Subotica, Palić, Kanjiža

Traditional Salaš Ranches, Horse Stables and Relaxing Spas

Subotica and Lake Palić


Subotica is a beautiful stop on the railway that connects Belgrade, Novi Sad and Budapest. Located in the northernmost corner of Serbia, the city is accessible via the E75 highway, approximately 180 km from Belgrade.

This modern city in Vojvodina is a museum in its own right. Its most prominent buildings include the Synagogue (1902), City Hall (1908), the Raichle Palace (1904) and the City Library (1894).

Designed by Komor and Jakab, Subotica’s beautiful City Hall is the largest in Vojvodina. The city’s citizens lovingly built it in 1908, in place of its dilapidated predecessor. The interior decoration alone took two years to complete. Concrete and steel were used to construct Subotica’s 1902 Synagogue, a novelty at the time.

Subotica’s 19th century theater features six columns and is characteristic of the neoclassical style. The theater’s first performance took place in 1747. Today, you can see drama performances here in both Serbian and Hungarian.

A majority of the buildings in the city center feature colorful Zsolnay ceramics. Their beauty greatly contributes to Subotica’s allure.


Just 8 km from Subotica, Lake Palic (Palićko jezero) is 8 km long, 950 meters wide and 2 meters deep. The lake’s healing waters have attracted visitors since the 19th century, when its first spa was built. Today, the lake is a well established modern resort featuring hotels, villas, sports facilities, three beaches and a zoo.

The architects of Subotica’s City Hall also designed the lake’s water tower, women’s beach, grand terrace, musical pavilion and Hotel Jezero. Since 1992, Lake Palic has hosted the Palic International Film Festival. The resort is also home to a range of other events, including Duzijanca, Interno and Grape Picking Days (Berbanski dani).

Savor Fine Wine and Cuisine

Subotica’s Horgos Sands wine region formed the bottom of the region’s prehistoric sea more than two millennia ago. Sandy terrain, a moderate continental climate and high-quality vineyards produce a pleasant soft bouquet-tasting wine. The area’s vineyards extend beyond Subotica to Horgos (Horgoš).

The region’s wine beautifully compliments its hardy cuisine. Pair merlot with perkelt (venison goulash), rooster stews with cabernet, and veal schnitzel and mushroom with a local favorite, Kadarka wine.

Kalebija and Zobnatica: Equestian Paradise

The Kelebija horse farm, the largest in Serbia, is home to 70 Lipizzan horses. Here you can enjoy horseback riding and a beautiful carriage ride in a stagecoach that dates back to 1700.  A carriage ride for wedding guests is a popular tradition in Subotica.

Located 30 km from Subotica, Zobnatica is a must-see destination for the horse enthusiast. Zobnatica has a two hundred year long horse-breeding tradition. The horse farm features a racetrack and training facility, a riding school, and Fiaker coach and hunting carriages. The complex also has an Equestrian Museum. The Zobnatica Equestrian Games (Zobnatičke konjičke igre) are held here every year in the second week of September.

Kanjiza: Rest and Recuperate

The Kanjiza municipality was created some 50 years ago by the joining together of the Horgos, Martonos (Martonoš) and Kanjiza (Kanjiža) municipalities. Tourism to Kanjiza dates back to 1913, when the Kanjiza Spa was built. Today, visitors come here to enjoy the healing powers of the Kanjiza’s thermal baths. This scenic area near the Tisa River is a popular destination for those seeking a quiet and relaxing getaway. Referred to as the “town of silence” Kanjiza has a range of accommodation available (700 beds).

The Tisa Bloom

The Tisa River region comes into bloom in early summer. Resembling flowers, clouds of white-winged insects emerge on the river’s surface every June. Called the Tisa flower, the insects completely cover the river and its shores. They spend their short life swarming just above the water’s surface. This phenomenon, which resembles a snowfall, lasts two to three days.

When in Subotica, Lake Palic and surroundings, we recommend:

– A visit to Subotica’s  Secession buildings

– Lunch in a traditional salas ranch (salaši) near Kanjiza

– A refreshing glass of wine at one of Lake Palic’s wineries

Tourist Organization of Subotica
-JP Palic-Ludas
17a Kanjiski put Street , 24413 Palic
Tel: +381 24 753 121, 602 780

TIC Palić, 17a Kanjiski put Street
Tel:+381 24 753 111, 754 852

TIC Subotica, 1 Square Slobode
Tel: +381 24 670 350,

Tourist Organization of the Kanjiza Municipality
2 Damjaniceva Street, 24420 Kanjiza
Tel:+381 24 874 733