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15 Top Cities of Serbia - Best travel and holiday destinations

15 Top Cities of Serbia - Best travel and holiday destinations

Updated 21 Feb, 2020
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Serbia is a marvelous country in southeast Europe in Balkan peninsula that is home to incredibly popular tourist destinations. Serbia attracts a high number of visitors for its history and culture along with endless plains in the north and the various national parks, canyons and gorges that sit pretty in south, east and west directions.

Read along to know about the beautiful Serbian villages, wildlife spots and historical attractions which you can add to your travel itinerary. Serbia is a top adventure, culture and nature holiday destination offering crazy nightlife in Belgrade, amazing food in Nis, and cool hiking spots in Fruska Gora.

Belgrade, best nightlife in Serbia

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Belgrade or Beograd is the largest and capital city of Serbia located at the consequence of river Danube and Sava. Belgrade is known as the city that never sleeps and offers the best nightlife in Serbia. The city’s nightlife and club scene is compared to best in the world where you can see venues playing house music, progressive, tech houses, winter and summer clubs.

Go on a Belgrade holiday with friends and explore the most popular clubs and bars - Hype Belgrade Night Club, Klub 20/44, Freestyler, Dragstor, Blaywatch, Stephan Braun, Acapulao and its various Kafanas bars. On your next trip to Belgrade, don’t forget to discover many historical landmarks with Beogradska Tvrđava being the most popular one.

Best time to visit Belgrade are the months of March, April, May, September and October.

How to reach Belgrade? - you can book a flight to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport to get access to the city.

Nis, food capital of Serbia

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Niš (Ниш) is the third largest city of Serbia located at the Nisava district in southern and eastern region of Serbia. The city is one of the oldest cities in Serbia that offers the best local food in entire Serbia. On your trip to Nis, you must try local delicacies like Mirocki Sir, Pirotski kackavalj, Pirotska Peglana Kobasica, Moravska Salata.

Nis has some amazing restaurants like Kod Lafa, Cezar Fast Food, King Baker, Kafana Brak, Tutti Fruti Bar, Pleasure Caffe, Go Go Picerija, Kafana Meje, Stara Srbija, Elite Luxury Restaurant. Holiday in Nis is incomplete without a visit to its various historical sites like Nis Fortress, Skull Tower, Cegar, St. Stava Park.

Best time to visit Nis is from May till September.

How to reach Nis?– the city can be reached easily by booking a flight to Nis Constantine the Great Airport located around 4 km away from the city centre.

Novi Sad, cultural capital of Serbia

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Novi Sad is the second largest city of Serbia located at the province of Vojvodina at the bank of the Danube river in northern Serbia. It is one of the youngest cities of Serbia that is well known for its architectural landmarks all across the country. Novi Sad is a must-visit city on your trip to Serbia, know that it has been voted as European cultural capital for 2021.

The city is home to many interesting cultural landmarks to visit like the City Museum of Novi Sad, The Name of Mary Church, Novi Sad Synagogue, Muzej Vojvodine, The Gallery of Matica Srpska, Iriski Venac. Petrovaradin Fortress, Danube Park, Saint George’s Cathedral, Theater Museum of Vojvodina, Beocin Monastery, Rakovac Monastery, Vladicanski Dvor are not be missed on your next Novi Sad holiday.

Best time to visit Novi Sad is the period between March and October.

How to reach Novi Sad? - the city can be reached easily by booking a flight to Novi Sad Airport.

Kopaonik, best ski resort destination in Serbia

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Kopaonik is a ski resort in Serbia located at the Kopaonik mountain range on the border of Kosovo. Kopaonik is the largest ski resort in Serbia with slope length of around 55 km where you can enjoy activities like skiing and snowboarding during your winter holiday. It is indeed the most modern winter resort in Serbia with presence of 23 ski lifts, good ski slopes and nice restaurants.

This premier ski resort between the beautiful forests is suitable for beginners and intermediates. On your next trip to Serbia, don’t miss out the wooden houses at the bottom of the slopes in Kopaonik, where you get the feeling of being in the Alps at a fair price.

Best time to visit Kopaonik ski resort is from December to April.

