While the Balkans might be a region known for its instability, and political dividedness, there is much more to it. More and more people discover that Balkans is an amazing and unique place to visit as the people there are unlike any other in the world. One of the most interesting destinations is Serbia’s capital city, Belgrade. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe but don’t be fooled – this city is modern and thriving with life.
There are many reasons why you should visit Belgrade, but we will name 5 the most irresistible ones.
The spirit of Belgrade
The atmosphere and spirit of Belgrade is something that sets it apart from other cities in Europe. Influenced by the east and the west, Belgrade’s charm lies in its relaxed diversity. At times the city reminds you of a buzzing metropolis, with tons of people around, and then at the next moment, they’re all sipping coffee at one of Belgrade’s’ many cafes. Most people agree, after spending some time in Belgrade, that it has a certain, as the French would say, je ne sais quoi – “I don’t know what” – that is easy to fall in love with.
Never ending entertainment
Belgrade’s nightlife has become legendary in recent years. More and more tourists, especially from Western Europe are flocking to Belgrade to explore its vast nightlife. An amazing array of clubs, cafes, restaurants, and parties all over Belgrade will entertain you till the early morning hours. The area around Belgrade is also known for its crazy summer music festivals. Serbia is by no means a large country, so exploring some other, more rural places in the country is something that everyone should do.
Another one of Belgrade’s specialties is its food. Balkan cuisine has been relatively undiscovered, but is now spreading fast, and becoming a specialty outside the Balkans. Try the famous cevapi, burek, sarma and other dishes that only the Balkans can offer. And it doesn’t end there! Belgrade has an amazing variety of drinks, especially alcoholic ones, just be careful not to get tipsy! Serbia’s specialty is rakija, a strong alcoholic drink that is mostly homemade and delicious too! Even fast food places are considered a delicacy, and the numerous restaurants will make sure your taste buds get the experience of a lifetime.
The people from Balkans are widely known for their extreme hospitality. After just a couple of shots of rakija, anybody will treat you like family. Sharing everything you have with your guest is common practice, and be prepared for special treatment wherever you go. And good luck trying to leave someone’s house without taking a couple of unexpected items along!
With all of this being said, Belgrade sounds like an amazing place, but an amazing place usually comes with an amazing price. Well, you’re in luck! Belgrade and Serbia are one of the cheapest places in Europe. The food, clubs, accommodation and drinks are all way cheaper than you’d expect from a city of such magnitude. Accommodation is of no problem, as the city has a ton of apartments, hotels and hostels at various locations, with some people even renting their own private apartments. There are a lot of couch surfing options too, which is a great way to meet some of the friendly locals, and be introduced to the town in general.
With all of this and much more, Belgrade is the place to be. Fine cuisine, cheap prices and friendly people are more than enough of a reason to visit, but combine that with the party life, an excellent atmosphere and a unique experience all around, you’ll find that Belgrade finds a way to get in your heart, and make you want to visit it again and again.