8 of the most beautiful hikes in Serbia for the best views and nature of the country
Serbian dreamy mountain slopes and long winding rivers are an absolute gift for hikers, offering stunning unspoiled landscapes to explore on foot. There are trails suitable for the toughest adventurer, with steep, steep climbs and electrifying canyon landscapes. For the more easy-going walkers, there are gentle trails past the monasteries, vineyards and waterfalls to discover.
Whatever your pace, the sights, sounds and scents of this country’s wonderful wilderness will not be forgotten in a hurry.
1) Ideal for waterfalls: Babin Zub
The Stara Planina mountain range in eastern Serbia is popular with discerning hikers, as although it is dotted with beautiful waterfalls, cold streams and quaint villages, it remains largely unknown to tourists. Babin Zub, on the southwest side, is called “grandmother’s tooth” because of the corroded surfaces of the rocks on the summit. It’s climbable in spring and summer (turns into a ski resort in winter) and has some of the best views in the mountain range.
2) Ideal for hikes with a tale: Mount Rtanj
The whirlwind of myths and legends surrounding Mount Rtanj has attracted visitors for decades – it’s said to be an alien base, a pyramid disguised by forests, and the home of a mighty wizard. The herbs that grow on the slopes of the mountain are believed to have healing properties and are used to make the famous Rtanj tea, so take the opportunity to try a restorative mug while you are here. There is little shade to be found, so many hikers set out at midnight for an overnight walk that ends with a great view of the sunrise at the top.
3) Ideal for natural phenomena: the gates of Vratna
The Gates of Vratna are a fascinating sight for hikers in eastern Serbia. Marked forest trails lead uphill from Vratna Monastery to three huge naturally shaped stone arches. The first two, called Small Gate and Big Gate, are easy to reach, while the path to the third – Dry Gate – is much more difficult. Sheep and wild deer can often be seen on these routes, so keep your eyes peeled.
4) Ideal for a difficult challenge: the mountains of Svrljig
One of the most taxing places to hike in Serbia is the Svrljig mountain range, with a decent level of fitness required for most trails. The payoff is huge, however: blissful peace and quiet while enjoying the endless open skies and expansive forest landscapes.
Some routes can be done in a single day, but for more experienced hikers there is a wonderful long distance route that takes around five days, passing through fortresses, springs and villages, overnight camping along the way. .
5) Ideal for monastery visits: Ovčar-Kablar Gorge
The Ovčar-Kablar Gorge is an incredibly beautiful place to hike, with sheer limestone cliffs stretching into the sky above the West Morava River. This peaceful part of the world is also known as the Sacred Mountain of Serbia, as there are ten monasteries in the area, which are welcome stops on a day of relaxation. There is also a charming spa in the nearby village of Ovčar Banja which offers massages, treatments and a restorative dip in the thermal water pools.
6) Ideal for caving: Lazar’s Canyon
Eastern Serbia is home to the vertiginous Lazar Canyon, the deepest and longest canyon in the country. There are countless routes to explore, ranging from easy to very difficult, so it’s a good idea to ask for advice before you go.
A real highlight of any trek in this region is the opportunity to explore the ancient caves. There are more than 200 near the village of Zlot, the largest of which is Lazar Cave, 9,407 m long. Venture inside to explore the stretch made accessible to tourists, where you can visit a series of imposing cave rooms dressed in giant stalagmites and stalactites.
7) Ideal for relaxing walks: Fruška Gora
Just over half an hour’s drive south of Novi Sad, the green hills and forest trails of Fruška Gora National Park are a popular choice for city dwellers who need a nature walk to restore. their soul. The trails are well marked and for the most part easy rather than strenuous.
Wine has been cultivated in this region since Roman times, and there are a number of pretty vineyards where you can stop and sample the products. Taste Bermet – sweet, strong and aromatic, it is one of the most beloved wines of this region.
8) Ideal for historic sites: Djerdap National Park
One of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube runs through Djerdap National Park, and a stroll along the banks is an easy and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. Continue the journey to see the famous Iron Gates – this gorge is part of the border between Serbia and Romania, with the river rushing between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains.
The park also contains the fascinating archaeological site of Lepenski Vir, where sculptures and prehistoric remains dating back 8,000 years are displayed.