How to reach Kopaonik? the best way to reach the ski resort is by taking a bus from the city of Belgrade to the mountain range.

Topola, top wine lover destination in Serbia

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Topola is a town and municipality in Serbia located at the Sumadija district in Central part of the country. The town is home to some of the best wineries in Serbia making it best for wine lovers. The town’s Oplenac church is a vibrant place at the top of a scenic hillside.

Topola is famous for its two large wineries namely Vinarija Aleksandrovsk and PIK Oplenac. These two wineries at the heart of Sumadija region surrounded by sunny exposed, gentle hilly terrains are like heaven for wine lovers. On your next trip to Topola, don’t forget to taste white wine, rose wine and many more with rich and intense aroma of local grapes.

Best time to visit Topola is from late April to early October.

How to reach Topola? - the best way to reach the town is by taking a bus or car from the city of Belgrade.

Kraljevo, top solo travel destination in Serbia

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Kraljevo (Краљево) is a city in Serbia located at the Raska district of central part of country in Sumadija region. The city is known as the king’s town because the several medieval kings of the nation were crowned here.

The city is a top destination for a solo trip with the Zica monastery as the most famous landmark here along with the Church of The Holy Dormition that was built by Stefan, the first crowned king and Saint Sava, the first saint of Serbian church. On your next Kraljevo holiday, explore the top attractions like the National Museum, Maglic Castle, Valley of Lilacs, Studenica, Holy Trinity Cathedral and many more sites.

Best time to visit Kraljevo is from early June to mid September.

How to go Kraljevo? - the nearest airport from the town is Morava Airport located around 15 km away from the city centre.

Fruska Gora, top hiking destination in Serbia

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Fruška Gora is the oldest national park in Serbia located at the border of Syrmia and Serbia. It is well known for its natural beauty and beautiful forests that attracts a large number of hikers to climb the mountain.

During your holiday to Fruska Gora, you can get lost, walk along the hike trails, swim on many lakes, visit monasteries built from 15th to 18th century, eat at various restaurants and try some local wine. Travel around late April to participate in the yearly marathon, in which anyone can participate from children to adults along different trails.

Best time to visit Fruska Gora is from mid May to mid September.

How to reach Fruska Gora? – the national park can be reached easily by taking a bus from the city of Novi Sad.

Uvac Natural Reserve, top wildlife destination in Serbia

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Uvac natural reserve is an international trans-boundary between the countries of Serbia, Herzegovina and Bosnia. The river Zlatibor and river Zlatar creates a wonderful canyon here. On your trip to Uvac Canyon, you must see three beautiful artificial lakes with crystal clear waters namely Zlatar lake, Uvac lake and Radoinja lake.

Uvac canyon is home to a varied species of animals and birds with Griffon vulture as the most significant one along with Golden Eagles, Owls, Kingfishers, Mountain puzgavac (Tichodroma muraria) and 140 other species of birds. There are also many caves in the region like Usak cave, Ice cave and Tubica cave, which you can add to your adventure filled holiday in Serbia.

Best time to visit Uvac Canyon is from June until September.

How to reach Uvac Canyon? – the nearest airport from the region is Ponikve Airport located around 50 km away from the region.

Zaovine, best countryside village in Serbia

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Zaovine is a small mountainous village in Serbia located in the municipality of Bajina Basta. The village is well known for the Zaovine lake, an artificial lake that was created on the Beli Rzav river. The beautiful village of Zavoine is like a fairy tale town with unbelievable beauty of mountains and valleys. The coniferous trees surround the village valleys and will give you a peaceful time during your holiday.

You can hike up-to Zboriste mountain, explore the Sargan Mokra Gora national park and many more natural preserved areas. The Dobrun Monastery situated amidst the pretty valleys is a must-visit during your trip to Zavoine.

Best time to visit Zaovine are the months of June, July, August and September.

How to reach Zaovine? - you can take a bus from the cities of Belgrade and Novi Sad to reach the village.

