History. Nature. Culture.
Get to know all the beauties of the Djerdap gorge.
Get to know all the beauties of the Djerdap gorge.
Distance from the hotel: 17km
The prehistoric Lepenski Vir site is one of the most significant and oldest Neolithic discoveries in this part of Europe. Located on the right bank of the Danube river within the Djerdap gorge, near the Silver Lake, it was named after the Danube whirlpool itself. The site itself is the center of one of the most complex prehistoric cultures, and provides a unique look at the first urban prehistoric man in this part of the planet.
Archaeological excavations, which took place in the area of the Đerdap gorge in the period between 1965 and 1967, provided us with great knowledge regarding prehistoric civilizations and helped us get acquainted with the culture that originated and developed in this locality. The discovery was made during detailed research in Djerdap, and after the excavation was completed, the site was moved to its current location for additional protection. In 2011, a new visitor center was opened, which preserves the sights and remnants of a culture that astonished the world with its discovery.
Today, one of the synonyms for this cultural treasure are fishing stone statues, which were found in almost every fortification in prehistoric times, giving scientists a unique conclusion that these monumental sculptures were used as a kind of religious protector of houses and families who worshiped them. Discovered by Professor Dragoslav Srejović, who led a team of archaeologists, and whose sensational discovery and excavation process can be seen as part of a film project at the Lepenski Vir Visitor Center.
Official site: www.lepenski-vir.rs
This famous site consists of 7 localities – Lepenski Vir, Vlasac, Razvrata, Ikoana, Hajducka vodenica, Alibeg and Padina. Numerous unique finds, such as buildings built 9,000 years ago, within a unique urbanism and architecture, provide an unforgettable experience that can’t be experienced anywhere else in the world.
The remains of the oldest sedentary settlement in Europe, where an incredible urban culture was formed that lasted for over two thousand years, in the period around 6,500 – 4,500 B.C., can be visited within your regular visit to the hotel Lepenski Vir. The site is only 14km away from the hotel, and visits are possible throughout the year. Do not miss the opportunity to experience an incredible look through prehistory – visit Lepenski Vir and see for yourself the powerful past whose remains are carefully preserved for you, but also for all future generations to come.
Distance from the hotel: 500m
The endless blue of the Danube that merges with the sky on the far horizon is just one of the beautiful details you will experience when visiting the “Djerdap” National Park. Rarely can an individual experience the natural beauties like the ones in northeastern Serbia. Imagine a vast landscape of preserved natural wealth that stretches for over 100 kilometers – that’s the Djerdap National Park.
This largest and most important national park in Serbia has rightly become synonymous with the beauties of nature due to its size, as well as the unique flora and fauna that take visitors’ breath away every time they visit. Djerdap National Park is also home to about 170 species of birds, and its inhabitants also include wild animals – such as lynx, wolves, jackals, chamois and deer, but also many other species. The national park provides an incredible opportunity for its visitors to get to know the secrets of Djerdap’s wild life up close and personal via observatories built for a unique and one in a lifetime experience.
This unique locality occupies the area of 3 municipalities – Golubac, Majdanpek and Kladovo – and makes up a third of the municipality of Majdanpek. Here also lies the magnificent Djerdap gorge, the longest and largest gorge in Europe, which consists of four smaller gorges and three valleys, which alternate in length of almost 100 km.
Marked hiking trails and breathtaking views from the lookout point provide an ideal way to get to know the vast expanse of nature. Cultural monuments, flora and fauna have been under the protection of the Djerdap National Park since ’74. last century due to its exceptional cultural and historical value and its natural eco-system.
The center for visitors to the National Park “Đerdap” provides the opportunity to get acquainted with the geological structure of the area, diverse wildlife and important historical sites through various exhibitions.
Mountain ranges, irresistible landscapes, as well as the vast Danube are just some of the natural beauties that together make exceptional and diverse attractions, which is why this national park rightfully holds a special place in each visitors heart.
Numerous sports activities include nature walks, cycling, sailing and rowing, but also bird watching and boat tours, as well as the possibility of renting binoculars or off-road vehicles – each activity will be equally exciting and will make for an unforgettable memory.
Distance from the hotel: 50km
A striking historical monument of the municipality of Golubac, and at the same time the most popular tourist attraction of this settlement in eastern Serbia is without a doubt the town of Golubac. Until the 19th century, this medieval fortress was the main historical center of the Golubac region, while throughout history, but even today, the Golubac Fortress is a cultural monument of exceptional importance, whose turbulent history still tells the story of the battles that took place here.
