I was in Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Macedonia. Hope someday I will visit Croatia and Albania. I would like to describe all of these places for you. In this post, you can find my 3 favorite places in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Below I’ve prepared a list of my top 5 must-see places and attractions in Serbia. If you have another position, share it with us.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I admire the Balkans. It is one of my favorite direction in Europe. I like Balkans people, its delicious cuisine, and above all, the landscape, which is diversified. And You?
1. Uvac Canyon
It was the most beautiful journey through the whole Serbia. While getting to the viewpoint of Uvac Canyon, amazing views were stretching around us. The truth is that from the start point of the route, I was enchanted with the beauty and wilderness of this place. It is a nature’s masterpiece.
The charm of this place, give the curving meanders of the river Uvac with beautiful green color of crystal clear water. Meanders of the river resemble a maze and in some places turns at an angle of 270 degrees. Due to many years of the river punching trough the limestone rock, many natural convolutions are made.
The best views are from viewpoint called ‘Molitva’ which is located at 1247 meters above sea level (in English it means ’Prayer’). A hiking trail is simple and it extends high above the meanders of the river. The length of trail from the camp to the viewpoint is about 4.5 kilometers, and it takes about two hours. Remember to prepare comfortable walking shoes, pack some water and sandwiches. During summer time, bring a hat and sun protection, because there is almost no shade during the walk.
Uvac Canyon isn’t popular attraction among tourists. Fortunately, it still remains untouched by mass tourism. I enjoyed the silent and no crowd there. We didn’t met anybody there, only a shepherd who lives on the way to the viewpoint.
Uvac Special Nature Reserve
Uvac Canyon is a part of Uvac Special Nature Reserve. The status of a ‘special nature reserve’ the territory around the river received thanks to unique plant and animal species that can be encountered there. At some points you can notice the most famous residents of this place – Griffon vulture, with a wingspan of 3 meters. Only twenty years ago, vultures were almost extinct, but thanks to organized care and feeding, their number increased and now it has about 300.
How to get to Uvac Canyon
If you travel by the car, reach the town Sjenica, and continue through it towards Ivanjica. About 8 kilometers later, turn left on the gravel road that climbs on the hill ’Kandića krš’. You should get to the camping site ’Previne’ on the shore of lake Uvac. This is a starting point of the route to the viewpoint.
2. Drina River Canyon and National Park Tara
Another beautiful and worth to visit place in Serbia, is National Park Tara. It is located at the westernmost part of Serbia.
The park’s main attraction is the vertigo-inducing Drina River Canyon, the third largest of its kind in the world. To admire Drina river Canyon, you can get to the most popular viewpoint Banjska Stena. The way to the viewpoint is classified as medium difficult. It starts from the entrance of protected area Crveni potok and follows through the forest. The trail is recommended for groups because of possible encounters with wild animals.
National Park Tara has 18 paths marked on official map of the park. To avoid getting lost, I recommend taking one.
How to get to National Park Tara
If you travel by car, you can reach National park Tara from three directions:
- 1st route: Bajina Basta – Kaluderske bare
- 2nd route: Bajina Basta – Perucac – Mitrovac
- 3rd route: Kremna – Kaluderske bare
If you travel by bus, there are buses which regulary run to Tara and local villages from bigger Serbian cities and back. They are operated by Raketa AB.
From Belgrad, capital of Serbia, bus departs every day at 9.0o am and at 11.25 am (working days only) and it stops in Bajina Basta, Valjevo and finally at Tara.
3. Drina River House
It is a wooden, cabin-like house, situated on the rock in the middle of the Drina river. The house is located near the town of Bajina Bašta (about 2 kilometers away upstream) in western Serbia.
The Drina River House originally was built in 1968 by a group of swimmers who needed a shelter. For over 40 years, it was destroyed 7 times by the high level of water and every time it was rebuilt. The last reconstruction took place in 2011.
In 1994, on the river was organized Drina Regatta. The route passes next to the Drina River House, so a lot of non-local people became aware of its existence. Additionally, in 2012, the house became one of the most photographed objects in Serbia. A photo was chosen as one of the photos of the month of ‘National Geographic’.
It is a beautiful spot, surrounded by Tara National Park. Next to it, it is located a restaurant, where you can rest and admire the Drina River House from its terrace. It is also a great place to swim in the river.
Do you know a polish knight called Zawisza Czarny? Golubac has huge importance for polish people. It’s a place, wherein in 1428 our brave and fearless knight has fallen in a battle with Ottoman Turks. He was either killed in combat at Golubac or executed in Ottoman captivity. According to the legend, a dispute between two janissaries was a reason of Zawisza Czarny’s death. They argued whose captive was Zawisza Czarny. During the argument, one of them pulled out a saber and beheaded Zawisza Czarny.
In Serbia, Zawisza Czarny is considered a brave knight. At Golubac Fortress, where he has fallen in a battle, there is a monument to him with the inscription “In Golubac, his life was taken by the Turks in 1428, the famous Polish knight, the symbol of courage and honor, Zawisza the Black. Glory to the hero!”.
Golubac Fortress is a medieval fortified town on the south side of the Danube River. It is located about 4 kilometers downstream from the town of Golubac, in north-eastern Serbia. The Golubac fortress is considered an entrance to the Đerdap National Park. It is strategically located on the embankment of the Danube River where it narrows to form the Iron Gate gorge. The fortress was built during the 14th century by the Medieval Serbian state. During its history, the fortress successfully countered over 120 attacks.
Visit Golubac Fortress
The fortress is closed for visitors on Mondays and from 15 of November to 31 of March. In April and November, it is open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. In other months the fortress is open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
The entrance fee ranges between 600 RSD to 1 200 RSD.
The use of drones is prohibited in the Golubac Fortress Tourist Area. Professional photography costs 4 000 RSD per camera.
More information, you can find on the official website: https://tvrdjavagolubackigrad.rs/eng
5. Devil’s Town
My last must-see place in Serbia is Devil’s Town. It is located in southern Serbia on the Radan Mountain on the territory of the village of Đake.
Devil’s Town, (Đavolja varoš), is a popular rock formation. According to legend, it is a group of petrified wedding guests who, on devil’s orders wanted to marry a brother and sister. Another legend has it, that is a group of people petrified by the witch as they didn’t fulfill their promise.
There are more than 200 stone formations, 2 to 15 meters high and up to 3 meters wide, with strange stone caps. Additionally, you can find there two springs of extremely acid water with high mineral content.
Devil’s Town was a nominee in the New Seven Wonders of Nature campaign.
The ticket price costs 100 RDS. You can admire outstanding rock formations daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Heve you ever been to Serbia? Which place do you like the most?