Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Serbia

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Why visit Serbia?
Ideal for experienced European traveler seeking off-the-beaten path to experience architectural styles, bicycling, churches, culture, fishing, folk art, golf, hiking, horseback riding, lakes, monasteries, picturesque scenery, river cruises, rolling hills, ruins, skiing, spas, squash, and waterfall.



Belgrade, Serbia. Photo Credit: Djordje Jovanovic/Pixabay 



At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Ajvar, art, Bermit (dessert wine), embroidery, handmade carpets, lace, leather boxes, licitar heart cookie, local honey, pottery, silver jewelry, tapestries, wines, wood carvings, and woolens.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Burek (stuffed pastry). Cevapcici (sausage). Gljeskavica (cheese pie). Kajmak (cheese spread). Leskovacka Muckalica (stew). Moussaka (casserole). Musaka (casserole). Peceno Prase (pig roast). Pljeskavica (meat patty). Sarma (stuffed cabbage).
  • Local Drink to Try: Lozovaca (cognac). Rakia (spirit). Sljivovica (brandy). Vinkak (brandy).

Fun Facts
  • The Belgrade International Theatre Festival (BITEF) is one of the oldest theatre festivals in the world (1967).
  • Danube is the longest river passing through.
  • Largest waterfall, Jelovarnik (Kopaonik).
  • Home to 8 venomous snakes.
  • Only European languages to use both Cyrillic and Latin alphabets.
  • Wines are produced in 22 different geographical regions.
  • One of the largest providers of frozen fruits to the European Union (EU).
  • Second largest producers of plum and raspberry in the world.
  • Has 3 opera houses: Madlenianum Opera (Belgrade), Opera of the National Theatre (Belgrade), and Opera of the Serbian National Theatre (Novi Sad).


Novi Sad. Photo Credit: Petar Ubiparip/Pixabay 



Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (February) Kobasicijada, (March) Belgrade Dance Festival, Belgrade Design Week, Belgrade Fashion Week, (April) Resonate Festival, Serbia Fashion Week, Serbian Air Show, (May) Mikser Festival, (June) Bean Festival, Cinema City Film Festival, Pančevački Carnival, (July) Book Talk, EXIT Festival, Kosidba na Rajcu, (August) Belgrade Beer Fest, Guča Trumpet Festival, Lovefest, Tešnjar's Night, (September) Belgrade International Theatre Festival, Cabbage Festival, Festival of Street Musicians, Leskovac Grill Festival, Ljubičevo Equestrian Games, Nisville Internacional Jazz Festival, Roštiljijada Festival, Smederevska Jesen, and (October) Belgrade Music Festival.
  • Holidays: Christmas Day, Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Labor Holiday, and Armistice Day.

Good to Know
  • Travelers cannot enter using a passport previously reported lost or stolen. 
  • Required to register with local police within 24 hours of arrival.
  • Landmines are known around the borders Bosnia, Croatia and and Herzegovina.
  • Entry from Kosovo without first having previously entered from another recognized entry point and obtaining a Serbian entry stamp will not be granted permission to enter.
  • Most tourist visited areas are Belgrade and Novi Sad.
  • Requires an International Driving Permit.
  • Serbian liquors tend to be strong.
  • Adequate health facilities are available throughout the country.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
  • Blood alcohol level, 0.02% or higher is considered intoxicated; punishable by arrest and/or fines.
  • Spa towns are  Banja Koviljača, Soko Banja, and Vrnjačka Banja.
  • Avoid conversations about politics and religion.
  • Buses are often crowded.
  • Tourism industry is unevenly regulated, safety inspections do not commonly occur.
  • Vojvodina Region between Belgrade and the Hungarian border is prone to winter fog.
  • Year round evenings require a light sweater.
  • Most popular Mountain Resorts are Kopaonik, Stara Planina, and Ziatibor. 


Smederevo Fortress, Smederevo, Serbia. Photo Credit: Petar Ubiparip/Pixabay 



This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA not required for visits under 90 days.
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: 10,000EUR.

Subject to droughts, earthquakes, floods, and storms.

  • Best Time to Visit: May - October
  • Coldest Months: November - March 
  • Hottest Months: May - September
  • Peak Season: June - August

Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Gamzigrad-Romuliana Palace of Galerius, Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, Stari Ras and Sopocani, Studenica Monastery, and Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards.


Photo Credit: Stevan Aksentijevic/Pixabay 



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