Villages

APATIN

apatin3Apatin is a little town on the Danube of 40,000 population in contact with Croatia and Hungary. It had drawn out of this position an economic advantage because it remained an important river port leading to Novi Sad. Otherwise, the common living of Serbs, Hungarians, Croats, Gipsies and other minorities may explain the proliferation of ethno feasts in various colours and in a communicative warmth. Apatin has also got the advantage of being in a region of forests and of river isles contributing to the creation of natural reservations and the nautical and fishing places agreeable enough. Finally, the walks in an harbored town where the places of the cults of all confessions and the houses typical to Vojvodina would not miss a charm. You will for sure taste the local specialty of pasted trout paprikas in one if these terraces leaning on the Danube.Because of its position on the Danube and thanks to its natural riches there developed there the cereal cultures and important hunting and fishing. Apatin had always been a cross-roads of the movement of the peoples. The Sarmates, the Huns, the Slavs and the Hungarians had been successively distributed on the Danube until the Hungarian catholic church in 1371 had given the town its name and had founded a bishopric. During the Middle Ages the bishop had been under the control of many gentle people, one of which had been the Serb Stefan Lazarević. Thereafter the Turks had occupied the region and the development of Apatin had been stopped: in 1560 there were only 80 families in the town and more than50 places had existed under Lazarević.

Apatin has popular tourist location, and because of its proximity to the Danube river and the forests, it is gathering place for fishermen and hunters. There is also an annual gathering called “Apatinske ribarske večeri” (Apatin Fishermen Nights), which has taken place for the last forty some years. “Ribarske večeri” usually starts on July 1, and lasts five or seven days.

Also Apatin is well know by the beer production in  Apatinska pivara AD (brewery). apatin-pivo-2

Brewery  was founded in 1756 as Imperial Brewery. In 2003 it became a part of the global beer producer Anheuser-Bush InBev. In December 2009, Apatinska Brewery becomes part of the StarBev regional brewery group, founded by a leading investment company CVC Capital Partners.

StarBev is a regional brewery group based in Prague, operating on the markets of Serbia, B&H, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania and Slovakia. Only in 2009, StarBev Group produced 14.4 million hl of beer.
apatin-pivo1Brands of Apatin Brewery are: Jelen Pivo, Apatinsko Pivo, Jelen Cool, Staropramen, Beck’s, Stella Artois, Nikšićko Pivo, Nikšićko Tamno, Lowenbrau, Hoegaarden, Leffe Blond i Leffe Brown.

 

 

 

BAČKA PALANKA
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This little town on the bank of the Danube at the crossing of the planes of Srem and the Croatian Panonnia and interesting for the hunting grounds and the fishing zones in its environment. Moreover there are some cultural monuments situated in a 30 km sector has been worthy coming. Thus take the advantage of this stage on the Danube to rest in one of the hotel establishments.
 
GOLUBAC
golubac1In the place where the Danube got enlarged after the first narrow passages, the site of Golubac has been situated nonchalantly on the coast of a kind of a peaceful internal lake. Taking advantage of the 6 km width of the Danube and of a continuant West-East wind Golubac used to entertain the national championships in sailing and kayak. You may profit from this pause to go in the sailing board. In the environment there are the possibilities of fishing the trout on the Danube and of hunting in the heights of the national park of Djerdap (contact the tourist office at 012 78 145).
 
 
KLADOVO
 
kladovoKladovo has been our last stage on the Danube, and not less interesting. A little town of 10,000 population, Kladovo has been served by a great size channel since 1896 allowing it to make a junction between Serbia and the neighbouring Romania. Being a little port in Middle Ages, Kladovo became a true town as late as 1833 when Milos Obrenovic made it the main local place and had known its age of glory in 1960s with the construction of the dam to the hydro-electrical power station.
The town has not been attractive, but it has been situated in the centre of many vary tourist monuments and constructions. The dam of Djerdap, the Turkish fortress of Fetislam and the Roman sites such as Diana and Pontes have been among the most tourist places to be seen.
 
SREMSKI KARLOVCI
 
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A town of culture in any sense of the word: in the centre the Serbian orthodox church and the first Serbian lyceum, but also the place where the Treaty of Karlowitz modifying the frontiers of the region had been signed. Sremski Karlovci is also the city of the reputation of the vineyards since Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The inhabitants have been taken specialists for the white wine sorts. These wines have been sold as far as Vienna, Poland and Belgium. Today the “Karlovacki Rizling” has been especially known. In brief, a town not to be missed at all. Adjacent to Fruska Gora, peacefully installed on the Danube bank.

