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With four large national parks, more than 60 nature reserves, 15 nature parks, four mountain ranges, half a dozen raftable rivers, countless canyons and 280 natural monuments, it’s easy to go wild in Serbia. From hiking and biking to rafting and canyoning, there's an alfresco adventure waiting at every turn.

The country is criss-crossed with great treks; Tara National Park, with 25 marked hiking trails, is a favourite destination. Birdwatching is also popular, with 360 species to be found in the countryside and around Belgrade: keen twitchers should contact the League for Ornithological Action of Serbia (www.ptica.org).

Serbia is fast gaining a reputation as a top spot for adventure sports; these are best undertaken with reputable operators. Our picks:

Wild Serbia

Extreme Summit Team

Extreme Canyoning

Panacomp