For character, culture and conviviality, little land locked Serbia is hard to beat. holidays offer lush green landscapes surrounded by towers, monasteries and bridges and peaceful rivers flowing north into the Danube. In the gritty capital of Belgrade, by day explore the historic Old Town or visit the ancient hillside fortress, and by night uncover the city’s vibrant nightlife through the many underground bars and open air cafes. Other interesting cities include laidback Novi Sad, home to the looming Petrovaradin Fortress, and fascinating Nis. Further out discover mysterious Serbia’s great outdoors including five national parks and rolling hills of wine regions and thermal spas which date back to Roman times. The people are almost frighteningly welcoming so visitors should brace themselves for a hearty three-kiss hello, endless exhortations to eat, and glasses of potent spirit thrust into their hands.

Top Recommendations

  • Explore the streets of Belgrade, taking in the Kalemegdan Citadel, before partying until dawn on Belgrade’s bacchanalian river barge nightclubs
  • Hit the piste at Kopaonik, the country’s premier ski resort
  • Take on the hiking trails of Tara National Park
  • Visit the bucolic rolling hills of Fruska Gora, home to vineyards, orchards and Orthodox monasteries
  • For music lovers book a ticket for Exit Festival. Or for something a bit more outlandish Dragacevo Trumpet Assembly in Guca, a frenetic festival like no other

When to Visit

Between May and September is the ideal time to plan a trip. The long summer days are warm with temperatures peaking in the high 20s. Always be prepared for a spot of rain, however, as precipitation is consistent year-round. The winter months can get quite cold so if visiting during this time wrap up warm, however, for those chasing snow Serbia does offer a few ski resorts as potential ski destinations.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Belgrade.