Serbian People

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Serbian people have recently come into international attention during the years of war between ex-Yugoslavian countries. But this is just the last part of their long history. 

Situated between East and West, the Serbian people are a mix of influences and cultures. Here came and stayed the Roman Empire, the Ottomans, the Habsburgs, migratory peoples, Republic of Venice, and many others. 

Although the Serbian people are Orthodox Christians, they learned to live with Muslims and Catholics. What kept their spirit alive were their firmness, their courage, and their tendency to accept rubbish from nobody. 

You don't want to cross with the Serbs. Most of all when they are right. As a rule, try to respect the traffic rules, because you won't like the consequences.

Serbian people are warm and joyful. They have a deep respect for family, and you can see this in all their traditions and customs. That is a Balkan feature, but in Serbia, it is very visible. They live profound, party hard, and are proud of their history. 

Culture in Serbia 

The Kosovo Maiden, a beautiful showcase of art in Serbia, which was influenced by rapid Ottoman influence.

With so many influences, Serbia has developed a rich culture that survived through history. Visual arts, performing arts, and handcrafting reflect the spirit and the education of the Serbian people. 

Byzantine influence can be seen in architecture and cuisine. They have exquisite desserts, by the way. If you are looking for souvenirs, try some handmade objects. You’ll find pottery, ceramics, rugs, and jewelry.

Most of them are Orthodox Christians and respect the Julian Calendar (this means they celebrate Christmas on January 7th). The church has a big impact on their life. Many beautiful churches and cathedrals are in every village. 

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Although it was part of the reason for going to war, religion is treasured and protected. 

When it comes to black humor, Serbian people are the master of the Balkans. Some say that many of the popular jokes in the neighboring countries are actually Serbian jokes adapted. 

They like to tell stories, to chat, to laugh. But be sure you are not disrespectful, or you’ll probably be sorry.

Nature and Geography of Serbia

Gradac River is just a small showcase of just how nature is rich and well-preserved in Serbia.

Serbia is situated in the Balkan Peninsula, and it is blessed with mountains and plains, and with the beautiful Danube. Dinaric Alps, the Carpathians, and the Balkan mountains bring Serbia to the map of trekking, cycling, and winter sports. 

The landscape is beautiful. Wild areas preserve many species of plants and animals, making the country a special place for nature lovers. 

The Danube was sung for so many centuries. Cruises are something usual in Serbia, especially around Belgrade. But do not ignore the Western part of the country, where the Danube is the border between Serbia and Romania

Here, the Danube crumbles between mountains resulting in boiling water and a spectacular view.

Although Serbia has a continental climate, it is influenced by the Mediterranean Sea. Wet and comfortable, the weather will not surprise you with hard winters or hot summers. 

But there is plenty of snow in the winter to have a ski holiday. And there are sunny and warm days in the summer to enjoy endless walks in the mountains.

Temperature is not the problem in Serbia, but floods can be. For this reason, Serbia is on the very high-risk list of Europe when it comes to natural hazards.

Traveling in Serbia

Novi Sad has become Serbia's culture capital, and its nightlife is thriving on that reputation.

The journey in Serbia begins in Belgrade. A charming mix of very old, old, and new build one of the European capitals situated on the Danube River. 

You have plenty to see in Belgrade. From the old fortress to the remains of Soviet architecture, from the Nikola Tesla Museum to the extraordinary confluence of Sava and Danube rivers, Belgrade has a lot to offer. 

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People are friendly and used to travelers, the food is excellent, and a cruise to the old Danube guaranties unforgettable moments. Belgrade is a city full of life, night and day, full of young people, universities, and art galleries. 

With respect to its history and with hope for the future, Belgrade is more European as you may think.

If your journey is planned for 2021, don't miss Novi Sad. The city will be the European Capital of Culture, and you can bet the Serbs will be well prepared.

Even now, Novi Sad has a full cultural agenda, with jazz festivals, cultural events, and a visible love for arts. 

Don't miss The Gibraltar of the Danube, alias Petrovaradin Fortress, a 16th-century fortress disputed by the Ottomans and the Austrians. The fortress has a special clock, designed for fishermen. 

Only the Serbs would ignore any foreign authority and think only at their people.


Serbia is a beautiful country and a lucky one. Smart and courageous people are here to take care of it. Serbian people really love it and respect it, and they will (and did) give their life for it. You should come here with respect and honesty because this is what you’ll receive. Despite their troubled history, Serbian people became a modern and European nation. They are united and strong, they are determined and funny, and they really know how to live with their heads and hearts up.

Monica Radulescu a freelance writer for aSabbatical.com
Travelling is a joy. It's a way to become a better and wiser person. Mountain paths and road trips are my favourites.