Kopaonik

In the recent decades, Kopanik Mountain has established itself as the top Serbian winter ski resort. Situated 2017 m above the sea level, it provides as many as 24 ski lifts and 70km-long ski slopes, adapted to all levels of skiing skills. With 200 sunny days per year and the average of 160 days with snowfall, Kopanik guarantees a long and vibrant skiing season. The mountain’s nightlife is equally rich with nighttime skiing, various nightclubs, cafes, restaurants and pubs offering good music and tasty local cuisine.

With its modern hotels and luxurious rest houses and cottages, Kopaonik has earned the title of the hot spot for the Serbian elite. Apart from Serbian A-listers, it attracts local businessmen, as well as foreign diplomats and dignitaries. The recent boom of Kopanik’s business oriented tourism led to its latest nickname – Serbian Davos.

However, the tourist season does not die down during the summer.  With its sublime landscape, well organized hiking paths, numerous well-equipped tennis courts and other sport facilities, Kopaonik proves to be an ideal summer hideaway from increasingly scorching Balkan heat. Its microclimate and wildlife have been protected by the state since 1981.

Summer is also the ideal time for wine connoisseurs to visit the nearby Zupa area and its wine route. History lovers can explore the Valley of Serbian Medieval Kings, which runs along the river Ibar dotted with gems of the national ecclesial medieval architecture. The true jewel in the crown of Serbian medieval monasteries is the burial cathedral of the Nemanic dynasty, built in the 12th century within the grounds of the Studenica monastery. The monastery of Gradac is yet another masterpiece with its unique mix of Gothic and Byzantine architecture. No tourist should leave this region without having a splash in the hot springs of the Josanica river, a visit to a true oriental bazar in the town of Novi Pazar, a tour to Spocane and Zica monasteries or, finally, without pausing for a moment at the ancient monastery of Stara Pavlica, built in the 5th century, which towers over the Ibar river valley.

 

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