This fun-loving Balkan state has kept its quirky culture and underrated attractions on the downlow for far too long. Landlocked Serbia makes up for its lack of coastline with rolling green plains, limestone peaks and spectacular fortresses, and offers natural kicks aplenty with refreshing summer lakes and skiable winter mountains. The best place to party in the Balkans, Serbia’s bars and clubs are some of Europe’s best and most affordable with the nightlife in Belgrade totally legendary. Trust us: if Novi Sad’s EXIT festival isn’t already on your bucket list for Serbia travel 2016, it soon will be.
The Belgrade Fortress and Church of Saint Sava are two of the best things to do in Belgrade, while beyond the city there are mountains to climb, islands to paddle to and Roman ruins to explore. Read our top five suggestions for a fantastic Serbia travel experience:
Marvel at the iconic Sagrada Familla in Barcelona.
Gaudi’s majestic creation has been wowing crowds since it first began construction in 1882. Since then, multiple architects have taken up the reins on the project, some honouring Gaudi’s original designs, other’s redefining the creation completely. The multiple and varied facades of the building, plus its sheer size and majesty, make it a must do for any traveller visiting Barcelona.See all trips that visit Barcelona
Indulge in traditional Andalusian delicacies in Seville.
Seville is renowned for its gastronomic offerings, and whilst the traditional dishes may be simple to prepare, they’re bursting with fresh regional flavours. Gazpacho, Pescaito frito and Huevos a la Flamenca are all famed Andalusian specialities, or for those preferring traditional tapas, Seville has around 4,000 tapas bars to choose from – take your pick!See all trips that visit Seville
Live like a King in the Royal Palace of Madrid.
Get a glimpse of life as the other half live with a guided tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid. The largest palace in Europe, the Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, though is only used formally for state ceremonies. Gorge your eyes on the many works of art by famed Spanish painters as you delve a little deeper into Spain’s rich history.See all trips that visit Madrid
Party till dawn in the clubbing mecca of Ibiza.
Nowhere on Earth will you experience clubbing quite like Ibiza. Home to some of the world’s most infamous clubs, come and join the party as night after night revered world class DJ’s play their hearts out to adoring crowds. Get into the mood with sunset cocktails at Café Del Mar then party till sunrise at Space, DC-10 or Ibiza Rocks.See all trips that visit Ibiza
Bask in sunlight on Barceloneta Beach.
Some cities are fortunate enough to have the perfect city/beach balance, and Barcelona is one of them. Whilst Barceloneta Beach may be man-made, the water is clear and refreshing and the beach is alive with travellers and locals alike chatting, swimming and generally loving life. Spend long leisurely lunches in the surrounding cafes and restaurants, hire bikes or rollerblades or just relax in the sunshine.See all trips that visit Barcelona
Explore the Islamic inspired fortress of Alhambra.
Rising from woods of cypress and elm, the Alhambra reigns supreme on the hillside of Gibraltar. Born in the 11th Century and then further developed over the 14th and 15th century’s, the fortress holds an extensive network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens and gives those who visit it a glimpse into the rich history of the Spanish empire and the influence both Islam and Catholicism had on the Alhambra’s design.See all trips that visit Gibraltar
1. EXIT Festival – Hailed as Europe’s best major festival, Nov Sad’s annual summer event began in 2000 as a student democracy movement. Today, it’s attended by more than 35,000 and has showcased everyone from Billy Idol to Arcade Fire. But it’s the festival’s ‘After 2AM’ dance sessions that draw devotees back each year. Held beside the Danube at the Petrovaradin Fortress, the setting isn’t bad either.
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2. Guca Trumpet Fesitival – Each year, around 60,000 revelers descend on the tiny west Serbia town of Guča for one hell of a brass band festival. Yes, you did read that correctly. Divided into three parts, Friday sees an opening concert, with wild parties on the Saturday, and a competition on the Sunday.
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3. Belgrade Beer Fest – Bands and - you guessed it - plenty of beer is the focus of this August event, set in beautiful parkland beside the Danube.
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4. Nisville International Jazz Festival – This long-standing festival started out in 1981 and features international jazz artists and bands. Set at Niš City Fortress, the accompanying program of workshops is a must for jazz fans.
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5. Festival of Street Musicians – Held in Novi Sad each September, this gathering of street artists has been running since 2000. Come here to see acrobats, comedians and bands, solo musicians, stunt artists and ‘rock opera’ fill the streets of Serbia’s second city.
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1. National Museum of Yugoslav History – Get clued-up on Serbian history at this south Belgrade museum, divided into three buildings and set in parkland on Tito’s former compound. Highlights include a collection of Yugoslav batons, Tito’s tomb and a schedule of temporary exhibits.
