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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Belgrade for Senior Citizens

Many people argue that life actually begins at retirement and that a person should retire only from work, but not from life. Now, that you have finally waved goodbye to tension, rat race, commuting, alarm clock, and stress, and you are able to really stop and smell the roses, why not travel where you have never been, and enjoy something completely different and new.

For many, Belgrade is a new and fresh tourist destination, particularly for senior citizens. The city is often portrayed as the hub of wild nightlife in Southeastern Europe, but there is much more to Belgrade than just clubbing. The city offers a lot to be appreciated and enjoyed, particularly in terms of historical monuments, dance, art, film and music events, general sightseeing, and fine dining.

The choice of restaurants in Belgrade is another thing that you will be pleasantly surprised about. Belgrade is “on its way to culinary cool”, to quote David Withley of BBC Travel. We highly recommend that you try typical Serbian dishes – from ćevapčići (a type of kebab) and sarma (a dish of grape, cabbage or chard leaves rolled around a minced meat filling) to burek (a cheese, meat or potato pie) and apple/sour cherry/poppyseed strudel. By all means try Serbian wines, in particular Bermet, a sweet dessert wine indigenous to Serbia, infused with 20 different herbs and spices. Bermet is also thought to be a “blood cleanser”.

Of course, you don’t have to limit yourselves to Serbian cuisine. Why not try Chinese, Lebanese, Italian, French, Fusion, Spanish, Greek or maybe Japanese? Belgrade has over four hundred restaurants to choose from. Trip Advisor has rated 397 Belgrade restaurants for you and this is a really useful and practical guide to Belgrade dining. Another piece of information – believe it or not, dining at quality Belgrade restaurants need not be expensive, and a three-course meal for two could cost only 20 Euros.

What to do and see in Belgrade? In summer, you can go for a nice relaxing swim at Ada Ciganlija, a very popular Belgrade beach on a 4.2 km long artificial lake where you can also learn to sail, rent bicycles, and sunbathe. If you are not too fond of beaches, Belgrade has several outdoor and indoor swimming pools. You can also go on free walking tours or affordable bicycle tours.

Why not try a bit of golf? Golf Club Belgrade has a nine-hole-parkland golf course, an indoor golf course, and a golf academy for those trying golf for the very first time. Apart from that, the Club also has a driving range, a pro shop, a caffe bar, a wonderful terrace, and golf simulators. You can golf here from April to December.

When it comes to sightseeing, there are so many good choices. Definitely visit the Kalemegdan Fortress, overlooking the rivers Sava and Danube. The Fortress, in its present form, dates back to the 18th century. The Military Museum, inside the Fortress, showcases the entire military history of the former Yugoslavia. Military buffs will thoroughly enjoy the museum.

Although it may not seem at first, Belgrade is an ancient town. It was founded in the 3rd century BC when a Celtic tribe settled here following the Gallic invasion of the Balkan. They called the city Singidunum. It has been destroyed and rebuilt a total of 38 times by various powers – from the Romans and the Huns, to the Ottomans and the Nazis. Historical sites and testimonies to these turbulent times are everywhere you look – the Kalemegdan Fortress, the Nebojša Tower, Princess Ljubica’s Residence, the Victor Monument.

Also, make Skadarlija a must-see place. Likened to Montmartre in Paris, Skadarlija is the place where good music, delicious food, Bohemian spirit, and exciting history meet.

Belgrade is a city of museums and festivals. The city has 39 museums in total that stage a whole range of different exhibitions – from African art, railway artifacts, modern and applied arts to Jewish culture, Serbian ethnography, the work of the brilliant Nikola Tesla, science, technology, and automobiles. The Belgrade festivals cater to all sorts of tastes and interests, both avant-garde and mainstream. There is the international film festival called FEST, the BITEF Theatre Festival, the theatre, arts, dance, and music summer festival BELEF, Belgrade music festivities BEMUS, Belgrade Book Fair, and Belgrade Jazz Festival.

Or why don’t you just take a leisurely walk along the shores of the two rivers – the Sava and the Danube, and soak in the spectacular views of the Serbian capital city.

If you take our advice and decide to visit Belgrade, you will need accommodation. And, this time around, why not skip the bland (and quite expensive) hotels and opt for something far more elegant, intimate, cozy, and affordable like renting an apartment. In this day and age when every penny counts and when you are probably really tired of a hustle and bustle of a hotel, yearning for some peace and quiet, renting an apartment is a good idea. Apartments give you that „home away from home“ feeling, and you are absolutely free to come and go whenever you want. Belgrade Apartments has a wonderful selection of all sorts of apartments – from large one-hundred-square-meter ones to compact cozy ones, ideal for two.



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