian and cross-cultural atmosphere of Belgrade, an exuberant capital town.
  • +Serbia has a very rich historical and architectural heritage.
  • +The quality of the gastronomy.


  • -The lack of security on the border with Kosovo.
  • -The expensive accommodation in Belgrade.
  • -The roads are in a bad condition.


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.


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.


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.

What to see

The Serbian banks of the Danube, The Danube, Landscapes, Serbia
The Danube
Tara National Park, Mountains, Landscapes, Serbia
Orthodox monasteries , Byzantine style , Serbia
Orthodox monasteries
Protected species , Serbia
Protected species
Natural reserves , Nature reserves , Serbia
Natural reserves
The National Museum, Museums, Serbia
The National Museum
The Fresco Museum , Serbia
The Fresco Museum
A rich and varied cuisine , Belgrade's delicious pastries , Serbia
A rich and varied cuisine
The Belgrade Fortress , The entrance to Belgrade Fortress , Serbia
The Belgrade Fortress
The Cathedral of Saint Sava, The Temple of Saint Sava, Monuments and walks, Serbia
The Temple of Saint Sava
Ada Ciganlija Lake, Monuments and walks, Serbia
Ada Ciganlija Lake
Zemun, Monuments and walks, Serbia
Ulica Knez Mihailova pedestrian street, The pedestrian Knez Mihailova ('Prince Michael') street, Monuments and walks, Serbia
The pedestrian Knez Mihailova ('Prince Michael') street
Le quartier Bohème, Monuments and walks, Serbia
Le quartier Bohème
Exit Festival à Novi Sad , Exit Festival in Novi Sad , Serbia
Exit Festival à Novi Sad
Serbia : Explore