Stay 25 : Rural tourism, Serbia and its wealth

Stay 25 : Rural tourism, Serbia and its wealth.

Occidental Route

Stage 25/35 - 320 kms


0 km Brus

158 kms Uzice

72 kms Valjevo

90 kms Belgrade

carte Brus a Belgrade

Brus : Rural tourism, culture, leisure activities and thermal

The rich history of Brus is witness to numerous cultural and historical monuments. There are magnificent buildings of Serbian rulers, including the monasteries of Lepenac and Milentija, the medieval town of Koznik, the stone-engraved shrine of Metode. As regards natural sites, you can make the most of them due to the simple fact that Brus is located in Kopaonik. Visitors have access to many thermal springs, lush forests, sport fields, swimming pools and especially can breathe pure air. There are opportunities for recreational and sports activities at every corner. Kopaonik is the ideal destination for skiers, but also for hunting and rural tourism enthusiasts. Close to Brus is the Panciev peak, the perfect challenge for climbers. There is also another mining village in Kopaonik, Brzece, with a beautiful leisure centre. The main attractions in Brzece are its watermill on Brzeckoj for events such as holidays. 

Studenica Monastery (between Brus and Uzice)

Studenica Monastery - Serbia

Studenica Monastery - Serbia - © ollirg - Fotolia.com

The monastery is a real museum of the13th century Byzantine painting. In addition, the monastery consists of important and significant painted ensembles from the so-called post-Byzantine period and more than 100 precious objects in its treasury. Beyond the agricultural lands lie splendid forests where deciduous trees such as the oak, linden, elm, ash, beech and wild pear as well as conifers grow on the slopes of three massifs which are 80% wooded. Here, in 1183, Stefan Nemanja founded the Great Joupan. He wanted to build a funerary church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. After abdicating in 1196 and stepping down to become a monk on Mount Athos in 1197, his sons carried out his wish. The Church of the Virgin Mary was completed by Prince Vukan and his brothers who, in 1208-1209, decorated it with paintings of Greek artists.

Studenica was the Nemanjic dynasty’s necropolis and over the centuries it became one of the focal points of Serbian history. The monastery expanded within its walls and the refectories and the monks’ living quarters were set up along the curve of the circular wall. As the foundations increased, more sanctuaries were created in the central area. Some small edifices were clustered in the south of the original church, namely St Nicholas, St John, St Anne and St Joachim, the church of the famous King, completed in 1314. At the same time, votive chapels, oratories and hermitages were built in the mountains outside the walls.

Uzice : A prehistoric and cultural visit

It lies in a long and narrow valley which was formed in the Djetinja River’s valley. Uzice and its surroundings abounds in cultural and historical monuments from different periods where the main feature of the heritage is the variety of buildings, of spatial cultural and historical units and other cultural values. The research reveals the different cultures which date back to prehistoric times on Uzice’s wider territory. Several Roman tombs and other material remains of the Roman culture have been preserved on the city’s territory. Apart from the preserved heritage from the early Middle Ages and the remnants of the material culture from the period of the settling of the Slaves in this region, the most significant monument, from the arrival of the first rulers of the 15th century Nemanjic family is the old town of Utica.

The White Church in Karan is a monument of great sacred culture from the first half of the 14th century, and the monument of the Roman necropolis was present in the graveyard. From the later period of the Turkish rule some sacred monuments have been preserved like the wooden church in Sevojno, the old church of Uzice in Carina and the Church in Uzice. Uzice has several geographical units with exquisite environmental values. “Carina” is a unique urban unit which is particularly important, dating back from the 19th century, and in “Jazovi’ several buildings of ethnographic character are found. One of the urban landmarks of the old Uzice is its guild fountains.

Valjevo : An authentic tourist city 

Valjevo - Serbia

Valjevo - Serbia - © sdraskovic - Fotolia.com

Valjevo is an important authentic tourist city that boasts of a rich heritage of ancient traditions and a history that has witnessed everything. According to Serbia’s history, the role of Valjevo in obtaining freedom for the country had been instrumental. Valjevo is the birthplace of notable freedom-fighters, artists, writers and scientists. There are good schools, firms, and colleges in Valjevo that boast to be the best. Valjevo’s TV stations, newspapers, dailies and radio stations are highly praised for their good work. The city is economically well developed and progresses with giant strides. There are several attractions in Valjevo that draw travellers. The beautiful streets are perfect for leisurely strolls and the historical buildings reflect a glorious past. The monuments, natural landscapes, parks and other popular spots feature among the must-see places in Valjevo. 

Belgrade : Door of the Balkans and the Central Europe

Belgrade fortress, Serbia

Belgrade fortress, Serbia © sdraskovic - Fotolia.com

Belgrade is one of Europe’s oldest cities. Since ancient times it has been an important intersection where the roads of Eastern and Western Europe meet. Due to this position, Belgrade is called the Gate of the Balkans and the Door of Middle Europe. The oldest of archaeological discoveries in this region dates back to the 5th millennium BC. The prehistoric site of Vinça, which preserves the traces of a material culture of the prehistoric man or Neolithic plastic art, lies on the Danube’s banks. Belgrade is the capital of Serbian, culture, education and science. It houses the highest concentration of national importance science and art institutions. The Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1886 at the Serbian Royal Academy, The National Library of Serbia, founded in 1832, the National Museum, founded in 1841 and the National Theatre, founded in 1869. 

Practical services

Uzice : Hotel Zlatiborska Noc

Uzice : Apartment Panorama

Uzice : House Prljevic

Valjevo : Hotel Konak Radovic

Valjevo : Hotel Omni

Valjevo : Viva Apartment

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