Southern Serbia was shaped by the South Morava River and its tributary the Nišava. The landscapes through which these two rivers flow reflect the diversity of the terrain and nature – from the broad and fertile river valleys to the narrow gorges and hardly accessible canyons.
Prolom Banja spa is one of the favourite places for family holidays in Southern Serbia. It is the ideal spot for recreation and relaxation – in addition to the therapeutic water and mud, there are several outdoor and indoor swimming pools and a well-equipped wellness centre. Youngsters will enjoy spending time in the playground with the kid’s entertainer. Not far from Prolom Banja is another spa – Lukovska Banja. During the winter months Lukovska Banja offers visitors the unique experience of enjoying a swim in the hot water pool whilst it’s snowing.
You and your family will have the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the region when hiking and mountaineering in the Jelašnička Klisura gorge. You don't have to be a professional to enjoy the small victory of tackling the gorge, but if you are a fan of extreme sports, you can try free climbing with a guide.
Southern Serbia is great for exploring on two wheels – those curvy mountain bike trails will be loved by your little adventurers as they take you to some of the most magical corners of Serbia. One such being the Radan mountain.
The mountain boasts a rare natural phenomenon, formed by soil erosion, dubbed the Devil’s Town. Do not be duped by its name since the Devil's Town is a scenic site composed of 202 beautiful natural human-shaped stone formations. A local guide will be able to share some of the many legends about this site that have been passed down from generation to generation and ensure your visit to the Devil's Town is an even more interesting one.
Southern Serbia is an exciting region for adventurers and dynamic families. You can enjoy speleological expeditions, trekking, Jeep safaris, rifle ranges or rafting on the Nišava River! All of which can be tailored for individual families, so no need to worry about the finer details, instead, just relax and let the experienced guides prepare the ultimate adventure for your family.
Vlasina Lake, located at an altitude of 1,200 meters, is the ideal place to escape from the bustle of the city and enjoy a holiday surrounded by nature. Created on the former peat bog, the Vlasina Lake is one of the few lakes in the world that has numerous peat islands floating on the surface of the water.
Horseback riding has numerous positive effects both physically and mentally so a horseback ride along the south Morava River, on the slopes of the Seličevica Mountain, on the Veliki Jastrebac and the Mali Jastrebac mountains are not to be missed. Enriching for both body and soul, exploring on horseback is the perfect introduction to the natural beauty of the Niš region. Children will particularly enjoy the presence of these noble creatures as will learn more about the strong relationship between horse and human.
Southern Serbia is not only an area of outstanding beauty, there is also a significant number of cultural and historic sites that will be of interest to the entire family.
Your family’s journey through history can start at the archaeological site of Pločnik, in the Toplica region, near Prokuplje. Learn all about the life of people from the Younger Stone Age in the reconstructed blacksmiths and weavers, and enjoy workshops including the tradition of potting.
At the ancient site of Mediana in Niš, a former Roman settlement, you can see well-preserved remains of the imperial residences built by Emperor Constantine. The rooms are decorated with floor mosaics and stunning frescoes, while the marble sculptures from the site are part of the exhibition in the National Museum in Niš.
There is another important archaeological site from the Roman times located in Southern Serbia – a former administrative and ecclesiastical centre of the province of Illyricum called Caričin Grad. Also known as the Empress's Town or Justiniana Prima, it was built by the Emperor Justinian, to imitate the big cities of the late antiquity. The power and splendor of Empress's Town were huge but short-lived, and its remains can now be seen near the town of Lebane.
If you head south from Leskovac to Vranje, and carry on to the far South of Serbia, on the left bank of the River Pčinja, you will see a monastic complex from the 11th century. It is believed that the monastery of Prohor Pčinjski was built by the Byzantine Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes commemorating St. Prochorus who prophesied that he would become emperor. The original church was restored several times and over the centuries additional structures were added to complete the complex of the Monastery.