For today’s city-dwelling tourist, the Serbian village is something of an ecological haven. Idyllic and stress-free lives are still led today in the peaceful countryside. Nestled in natural surroundings, spared from all kinds of modern-day pollution, with forests, pastures and abundant greenery, life rolls along peacefully in the villages, where the climate is mild, the air is fresh and the food is healthy.
Village households in Serbia always lived in harmony with the rhythm of nature and in general all foodstuffs, whether plant or animal sourced, have been cultivated on the property itself. Only salt, coffee and sugar were acquired elsewhere. In true eco-villages the same holds true even today.
Organic food, 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! Guests can even pick their own untreated apples, wild strawberries and mushrooms, gather medicinal plants, drink a mug of freshly-collected milk and eat eggs laid by or soup made from chickens raised not in the darkness of factory farms, but in their Serbian host’s own garden. All of these very simple, much sought-after and natural things are a rare and expensive commodity in the modern world.
The Serbian village is also the most trustworthy guardian of tradition. Folk skills have been preserved through local handicrafts, folk embroidery and the almost forgotten crafts of loom weaving and wood carving. Besides old folk customs, authentic folk music and polyphonic singing have also been preserved.