Whether you plan a weekend escape or a prolonged stay the beauty of Kopaonik landscape and the rich history of the area will give you many choices of things to do and see. Excursions around the Kopaonik National Park and its interesting paths plus tours of monuments and places of interest in more distant parts of the Kopaonik area will definitely offer you a memorable vacation.
Jelovarnik area is categorized as natural reserve of the Kopaonik National Park and should definitely be a part of your excursion programme. The Jelovarnik waterfall, the highest in Serbia, is situated at an altitude of about 1500 m, 25 km west of Brus and about 2.5 km east of Pančić top. The walking trail is 6 km long and of hard difficulty. The access from the road to the falls is easy with few stairs and built bridges. In the winter, the waterfall is usually frozen and it serves as an excellent training ground for alpinist.
Watermills are the symbol of the area. They are a reminiscent of the old days, when they were center of rural gatherings. The path to the watermills is of light difficulty. The length of this trail is 2 km.
Nature monument Đavolja Varos (The Devil’s town) is located at the south of Serbia, 27 km southeast from Kuršumlija, 89km southwest from Nish and only 80 km from Junior Hotel. This natural monument consists of two, rare geological phenomena: stone formations, as a specific form of relief, and two sources of extremely acid water with high mineralization. The attractiveness of the two unseen wonders of nature complement the surrounding natural environment that looks harsh around stone formations, almost mystical, but also picturesque and tame, and the remains of the settlement, the old church, cemetery and several interesting mines. A total of 67 ha is protected area.
Lukovska Banja is a young spa, resort and tourist center in the southeastern slopes of Kopaonik mountain. It lies at 681 meters above sea level. It’s distanced 35 km from Kursumlija, 336 km from Belgrade (via Nis) and only 40 km from Junior Hotel. Lukovska spa has plenty of mineral water springs, crystal clear air and the intact nature of Kopaonik mountain. By number of mineral water springs of different composition and temperature (from 28 – 68°C), as well as abundance (over 100 l/s), it’s one of the richest in the country.
Situated in Aleksandrovac, 30 km from Brzeće, in the former wine cellar of agricultutal school it is a mark of the area’s 3000 year viticulture and enology tradition. Through the Middle Ages, the three biggest Serbian monasteries, Hilandar, Studenica and Žiča, had their own vineyards and wine cellars in the Župa. Župa – the Serbian Champagne, as it was called in 1904 by French Consul Deco, is located in a valley between Mount Kopaonik, Željin, Goč and Jastrebac. They say that the climate in the Župa is same as the climate in the French Bordeaux area. The outline of the development of viticulture and enology from the sixties, consisted of “Vino Župa” from Aleksandrovac, established in 1956, uniting nine agricultural cooperatives, and “Rubin” from Kruševac, founded in 1955.
The Skull Tower is a monument to 19th century Serbian rebels. It is situated in Niš, on the old Constantinople Road leading to Sofia. The monument was built using the skulls of the Serbs killed by order of Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II during the 1809 Battle of Čegar.
Vrnjačka Banja is located in Central Serbia, at the wooded slopes of the Goc mountain, on the altitude of 230 m, only 60 km from hotel Junior. It has long tradition both as a tourist and a medical center. On the very spot of hot mineral spring Vrnjci the Romans built their center for medical treatment and rehabilitation, AQVAE ORCINAE. Some of the archaeological finds include the swimming pool, the Roman spring of mineral water (Fons Romanus) and a host of coins thrown in the spring as an expression of cult beliefs. Nowadays Vrnjačka banja, with its surroundings, represents the most interesting tourist district in Serbia.
Novi Pazar is a unique multi-ethnic area where Western and Eastern civilizations meet. It is located in southwestern Serbia and it represents center of the area known as Sandzak. This town is characterized by narrow Ottoman-style alleyways, small shops with their owners sitting in the street all day long observing people, old-fashioned houses with wooden terraces, a small fortress in the city centre and numerous mosques that give the city a special, oriental air. On the territory of this city are located Sopocani monastery, Đurđevi Stupovi monastery and the remains of Stari Ras, the first capital of the former Serbian medieval state. Since 1979. the cultural and historical site Stari Ras together with Đurđevi stupovi monastery and Sopocani monastery have been under the protection of UNESCO.
This medieval castle was built at the altitude of 920 m. The city is partially preserved and is put under the protection of the Republic of Serbia as a cultural monument. There are several legends about Koznik, or as the locals called it, Jerina’s City. The best known is that Jerina’s building forced upon such labor that even animals had to pull materials and stone, to this hardly accessible hill. Goats were used for transporting construction materials, which is why, the city was named Koznik.
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