By Natasa Kokir
Serbia is a fabulous country in the mountainous of Western Balkans, breathtakingly rich in warm-hearted people, history and outstanding cultural heritage from the Prehistorical, Roman to modern times. Serbia is an amazing country, beyond all expectations, with a diversity of spectacular landmarks, bustling cities, glorious mountain hideaways. Serbia is among the Top Ten Hot Spots in Europe, more than 1 billion EUR invested in hotels and infrastructure development, a major economic hub in southeastern Europe.
Q. What makes Serbia an ideal travel destination for all?
The country‘s diversity and picturesque landscape offers endless possibilities and adventures. The endless fields of Vojvodina, the magnificent Danube river, ancient Belgrade and glorious mountains extending all the way to Montenegro, are just waiting for you to explore them. Serbia gives you the chance to experience several-century-long traditions, attractive local features, unusual rhythms and memorable tones that accompany the wealth of “mental flavor”.
Q. Tell us something that every traveler should know when travelling to Serbia?
Serbians are the most hospitable, warm and friendly people in Europe, rich historical heritage, excellent gastronomy, it is very well known for its nightlife, very affordable.
Q. Any essentials that one needs to carry when they travelling
Valid passport is enough. For India citizen no visas are required for a visit of up to 30 days, within period of one year
Q. Which are the most surreal places to visit when in Serbia?
Kalemegdan fortress in Belgrade, Djerdap gorge, Uvac lake, St. Sava Temple, Drina river, Museum of Nikola Tesla, National Park Tara, archaeological site Lepenski Vir, ancient imperial palace Felix Romuliana, Wooden town – Mecavnik, Studenica Monastery.
Q. Can you tell us a little about the life of the locals?
Serbian people are very warm, proud, brave, passionate, open-minded, enterprising, generous, traditional, caring and extremely hospitable.
Q. What are the local delicacies/drinks which one must try and where Serbia?
Serbia’s famous dishes are kajmak, ayvar, smoked ham, smoked beef, rakija /fruit brandy/, corn-bread /proja/, beans, jam, slatko – fruit jelly, various pickled food, notably sauerkraut /sarma, kiseli kupus – pickled cabbage, cabbage casserole/ and even sausages.
Q. What are things which one must buy when in Serbia?
One must buy jar of ajvar, a bottle of rakija, hand knit socks and opanci.
Q. Which is the most romantic places to visit in Serbia?
View from the Kalemegdan fortress on confluence rivers Sava and Danube, Wooden town.
Q. What are the local festivals which one must come to attend in Serbia?
Exit in Novi Sad, Trumpet festival in Guca, Jazz festival in Nis, Belgrade Beer Fest, Lovefest in Vrnjacka Banja, Autumn in Smederevo, Belgrade International Film Festival – FEST are the festivals oned must visit when in Serbia.
Q. The things guidebooks will not tell anyone about?
Serbia is a spirited, fascinating country and tourism has grown steadily. It is beyond expectations in all the ways and waiting to be discovered.
Q. According to you what is the best thing about Serbia?
One of the best things in Serbia are people, very hospitable and friendly.
By Natasa Kokir
Liberty International Adriatic
Serbia office manager