Part of the former Yugoslavia, Serbia is now an established country in its own right and attracts visitors from far and wide. This once war torn country is quickly emerging as a year round tourist destination, hot summers and the kind of winters that are about as prefect for winter sports as you can get. Serbia is thus making a name for itself as a cheap and cheerful ski destination with no fancy frills but some great skiing.
A little known fact about Serbia is that it is a country of many spas, and what could be more relaxing after an exhilarating day on the slopes? The general consensus is that Serbia lagged behind the other winter hotspots due to the laborious 5 hour transfer time from Belgrade Airport. This effectively meant that those who were able to drive to the resorts were their bread and butter. Now that British airlines are flying to Nis, the transfer time has been halved and business is growing.
What is the atmosphere like?
Very much like Macedonia, everyone is Serbia, bar the youngsters, remembers the vicious civil war. Thus the locals are now happy and optimistic and very forward looking.
Who Will Enjoy It?
If you love messing around in the snow by day and messing around in fine restaurants and groovy bars by night then you will have the time of your life in Serbia. There is plenty to do for the little ones too, which open air ice rinks, sledging and more. The shops are plentiful, the food enjoyable and the wine goes down a treat.
How many resorts are there?
The two big Serbian ski resorts are Kopaonik and Stara Planina, and the former is the main destination for winter tourists. It is a large, modern, purpose built resort with everything you could want at your disposal. It is one of the few resorts that offers 3 FIS approved runs for downhill or Super G, giant slalom and slalom. The nursery slopes are ideal for kids or beginners, the snowboarding is excellent and the après ski superb.
Staying in Serbia
The hotels around the resorts are excellent value but check out their restaurant times, as some are a strange amalgam of modern facilities and eastern European officiousness. You will be able to relax in the pool or spa but the restaurant may shut promptly at 7pm. While this won't be a problem with many, those with little ones who want to eat in would be advised to check this out in advance.