For almost two decades this has been one of the most popular summer locations, not only in Serbia but in Europe as well. Naturally, Exit festival, which transforms the old Austrian walls, built in the late 17th and early 18th century, into a backdrop for an extraordinary event with a distinct cosmopolitan character, is the main – but not the only – reason behind Petrovaradin’s contemporary appeal. Located just a few steps from the capital of Vojvodina, its ambience and vibe make it an antithesis to modern cities. It is a perfect place for rest, pause, haphazard or planned visit, to spend an entire summer day or take an evening stroll. Not to mention the historic artefacts, stunning views and lush greenery.
photo: Ivan Strahinić
At the rim of the Carpathians, close to Boljevac, stands the mountain Rtanj. It resides in a form of a limbo of the pantheon of Serbian mountains: it is not as trendy or glamorous (let alone expensive) as Kopaonik; not dotted with monasteries, nor is it the only mountain in a 100 km radius like Fruska Gora; it is certainly not featured in song or deeply ingrained in the folk lore as Zlatibor or perhaps Tara. It is not completely unknown, either: people know of Rtanj, if for no other reason, then for its unusual name. Still, the Serbian Fujiyama, as those who like it sometimes call it, has a small but very loyal fan base, increasing from year to year. Even though it’s not rare to see someone from far away, its loyal visitors mostly come from the surrounding area. Its specific peak Siljak (Spike, 1566 m) stands as a recognizable landmark on the horizons of Aleksinac, Zajecar, Sokobanja and Paracin. Rtanj is a paradise for weekend hikers.
photo: Ivan Strahinić
Those who love a good night out, one befitting a metropolitan city, will tell you – “Cetinjska is the new Savamala!” The neighbourhood that rose to fame last season, thanks to hipsters, young artists, techno fans and all those who love urban art events, lost the race with a street that has now won over all of its regulars, using a similar concept of a string of bars, cafés, open spaces and concept gardens. This does not mean that Savamala no longer has anything to offer, but Cetinjska is the hot spot at the moment. This is the beauty of large cities – the dynamics of constant change.
photo: Dragan Bosnić