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Surroundings

A great number of very attractive locations in the vicinity of Vrnjačka Spa offer possibility to enjoy the beauty of numerous monasteries, old churches and fortresses, cultural and historic monuments, mountain picnic grounds, marvelous rivers, intoxicating vineyards. Mount Goč is rich in lush vegetation created through a combination of an ideal climate and fertile soil. Its slopes are covered with thick beech and coniferous forests, plum orchards, vineyards and numerous raspberry patches.

It is an ideal place for hiking, picking forest fruits and herbs (endemic plant species and communities can be found here) and picnicking by the side of abundant mountain springs. You can buy cheese and kajmak (a special Serbian milk cream) from friendly hosts, and taste home made brandy by the brandy still and with a Goč peasant's warm smile. Special experience is numerous fishponds with Goč trout, where you can enjoy a delicious meal on the spot, with barbecue and beautiful surroundings of untouched nature.

The Zapadna Morava river is really challenging for all those who enjoy fishing and refreshment. This is the place for people who prefer taking walks coupled with a refreshing breeze that brings comfort and alleviates intense heat of summer months' days. This river is a place of contradictions, the breathtaking experience, a world impossible to understand, a miraculous gift from God to Serbia. All the visitors to the Spa who love rivers and sports fishing can enjoy the village of Podunavci ponds located on the Zapadna Morava river bank, 10 km from the Spa, where great sporting competitions are held.

In this region the first Serbian state was founded – Raška. The most important cultural monuments remained from that period. Old towns, monasteries, churches preserved to this day testify to the culture of our ancestors. The most significant ones dating from that period are the remains of Maglič, Ras, Brvenik, Jelača, Lazar's town, Koznik and others. In this area there are the monuments of Raška and Morava architectural styles, the largest and most respected monasteries of Raška heritage: the Studenica Monastery (119th 6), the Žiča Monastery (1210), the Monastery of the Annunciation Gradac founded by Queen Helen of Anjou (1272), the Ljubostinja Monastery (1405), the Pillars of St George (1168), the Sopocani Monastery founded by King Uroš I ... - Map of monasteries.

In the vicinity of Vrnjačka Banja there is Župa in Aleksandrovac, a famous wine-growing region. In many wineries in Župa you can taste some of the best wines made from imported and the autochthonous sorts as well. Here you can see the map of wineries in the vicinity of the Spa - Map of the wineries.


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