Tara National Park, top nature’s lover destination in Serbia

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Tara National Park is a mountainous national park located in the western part of Serbia in Dinaric Alps. The mountain park is like a paradise for nature lovers where you can witness the beauty of land characterized by deep gorges, clear lakes, majestic mountains, dense forests and meadows, limestone caves and scenic viewpoints.

The Drina river canyon, the third largest in the world of its kind is a must-visit during your trip to Tara National Park. The small cozy houses built near the river Drina are major attraction here and should not be missed.

Best time to visit Tara National Park is from June until September.

How to reach Tara National Park? - you can take a bus from the cities like Belgrade and Novi Sad to reach the national park.

Mokra Gora, top mountain destination in Serbia

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Mokra Gora is a mountainous village in Serbia that is nestled between the Tara mountains and northern slopes of the Zlatibor mountains. Its picturesque small mountains and cozy small wooden houses makes it a mountain paradise and the best kept secret of Serbia. Mokra Gora will make your holiday memorable with its beautiful green hills, fairy tale wooden cottages and simple village life.

Drvengrad is a monastery and open air museum in the village that is full of authentic wooden houses. Bele Vode is a historical landmark in the valley to see. You can go to Iver ski resort close to the village to add some adventure on your trip to Mokra Gora.

Best time to visit Mokra Gora is between June to September.

How to reach Mokra Gora? - the best way to reach the village is by taking a rental car from the city of Belgrade. The journey is quite wonderful and scenic with beautiful landscapes and valleys on the way.

Sargan Eight, must do train journey in Serbia

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Šargan Eight is an old fashioned narrow heritage railway that runs between the Sargan Vitasi station and village of Mokra Gora. A trip to Serbia is incomplete without taking a ride on Sargan Eight. A ride in the train will take you to the past where you see the majestic landscapes of Serbia's Tara mountains while sitting on the wooden benches.

Sargan Eight passes over the 5 bridges and 22 tunnels making the journey more interesting. You can stop at any four stations and taste some local food at fine restaurants.

Best time to take a train ride on Sargan Eight is from May till October.

How to hop on Sargan Eight? Start from the village of Mokra Gora or Sargan Vitasi station to experience the journey in the best way.

Tresnjica gorge, top adventure destination in Serbia

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Trešnjica gorge is a beautiful gorge in Serbia which is the most famous vertical canyon in Serbia attracting a large number of adventure lovers. It gives travelers a chance to explore extreme sports like canoeing, hiking, abseiling, jumping, sliding and climbing where you can explore cliffs, forests, mountains and rocks at this 6 km long stretch.

The beautiful Tresnjica river at the bottom has a good variety of flora and fauna and should be a part of your holiday itinerary.

Best time to visit Tresnjica gorge is between May and September.

How to reach Tresnjica gorge? - the nearest airport from the gorge is Ponikve Airport located around 26 km away from the region.

Prijepolje, most beautiful town in Serbia

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Prijepolje is a town in Serbia located at the district of Zlatibor in southwestern part of the country. This picturesque town is a perfect example of urban planning and natural beauty where you can find many landmarks as well as natural canyons, mountains and rivers.

The Lim river gives an opportunity for kayaking and rafting. The Milesevac fortress on the top of a mountain is a must-visit landmark when you are traveling to Prijepolje. The Milesevka mountain also provides chance for mountaineering and climbing with beautiful views and deep canyons.

Best time to visit Prijepolje is from May till September.

How to reach Prijepolje? - the best way to reach the town is by taking a train from Belgrade.

Sabac, historical capital of Serbia

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Šabac is one of the oldest cities of Serbia located at the Macva district in Sumajida region of western Serbia. The city located at the bank of the Sava river is a hidden gem of Serbia offering tourists a wide number of baroque designed historical sites.

You can discover a lot of places to get a glimpse about its history like Serbian Orthodox Church, Sabac Library, Sabac Fortress and many more places. Karadorkeva, a pedestrian street here is a great example of baroque design and is a must-visit on your trip to Sabac. One of the top things to do in Sabac is to relax at the bank of beautiful Sava river and enjoy the views.

Best time to visit Sabac is from late April to September.

How to reach Sabac? - the nearest airport from the town is Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport located at a distance of 78 km from the city.