Wake up in the warm embrace of peace and quiet and spend your day surrounded by the famous Serbian hospitality
Nowhere else on Earth can you feel the traditional spirit of Serbia as intensely as in its ethno villages, scattered across the hidden and most beautiful landscapes this wonderful country has to offer. They bring the ancient ways of living and customs of old back to life. In the last decade, a vast number of authentic ethno villages and farm settlements in Serbia has opened its doors for the locals as well as visitors from abroad. The term “ethno village” or “ethno house” implies a place that preserves the national heritage of its people, which is reflected in their architecture, national cuisine and the content of activities in which guests can participate in. Ethno villages are built after the model of the old Serbian villages. Each of these oases of tradition reveals the wonders of the Serbian folk architecture, as well as numerous legends that come along with it. which is free from genetic modifications and pesticides and highly valued in kitchens around the world, is normal, easily accessible, fresh and – best of all – cheap in Serbian villages! There you can participate in the adventure of preparing spicy national dishes, or making the world-famous plum brandy, wine, honey, pickled winter food, and try out the old, perhaps already forgotten crafts, or enjoy in the antiquities our forefathers have used once upon a time. Salaš farms in Vojvodina represent a special type of ethno villages. Salas is a complex, consisting of a small enclosed space with a house and all the outbuildings and large agricultural land around the complex. They used to be lonely ranches in the plains, full of peace and freedom.Serbia has lot of ethno villages, we will present you some of them.
Drvengrad or Kustendorf
Set between mt. Tara and mt. Zlatibor, Drvengrad is an enchanting ethno village made by Emir Kusturica for the purposes of filming “Life is a miracle” and the home of the world famous Kustendorf Film Festival. In this gorgeous oasis just beside Mokra Gora, you can stay in authentic log cabins and enjoy traditional Serbian cuisine. But there’s more – Drvengrad has an art gallery, a library, a cinema called “Underground”, a church dedicated to St. Sava, a cake and souvenir shop, and an ambient you’ll never forget. Of course, your visit to Drvengrad wouldn’t be complete without a ride on the world-famous “Šargan Eight” railroad, a one-of-a-kind tourist museum railway with a rich history and winding route through unimaginably beautiful landscapes.
If you ever wondered how life in a mountain village in the 19th century looked like, there is a place that perfectly portrays the traditions and spirit of Serbian countryside life. Tucked into the vivid scenery of Zlatibor lies the village of Sirogojno. Because of 47 wooden houses, brought from the surrounding villages of Zlatibor and equipped with authentic tools and interior, barns, stoves for baking bread, cauldrons for making rakija, a tavern, a wooden church and over 2,00 exhibits this beautiful place was proclaimed an open-air museum in 1980 and named “Staro selo” (meaning Old village). But the thing that makes this ethno village truly unique are the Sirogojno style sweaters handmade by local weavers. Do you need any more reasons to visit it? We didn’t think so!
Another dreamy place that will make you forget all about the stress of urban city life is the ethno household Rajski konaci. Located in the village of Leušići, under mt. Suvobor, Rajski konaci await to provide you with a bunch of lovely and unique experiences! You can relax in one of their colourful wooden houses surrounded by 17 acres of pastures, orchards and forest land intertwined with mountain rivers, and also participate in mushroom, herb, plum and apple picking, learn to make rakija and get free lessons in making homemade jam and traditional pumpkin pie.