If you’ve ever planned to visit Belgrade, summer is a great season for it because you can experience all the beauty of this place. The city of Belgrade truly has a lot to offer, but the highlights are rich history, delicious food, and perfect nightlife. So, here is the list of the best things you should do in Serbia’s capital this summer.
1. Sunset at Belgrade Fortress
If you are a sunset lover imagine enjoying it on a fortress wall, in the middle of the city, with a view of the confluence of the Danube and Sava? Great experience, believe me. The Belgrade Fortress is actually the oldest monument in Belgrade, as it dates back to the 3rd century BC. It consists of Upper and Lower Town and Kalemegdan park, and it survived through centuries of wars. Inside the fortress walls, you can find the Belgrade Zoo, a Military museum and two Orthodox churches – The Saint Petka’s Chapel and the Ruzica Church.
2. BelGreat Festival
The premiere of BelGreat Festival is this summer, on July the 27th and the 28th on the Great War Island in Belgrade. The entrance will be free, and the performers will be: Cristian Varela, Goldie, wAFF, Vinicius Honorio, Felix da Housecat, Kadebostany… The idea behind this festival is to revive the oasis of the capital – Lido beach in Zemun, through music and art. So, if you decide to spend the last week of July in Belgrade, be there.
3. Splavovi (Rafts – Water Clubs)
Summer season in Belgrade means that all the nightlife leaves the city clubs and goes to the rivers. There, famous Splavovi (clubs on the water) take the lead role – you will experience the true Belgradian nightlife. Of course, there is a different type of music you can choose – electro, R’n’B, Serbian folk or rock… depends on your taste. The good thing to know is that mostly there are no entry tickets, so that’s why it is better to make a reservation in order to have a “safe place” for drinks and chit-chat.
4. Dinner in Skadarlija
There isn’t a better bohemian quarter in Belgrade than the cobblestone street of Skadarlija! Really, if you want to feel like you entered a time machine and went back to the past to dine, this is a perfect place for you. During the summer, days in Belgrade are really hot, so hide in Skadarlija – you will not regret it. Ajvar, Podvarak, Sarma, Prebranac, Baklava, Rakija… all famous Serbian dishes and drinks in one place, waiting for you to taste them.
5. Take a walk through the Old Town of Zemun
This part of Belgrade is very different from the other parts because it was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for a very long time. You will notice that the architecture and the culture are quite different – narrow streets, unique restaurants, Gardoš tower and Zemun’s Quay (Zemunski Kej), all located near the right bank of the Danube, are truly worth seeing. When you finish roaming around Zemun and you climb to a Gardoš tower, you can have a cold drink with a view in one of the few restaurants near it.
6. Belgrade Beer Festival
It has been confirmed so many times that this event is the most massive tourist tradition in Belgrade, with over half a million visitors annually. The entrance is free, music is good, and there are several hundreds of the most famous Serbian and foreign beer brands. The festival is located at the conjunction of the Danube and Sava rivers, and this year it will be held from the 15th to the 19th of August. It has been confirmed that the famous UK star, Roisin Murphy, will perform on the first festival day, so it will be really crowded this year.
7. Sea of Belgrade
Ada Ciganlija, also known as the “Sea of Belgrade” is an artificial lake with a popular recreational zone – golf course, basketball courts, bike paths, water sports, bungee jumping platform, but also beaches, restaurants, clubs, and bars. During the day you can choose what you desire – chilling at the beach bar, swimming, or riding a bike, it is up to you. But if you decide to visit Ada at night, don’t worry – there are a lot of nightclubs where you can enjoy in great music and have fun, or just eat dinner in some romantic restaurant, with a lake view.
8. Knez Mihailova Street
This is the main pedestrian zone in Belgrade, where you will see how citizens of Belgrade enjoy during the summer. Restaurants, shops, and institutions of great importance – all in one place. One kilometer long Knez Mihailova Street was in 1979 included in the list of Spatial Cultural-Historical Units of Great Importance, and as such, is protected by the Republic of Serbia. Thousands of people stroll along the street every day as it is the shortest path from Terazije to Kalemegdan park and the fortress.