Stay 24 : Tourist attractions and national parks in Serbia

Stay 24 : Tourist attractions and national parks in Serbia.

Occidental Route

Stage 24/35 - 270 kms


0 km Sofia

103 kms Pirot

108 kms Prokuplje

59 kms Brus

carte Sofia a Brus

Tourist attractions in Sofia : a vibrant city rich in history 

Eglise de Boyana - Sofia - Bulgaria - © sipandra - Fotolia.com

Boyana Church - Sofia - Bulgaria - © sipandra - Fotolia.com

Sofia preserves many valuable monuments of its long and rich history. Visitors exploring the city’s streets can see remnants of the eastern gate from the times when Sofia was Serdika and Sredets, dating from the 2nd to 4th centuries of our era. These remains are exhibited in the underpass connecting the Presidential Palace and the Ministerial Council, surrounded by shops selling traditional Bulgarian souvenirs and rosewater. The Saint Sofia Basilica, founded under Justinian’s reign is one of the oldest churches in the capital. It was a major church in the town during the Middle Ages. Under the Ottomans’ rule it was used as a mosque. The Memorial Church Saint Alexander Nevsky is very close to Saint Sophia. At present it is one of the city’s most recognisable symbols. This church was built in 1912, and was designed by the Russian architect Alexander Pomerantsev.

Pirot : various tourist attractions

Pirot is a town and municipality located in south-eastern Serbia. The town is the administrative centre of the Pirot District. The area around the town is rich in various tourist attractions, scattered across the landscape surrounding the town. In addition to these various places of interest, another key factor is its position on the eastern Mediterranean, a travel route, a route linking Western and Eastern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean to the Middle East regions. Today, Pirot is seen as a city of historical value and the Pirot County is among the largest in Serbia, both in size and population. Pirot is the administrative centre of Pirot County, consisting of four small municipalities.

Prokuplje : Return in past, archaeological discoveries

The town of Prokuplje is located 250 km from Belgrade and 31 km southwest of Nis. Although this small town lies on the Toplica River, it projects a modern style. Archaeological excavations have revealed remnants of ancient civilisations that suggest settlements existed here in the seventh millennium BC. The Saint Prokopije Church, at the foot of Hisar Hill, is one of the town’s most important sights. The temple’s core dates back to the 9th century, when it was a three-nave basilica.  With the subsequent rebuilding, it was transformed into a five-nave basilica. Explore Prokuplje further and you will discover the remnants of an ancient temple and of an early Christian church. The Latin Church, known as the Jug-Bogdan Church, is near Saint Prokopije Church. The 14th century structure, which was modelled on a Roman sanctuary, is probably dedicated to Hercules. 

Brus : Favorite tourist destination

Brus is a spa centre that abounds with warm and cold water springs. Whether you are interested in hunting or just seeking a relaxing holiday, Brus is the ideal place for you. Explore Brus and you will discover the ruins of the 3rd century Metode shrine and the 15th century Lepenica monastery. Just 25 km from Brus, the village of Kriva Reka on Mount Kopaonik’s eastern ridges is home to the St. Peter and St. Paul church. This beautiful church dates back to the early 17th century. You will find the ruins of a captivating medieval city in the hills of Grabovnica – Gradište. The city, which is near Brus, crosses two hills connected by a natural beam and wall. It is a city which offers stunning views of Rasina and it is a favorite tourist destination. The ruins of Zlatari-Gradište are also worth visiting.  

Kapaonik National Park

Kopaonik Park - Serbia

Kopaonik Park - Serbia - © springtime78 - Fotolia.com

Located in central Serbia, the Kopaonik National Park runs through approximately 74 square kilometres of the Kopaonik Mountains, o­ne of Serbia’s largest mountain ranges. This area was established as a national park in 1981. The highest peak in the park is Pancic’s Peak, which is 6 617 feet above sea level. This whole park stands out by its magnificent forests, wide areas of grasslands and the variety of trees that can be found here. The Samokovska River has carved some beautiful gorges across a landscape of scenic valleys and because of the excessive flow of the river it forms a number of rapids as well as picturesque waterfalls.

The flora is characterised by a large number of indigenous plant species like the Balkan beech, fir, spruce, yew, several kinds of maple, pine and oak. The fauna is also diverse but its concentration varies, depending on the quality of the habitat. The park’s vast wilderness offers plenty of hiking and discovery opportunities, as well as healing properties that the warm waters of Banja spa Josanicka possess. The Mounts Kopaonik region was formerly a mining centre operated by the Saxons during medieval times. The park is filled with medieval fortresses which were built by the various Serbian dynasties that ruled this particular area. Maglic is the medieval castle nearest to the park’s region. Today, the sports practiced are skiing and snowboarding, which bring visitors to the Kopaonik National Park regularly. There are 24 ski lifts and cable cars and 43 miles of runs for all levels of skiers. 

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