Serbia

by Laurence Mitchell

Serbia

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This new, thoroughly updated edition of Bradt's Serbia covers all the practical information you could need plus comprehensive details of Serbian history, geography, economy, politics and people, as well as food and wine, city life, hiking and outdoors and adventure trips. Significant improvements to accommodation throughout the country over the past few years are also covered, with a wide range of options included, from five-star and boutique hotels to backpacker hostels. Bradt's Serbia also has a strong emphasis on culture and the arts - music, literature, cinema and art - and on natural history, with a thorough overview of Serbia's best wildlife sites.
Serbia remains one of the least known corners of Europe although Belgrade, the capital, is becoming increasingly popular with overseas visitors, as is the second city, Novi Sad. Both are lively, cosmopolitan and welcoming cities with vibrant nightlife. In contrast, rural Serbia, with its hidden monasteries and gorgeous countryside, is an undiscovered gem. This new edition covers everything from the development of the Savamala riverfront in Belgrade to village stays, archaeological sites from the Roman era or earlier (no fewer than 18 Roman emperors were born in the territory that is now Serbia, including Constantine the Great), public transport information, the EXIT festival and Guca Trumpet Festival and, of course, the country's sporting prowess: tennis star Novak Djokovic has won 16 Grand Slam single titles, while in team sports, Serbia has excelled at water polo, basketball, volleyball and football in recent years.
No matter your interest, whether it be travelling on one of the steepest climbing railway lines in the world, the Sargan Eight line, visiting one of the largest Orthodox Christian churches in the world, Belgrade's Temple of St Sava, or wandering around the National Museum or Museum of Contemporary Art, both now finally re-opened, Bradt's Serbia offers everything you need for a successful trip.

About the author

Laurence Mitchell has, at various times, taught English in Sudan, surveyed historic farm buildings in Norfolk, pushed a pen in a local government office and worked as a geography teacher. Travel has been an important part of his life ever since his first tentative steps overseas in the 1970s, well before the term 'backpacker' was invented. He has been visiting Serbia since it was part of the former Yugoslavia and Tito was in charge, and knows the region extremely well. With a keen interest in natural history, as well as the arts, he is keen to convey to others the wealth of cultural and natural offerings that Serbia has to offer visitors.
These days Laurence works as a freelance travel writer and photographer with a particular penchant for forgotten places, border zones and territories in transition. His blog can be found at eastofelveden.wordpress.com and photography website at laurencemitchell.com.
Ivana Dukcevic was born and lives in Belgrade, Serbia. She graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts & Design from which she received the university degree equivalent to Master of Arts. She runs her own travel pages where she posts stories with photos from her travels: umetnostputovanja.rs. Her travel photos are marketed through Istockphoto/Getty Images.

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Contents

PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography and climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Culture.
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tourist information, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Women travellers, Gay travellers, Travelling with children, What to take, Money and budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Photography, Media and communications, Business, Cultural etiquette, Interacting with local people, Travelling positively, Other practicalities.

PART 2 THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Belgrade
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Local tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Culture and festivals, Shopping, Other practicalities, Suggested itineraries, What to see and do, Nearby city escapes.
Chapter 4 Along the Danube
Smederevo, From Smederevo to Veliko Gradiste, Golubac, The Homoljske region, Ðerdap National Park, Donji Milanovac, Tekija, Kladovo, Negotin.
Chapter 5 Central Serbia
Kragujevac, The Knic area, Kraljevo, East of Kraljevo, Vrnjacka Banja, Krusevac, Topola, Valjevo.
Chapter 6 Vojvodina
Novi Sad, Sremski Karlovci, Fruska Gora National Park, Sremska Mitrovica, Sombor, Bac, Subotica, Becej, Pancevo, Kovacica, Kikinda, Zrenjanin, Vrsac, Bela Crkva, Deliblato Sands (Deliblatska pescara).
Chapter 7 West and Southwest Serbia
Uzice, Cacak, Guca, Around Cacak, Zlatibor, Villages in the Zlatibor region, Tara National Park, South along the Ibar Valley, Kopaonik region, The Raska region, Novi Pazar, Around Novi Pazar, Sjenica, Nova Varos, Prijepolje, Onward travel to Kosovo.
Chapter 8 East and Southeast Serbia
Zajecar, Cuprija, Jagodina, Despotovac, Nis, Sokobanja, East of Nis, Knjazevac, Stara Planina, Pirot, Around Pirot, Leskovac, Vranje, Kursumlija.

Appendices
Language
Glossary of Serbian Terms
Further info
Index