Serbia Driving Guide – SPEND LESS, DO MORE
Serbia, one of Europe’s most culturally diverse countries, is a warm, welcoming and fun destination with a reputation for non-stop nightlife in the cities. The country is largely mountainous with the fertile Danubian Plain and limestone ranges.
Along the Danube’s 588 km course through Serbia, it passes through the picturesque Vojvodina flatlands and two national parks. The Danube is a major asset of Serbia’s tourism industry and a cruise on the majestic Danube is a special experience.
Serbia was recently voted one of the most affordable countries for a holiday, partly because prices for local dishes are lower for visitors from other countries. And by renting a car you can see so much more and have a great time, without spending more.
Mystical ‘Valley of the Kings’ – Explore the route from Belgrade to Kraljevo and Novi Pazar
Belgrade, Serbia’s capital city (also called the ‘White City’) is positioned at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, making it a strategic stopover since ancient times.
Any visit to Belgrade should start with the Kalemegdan Fortress, the city’s most historic site. The 7,000-year fortress rests on the white rocks at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. Today, Kalemegdan’s grounds feature an observatory, an art pavilion, a zoo, a promenade, and a sports and amusement park.
From Belgrade, a scenic 175km route will take you to the Valley of the Kings beginning at Kraljevo in central Serbia. Dolina Kraljeva (‘Valley of the Kings’), also called Dolina Jorgovana (‘The Lilac Valley’) is home to some of the most valuable Serbian mediaeval monasteries. Make sure you stop along the way to enjoy village tourism, homemade products and the forest areas of Sumadija.
Known as ‘the heart of Sumadija’, Kraljevo is the city on three rivers, surrounded by five mountains and two spas. The city owes its name to seven kings who were crowned in the nearby Zica monastery over centuries. The Zica monastery is considered the ‘mother of all churches’, with its characteristic red facade.
A 100km south from Kraljevo is the Raska region. Some of Serbia’s loveliest monasteries are hidden away in the hills. Novi Pazar, the largest town in the region, was the heartland of the Serbian medieval state. The oldest and most interesting buildings are in the old bazaar area south of the Raska River, where the 16th century Altum Alem Mosque still stands. The 15th century Turkish bath, the oldest in Serbia, is an incredible structure with eleven domes of varying sizes.
Discover Novi Sad, the City of Culture – Belgrade to Banja Koviljaca and Novi Sad
Banja Koviljaca, in the western Podrinje region, is located on the right bank of River Drina, in the foothills of the mountain Gucevo, about 150km from Belgrade.
Banja is surrounded by one of the biggest and the most beautiful parks in Serbia, suitable for walks and recreation, whilst at Gucevo there is a large number of popular resorts.
A 130km northeast from Banja Koviljaca lies Novi Sad, the cultural capital of Vojvodina. Novi Sad is a charming city of theatres, museums, galleries, interesting cafés, unusual restaurants, little parks and the most beautiful beach on the Danube. Be sure to attend EXIT – the biggest music festival in South Eastern Europe, taking place in July at the beautiful and magical fortress in Novi Sad.
A short drive outside Novi Sad is Salasi, the lighthouses of the Pannonian plain and symbols of traditional life in Vojvodina. This is a must visit and will make your stay in Novi Sad and its surroundings an unforgettable moment to share.
Serbia is a fun and affordable destination with a lot to offer, and we are here to help you do more by spending less. To find the best deals and choices for rental cars in Serbia and accommodation you need not look further than Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels.
Your Cheaperthancars Team