 

 

NOVA VAROŠ
 
nova-varos1Nova Varoš deserves more than its meagre hotel capacities. In fact, its orographic situation and its relief give the landscapes to break the breath.. between the massifs of the mountain of Zlatar with great conifer forests and the three lakes are the pearls. Nova Varos is in the heart of an exceptional nature. The whole town itself on a slope represents a little more than 10,000 population, but it is interesting for its ethnic configuration. It has kept its status of the capital of the vilayet in the times of Ottomans, a compact Turkish quarter. On the mountain range on the West from the town delimited by the main street which is an invisible border but culturally well present, the ottoman “carsija” with its market, its characteristic cemetery, old mosque and its entirely new medres. On the other side of the mountain range, mainly in the heights, there are Serbs who represent 75% population. During all events in 1990s did not cause the animosities to arise here. Today still, walking in the centre everybody knows his place, but a true tranquillity has been expressed.
Briefly, an interesting town of many characteristics, but that does not posses true tourist capacities worth their names. A potential in the full future.
Little small provincial village stretching along a wedged valley surrounded by four heights culminating on the height of 1,500 meters: Zlatar, Murtenica and Javor.
 
GAMZIGRAD
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At 20 km South from Brestovac there is the Roman site of Romuliana, known under the name of the village of Gamzigrad close to which it has been situated. Romuliana the residence of the Emperor Galerius in summer time (291-311) who was born and buried there. At the foot of a plateau spreading to South-West the remnants of a Roman castrum built of little stones and of bricks had been unearthed. Inside the fortress one could take a walk across the floors of villas decorated with mosaics, through the constructions of red brick and the Roman palaces.  This location had made the part of Dacia Ripensis from the moment when it had been organized by Emperor Aurelian from III century our era. Placed at the crossing of the important Roman roads this castrum had played a very active role in the surveillance of this region. It was also an administrative centre of collecting the gold from the neighbouring mines, Sill occupied at the beginning of the Byzantine period, Romuliana had been destroyed by Avars in VI century.
gamzigrad-1The site of Romuliana covers a surface area of 6.5 hectare where Galerius had constructed a fortress with large trenches surrounded by 12 towers. Today still can be seen the West entrance gate and the main trenches. But especially one visits the rectangular palace having been situated North-West from castrum surrounded by 9 columns still well preserved. The atrium has preserved its original floor mosaic. The Roman mosaics in the geometrical shapes representing Adonis or the hunting scenes visible in the vestibule or the ancient thermes. The site marked also by utilising the material like the marble, the rose granite or the green porphyry for the sculptures.

Above the site , on the hill of Magura, a complete holy object in the shape of two tombs and two burial mounds. Here Emperor Galerius and his mother had been burnt into ashes.

 

KOŠTUNIĆI
 
kostunici1The village of Kostunici is tucked into the slopes of the Suvobor mountain, and belongs to the Gornji Milanovac municipality. Quite often and due to its geographical position, it is referred to as the only true eco-village in Serbia, since the Suvobor region is one of very few destinations left intact by the hand of civilization.
When it comes to gifts of nature, this village is truly blessed. Crystal clear streams and all-natural products made by hard-working hands of its people, are hard to find these days. In Kostunici there are also several households that offer authentic Serbian accommodation to those who seek the escape from modern life’s quick pace or to those who just happen to stumble upon this beautiful village.
Some of the sights of Kostunici village are: a serbian ethno-house filled with genuine art work of its knitters and weavers. The Prodanovica magaza, a 120 years old ethno-museum and a permanent exhibition of Boza Prodanovic’s art pieces. There is also a historical museum, dedicated to general Zivojin Misic and the battle of Kolubara.
This village hosts two significant events:  the “Vidovdan celebration in Kostunici” (around the 25th of June), and  “The plum days” (beginning of October).
The village of Kostunici is surrounded by the gorgeous Suvobor mountain, where the famous Ravna gora can be found. It is a plateau filled with beech tress and endless pastures. Ravna gora gave birth to the rivers of Mala Bukovaca, Graba and Ponora and it is also home to the Mokra (wet) and Suva (dry) caves. On the plateau, there is a mountain house, the Draza Mihajlovic monument, St. George church and the ”Babina glava” (grandma’s head) observation deck.
 
