In the next few weeks, we are going to give you some novel ideas on how to spend a day off in Serbia which are also healthy, fun and interesting.
Don’t forget that Serbia is a country with close to 75 national parks, nature reserves and nature parks, 4 mountain ranges, 7 raftable rivers, numerous canyons and 280 natural monuments. We are going to reveal some of the lesser known ways to explore this country on low budget or even for free, while engaging in the so-called zero-emission tourism, a new brand of tourism where you (the tourist) can directly help with preserving unspoiled biodiversity hotspots, reduce your carbon footprint, protect the environment, and positively contribute to maintaining the delicate balance in the nature.
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Cycling along the Danube Bike Trail
The Danube is the second largest river in Europe, spanning the entire continent. It runs from Germany all the way through to Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, where it ends its journey in the Black Sea. The Danube Bike Trail stretches through all of the mentioned countries, providing cyclists, both amateur and professional, with an opportunity to get to know these countries better while engaging in an activity that is both fun and healthy. The total length of the trail is 5,843km while the Serbian segment is 380km long, and it runs through the picturesque flatlands of Vojvodina, as well as stunning national parks Fruska Gora and Djerdap.
Although, guided cycling tours along the Danube Bike Trail in Serbia can last for up to a week, you can go on a self-guided or a tailor made tour that can last as long as you want to – from one to ten days. For more information you can contact experienced tour operators like Wild Serbia or A.C.E. Adventure which offer cycling tours.
If you decide to cycle in Vojvodina, one of the best and easiest trails that you can use is the one in Novi Sad, where you can cycle along the banks of the river Danube, make a round of Petrovaradin Fortress, and continue to the mountain of Fruska Gora, located just above Novi Sad where you can rest and have a lunch before you head back. Make sure that, while on Fruska Gora, you visit a spot called Strazilovo where the famous Serbian poet Branko Radicevic is buried. If you are an experienced cyclist, you can extend this tour to include the ancient Serbian Orthodox monasteries in the eastern part of Fruska Gora. The map of cycling paths in Novi Sad and on Fruska Gora can be found here.
If you are stationed in Belgrade and would like to know the city better, take a relaxing riverside cycling tour. Together with your tour guide, you will cycle along the rivers Sava and Danube, pass the restaurants, bars, and nightclubs (including the infamous raft nightclubs), see the old part of Zemun, and the beautiful river island of Ada with its beaches (bring your swimming gear if you are going to cycle in summer).
Belgrade, Photo: Courtesy of The Telegram
There are many beautiful cycling paths south of Belgrade too; it just depends how far from Belgrade you want to go. You can cycle and hike on the Old Mountain (Stara Planina) which is the largest mountain in Eastern Serbia, located some 330km in Belgrade. Then there is the incredible Kopaonik Mountain, which, in winter, is the biggest ski centre in Serbia. Here you can enjoy an active weekend, cycling and trekking. The Kopaonik Mountain has its own donwhill bike park, the first of its kind in Serbia. On top of that, you can also have fun tubing, zip-lining and driving an Alpine coaster (bob on the tracks).
Cover photo: Courtesy of Rustika Travel
On the trail of ancient Romans