I am going to Serbia for a week and I am planning what to do and what to see in that time.
The only thing I am sure of is that I will be in Belgrade at least for a couple of days. Then I have a list of places I think I might visit: Novi Sad, Mokra Gora, Nova Varoš and Novi Pazar.
I am also wondering if the Đerdap National Park is really worth a visit. The places I said above are in the west side of Serbia, so I wonder if I should go east and see the Đerdap. Are the roads good? Is it a good idea to rent a car?
I have nothing fixed yet, so please give me ideas. What should I see or do in Serbia?
In Belgrade, you should go to the Kalemegdan, which is a castle, or the ruins of one. Now it's like a park, people walk around it, in it, etc. There's a cafe and restaurant there, too, but I think they're pricy..I never checked the prices, I just assume so. But the view from the top is nice, and you can see the Danube river, and the Sava river, which branches out of it. It's not a very big place, but it's perfect for getting an ice cream and walking about in the sun a bit. There's quite some history about it, as well, although I forgot some of it :S They used to be the walls of the city though, at one point..the castle walls. Anyway. There's that. Under, or right next to, or practically attached to (however you wanna put it) is the Belgrade Zoo. It's actually pretty depressing, as all the animals look sad and squished. But they have many animals..I'm always a bit surprised. You get to see many of them closer up, as the zoo is..well, small and squished. I also suggest an ice scream here. There are also stands that sell what look like cheesy poofs (but not cheesy, more peanuty), and they're huge. These are gross and basically not to be eaten by humans (they won't harm you, but taste ehhh). They're for feeding the animals as you go about the zoo. There are also signs all over the zoo, saying you are NOT to feed the animals. Controversy, but there you go. I suggest also having a coke or something in one of the cafes lining the pedestrian zone (also in the center), called Kneza Mihajla. Also, go see the old city (or Stari Grad), which is also called Skadarlija. Some of the oldest pubs and restaurants are there, I think it's one of the oldest parts of Belgrade. It's a very sloping small street full of random little places and a very cobbled grounf. It's nice to go to for dinner or something, though, also lots of traditional food, I think. All the things I've mentioned so far are in the center, and really close by. Also, you can visit the Temple of Saint Sava, I think that's the one that was built just some years ago, but is supposed to be the biggest one. When we visited it last, there was a yellow buldozer thing (actually with the little scoop for scooping ground I think, something liek that, anyway), anyway, the yellow truck thing was on the dais. It wasn't finished yet on the inside, but it was pretty large. Saint Sava is a saint (obviously), and there some families celebrate his day. The same is done for many other saints, like St. Nikola. My family celebrates St. Sava's day, which is on January 27th. My mom is preparing for the feast already.. But yes. You could also go to Ada Cingalija, which is a beach along the Sava river. There you can swim, tan, and hop on the little walk path that lines both sides of the river (and said beaches, naturally) and have a cold drink or a burger, cevape, whatever you would like. Mind you, I guess it would depend on when you went there..January is kinda cold But anyway, those are my ideas.
Otherwise, I haven't gone to the other places before, and I haven't heard of them..except for Novi Sad. But it's supposed to be amazing there, really friendly and arsty, I think. I was born in Belgrade and lived there til I was 7, visited many times, but there are also loads of places I don't know. But! I just remembered, there's a nature reserve in a village called Zasavica, close to a small town called Sremska Mitrovica. It was discovered several years ago, some species were found that were thought to be extinct or something alike, I think. I used to go to this village to my grandparents' summer house when I was very little, once upon a time. It has like two streets, it's basically the middle of nowhere, but I think there's some tourism for seeing the nature reserve now..so perhaps you could check it out and see what it's about. Oh! And while you're there, you have to try Burek. Burek is like a pie thing (made with filo pastry) that comes plain, or filled with cheese, or with meat, or with spinach, etc. I suggest the Burek with cheese ('Burek sa sirom') and you must eat it with yogurt. It's very, very, awesome. I go to pieces everytime I eat it.
Ok, I'll stop there. Hope that helps a bit. Oh, also, watch your wallet and whatever you do, don't give kids/people money on the street. It sounds horrible, but it's safer.
Otherwise, have fun!
Oh! Also, the roads are ok (I think they were fixing up some of them some years ago, so they're better), but if you go down smaller roads and more away from cities and towns, they tend to be made of earth and grass. But it's ok. People drive there all the time, so it's generally not a problem. Renting a car may be easier to get around, since while tourism is growing there a bit more, it definitely hasn't hit that peak yet, where you can just simply take one bus to get somewhere, but would need about ten of them. So check out where oyu wanna go and transport to those places and weigh it..it's definitely easier with a car. Last time, my dad and I rented one from Avis, their office was near the pedestrian zone Kneza Mihajla, in an alley/street thing parallel with it. Google maps should show its' location better. Anyway, they were alright.
Many thanks for that great amount of information Latarina!
I will make a careful read tomorrow. Today I am a bit tired
If you're interested you can also go to see the wooden town Drvengrad created by the film director Emir Kusturica. Locals say he's sometimes there by himself so you can meet the interesting people ))
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I've read everything Katiana proposed about Belgrade. I had already chosen to visit some of these places since they are actually advised by some guides. However, I had a question which can seem strange but do people hitch a lot in Serbia? 'Cause I'm planning to make a tour around the whole country with a friend and we found it great to do it by hitching since it is not expensive and you can really meet native people.
Thanks for answering
Go to Exit Festival! Don't miss that
Belgrade is amazing though, don't miss out on that. You would need at least 2 days there.