Serbia is one of the most dynamic destinations in the Balkans, in Southeastern Europe. This landlocked country borders Hungary to the north, Romania and Bulgaria to the east; Macedonia to the south; and Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro to the west. Expect to have a lot of fun in Serbia for it is known to be a vibrant, colourful and edgy city with a taste for hedonism.
Begin the trip by straightaway heading into its capital - Belgrade. History buffs would enjoy visiting the Belgrade Fortress, which dates as far back as the Romans. Also, stroll along the beautiful and gorgeous Kalemegdan Park - overlooking the merging of the Sava and Danube Rivers and set within the walls of the well-maintained castle. Some of the other attractions include the massive Cathedral of St. Sava and Princess Ljubica's Konak, an 1831 Turkish-style residence.
Be sure to stroll along the bohemian quarter of Skadarlija in Belgrade, known to be the melting pot of the city's cultural scene as numerous distinguished personalities from the city's cultural scene such as eminent writers, renowned actors, accomplished painters and famous journalists used to rub shoulders and live in the old town. When it comes to museums, the Nikola Tesla Museum is a must. It is dedicated to the life and work of the brilliant Serbian physicist and inventor, Nikola Tesla.
Take a trip to Serbia's third largest city - Nis. This metropolis home to a plethora of relics from the Ottoman era, including a fortress and the eerie Skull Tower. The residuals of the Roman town of Mediana are also situated in the vicinity. Frequently called as the 'Serbian Athens', Novi Sad is a striking city on the Danube and is lined up with an array of museums, galleries, libraries and theatres along with several churches. It also houses the intimidating Petrovaradin Citadel.
Those who are wild-life lovers ought to visit the beautiful Djerdap National Park. Spanning about 64,000 hectares (158,146 acres), one of its main highlight is the river valley comprised out of four gorges. Other national parks that are worth exploring are Sara, Fruska Gora, Kopaonik and Tara. Hikers would enjoy hiking or birdwatching in the hills of the national park of Fruska Gora, housed to the south of Novi Sad. The reserve runs as far as the Danube River, to the edge of the city of Sremski Karlovci.
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for markets or street-stalls selling souvenirs such as embroidery, lace, leatherwork, knitwear, metalwork and Turkish coffee sets. As for cuisine, do dig into some of their local delicacies such as Pihtije (Jellied pork or duck) or Raznjici (Skewered meat). Do sip into Rakhija (fruit brandy popular in the Balkans).
The stay options in Serbia are abundant with the best luxury hotels, rental apartments and cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Serbia experiences mild continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. The best time to visit would be the summer months from June to August for the temperatures are relatively warm and pleasant.