Although Serbia is well known for its urban, rural and spa tourism, the tradition of camping and enjoying the holiday under the clear sky should not be omitted. Still, camping in Serbia is not commercial so prices are budget friendly, and the country is beautiful and campsites in Serbia match European standards. That’s why people decide to go camping in Serbia – with its beautiful surroundings, Serbia is an ideal place for campers to spend their holidays and campsites offer different types of accommodation such as caravans, trailers, bungalows, tents, etc.
As for the choice, the bungalows are currently the most popular type of camping and they are a great combination of enjoying in both comfort and nature. Fairy-tale cottages with fresh mountain air, a riverbank or a lake suitable for swimming, are really the right places for a perfect holiday for all nature lovers. Different types of bungalows are spread all over Serbia and each one is characteristic in its own way.
For example, on one of the most beautiful mountains in Serbia, Zlatar, there are bungalows with tree names within the Ethno Village Vranesa. Ethno eco resort Vranesha, as the unique oasis of peacefulness, has been built in a dense pine forest that extends towards the lake of Zlatar. The very names of these bungalows provide you with a sense of beauty and fragrance of field plants characteristic for this region. Following the paths, you will also come into the sight where the magnificent view to Radoinjsko lake is.
Another campsite that contains this type of accommodation that stands out for its beauty is Camp Toma. Located within the National Park Djerdap, on the very bank of the Danube, it’s very attractive for fishermen and water sports enthusiasts. It has a small camping capacity with only 7 bungalows, but it has a mini-restaurant, regulated sand beach and field for volleyball and basketball. Close to the camp are Golubac city, Tumane monastery and archeological place Lepenski vir so you can explore Serbian cultural heritage.
Cheaper option, and for adventurers even a better solution for camping in Serbia, is camping in tents. Camping in tents has its own advantages and is different from every other type of camping. After a good log fire and barbecue, sleeping under a clear sky gives you a special sense of connection with nature.
One of the many beautiful campsites in Serbia is the Silver Lake Camp, located on the shores of the Silver Lake. This is also one of the oldest and largest campsites in Serbia and it is interesting that this camp has as many as 150 places for tents, which means that good time is guaranteed.
The other option is Sosuk, located close to the city of Sombor and in close proximity to the road leading to the border with Croatia and Hungary. This wide camping area offers over 100 pitches for tents and it is hidden from the city rush. There is a bicycle lane leading to the city center that is fully shrouded by a century-old Celtic occidentals alley. In terms of services they can offer a holiday on a perfectly maintained lawn and a nicely landscaped environment and in case of rain and severe weather they can accommodate your bicycles and motorcycles in an area with a roof, Wi-Fi, video surveillance etc. Other amenities that require a fee include a tennis court, a mini gym, a sauna and a salt-water pool.
Caravans (or simply vans) that are popularly called houses on wheels provide you with a home feeling at any moment, even though you are in a completely different place, away from your city. This type of accommodation certainly has its advantages and very little disadvantages as you are carrying everything with you. If you want to park your van somewhere in the middle of Serbia, the authorities probably won’t bother you, but it’s good to know the places that can provide you with water and electricity.
One of the suggestions for vans is an open camp Zasavica near Sremska Mitrovica. Although this is one of the smallest auto camps, it is also the most modern and well-equipped camp in Serbia, with a capacity of 42 camping lots. Natural beauties near the camp with the nature reserve of Zasavica can be experienced also by boat touring, with both boat and hiking tours.
The other interesting place is the Pipac camping site, located nearby the old road Subotica – Novi Sad. It is a unique camping environment with tennis fields, a small pool, and contents that make it interesting both for transit and longer stay tourism. This camp also has a good restaurant with a national and international kitchen. Special attractions of this Serbian area are wine consummation in nearby wine cellar called Vinum lodi, carriage tours, and a visit to the nearby homestead Katai.
In the end, as camping in Serbia isn’t yet overcrowded with tourists and the land is amazing, you can experience true connection with the nature and find many incredible places that have not yet been discovered. Whatever you decide, with a good company and a camping offer in Serbia that has good standards, you will certainly find something for yourself.
