When I began my travels, I never thought I would find such a gem as Serbia. I’d always been warned off travelling there due to the recent wars in Eastern Europe in the 1990s. I can tell you that these fears are unfounded. Here are just five reasons to visit Serbia on your next trip.
With Australia‘s comparatively short (recorded) history, visiting a country like Serbia is mind boggling. There is such a rich, vibrant (and sometimes bloody) history in Serbia, and it’s fascinating to hear. Going along to free walking tours in towns you visit is a great way to hear about the contrast of their towns and the ancient, modern and recent historical accounts.
Boasting beautiful National Parks and gorgeous landscapes, Serbia hosts a variety of interesting plants, animals, rivers, mountains and lakes. There aren’t many days that you can look around and not say “WOW!”
The best part about visiting other countries is always the food. Serbian food is traditionally a lot of meats, cheeses and seasonal fruits and vegetables. The bread is crazy good, and is often served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Restaurant waiters have always been very helpful in deciphering the menu and helping me select a great dish that I know I will enjoy.
With over 28 flavours of Rakkia, you are bound to find one that you love. Rakkia is the flavoured spirits of the Balkan region and range from delicious to burning. My personal favourites were a little milder in alcohol level, and full of flavour. I recommend Raspberry, Pomegranate and Walnut.
Every person is Serbia treated us with respect and were graciously welcoming to their country. Most speak English very well, and if they don’t, are still very helpful and kind in directing you to someone who does. Serbians are some of the kindest people I’ve ever met.
If you haven’t considered visiting Serbia, think again. The gem of Eastern Europe is well worth the visit!