Serbia

Serbia is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe. From the agricultural regions of the Pannonian Plain in the north, across the fertile river valleys and orchard-covered hills of Šumadija, the landscape of Serbia continues southward, gradually giving way to mountains rich in canyons, gorges and caves, as well as well-preserved forests. Serbia’s beautiful mountains, national parks, rivers and lakes are the perfect location for an active outdoor holiday – from hunting and fishing to extreme sports. The capital of Serbia, Belgrade, is among Europe's oldest cities and one of the largest in Southeast Europe.

The cultural and historical heritage of Serbia begins with prehistoric archaeological sites and its legacy from classical antiquity. 17 Roman emperors were born on the territory of today's Serbia, leaving behind monuments and palaces. Mediaeval Serbian churches and monasteries are scattered throughout the country, some of which are included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

All year round, numerous cultural, entertainment, traditional and sporting events are held in Serbia. Serbs are warm people, especially towards foreigners. They are very welcoming towards tourists, of which there are not many as the countryhas yet to be rediscovered. Most Serbs speak some English and are eager to practice it (seniors, however, are more likely to speak German and/or French).

Today, Serbia is a modern, democratic European country, on the path to membership of the European Union, which a diverse range of visitors – from young backpackers to participants in congresses and fairs – visit every day. More information on tourism in Serbia is available at the National Tourism Organization at http://www.serbia.travel/.

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