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Kuršumlija - Winner 2019

What makes Kuršumlija special

Kuršumlija - a place where great contrasts are encountered - medieval monasteries, natural miracles materialising in the form of stone towers (Devil’s town) and numerous springs of warm, mineral and medicinal waters (Prolom, Lukovska and Kuršumlija Spa).

Health and wellbeing tourism

This destination is exceptional in health and wellness tourism for many reasons: healing natural factors in Lukovska Banja (water, mud, gas, and climate) and Prolom spa (Prolom water, mud, climate), modern wellness centres, beneficial health paths, modern treatments (weekends and public holidays), 24/7 medical supervision, professional staff. Untouched nature, clean mountain air, distant from major city centres, authentic health trails, the hospitality of the locals, kind people and treatments based on healing factors are just some of the reasons to visit.

The geomorphological phenomenon of Devil's Town, Stefan Nemanja's (founder of the ruling Nemanjić dynasty) first endowments, the thermal mineral water in Lukovska Banja, the possibility of bathing all year long, the use of Prolom water for treatments and bathing in pools filled with Prolom water, altitude, healing mud and an untouched environment influence the authentic experience.

Kuršumlija municipality also has a development plan for 2020-2027, to ensure social, cultural, and environmental sustainability.

Sightseeing tips

  • In the luxurious wellness centres of Prolom (with rare waters of high balneological value) and Lukovska Banja (the highest spa in Serbia, with 37 springs) naturally balance the body, mind, and spirit. In the cosy ambiance of the wellness centres, you can enjoy warm waters, medicinal mud, sauna, jacuzzi, tepidarium, salt room, steam bath, outdoor-indoor swimming pool with Finnish sauna, beauty salon, fitness room, gym and entertainment room.
  • Radan for fresh mountain air, walks along the health trails, and hiking.
  • On the slopes of Radan Mountain, explore Devil's town, consisting of two rare natural phenomena: peculiarly formed earth figures, and two sources of highly acidic water with high mineralization.
  • The Monastery of Saint Nicholas and the Blessed Virgin date from the 12th century and represent one of the oldest monuments of monumental medieval architecture in Serbia.

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Novi Pazar - Winner 2017

What makes Novi Pazar special?

A tour of Novi Pazar is full of surprises because the city has a rich cultural and historical heritage, a multicultural spirit and European charm. Rural wealth, good food, quality accommodation, as well as plenty of opportunities for good shopping are just some of the reasons why you should visit Novi Pazar.

Cultural tourism

Novi Pazar is an authentic destination. In one place you can find different cultures and many cultural and historical monuments from the Roman period through the Middle Ages.

There are 4 monuments in Novi Pazar that together have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are the Old town of Ras, Sopoćani monastery, Church of Holy Apostle Peter and Paul and Đurđevi Stupovi monastery.

Some of the popular events that are organised in Novi Pazar are the youth art festival, 'Sopocan Visions' art colony, 'Stari grad' music festival , 'Pazarski vinar' fair of textiles, 'Days of Diaspora', festival of handicrafts and old crafts 'Pazar na dar', and more.

Sightseeing tips

  • The first Serbian medieval state of Raska, formed by Stephan Nemanja. The Nemanjic Palace was located where Novi Pazar is today, which also features many monasteries and churches.
  • In Peter's Church, Stefan Nemanja was baptized again and it is here that he gave his throne to his son Stefan the Firstborn. Peter's church was also the seat of the Raška episcopacy.
  • Famous Turkish military commander Isa Beg Ishakovic laid the foundations of Novi Pazar. In the Lejlek mosque, Sultan Fatih conducted a prayer of his trip to Istanbul.
  • there are 2 thermal springs, the well-known Novopazarska spa and Rajčinović spa, of which the mineral water has healing effects

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Pirot - Winner 2015

Local gastronomy

Pirot is nested in the foot of Stara Planina Mountain, where the tradition of livestock breeding has been present for centuries. With sheep as the main animal, a variety of sheep-based produce has been developed, the most distinctive ones being Pirot hard cheese and flattened sausage.

Local customs related to gastronomy and intangible heritage are well preserved and can be experienced by visitors today.

Don't miss...

  • all the cultural and historical monuments, churches and monasteries, like the fortress, the Museum of Ponisavlje and archaeological sites
  • the touristic events taking place throughout the year - like the Cheese Festival, the Pirot Lamb Festival, the International Folk Festival and the Traditional Pirot Fair
  • the health benefits from an active vacation on Stara Planina - go hiking, hunting and fishing to enjoy they fresh mountain air and the beauty of nature.
  • the magical taste of Pirot gastronomy.

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Knjazevac - Winner 2008

Sightseeing tips

Climbing the peak of Midzor is an activity for both beginners and experienced hikers. First time visitors should join a guided group, to be sure to experience the most impressive landscapes of the region.

For those who prefer to stay at the foot of the mountain, there are activities like preparing 'belmuz' (a specific food of the region, prepared with white corn flour and cheese), competing in the shepherds games, knitting the 'dvopredjne carape' socks or tasting the gastronomic specialities of the region, prepared by local women.

Leaving behind the adventures offered on or around the mountain, you can discover the spiritual and natural heritage of the destination: churches of St. Djordje and Holy Virgin, Holy Trinity Monastery, Timakum minus Roman locality and the Archaeo-ethno park in the village of Ravna.

Don't miss...

  • the Rgoska Banja Spa in the village of Rgoska, with the remains of a Roman bath
  • the Djurdjevdanski susreti - Molitva pod Midzorom (St. George’s Day Gatherings – Prayer under Midzor), established in 2000 as touristic-trade manifestation, featuring folklore elements
  • the FKMS – Festival kulture mladih Srbije (Festival of Serbian Youth Culture)

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