Located on the right bank of Danube, at the entrance to the National Park “Đerdap”, Golubac town consists of the front, rear and upper town, as well as magnificent fortifications, ie towers with wooden floors and stone stairs.
The town of Golubac was built in the 14th century and guards the entrance to the Iron Gate gorge from high cliffs overlooking the Danube. Throughout history, it has been held by Prince Lazar, Despot Stefan and Despot Djuradj. Based on the architecture of this magnificent fortress, the basic division of the fortification can be divided into two parts – the inner one, with the highest being the Donjon or defender tower, more commonly known as the Hat Tower, and the Exterior, which was the first to be attacked during the wars. The fortress has nine high towers, and despite numerous battles, Golubac has always been well preserved and today is one of the most beautiful medieval fortresses in the country.
Due to it’s excellent strategic position that connected the east and the west, that also enabled the control of both land and waterways, Golubac Fortress was built here for exactly these reasons. This cultural asset and unique tourist attraction is a great cultural monument and an indisputable piece of Serbian history.
The Golubac City Fortress consists of the Golubac Fortress, the Archaeological Park, the Visitor Center, as well as the port for passenger ships. East of the fortress walls is the Golubac nature reserve. All this together makes for significant tourist attraction and an opportunity to meet the rich history and tradition of this country.
Distance from the hotel: 68km
Built on the eve of the Kosovo Battle, and dedicated to the Holy Archangel Gabriel, the Tumane Monastery – also the endowment of Miloš Obilić – is the most visited monastery in the Republic of Serbia. Although the exact date when it was built is not known, what is known is that this sacred building dates back to the 14th century.
We musn’t forget to point out that the relics of St. Zosimus of Tuman and St. James are kept here, as well as the miraculous icon of the Russian-Byzantine style of the Mother of God called “Kursk”, which originally originates from the city of Kursk in Russia. This icon has been under the auspices of the Tumane Monastery since 1936.
The monastery was built in the Serbian-Byzantine style, and in addition to the main church, it also consists of a large and a small residence, as well as a hermitage above which is the chapel of Zosim Tumanski.
Nine kilometers from Golubac, in a natural environment of pure and almost untouched nature at the foot of Golubac mountains, Tumane Monastery is a real “piece” of paradise, but also an incredible destination that testifies to history, and whose relics serve as a reminder of ancient times.
Distance from the hotel: 35km
On the right bank of the Danube river, the Romans left monuments of exceptional value that still bear the name of the great builder Trajan: Trajan’s Way, Trajan’s Tablet, Trajan’s Canal and Trajan’s Bridge. This Roman emperor Nerva Trajan (Marko Ulpije Nerva Trajan), born in the year 53, is perhaps best known in this area for the Trajan’s tablet – a Latin inscription dedicated to himself.
Engraved on a carved rock above the Đerdap gorge, ie in the National Park “Đerdap” near Kladovo in Serbia. This rock was located on the most inaccessible part of the so-called Roman road. This monument, which consists of a vertical board carved in stone, 3.20 meters long and 1.80 meters wide, is an unprecedented memory. The stone canopy that towers over this historic plaque bears the inscription “Tabula Traiana”.
This only one in a series of imperial feats remained a cultural monument and only one of the many tourist attractions in this incredibly valuable part of the country. The famous tablet, as well as part of the Roman road, together form a stone monolith weighing more than 300 tons, which was moved around 25m around 1970 in order to remain above river level.
The magnificent Trajan’s tablet is quite a sufficient reason to visit this part of Serbia, where you will be convinced of the indisputable evidence of distant history, along with natural beauties that are a real vacation for ones body, eyes and soul.
Distance from the hotel: 34km
Eastern Serbia is a hidden gem filled with numerous sights that are unique not only in this part of the country, but in the entire region and world as well. With its 2.34m of explored corridors, Rajko’s cave is one of the longest caves in our country and is unrivaled among such natural resources.
It was discovered at the end of the 19th century, in 1894, by the famous geographer Jovan Cvijić, and the caves name was inspired by the hajduk harambasha Rajko Vojvoda. According to historical data, Rajko Vojvoda was a mechanic during the day, and at night he robbed Turkish caravans, whose stolen treasure he hid in a cave. Hence the name for this most important tourist attraction of Majdanpek.