GOSTILJE
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Gostilje is one of the most interesting locations within the Zlatibor mountain. Nestled along the slopes of Cigota and Borkovac and reaching 900 meters in altitude, it is a true challenge for all admirers of untamed nature. Its name means “a hospitable place”, and indeed this village was named Gostilje, for no other reason but to describe the warm nature of its people. These are the people whose traditional cuisine strictly includes healthy products. Juicy fruits and veggies, ham and bacon, dairy products, corn bread and corn meal, home-made plum brandy will make you feel right at home.
Aside from its wholesome food, Gostilje is famous for its crystal clear and healthy waters. A lively stream runs through the village, and its source is being used for production of the “Zlatibor” water, one of the healthiest bottled waters in Serbia. The most special feature of Gostilje is its waterfall, actually a whole formation of waterfalls, elevating to the altitude of about 20 meters.
As far as its cultural and natural heritage is concerned, the “must-sees” are: Birth house and memorial room of Dimitrije Tucovic, the Gostilje library, various workshops dedicated to old trade and crafting skills, trout fish ponds, numerous watermills and of course, the waterfall of Gostilje.
Immerged into the silence of Zlatibor forests, the village is filled with many gems of nature. The river Katusnica is a genuine fishermen’s  paradise, with whirlpools that are more than suitable for bathing. The Rakovicka cave, one of many caves within the river Katusnica’s canyon. In fact, the whole village of Gostilje is surrounded by mountains, pastures, pine woods and waterfalls, and as such, it has outstanding camping sites, with many rest and leisure opportunities. It is a place where many medicinal herbs can be found. Nearby, there is a big football terrain, but also the old village of Sirogojno, the Stopica cave, art studios of Trnava and Borova Glava and the Zlatibor tourist center, which all together and combined with Gostilje create a remarkable travel destination.
 
SAVINAC
 
savinac1This tiny village is located in central Serbia, only a few kilometers away from Takovo. Its name originates from a local legend about a Serbian saint. A long time ago Saint Sava passed this area, and according to the legend, the footprint of his horse is still visible and lies engraved into a stone.
Savinac is a village that certainly promises a pleasant vacation. While staying in local households, guests are welcomed to taste various kinds of cheese, delicious honey, home-made brandy and diverse traditional culinary master pieces. But, there are also the healing waters of the river Dicina, with two mineral water springs.
Although relatively small, this village carries a big cultural and historical gravity. It is a place where a Serbian duke Milos Obrenovic built his first church, dedicated to his late wife Ljubica. The church is the final resting place of a painter and poet Mina Vukomanovic, the daughter of a renowned Serbian linguist, Vuk Karadzic. Aside from the church, there are several other constructions, dating from the time of Milos, that are well worth seeing.
Each year in July, Savinac hosts the “Mina Vukomanovic Karadzic” art colony, an attractive event for all aspiring or already recognized artists.
Beautiful slopes, healing waters and the nearby Takovo, have made this village a favorite picnic site of many people. Savinac and its surrounding area, forge a perfect destination for hiking, bathing, hunting, fishing or doing absolutely nothing while enjoying the benefits of country life. After all, that is what country life is all about!
 
RUDNIK
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Rudnik is a settlement surrounded by the Rudnik Mountain, a massif that dominates central Serbia. In the beginning of the 20th century, it was classified as an air spa. Translated into English, its name means “mine”, and there is material evidence testifying Rudnik was a mining colony ever since Roman ages. In its womb, this mountain held large quantities of plumb, zinc, copper and silver, at the time used for forging metal coining. Virtually all rulers of the Roman, Serbian and Turkish empires, enjoyed health benefits of this area, and gladly kept building spa resorts all over this beautiful mountain.
In close proximity of Rudnik, there are Oplenac and Takovo, both places of great historical significance. The monasteries of Vracevsnica, Voljavca, Nikolje, as well as numerous sacred objects of Ovcar and Kablar all add up to the beauty of this place. A medieval settlement of Ostrvica, with the walls of the city of Jerina is a must-see. The area also nurtures conservation of environment through an eco community known as the Family of crystal clear streams.
Nestled into its green surroundings, it is an ideal place for all people that enjoy having active holidays. Nearby, there are numerous swimming pools, basketball, volleyball and football courts, and ski tracks. Following the “pathways of health”, tourists will be charmed with very old trees, diverse plant and animal life, medicinal herbs and forest fruits. The pathways lead to water springs, peaks and observation decks that offer a magnificent view to the whole Serbian land. A mountain resort, accompanied with a forest house, provides perfect accommodation for passionate mountaineers, on their way to conquer the peak of Jovan Cvijic, which reaches the altitude of 1132 meters. The peaks of Srednji and Mali Sturac, Molitve, Paljevine and Marijanac are well worth conquering as well. This area is swarming with wild game, thus offering excellent hunting conditions.
 
