Start your journey in Belgrade where you can discover the finer aspects of city life on Knez Mihailova Street, spend an afternoon at a pretty café in Skadarska, or party with local Serbs at the countless bars and clubs which remain open until dawn regardless of whether it's a Tuesday or Friday. Follow the wine trails in Vojvodina's, leading to hillside monasteries and Palić Lake, before making your way to Novi Sad for Exit — one of Europe's biggest music festivals. Several towns across the country still have monuments and architecture dating back to Serbia's Roman rulers and in the South, the Cele Kula built entirely from human skulls points to the country's turbulent past and countless rebellions during the Ottoman period.
Serbia's reputation as a budget skiing destination is growing, with resorts at Zlatibor and Kapaonik offering visitors great deals on accommodation and skiing facilities in the wintertime. If you're visiting in the summer, Serbia's mountains, scenic countryside, and many national parks give you an opportunity to get away from the usual tourist spots and have a quiet trip through this beautiful country. For a more upscale experience, there are luxury spas springing up all over Serbia where you can get the latest in beauty and health treatments. If you're moving on to Kosovo, pass through Novi Pazar, where you can catch another glimpse of Serbia's quaint monasteries.
At the end of a long day exploring the countryside, sit down to a meal of musaka, podvarak, or ćevapčići, and raise a toast to this Balkan treasure with a glass of rakija or sljivovica.
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Belgrade (BEG) has the country's main international airport, and there are also smaller regional airports Nis (INI) in the south and Pristina (PRN) in the Kosovo region. Because of the political tension between Serbia and Kosovo, it is best to enter Kosovo from Serbia rather than the other way around as this will avoid any exit-visa issues. Flights on Air Canada, Delta, United, Swiss, KLM, Lufthansa, and Air France, will get you to Belgrade with a stop over in cities such as Munich (MUC), Zurich (ZRH), Rome (FCO), or London (LON). If you're travelling to other eastern European countries such as Croatia, you could fly to Dubrovnik (DBV) or Split (SPU) and then take a train or drive across to Serbia.
Serbia has hot summers and cold winters in the North, while the central regions have a more moderate climate. In the South, summers do not have the humidity of the North, but are still quite hot, and in winter experience heavy snowfall. Summer temperatures in Belgrade average between 16-27°C, while winter temperatures sometimes drop as low as -3°C. The northern areas of the country have rainfall evenly distributed throughout the year, but other areas in the country experience a few showers only at the end of spring and autumn.
Serbia is still not the most popular of stops on the tourist circuit so it won't be too expensive at any time of year. However, it is more crowded during the European summer holidays from July to August. For the best fares and accommodation rates, avoid this period as well as the Christmas break, and book for any other time between March and November. For a winter holiday on the ski slopes, book your trip in November or from early-January to March, when the Christmas rush is past but there's still plenty of snow to pad your falls!