For active vacation under a clear sky and away from the city rush, camping in untouched nature of Serbia will give you a unique mix of relaxation and return to the roots. Camping sites are open from April to October, but for winter lovers there are camps that are open all throughout the year.
As for its capital, camping in Belgrade is not a very popular form of traveling and exploring but since Serbia has recently joined the association and the European camping family, Belgrade will certainly attract more campers and backpackers in the near future. Serbia has 18 campsites that are placed in the areas of preserved nature and extraordinary beauty. And since the loveliness in camping in Belgrade is best find in unexplored places, being non-commercial destination goes to Belgrades’ favor so anyone who decides to go on this type of vacation will discover the unforgettable places.
Also, the good news is that all the camps are placed in organised area so although you are in nature, you will not miss anything – camping sites have toilets, free internet, parking and many of them even bars and restaurants where you can freshen up. Most of the camps allow pets as well so they are a great place to get to know Serbia and Belgrade in a unique way. There is also a camping accommodation of different kind, so you can find auto-camps, bungalows and tent fields on lake and river shores and mountain hills. If you want to park your van somewhere or go camping in Belgrade without permission, you will probably easily find a place and won’t have any issues, but make sure to clean behind you and respect the place where you are camping.
Officially, Serbia has 18 camps with the capacity of 4,500 beds but it seems that Belgrade is not interested in developing camping tourism although the return to the nature is very popular trend in Europe and makes as much as 25% of European tourism. Belgrade used to have three camps, Nacional, Kosutnjak and Dunav, but the first one was replaced by the big market store, while the second only occasionally receive athletes in bungalows. Still, the third one Dunav, works actively since 2010 and it is awarded as the best in the country.
– Our main guests are foreigners, because we realized a few years ago that our future is on the Internet – says the owner of the camping place Dunav. – Almost all reservations arrive through email and Facebook. Also, for years we have groups of tourists, mostly from Slovenia, as they love Belgrade. In the past, it was extremely difficult to survive sanctions and war, but now we have more than 6,000 overnights annually.
Dunav (meaning Danube) camping site is situated in Zemun, on the Danube coast, 10 km from Belgrade city center and only 1 km from the highway. It is a small camp with a specific location and a fine view over Danube and Belgrade. This camping site is very suitable for children and a cheap solution for those who want to visit and discover Belgrade with a low budget. Dunav camping offers 7 bungalows with free Wi-Fi as well as an apartment house with bathrooms.
– Many guests heard about us through word of moth, which is extremely important to us – adds the owner – Foreigners are mostly in transit and know very good what they want to see in Belgrade, and that is mostly nightlife.
Close to Belgrade is also camping site Avala, a modern camping area located on the regional road Belgrade – Mladenovac – Kragujevac. Because it is very near the urban area, once you are here you can visit city center or go sightseeing to colorful Sumadija County and beautiful mountains Avala and Kosmaj with numerous cultural and historical places. Clean air and fresh nights will make your holiday pleasant and relaxed so this camping area is ideal for city breaks and family weekends.
In the near area of Belgrade, there is also one small and nice camp under the government of camping association of Serbia and Touristic organization of Belgrade – Zornića Kuća. This beautiful complex spread over three acres of idyllic landscapes of Sumadia, with extraordinary views of the Kosmaj mountain. Isolated from the restaurant and mini zoo from one side and residence from the other, this camping has wonderful view over Kosmaj and it is a true little heaven for all campers. It is also a great stop for all of those in transit or are on their way to Greece. Visitors can use volleyball court, rent a bike or go hiking. However, the special charm of this place is modern hearth that is intended for socializing and stories along the campfire.
Whether you decide to combine nature and comfort in your caravan in one of the auto-camps and campsites, or go for the full enjoyment of fairy tale bungalows, you will find a place for an active holiday in both Serbia and Belgrade. For those adventurous spirits, there are outdoor camping lots under the clear sky, with tents and sleeping bags. Use the advantages of yet unexplored country and the magic of Belgrade and discover that vacation is not just a hotel, a sea resort but also an adventurous cocktail of camping love for nature.