Serbia is quite wild country, often overlooking in the plans of holiday trips in Europe. It has no sea with great beaches, you will not find romantic streets or fashionable shops, but it has so much more to offer than these typical attractions. Now you can discover it thanks to cheap flights to Serbia with LOT Polish Airlines. This country experienced a lot in the last Balkan War and it is still undiscovered by tourists. You will be surprised by its raw beauty and many beautiful sights.
National Parks of Serbia
Serbia is mostly green and wild so while travelling across the country, it is really worth to visit one of its national parks. In the north, in the region of Vojvodina, you will find Fruška Gora National Park. You can take long walks along the low hills and have a pleasant cycle trips there. There is also a lot of vineyards, where you can taste the best Serbian wines.
Another amazing National Park is Djerdap (Iron Gate), located in the eastern part of Serbia, near the border with Romania. The main attraction of the park is the Djerdap river gorge- the longest and deepest in Europe. In the south- central part of the country you can admire the Kopaonik National Park, which enchants with its extremely rich fauna and flora. It is a perfect spot for winter sports with many long ski trails. In the western part of Serbia there is Tara National Park which is part of the Alps. In its dense forests there are more than 1000 plant species and a lot of wild animals.
The festival trumpets in Guča
If you will be travelling to Serbia in August, you should definitely stop in a small town called Guča. Every year there is one of the biggest musical events of Balkan region. The long tradition of playing the "trumpet of Dragačeva" is 200 years old. History of the festival dates back to 1831. This tiny town of 2 thousand inhabitants each year welcome 200 thousand viewers who can hear the music in every corner of the city including streets, pubs, restaurants and special stages. It is also possible to see and hear performances of folk groups from all over the world.
Monasteries of Serbia
No matter which way will you choose, after leaving Belgrade you will come across many signs indicating that somewhere in the vicinity there is a historic monastery. One of the most interesting ones is Studenica Monastery. This old orthodox church was built in twelfth century, and has been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a great example of the style which followed Byzantine architecture from V-VII centuries. On its frescoes for the first time Serbian writing appeared. For many centuries it has been a cultural, religious and political center of the country.
Another important monastery is Sopoćani. It is also on UNESCO Heritage Site. It was founded by King Stefan Uroš I in the thirteenth century. The monastery was destroyed in 1389. Thorough restoration work was carried out in the twentieth century. The monastery church of the Holy Trinity impresses not only with its architecture but also frescoes, which you can find in its interior. It is without a doubt one of the most valuable examples of the Serbian wall painting.
Serbia is a relatively young country with 39 airports. Within its territory there are three international airports in Belgrade, Nis and Vršac. LOT Polish Airlines offers a flight to Serbia, to its largest airport in Belgrade. International Airport is located 18 kilometers west of Belgrade. Annually it serves more than 2.5 million passengers. Direct flight from Warsaw takes 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is the main air hub of Serbia. It is located about 24 kilometers northwest of the center of Belgrade, at the village of Surčin. The airport handles both regular and cheap airlines on domestic and international routes. The old building was opened in 1927 but it was destroyed during World War II. The current building have been built between 1958 and 1962. It consist of two terminals and it is the busiest airport in Serbia with more than 4.5 million passengers every year.
How to reach the airport
The airport is connected to the city by highway E-70. It is equipped with parking spaces for cars, located in front of the terminal building. There is one indoor long-term parking and open short-term car park, which is located near the terminal. In all car parks there is a space for more than 1,000 vehicles. It is also possible to rent a car from many operating companies at the airport. A taxi rank is located in front of the airport building. Journey to town takes about 20 minutes. You should be aware of private drivers and ask before the ride about the price. It is possible to purchase a voucher for a taxi from one of the official taxi associations in the arrivals hall. The approximate price is 1500 RSD. The prices per kilometer are varied depending on the time of day and range from 49 to 98 dinars, and hour layover will cost around 600 dinars.
There are also two bus lines that connect Belgrade airport with the city center. Line number 72 runs every 30 minutes from early morning till late night. It takes around 40 minutes to reach the final destination. Tickets can be bought directly from the driver. Another line is Jat which runs every hour from 7 till 22. It stops at important city points like central railway station. Tickets can be also purchased from the driver.
There is small accommodation base close to the airport but generally it is not well developed. The closest sleeping place is about 4 kilometers away, in a quiet area for a very affordable price. Approximately 6 kilometers from the airport there are also two hotels. Other hotels are already in the city center. In both terminals you can find bars with snacks, restaurants and cafes. It is also possible to do some shopping in terminals, as well as in the duty free zone. Additionally there are exchange office, banks, post office and cash machines. There is also children’s area and baby room, luggage storage and lockers, showers and even a casino. There are also facilities for the disabled people. Information points are available throughout the whole airport. 16 companies provide car rental services so there is no problem in finding a perfect vehicle.
Serbia main cities
The most important city of Serbia is, of course, Belgrade. It has more than half a million residents and serves as a current capital. LOT Polish Airlines offers plane tickets to Serbia. Direct flight from Warsaw to Belgrade takes only 1 hour and 30 minutes. The biggest industrial center of Serbia is Kragujevac which is a base of modern technologies. Novi Sad is the capital of the region of Vojvodina and the second-largest city of the country. For tourists extremely valuable are one of the oldest cities called Pozarevac and Nis.
The most important city of Serbia
Belgrade is the main industrial, cultural and scientific center of the country. The Sava River separates the Old Town (Stari Grad) from New Belgrade, where you can walk through the famous Knez Mihailova boulevard, which leads to the Kalemegdan Park. You can find there remains of a Roman fortress and the Kalemegdan fortress which was built between 1717-1738. Worth visiting is the seventeenth- century Bajrakli mosque, which gives an insight to turbulent Serbian history. For almost 400 years it was occupied by Turks. There are also beautiful churches from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including amazing Sveti Sava basilica.
In Belgrade there are also two interesting museums: the National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum, which help tourists with understanding Balkan culture. Beside the old monuments there are also many green parks, where you can relax a bit during an exhausting day of sightseeing. Plenty of restaurants offer traditional cuisine, where you can taste Balkan dishes. Additionally Belgrade attracts with its lively nightlife in many clubs and pubs.
Serbian Athens- Novi Sad
Novi Sad is a city in northern Serbia situated on Danube river. The number of tourists visiting Novi Sad increases every year. The capital of Serbian culture and the region of Vojvodina attracts art lovers, PhD researchers and students. In the nineteenth century it gained a reputation of the "Serbian Athens". The main attraction of the city- Petrovaradin fortress is located on the banks of the Danube. Also worth seeing is the beautiful Town Hall located at Freedom Square. Currently, Novi Sad is a rapidly developing city, with many modern buildings, rebuilt in 1999. Close to Novi Sad it is also possible to climb a small mountains, which encourages tourists to active forms of recreation. In July there is also very popular EXIT Festival, which attracts music fans from the whole Europe. City encourages also with relaxed atmosphere with a lot of pubs, bars and restaurants.
The fortress of Nis
Fortress is the heart of Nis. It's been here on the banks of the Nišava probably since Celtic times and certainly remembers the Roman times. The stone walls of the fortress saved the whole history of the city. From the Roman legionaries, through the wild Slaves, cruel Turks and Austro-Hungarians- this walls remember it all. Another tragic war story of the Nis and the whole Yugoslavia can be seen in fascist concentration camp Crveni Krst (Red Cross). It is unique because you can see it exactly how it has been abandoned by the Germans.
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