Picking a summer holiday destination is tricky, and it’s hard to find a place that is not overrun by tourists. If you’re looking for an underrated yet exciting travel destination this summer, why not check out Serbia? Serbia is the perfect summer holiday with gorgeous nature, delectable food, and vibrant nightlife. The capital city Belgrade brings in thousands of tourists each year to see its rich and vibrant history as well as its fun and inviting atmosphere.
There are many sights to see, things to do, and vibes to soak up in this small Balkan country. If you’re going to Serbia, and you’re not sure where to start with your trip, this list has got you covered! Whether you’re planning a month-long trip or visiting for a couple of days, here are some tips to make the most of your stay. Follow this quick guide and have an unforgettable summer in Serbia!
Get all the necessary paperwork
Before going to the Balkans, it’s always a good idea to do your research and get all the necessary paperwork done. Serbia is an overall safe place to visit, and you should feel welcomed by the friendly locals, regardless of where you’re from. Keep an eye out for pickpockets in more crowded areas, and you’ll be fine. Recent Covid regulations may require you to get specific vaccines or proof to enter the country.
Depending on what passport you hold, you may have less or more difficulty getting in. You may need a visa to visit or live in the country, so keep that in mind. If you’re emigrating to Serbia, it’s best to move your belongings through marine transport services and road rather than airfare. Although Serbia is a land-locked country, it’s cheaper and more convenient to move this way. Keep this in mind if you’re planning on extending your trip to this Balkan haven indefinitely!
Pick the right time to go
Once you’ve sorted out the paperwork, before you book your ticket, pick the best time to visit! Serbia has a mix of Continental and Mediterranean climates which makes it perfect for visiting all year round. Its summers are perfect for hiking through the mountains, going for a dip, or clubbing until the wee hours of the morning. Summer is the best time to visit if you’re looking to avoid crowds as most of the locals are on holiday.
Winter in Serbia can be a snowy, winter-wonderland making it the perfect, dreamy getaway. Belgrade is lit up and festive in preparation for the holiday season. Serbia celebrates both the Orthodox and Catholic Christmas and New year, so you get to experience two of each! Winter sports are also popular in Serbia and it has some of the cheapest and best skiing locations in Europe.
Plan out your route
One thing that many tourists don’t know about Serbia is that it is one of the most affordable places to visit in Europe. Your money will go a long way in this country, especially if you go to visit some of the smaller towns and villages. When visiting Serbia, it’s important to plan your route. When in Belgrade, make sure to check out the Kalemegdan fortress, the Ada, the Danube promenade, and the busy city center.
Although Belgrade is the central hub of the country, you can’t miss out on all the other wonderful sights and locations. Novi Sad is Belgrade’s smaller and cozier cousin with a rich history and a fortress to boot. Other must-see cities in Serbia include the rolling hills of Zlatibor, the historical hub of Kruševac, and the quiet town of Vrdnik. If you have the time, check out these unique towns and cities and everything they have to offer on your next trip.
Taste your way through the country
Serbia’s cuisine is a fusion of European classics with delectable Balkan home-cooked foods and Turkish influences. A large part of traditional Serbian food creates magic out of simple ingredients like beans, cabbages, potatoes, and meat. Taking inspiration from the Turks there’s a large presence of Middle Eastern cuisine in Serbia. With a large emphasis on the so-called “Serbian barbeque”, you’ll have a tough time deciding on what to eat when you’re out.
Each region and municipality has its own specialty depending on the area. The south of the country is famous for its mouth-watering Komplet lepinja and grilled meats. The north for its delectable sweets, pastries, and fruits. If you’re planning a food tour around the country, keep in mind that the bulk of Serbian cuisine is meat-based. Although you’ll always find something delicious to eat, you’ll have an easier time in the capital if you’re a vegan or vegetarian.
Check out unique Serbian experiences
If you’re in Belgrade and you’ve ticked off all the tourist hot spots, turn your attention to the other side of Belgrade. Grab a coffee with some friends as you explore the hidden gems of the city’s vibrant, bohemian cafe culture. You can’t go to Serbia without an authentic Kafana restaurant experience either! Explore the Belgrade underground and the intricate tunnels and history built by the Roman empire.
Check out some of the world-renowned national parks such as the Tara and Fruška Gora. Go for a hike, river-rafting, or camping and become one with nature. Explore the spooky caves, gorgeous waterfalls, and unexpected deserts! If you’re in need of some relaxation, visit some of the many natural springs and spas the country has to offer. Head to the world-famous EXIT music festival Novi Sad and dance your heart out. There are so many unique experiences this small country has to offer, and it would be a shame to miss them.
So there you have it! Now you’re all caught up and ready to make the most of your trip to Serbia! To start your trip off right, do your research, and get all the necessary paperwork done before you book your flight. Choose the right time to go, either in summer or winter, depending on your preference.
Plan your route through Belgrade and any other cities you’re planning to visit, so you don’t miss a thing! Try the delectable food with diverse influences and get a taste and feel of the region. Make sure to check out some uniquely Serbian experiences, and you’re good to go! Good luck and happy travels!