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2. National Museum of Serbia – Established in 1844, this is the largest and oldest museum in former Yugoslavia. Housing around 400,000 artworks, the exhibits include 18th century Serbian paintings and a valuable collection of works by French painters such as Matisse, Picasso, Renoir and Cézanne. Some sections are currently under restoration
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3. Nikola Tesla Museum – Dedicated to the inventor, futurist and key contributor in the design of modern AC electricity supply system, this Belgrade museum houses thousands of Unesco-listed documents, books, photographs, 3D models and drawings.
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4. Remont – If you think that the art world takes itself too seriously, this independent art association could be for you. One of the coolest galleries in Belgrade, Remont promotes innovative Serbian artists and features everything from photography and painting to sculpture and video.
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5. O3ONE Gallery – This unique Belgrade art space sees itself as a communication project that explores the relationships between art, technology and science. Divided into different zones, each represents different themes: Art3ONE is the main platform for contemporary art, while Eko3ONE focuses on ecology.
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Whether you like it grilled, minced, shaped into sausages or stuffed into vegetables, meat-lovers are well catered for in Serbia. Veggies need not despair, with beans, capsicum and cheeses readily available. For traditional Serbia food, eat in a kafana – these historic taverns are the most authentic restaurants in Belgrade.
Wherever you choose to spend your dinars, be sure to try at least one of these national dishes:
Pljeskavica – Ground meat shaped into a patty, this Serbian favourite looks suspiciously like a burger – but not as you know it. Made from two or more meats, it’s served with kajmak (buffalo milk cream), shredded cabbage, spicy ajvar sauce and a pitta-like bun. Most kafanas and street karts also offer a choice of spreads and sides.
A no frills eatery, Loki on Gospodar Jovanova street in Belgrade serves, arguably, the best in Belgrade – even Novak Djokovic is said to be a fan.
Ćevapi – Perhaps the most famous Serbia food, these skinless sausages are made from minced meats and served in sets of five or ten fingers with chopped opinions and flatbread, plus a choice of sides, such as sour cream, cottage cheese and minced red pepper. If you can’t decide between this and a Pljeskavica, ask for a Serbian mixed grill and you’ll get both.
Best eaten at –Stara Hercegovina kafana, Carigradska 36, Belgrade 11000, Serbia
Sarma – Minced meat (you may be noticing a recurring theme), this time stuffed inside pickled cabbage leaves. Often served at Christmas or at weddings and religious holidays, the mince can be mixed with rice, onions and spices.
Best eaten at –Find this celebratory dish in the best restaurants in Belgrade, or at big social events and public celebrations.
Pasulj – Vegetarians can breathe a sigh of relief. Serbian bean soup swaps minced meat for white beans, combining them with carrots, mint leaves and spices to create a hearty broth or stew. To be on the safe side, double-check that the stock hasn’t be made with pork ribs, and ask for it to be served without meat on the side.
Best eaten at – Said to be the oldest kafana in Belgrade, Kafana Question Mark is on Kralja Petra 6 Street.
Breads & pastries – A staple feature of Serbia food, bread forms the basis of many-a meal, with traditional bakes including lepinje (flatbread) and kifle (crescent-shaped breakfast rolls). Bakeries across the country serve national and international breads and pastries, as well as Serbian-style pizza, but purists believe that the best serve bread, burek (sweet or savoury flaky pastry parcels) and nothing else.
Best eaten at – Seek out the small but legendary Carli bakery, Braće Jugović 16, Belgrade.
Backpack - While wheelie cases are all well and good, Serbia’s distinct lack of elevators will destroy your love for any luggage you can’t sling over a shoulder. Opt for a backpack or sports bag instead.
Light summer clothes - Be prepared for hot summers and humid weather, with light and breathable fabrics, as well as sunglasses and sun block.
Swimwear - Don’t be fooled by Serbia’s lack of shoreline. Fresh lakes and clear streams are ripe for a summer dip, so don’t forget your swimming togs.
Waterproof - The weather in Serbia is wettest in the warm summer months, so avoid getting a sweat on with breathable wet weather gear.
Warm winter gear - Be prepared for winter snow in December and bring a warm jacket, hat and thick socks, plus decent footgear. There’s nothing more depressing than cold, soggy feet.
Medical kit - Unless you’re planning a two-week wilderness trek, the basics should be fine, and you can stock up on extras in pharmacies across the country.
Passport copies - Bring a printed photocopy, take a photo or scan and store a copy on your smart phone, email or on the Cloud.