Being one of the most significant tourist caves in Serbia, it’s located about 200 km away from the capital, and 2.5 km from Majdanpek. The Rajkova river also flows through this cave. Not far from the caves entrance, by connecting the Rajkova river with the Paskova river, Mali Pek river is formed, which flows into Veliki Pek just a few kilometers downstream. Mali Pek is a popular tourist attraction, where many visitors gladly stop by to try their hand at washing gold.
Everyone who visited Rajko’s cave stopped by the Egyptian goddess and the Crystal Hall to marvel at their beauty. Unforgettable sights are the Hall of Innocence, which no one could approach, as well as the Hall of Fertility, rich in decorations that are associated with the symbol of masculinity. In addition, the trail for visitors leads through the spacious Concert and Hedgehog Hall, next to the Small and Large Organs to the Bath Hall itself. The Altar, the Ghosts of the Waterfall Hall, as well as the Stećak Hall, but also the Winter’s Tale have to be mentioned. The cave channels are divided into two horizons – the lower river, 330.5 meters long, as well as the upper dry horizon 526.5 meters long.
This Serbian treasure is often referred to as the Homolje beauty, and if you are wondering whether Rajko’s cave justifies that “nickname”, it’s the ideal moment is to experience the beauties of eastern Serbia and an unforgettable adventure through Rajko’s cave.
Distance from the hotel: 82km
The unique complex of wine cellars of Rajačka pimnica was created in the middle of the 18th century. At the time of its creation, there were as many as 365 cellars, which were built of hewn stone and buried two meters in the ground so that the temperature would be preserved throughout the year.
Rajac pubs are located on Beli brdo, near the village of Rajac, 24 km away from Negotino. This important architectural complex of wine cellars has always produced quality wines, which makes this attraction very popular even today.
More and more people from the country and abroad come to this village because of the famous Rajački pubs – red and white wine from the barrels of these stone cellars have a unique taste, smell and color. Due to its exceptional quality, the wine is also prescribed for its healing properties. On the hill above the village, where the pubs are, there is an old cemetery, whose monuments are built of sandstone. It is the same stone from which the Rajačke pubs were built.
Generations of Rajac folk still cultivate the same love for wine, while each host of Rajac makes “God’s nectar” from one of the sunniest parts of the country, cultivating wines in unique stone pubs. The most sought after had to be the famous wine of black incense. Experience the unique taste of everyones favorite drink during this remarkable experience.
Distance from the hotel: 40km
The natural stone bridge, at the same time an important natural monument of immeasurable importance, represents the “basic” description of the Hollow Rock, which is rightly under the protection of the state of Serbia. But the experience that awaits every visitor there is a little harder to describe. The experience of this natural beauty and value of Valje Prerast, the largest natural stone bridge in Serbia, 42 meters high, near Majdanpek, justifies its importance, which is highly valued in this part of Serbia.
As part of tourist excursions, this protected area in eastern Serbia provides an opportunity to see a very rare geomorphological object, declared a Natural Monument of European importance by the Institute for Nature Protection. This phenomenon resembling a huge arch bridge stretches from the southwest to the northeast direction for a length of around 100m. Beneath this natural treasure flows the river Valja.
This attraction, located not far from the incredible Djerdap Gorge, provides a great opportunity to explore, enjoy, or take pictures of the incredible natural beauties that surround the visitor at almost every turn.
Total route length: 4.636km
The Danube cycling route EuroVelo No. 6 is rightly one of the most popular routes offered by the European Cycling Federation in its program. The shores, rivers, amazing infrastructure and beautiful views of nature make this route a dream trip, because the parts along the Loire and the Danube are known for welcoming cyclists around the world and with good reason. In France, they can taste the best wines after cycling through the vineyards, in Vienna to visit the most beautiful museums, and in Serbia to experience the warmth of the people.
Euro Velo 6 enters Serbia in the north, near the town of Bački Breg, following the Danube. Later, on the way, you arrive in Novi Sad, where you have the opportunity to observe the charming old town and the Petrovaradin fortress. The journey continues towards Belgrade, after which you arrive in Smederevo, the city of grapes and wine. Here, tourists can meet old Serbian crafts, beliefs and customs. Archaeological sites, ancient monuments and medieval fortifications are the most important parts of the area, while the largest national park in Serbia, the Djerdap National Park, is nearby, along with the largest and longest gorge in Europe.
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