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Overview to Serbia: Travel Guide and Tourist Information
Formerly part of war-torn Yugoslavia, Serbia is a long way from the beaten backpacking track outside Belgrade. But as is so often the case, less visited certainly doesn’t mean less interesting; monasteries and fortresses stud its dramatic landscapes.
Belgrade itself is fantastic. Its beautiful streets are home to some of the country’s must-see monuments, including the St Sava Church (the largest Eastern Orthodox church in the world) and the Kalemegdan Fortress, as well as one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in Europe.
Elsewhere, two other places stand out: to the north of Belgrade, Serbia’s second city, Novi Sad, and its imposing Petrovaradin Fortress - site of the lively EXIT Festival - is well worth a visit. Southeast of the capital, meanwhile, the ghoulish ‘Skull Tower’ stands out in Nis.
Between these towns, desolate plains stretch away (to the north) and dramatic mountains jut skywards (to the south), with some great cheap skiing at Kopaonik. Wonderful scenery continues in the east with the Djerdap National Park and spectacular Djerdap Gorge.
These broad areas of countryside are dotted with ancient villages and spa towns, while monasteries like Studenica and Sopocani and the impressively fortified Manasija also cry out to be explored.
Beyond this, remarkably little is known about much of the rest of the country. It is, in travel terms at least, something of an unexplored frontier. And there are very few places left in Europe which you can say that about...