We have added a new section to our website that covers Serbian monasteries. The most important monasteries are included, with a quick historic and artistic summary. Monasteries are plotted on a map for easy route plannings. To reach the new content, go to http://www.travelserbia.info/tours/monastery-tours.php
We have added a new “Serbian Spas” section to our website with details about the major Spas in Serbia. As with all the other information on this site, we have focused on the interests of foreign visitors.
Serbia’s spas have grown into oases of greenery, peace and tranquillity. These are generally primarily situated in mild valleys or around the slopes of hillsides and are generally surrounded by forests. Natural scenery within the spas is accompanied by developed surroundings, parks and strolling paths.
The new content is available under http://www.travelserbia.info/places/spas/
A new slideshow article about Serbia by Tamara Sheward has been published on BBC Travel. Titled “Serbia’s seductive charms” the slideshow contains images of some specific images of Serbia, such as the Guča festival, Belgrade nightlife, the ski resort of Kopaonik as well as some not so widely known places such as Mokra Gora, Vrnjačka Banja, Fruška Gora and Novi Pazar.
The article describes the Guča festival as the wildest music festival on Earth and mentions an interesting comment made by the jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, who reeled: “I didn’t know you could play trumpet that way”.
The slide on Belgrade comments on the wild nightlife and displays a gig on a Danube raft featuring the local gypsy band Amaro Del.
The beautiful mountain resort of Kopaonik is mentioned as being 3 times cheaper than the French resorts. This may not be a fact, but it is true that you will have a great time on this mountain, it has great ski slopes, great nightlife (all those Belgrade party boys and girls have to enjoy the nights here too!).
There’s much more in the article, so go over and enjoy.
In its yesterdays article Making the Belgrade: Serenaded by Serbia with folk songs, Roman ruins the Daily Mail says about Belgrade:
Serbia has a lot to offer the adventurous tourist. Its energetic capital, Belgrade, caters to all kinds of visitor, from history buffs who want to explore its vast archaeological history, to committed party animals. and also It is staggeringly good value for money, too, particularly when it comes to food and drink. A pint of beer costs about £1 and it is possible to eat a decent meal out for not much more than a fiver.
The article also talks about some tourist attractions of the city of Niš, the third largest city in Serbia.
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BBC Travel has posted an interesting article about the Guča festival.
Welcome to the Guca Trumpet Festival, Serbia’s premier celebration of the Balkan brass band, known here as an orkestar. It’s a place where the music is never-ending, the trumpet rules over all, and where anything that moves – from hundreds of stricken looking pigs to an entire buffalo – is liable to end up roasted on a spit. Brass band music is the Balkans’ pop, and Serbia’s national pride and joy. The top players are bigger names than Mick Jagger and Lady Gaga here, and Guca is the best place to see them.
The article nicely pictures the atmosphere of the festival and provides a nice insight into the lives of some of the best brass musicians in the region, Boban and Marko Marković.
According to the National Tourism Organization of Serbia, young travellers on a low budget are the main visitors which is not a surprise having in mind the various popular festivals and events that attract this population. Among those, the German speaking youth make a significant portion.
Due to the increase of young visitors there has also been a large increase in the number of hostels in Serbia over the last few years, and specially in Belgrade. As in all other parts of the world, hostels in Belgrade and other cities in the country range from great value for money to poor places. Photographs and the owners comments on various hostel lists can provide a general feel for a particular hostel but it’s only based on user reviews that one can actually get a decent picture of a place and decide which hostel to chose.
While the choice of online resources for finding hostels in Serbia for Serbian and English speaking people is abundant, we’ve found only one such quality resource for German speaking tourists, with all the information, including hostel amenities, services and user reviews in German.
Our German speaking visitors should be aware that the older population in Serbia does generally speak some German, while the younger generations have been more exposed to English, so for those who only speak German it might be more efficient asking older people on the street for help and instructions.
The Goethe institute is located in the Knez Mihajlova street in Belgrade and offers an information center and a vast library as well as cultural programs in the fields of science, literature, movies, music and theater. It is the number one source for the German learning population and German speaking visitors.
The 25th annual Zrenjanin Beer Fest (Dani Piva) is taking place from 25th to 29th August 2010. The Zrenjanin Beer Fest combines cultural, entertaining, sports and business content, but beer and music are the heart of the festival. More than 30 types of beer can be tasted, as well as the unavoidable traditional specialties from Vojvodina.
The musical program can be found at http://www.danipiva.rs/progzitni.php
The official website of the festival is http://www.danipiva.rs
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Mick Webb of the Independent presents a great article on Belgrade with suggested routes to cover in 2 days supplemented with practical advices on where to eat, have a few drinks and enjoy your stay in the city.
Here’s he’s say on why to visit Belgrade now:
Linked for the first time by low-cost flights from the UK this summer, Belgrade is full of surprises – from the number of al fresco cafés and restaurants with outdoor terraces, to the high-energy nightlife provided by boat-based clubs that line the banks of the rivers Sava and Danube.
“Belgrade Alternative Guide” represents a group of students from Belgrade who came together around the idea of showing their capital city to visitors in a manner different than that of tourist agencies.
This is a passionate group of students that state the following:
“Our purpose is for our guests to familiarize themselves with the way of life in our city. You will have the opportunity to get to know more about our young people, their friends and their friend’s friends, food, drinks, our habits, problems and our entertainment. The time you spend in Belgrade, you will spend living as a real Belgrader. Parties, get-togethers, debates, exhibits, and if it so happens that one of us is going to a house party while you’re visiting – you’re coming along!!! Of course, before all that you are welcome guests for dinner at grandma Mara’s, who’s cooking has no equal.”
This is indeed a great way to discover Belgrade, so if you’re visiting make sure you consider these students as your guides.
The article is short but with good observations about Belgrade’s architecture, people and the night life.
“In recent years the city’s youth have made a name for themselves for partying. Much is made here of the declaration in Lonely Planet’s guide to “1000 Ultimate Experiences” that “Belgrade rocks” and is now one of the best places to party on the planet – and the throngs of beautiful young people and the all-night hum from barges on the Sava and the Danube testify to it.”
The article concludes with “I have been pleasantly surprised; Belgrade has been quite an eye-opener.“
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