Introduction to Serbia
Serbia is the veteran bridesmaid of Europe; always a stopover and never the destination. Well, that’s about to change. The Republic of Serbia stands at a crossroads of wanderlust and rediscovery as been-there-done-that travellers sit up and take notice, dusting off their passports and hopping a plane to booming Belgrade.
Hemmed in by Montenegro, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Albania and Romania and 8 hours northeast of the Adriatic Sea, Serbia serves as the ideal base camp for a well-rounded European experience without the price-tag. From lines of party barges vibrating trance rhythms down the Danube to the haunting monasteries of Manasija, Serbia is a formula of modern twists and ancient highlights spliced together in one big melting pot.
No two panoramas are the same. The landscape of Serbia is an accidental secret buried in the political and social tensions of the region - sweeping, picturesque plains; tranquil pockets of monasteries and castles; Byzantine artworks and crowning mountains frame cities, villages and memories.
Belgrade, the culturally padded capital, lulls travellers into a false sense of security. It looks like an international capital with museums, world-class restaurants and art galleries attracting the right kind of crowd. And here, acceptability comes to a screeching halt. Belgrade by night is a fast and feverish place, lining the Danube with a flotilla of party barges and luring travellers into nightclubs and racy cabaret bars – Sin City has a new face. For winter sports fanatics, Zlatibor and Kopaonik offer ever-snowy slopes to ski or snowboard as downhill paths are marked clearly by a charging tourism scene and wicked half-pipes serve as practice for world champions and beginners alike.