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Spas Travel

The quiet Niška Banja (The spa of Niš)

To start, this blog is already way overdue. I’m also a frequent visitor of the city of Niš which is the third largest city in Serbia. And whenever I am in the city, I never miss the chance to visit Niška Banja or the Spa of Niš which is only 10 kilometers away. Therapeutic spas are all over Serbia, each of them being famous for treating a specific condition. The spa of Niš is well-known for helping people with rheumatic disorders through it’s thermal radio-active water containing radon. People soak their feet under the warm water for relaxation and healing. 

The spa of Niš

However, the tranquility in the spa resort is meant for the healthy ones as well. As most places in Serbia, the locals are the main visitors in the spa. Mostly senior citizens sitting on benches, chatting with each other, playing instruments and people watching. During the summer vacation, then the kids start coming, practicing with their bicycles, running around and playing with each other.

the greenery surrounding the spa
the spa at night
souvenir shop

Accommodation

So one weekend, I decided to spend a night at Niška banja. The accommodation was really affordable and you can get a decent room for around 25 euros. So I found this Hostel Zone for around that price. The room was clean and the staff was very helpful.

the room
small kitchen with mini stove
the staircase
the view from the room

Food

Among all the cities in Serbia that I visited, Niš probably has the most affordable prices when it comes to food. Here are some of my food finds in Niška banja.

This croissant is from a bakery chain in Niš. I bought this the night before for breakfast.

croissant made of corn flour for around 25 RSD**price may not be updated

Another thing that I found for breakfast the next day is Mekike or fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar and some strawberry syrup. It only costs 50 Serbian Dinars.

mekike-fried dough for 50 RSD**price may not be updated

For a 100 or 110 dinars, you can get this delicious cup of hot chocolate while soaking in the beauty of nature.

a cup of hot chocolate from one of the coffee shops
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Spas

The other side of Sokobanja, Serbia

First of all, a big clap to me for finally being able to write another post. My apologies for bragging, but I haven’t updated for quite sometime and I feel sorry not to share all the beautiful places that I’ve been to lately.

So I decided to write about  a quite famous destination (for both tourists and locals) here in Serbia which is Sokobanja. A banja is a Serbian word for spa. There is quite a number of spas in Serbia, and each banja is known for it’s own therapeutic specialty. Few banjas are bigger than the others and one of them is Sokobanja. Tourists often see the pedestrian zone which is full of coffee shops, restaurants, street sellers and mostly elderly pensioners relaxing with the fresh clean air.

Traditional Turkish coffee from one of the coffee shops along the pedestrian zone

There is also a big park just beside the pedestrian zone where the therapeutic spa water is. Here is a view of the park at night

Night view in Soko Banja

A few steps from the pedestrian zone is a park along the river which has a path going to Soko Grad which is a medieval city and fortress. I still haven’t visited the fortress (I don’t like myself for that), but I plan to check it out soon and take a few snaps to share on this blog.

Moravica river in Soko Banja

From the path next to the Moravica river you can get the Soko Grad Fortress, the view halfway is already very amazing.

View going to Soko Grad

When you climb up halfway to the fortress, you can follow another path to a restaurant which is beside the river (I know, I know… I chose the restaurant than the fortress). Hopefully, I can visit the Fortress soon for more photos.