Biking

Euro Velo 11 corridor runs mainly through the central parts of Serbia. Entering Serbia from Hungary at the border town of Djala, “East European Route” is cutting split northern province of Vojvodina all the way until it reaches city of Belgrade (Beograd – White City). Along the Vojvodina route bike tourists will be thrilled with the beautiful scenic view of plains nature, rivers that runs through the vast agricultural fields, forested hunting grounds, and small, old, Austro-Hungarian style architectured villages and towns that lay quietly and timelessly in the flat and spacious green-yellow-orange coloured plains. Moving southward to the region of Banat, passengers are entering traditional Pannonian landscapes, culture, cuisine and warm welcome to visitors in the towns of Titel (birthplace of Mileva Maric, Albert Einstein’s wife), Senta, Pancevo and Kovacica. After visiting Deliblato sends – the largest European continental send territory – route is crossing river Danube, and goes through the city of wine and grapes (city of Smederevo), moving south into the central parts of Serbia. Getting into the heart of the country, trace of the EV11 route is similar to the antique trace of “Road to Constantinopol”. These central parts along the route are places of several significant churches with very large cultural and historical merit, and they are declared as a monument of exceptional value. The area surrounding city of Leskovac is a nature lovers dream come true. Entire region following route to the south towards city of Nis and state border is a nature gem and “must-see” to all passengers. Leaving Serbia at the town of Jablanica, tourist have become witnesses of outstanding nature, and cultural monuments in these parts.

EuroVelo 6 enters the northern regions of Serbia near the town of Backi Breg, following the Danube and its meandering route along the Serbian-Croatian border. This region (Gornje Podunavlje) comprises big marshes along the left bank of the Danube. It is a protected area with special status as a biodiversity reserve. EuroVelo 6 then enters Serbia’s second city, Novi Sad, passing the charming old historical town and the fortress of Petrovaradin, located on the opposite bank of the Danube. Making its way towards capital Belgrade, the rote passes Fruska Gora and its expanse of vineyards producing well-known grapes. Towards the south stands urban region of Belgrade. Going further, following the spacious Danube valley, lies Smederevo, city of grapes and wine. Old Serbian crafts, tales, beliefs and customs are presented there. Archaeological sites, antique monuments and medieval fortifications are cultural highlights of the area that follows. A blend of time and nature on land and water, the largest national park in Serbia, Djerdap (Iron Gates) National Park, located along the border with Romania, comprises zones with various protection regimes for natural objects, cultural monuments, fauna and relict plant species. The miraculous Iron Gates, the largest and longest gorge in Europe, is also a natural botanical garden and Europe’s biggest archeological open-air museum.

The route in Serbia shows to cyclists the diversity of the Serbian geography. While the roads along the Hungarian and Northern Romanian border are quite flat, the route then follows the border between Southern Romania and Bulgaria through several mountain massifs. The passage between the amazing Iron Gates is a particular highlight.  Despite the name, the Iron Gates have nothing to do with the Iron Curtain or the Cold War, and are instead a gorge thought which the mighty River Danube passes on the Romanian-Serbian border.  From there the route follows some mountainous routes close to the 2,016 m high Midžor peak, on the Bulgarian-Serbian border.