Serbia is a proud small country with strong spirits, rich historical heritage and natural wonders. Serbia, undeservedly forgotten by Russian tourists, offers ample opportunities for various types of recreation from medical to ski tourism at more than affordable prices for a European country.
Geography of Serbia
According to Extrareference, Serbia is located in the center of the Balkan Peninsula and has no access to the sea. From the north, the country borders with Hungary, from the northeast – from Romania, from the east – from Bulgaria, from the south – from the former Yugoslav Macedonia, from the southwest – from Montenegro and Albania, from the west – from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. Northern Serbia is represented by plains, only 15 mountains of the country reach a height of more than 2,000 meters above sea level. In total, four mountain systems are represented in Serbia: the Dinaric Highlands, stretching from northwest to southeast; Stara Planina and the East Serbian Mountains in the eastern part of the country and separated from the Dinaric Highlands by the Morava River; ancient mountains, part of the Rilo-Rhodope system, are located in the south. The highest point in Serbia is Mount Jeravica, 2656 meters above sea level. More than 92% of the entire territory of the country belongs to the basin of the great Danube River. Tisza, Savva and Begey are also large rivers with developed navigation. The largest lake in the country is Djerdapskoe, with a total area of 253 km², 178 km² of which are in Serbia.
The area of Serbia is 88,407 km. sq., occupies the 111th place in the world in terms of area.
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The national currency is the Serbian dinar (RSD).
Official language – Serbian
Visa to Serbia
Citizens of the Russian Federation, as well as a number of CIS countries, do not need a visa to enter Serbia for up to 30 days. You only need a foreign passport with a symbolic validity of at least one month from the day you leave Serbia back. The presence of hotel reservations, return tickets, as well as documents confirming your financial solvency at the rate of $ 50 per person per day, although necessary, are requested by local border guards every other time.
Weather in Serbia
Important factors affecting the climate in Serbia are the warm Adriatic, Black and Aegean Seas surrounding the Balkan Peninsula, as well as the relief of the country. In the north of Serbia, a continental climate prevails, in the southern part – a temperate continental, and in the mountains – a mountain climate. Summers in Serbia are sunny and hot, winters are cold and snowy, but short. The average temperature of the coldest month (January) is (-5°..-10°C), and the warmest (July) (+25°C…+30°C). With the exception of tours to the ski resorts of Serbia, the best time to visit the country is from May to September-October. This is the period of the most comfortable weather conditions for a relaxing holiday in Serbia.
Currency exchange in Serbia
The official currency of Serbia is the Serbian dinar. You can exchange currency at banks, exchange offices or machines at train stations and airports, but the rate can vary greatly from place to place. Currency exchange offices are open from Monday to Friday from 7:00 to 16:00. Beware of private “changers”, they often trade in fraud.
Mains voltage 220V, 50Hz. Sockets “European”, with grounding. In remote areas of the country, old sockets are often found, round with two pins, without grounding. Don’t be surprised if there is a power outage at the hotel – in Serbia this is completely normal between November and April.
Freedom of religion has been declared in Serbia, but in fact the authorities have repeatedly nationalized the property of church communities. According to the latest census, 85% of Serbian citizens are Orthodox, 5.5% are Catholics, 3.2% are Muslims, and 1.1% are Protestants.
Despite the efforts of local authorities to improve security in Serbia, “petty” crime thrives in the country, most often pickpocketing occurs in crowded places. Fraud is often occupied by currency “changers” and taxi drivers. Try not to carry large sums of money, valuables and documents with you, and do not show the contents of your own wallet. At night, it is better not to visit remote areas of the city alone, and while driving in a car, do not leave your bag in the front seat. UN representatives are not in a position to fully control the situation in Kosovo, so a meeting with Kosovo Albanians is unlikely to bring you positive impressions.
Serbia is a country that is completely safe and even healthy for foreign tourists. Medical tourism flourishes here. You do not need to have any special vaccinations before traveling to Serbia, however, it is highly recommended to take out insurance, as well as before any other trip.