Novi Sad is a chipper town with all the spoils and none of the stress of the big smoke. Locals sprawl in pretty parks and outdoor cafes, and laneway bars pack out nightly. The looming Petrovaradin Citadel keeps a stern eye on proceedings, loosening its tie each July to host Serbia's largest music festival.
Western & Central Serbia
Great adventures await southwest of Belgrade. The thickly forested Tara National Park is arguably the country’s most scenic slice, with an enormous canyon, resplendent river and wildlife galore. Nearby Zlatibor’s rolling hills are a peaceful privilege to explore year-round, and lofty Kopaonik is a popular ski destination.
Serbia's third-largest metropolis is a lively city of curious contrasts, where Roma in horse-drawn carriages trot alongside new cars, and posh cocktails are sipped in antiquated alleyways. It's a buzzy kind of place, with a high number of university students, packed-out laneway bars, a happening live music scene and pop-up markets and funfairs come summertime.
Tara National Park
With 220 sq km of forested slopes, dramatic ravines, jewel-like waterways and rewarding views, Tara (part of the Dinaric Alps) is scenic Serbia at its best. Pressed up against – and affording gorgeous glimpses into – Bosnia and Hercegovina, this western wonderland attracts both adventurers eager for escapism, exploration and fresh-air fun.
Fruška Gora National Park
Nicknamed 'the jewel of Serbia', Fruška Gora is an 80km stretch of rolling hills in the Vojvodinian district of Srem, where cloistered life has endured since monasteries were built between the 15th and 18th centuries to safeguard Serbian culture and religion from the Turks. Of the 35 original monasteries, 16 remain, and they're open to visitors.
Kopaonik National Park
Clustered around Pančićev Peak (Pančićev Vrh, 2017m) overlooking Kosovo, Serbia's prime winter resort has 70km of ski slopes and 24 lifts; it's also a pleasant hiking base. Prices plummet in the off-season, though many places open arbitrarily or close completely during this time. About 120 sq km of the Kopaonik range is a protected national park.