BRUS
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Brus is nestled among snow-capped peaks of the Kopaonik national park, between the rivers of Rasina and Grasevac. This village is an air spa that reaches the altitude of 429 meters. Amazingly, it spends 200 days a year covered in snow.
Throughout history, the biggest advatage of Brus was its extremly attractive geographical position. Thousands of years ago it was marked on maps as a significant crossroad. This was largely confirmed by many archaeological discoveries of ancient Roman settlements, towns, fortifications and churches dating from the latter Christian era. New settlers were always attracted to its wine-growing soil, thick forests and an apparent mining potential, for the mining colonies of Kopaonik were the center of the coining business.
The rich historical and cultural heritage of Brus is demonstrated through the monasteries of Lepenac (15th century) and Milentija (14th century), through the medieval town of Koznik, the stone-engraved temple of Metodje (3rd century) and the Preobrazenje church (1836).
As far as natural attractions are concerned, its location on the Kopaonik mountain says it all. Visitors are welcomed to enjoy the benifits of numerous thermal and mineral water springs, clean air, and are given the opportunity to explore and enjoy wild areas in Brus surroundings. Recreational activites can be practised at every step, whether on sport fields and swimming pools, or outdoors, while skiing, hunting and hiking. Climbers will find the Pancic peak (2017 m) utterly interesting, while those less extreme can rest in the tourist centre of Brzece. Aside from the centre, quite a few old watermills can be found lined up along the Brzece river. Visitors should make sure to attend the annual manifestation dedicated to St. Method (July the 3rd) and the “Kopaonik” art colony that takes place every year in Autumn.
 
MEĐUREČJE
 
golija2Međurečje is one of many villages that spread across the slopes of Mount Golija. Reaching the altitude 550 m, it is located between the rivers Moravica and Nosnica and belongs to the greater area of Ivanjica. For many decades now, the village has been successfully swimming in waters of countryside tourism. It is a resort of peace and quiet, blessed with an amazing landscape.
Its natives are truly experienced and kind hosts. Following the footsteps of their own tradition, they have been in the business of producing organic food for a long time. Organic honey, naturally preserved canned food and essential oils are a few of many items on their menu.honey
In addition to hiking and enjoying the environment, visitors may take part in various activities. In the village, there is a hunting lodge and a sports terrain. Medjurecje is an ideal fishing destination, for the rivers that embrace the village are full of the California rainbow trout. The highest peak of Mount Golija, known as the stone of Janko, pokes the skies at the altitude of 1.833 m, and offers a true challenge for all climbers. The whole mountain is covered with evergreen forests, springs and streams and has extraordinary ski tracks.
Medjurecje is merely a link in a big chain of villages tucked into the slopes of Golija. The villages of Lisa, Devici, Kusici, and Mace-Katici are also heavenly resorts for all those who appreciate the benefits of countryside tourism. A special feature of the area is the lake of Jelak, a natural phenomenon with respect to fluctuations in its water level. In dry periods the level increases, while during rainy periods it decreases.
 
BORAČ
 
borac2Borač is right in the middle of Gruža, 14 kilometers away from the municipality of Knic. Historically speaking, it is one of the most interesting destinations of central Serbia. The dominating stone formation of Borac is where remains of a medieval fortification can be found. The fort is formerly known as the town of Borac.
Indeed, Borač was once a town, whose groundwork was built by Byzantine kings, and finished by the Nemanjic dynasty. The town was first mentioned in 1219, and reached its golden times during the reign of emperor Lazar and despot Djuradj Branković. At the time, Borač had 4.000 inhabitants, a lot more than London had during the same period.borac1
At the grass root level of the stone formation, there is a church, built in 1350. The church is surrounded by dangerous cliffs and can be approached only from one side. Within the village, there is a graveyard dating from the 17th century, and many old Serbian houses dating from the 19th and the beginning of 20th century.
Today, these charming little houses serve the needs of countryside tourism. Tourist offer of Borač includes dishes of Serbian traditional cuisine, and of course raspberries. The hospitable natives of Borač discovered very original ways to consume this delicious fruit. Except for the all natural food products, they use raspberries during massage treatments. Also, guests can relax in wooden bath tubs, once used for wine production. In other words, Borač offers a complete “Raspberry therapy”.
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A special feature of the area is the river of Borač, whose clear waters eventually end up in the lake of Gruža. The river stirred the imagination of many artists and poets. Each September, an art colony happens in Borac. February is reserved for hunters and their fox hunting quest, the biggest of that kind in Serbia.
Both Gruža and the village of Borač are in all directions encircled by mountains. This provides perfect protection from strong winds or extreme heat, thus, the area is ideal for vacations and leisure activities. The lake of Gruža is filled with fish, and its hunting grounds are swarming with all sorts of wild game. Following the pathway near the church, one will reach a resort. The resort is a starting point for all those who want to climb up the hill of Borac and see its medieval town.

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