Spas (banja in Serbian) with their numerous geothermal springs, along with countless air spas, that have beneficial effect on the general health, present a great natural wealth of Serbia. The whole concept of tourism in Serbia was established in the most visited spa in Serbia – Vrnjačka Banja. Nature was generous to Serbia in the form of more than 1,000 geothermal and mineral waters in 40 Serbian spas. There is still a centuries-old tradition of using thermal springs, just as they were used 2,000 years ago by Romans for relaxation and healing of their legionnaires. It is believed that Romans used the thermo-mineral waters in Gamzigrad spa, because they built the imperial complex Felix Romulianu in the vicinity of it.
We recommend several resorts close to Belgrade, as well as some of the most famous and most beautiful. List of the rest is HERE.
Selters Spa is located in Mladenovac, 50 km south from Belgrade and under the Kosmaj mountain. You can reach Selters Spa from Belgrade in less than an hour via a motorway and after that a local road. It is an oasis of clean and fresh air, peace and greenery that spreads over 20 ha over its park with floral areas, fountains and walkways. (official WEB site)
Vrdnik Spa is located on the southern bottom of mountains and National Park Fruška Gora. Clean mountain air, famous thermal springs and the highest level of insolation are the reason why Vrdnik spa is a popular relaxation and therapeutic center. It is interesting to know that Vrdnik used to be a mine that started to be explored in 1804 and was closed in 1968 when mineral waters started to flood it. First patients of the spa were the miners who discovered therapeutic qualities of the water that helped with the disease that comes with their profession – rheumatism. In 1997 Vrdnik officially received the status of a spa and since then it has been sustainably developing as a health center. Hotel Premier Aqua; Hotel Termal (Serbian only); Fruške tarme (Serbian only)
Bukovička Banja is one of the most important, best equipped, and most visited in Serbia. There is one hot and 4 cold mineral water springs. Its carbonic-acid alkaline water is one of the most famous in Europe and in the world, good for the treatment of various diseases. At personal request of prince (knez) Miloš Obrenović, in mid-nineteenth century, it was bottled and served on the court as a table water during the meals. In the first decade of XX century it was manually bottled under the name "Knjaz Miloš", from the 1000m deep spring, also named after prince Miloš. On many occasiones, this mineral water won medals for quality: 1906. in Brussels; 1907. in London; 1996. in Varna and, once again in Brussels. In the "Bukovička Banja" medical center, the most recent and modern methods are implemented in the treatment of gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary system diseases, respiratory diseases, musculo-skeletal system injuries and diseases. Rehabilitation Hospital (Serbian only)
On the Drina River, at the foothill of Mt. Gučevo lies Koviljača Spa, one of the most curative and most visited spas in Serbia. During a century of its existence this “Beauty of the Drina Valley” welcomed the members of the royal dynasty Karadjordjević, hence the epithet Royal Spa. Woody slopes of Gučevo, the mountain where the first trench battle in history took place in the World War I, have always been rich in mineral waters. So it’s no wonder that exceptionally sulphuric mineral waters of Koviljača Spa spring out right here. Thermo mineral waters of 15-20 °C are used for therapy in the Banja Koviljača Special Rehabilitation Hospital and they are used for bathing, sprinkling and drinking. Beside sulphuric, the spa abounds in mildly radioactive iron-bearing waters that are also used in treatments. In addition to mineral waters, the Spa is rich in curative mud used as mud packs and wraps for therapeutic purposes.
The natural sanatorium in the North of Bačka, the Spa of Kanjiža is situated at the brim of the small town of the same name dating from the 14th century, along the Tisa River. The healing water was discovered in 1903 and the City Council of Kanjiža established the “Kanjiža Bath from the Miraculous Well“. Mineral water was conducted to the town park, and then the first buildings for medical treatment and accommodation were built.
Known from antiquity as the favorite destination of aristocracy, Vrnjačka spa is a health resort in the heart of Serbia, popular nowadays for its springs of water with healthy features. Vrnjačka Banja was named after the village of Vrnjci where mineral springs were first discovered. It is located in Central Serbia, 200 kilometers south from the city of Belgrade, at forested slopes of mountain Goč and in valleys of the Vrnjačka river and the Lipovačka river. It has mild continental climate, and it has seven mineral springs, four of which are used for balneological therapy. History says that these mineral springs were discovered in ancient history at the time when this area was populated by the Celtic tribe Scordisci. Based on archaeological findings, we can say that these springs were used in ancient times and at hot mineral spring in Vrnjačka Banja Romans built the health resort Aquae Orcinae, visited both by legionnaires and aristocracy. The remains of antique pools and terms are preserved to this day. Merkur medical & Spa Complex; Solaris Resorts
Sokobanja (soko - falcon), a spa set between two mountains, is a true oasis of fresh air with numerous springs of mineral water. The ancient legend of healing power of water in Sokobanja speaks of the lord of Soko grad (Falcon city) who, after having fell of the horse and having hurt himself, was lying and waiting to die when he suddenly heard a sound of water and saw a hawk putting his broken wing into the spring. His wing healed and the lord decided to take a bath in the spring and he instantly got cured. The story about the healing water in the gorge between the mountains Ozren and Rtanj spread around the land. Sokobanja was also mentioned by Constantine the Philosopher in the biography of Serbian despot Stefan Lazarević, the Turkish traveler Evliya Çelebi, the Turkish geographer Haji Khalifa, Vuk Karadžić and the traveler Felix Kanitz…