So, you can’t decide where to go for your next holiday? If spending hours on the beach isn’t your type of bliss, you might want to consider going somewhere new.

Have you ever been to the Balkan Peninsula? It’s located in the east and southeast Europe and goes from Serbian-Bulgarian border all the way to the Black Sea.

*Article written by Max Kenyon to our Guest Writer section.

Things to do in Serbia

While Balkan includes many unique countries, Serbia is probably among the most interesting ones and Max Kenyon from Clean That Floor likes to visit it whenever he can. It’s a somewhat small country, located at the crossroads of Southeast and Central Europe in the southern Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans.

Still, the country is unique due to culture, cuisine, history, and geography. Do you want to discover more? Check the article below to know all about Serbia and things to do there.

Things to do in Serbia

Brief History 101

The territory of modern-day Serbia was first inhabited back in the 6th century due to Slavic Migrations to Southeastern Europe. Still, the Serbian Kingdom didn’t get recognition by the Holy See and Constantinople until 1217.

By the mid-16th century, Serbia was under the rule of Ottomans as well as the Habsburg Empire which set its foothold in Vojvodina. In the early 19th century, Serbia co-founded Yugoslavia with other Slavic countries such as Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Montenegro.

When Yugoslavia broke up, Serbia formed a union with Montenegro which dissolved in 2006. It’s not a part of the European Union although the negotiations began in 2014.

Things to do in Serbia

Serbia Today

Most people wonder if Serbia is safe when they think about visiting. It’s due to its war history and ongoing conflict with Albanians. The global media plays a significant role in why the world thinks it’s not safe to visit Serbia.

The hospitality of Serbs has no limits, as the people are very friendly and welcoming to tourists and visitors. Today, you can stay anywhere in the country and find equal hospitality. The country has a low terrorism rate, so the worst thing that could happen to you is having your wallet stolen.

Since the country is as old, there are many places and things to see from the Povlen Globes to The Church of Saint Save that is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. Also, it’s rich in medieval monasteries and churches you can visit at any time.

Things to do in Serbia

Serbia Must-See Attractions

You should definitely visit Serbia if you’re interested in seeing medieval fortresses, churches, and monasteries. Since the country dates way back, it’s rich in different forts and churches that look like from a medieval TV show.

Here are some of the most interesting you should see:

  • Studenica Monastery – these white marble churches are an excellent example of Serbian medieval architecture. The inside of the churches looks equally as impressive.
  • Kalemegdan – located in the capital city of Belgrade, the fortress is among the most romantic places to visit.
  • Fortress of Smederevo – built between 1427 and 1430, the fortress stands tall in Smederevo although it was heavily damaged during World War II.
  • Bač Fortress – built in the 14th century, the fortress is mostly in ruins at this point. However, it’s still attractive and worth visiting.
  • Golubac Fortress – the fortress is a sight to see and that much more beautiful since it’s near the Lepenski Vir. It’s in reasonably good shape and is now a full-blown tourist attraction. Also, the Danube River is at its widest here, being some 6km wide.
  • Maglič Castle – built in the 13th century, the castle is a Cultural Heritage of Exceptional Importance. It sits on top of a hill, and there’s always fog beneath it.

Things to do in Serbia

Famous Names from Serbia

Believe it or not, many well-known scientists, actors, musicians, and athletes are from Serbia. However, this doesn’t only refer to modern day and age. More precisely, a total of 18 Roman emperors were born between the 3rd age and 4th century in what is now known as Serbia.

Did you know that the Roman emperor Constantine the Great was born in Niš, Serbia? Also, have you ever heard that 13 Serbs worked on the Apollo project? Here are some of the most famous names from Serbia:

  • Nikola Tesla – scientist and engineer
  • Mihajlo IPupin – physical chemist and physicist (one of the founders of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration agency), Pulitzer award winner
  • Mileva Marić – physicist (also well-known for being Albert Einstein’s wife)
  • Milutin Marković – astronomer, mathematician, climatologist, civil engineer, geophysicist
  • Vuk Stefanović Karadžić – linguist and philologist
  • Josif Pančić – doctor, botanist, lecturer
  • Valter Bogdanić, Dušan Čarls Simanić – Pulitzer award winners
  • Ivo Andrić – Nobel Prize winner
  • Novak Djoković – the best tennis player in the world
  • Karl Malden – Serbian Oscar winner
  • Vlade Divac – one of the first Serbs to play in the NBA
  • Milan Janković – otherwise known as Philip Zepter, Milan is considered to be the richest Serbian on the planet.

Things to do in Serbia

Balkan Foods

Food plays a significant role in Serbia and is the center of all events. There’s hardly a gathering in Serbia where food isn’t involved whether it’s a birthday, slava, or a simple get-together.

Serbian cuisine is mostly influenced by Hungarian, Austrian, and Turkish cuisine. It’s quite characteristic to the Balkans, especially former Yugoslavia and it’s a huge part of Serbian social life.

Bread is the basis of all meals and even plays a role in some religious rituals. It’s a traditional welcome to offer your guests bread and salt in Serbia.

Some of the foods you should try are:

  • Ćevapčići – grilled and seasoned caseless sausages made with minced meat
  • Kajmak – a dairy product that resembles clotted cream
  • Sarma – minced beef and pork wrapped in pickled cabbage
  • Pljeskavica – a burger made of minced meat
  • Gibanica – kajmak and cheese pie
  • Ajvar – roasted pepper and tomato spread
  • Proja – cornbread

You should also try plum rakija that’s the traditional Serbian highly alcoholic drink. Rakija is made from distilled fruit, so you can find some made from grapes, apples, pears, cherries, walnuts, figs, apricots, and other such fruits.

Serbia also makes wine in some 22 different geographical regions. Another interesting fact is that in 2015, Serbia reached first place in raspberry production.