War-torn Belgrade may sound like an unlikely holiday destination, but the Serbian capital has been busy winning over European travellers who find it’s one of the hottest city-break spots on the continent.
Belgrade is a city moving out of its darker past and into its buzzing, vibrant present. It is no longer just synonymous with war-driven devastation, and is now regarded as one of the hippest cities in Europe.
The locals’ appetite for a good night out has generated a stir that is attracting the chicest social sets from countries all over the world.
But it’s the combination of its incredible cultural past (long before the wars changed people’s perception) with the emerging arts and social scene that makes it so alluring to me.
Great nightlife can be found the world over. But when it’s interwoven with beguiling architecture that often hugs the banks of one of the world’s great rivers — the mighty Danube and its tributary, the Sava —well, then you have something pretty special.
It’s hard to describe the potential of such an exciting city in so few words, so here are a few tips on how to get under the skin of the place through one of my favourite methods — finding music and the best bars.