Serbia of Today is a Progressive

by : Douglas Scott

Serbia is situated in the Southern Balkans and is bordered by Romania to the Northeast, Bulgaria to the East, Macedonia to the South, Albania to the Southwest, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the West, Croatia to the Northwest and a small portion in the Southwest and Hungary in the North, as well as bordering the partner nation of Montenegro to the Southwest.

The larger part of the partnership of Serbia and Montenegro, Serbia was home to the capital city of the former Yugoslavia and is a country that still provokes memories of recent problems from the mere mention of its name. The varied geography of the country adds a great deal of wonderment to a country that is often overlooked by foreigners thanks to recent events in history, but the Serbia of today is a progressive, stable and open country full of friendly people and any number of wonderful experiences.

The wars of the 90s saw Serbias tourist trade decimated, and the country has only begun to rebuild the market in recent years. Nevertheless, it is rebuilding and the signs are getting better. International aid has been coming into the country and major towns and cities are structurally repaired in the majority, so unspoilt and new properties are not too difficult to find for the prospective off plan investor.

Yugoslavia was at one point a popular tourist resort, but the effects of the republics collapse and the ensuing violence saw numbers of foreign visitors dwindle to nothing. Since stability took so long to come around, the market has only recently seen signs of picking up and as a result the country is not packed to the rafters with tourists whilst bad for the country it could be said it is good for the visitor. The country retains a natural beauty that rivals any other, and with prices that are more than friendly to the wallet, Serbia is an interesting vacation spot.

Belgrade is the most heavily populated city in Serbia and the attractions on offer show, with the vibrant bars, nightclubs and theatres offering all manner of attractions for the discerning visitor. The city has been destroyed some 40 times since it was first built 2300 years ago, and this fact manifests itself in Belgrades strange atmosphere there is a real feeling of strength and a will to go on throughout and there are still a number of world class attractions for all to enjoy.

The National Museum and Museum of Modern Art are worth a visit, as is the Kalemegdan Cathedral, and the areas of the Kneza Mihaila with its cafes and boutiques or the wonderfully bohemian Skadarlija are as interesting as they are wonderful.

The national parks and other resorts offer activities such as fishing, hiking and skiing Serbia has been tarnished in recent years with a poor image, but there are more than enough things to do for all.