First of all, I would like to thank our good friends Dali and Ari because this magnificent holiday would not be possible without them. And thank you Dali for introducing us with your beautiful country, its culture, traditions and extremely delicious food!
Some of you might wonder what’s a Bela Crkva. It’s a lovely town in the South Banat district, in Vojvodina province, about 100 kilometers from Belgrade. In Serbian Bela Crkva means “white church”.
Everything about it felt nostalgic. It reminded me of a small Ukrainian village where my grandmother and godfather used to live. So many things looked similar, and so many things felt familiar. Sound of clucking hens and roosters, crunchy cover of the freshly baked bread, smell of homemade cheese and honey, sweetness of the buffalo steak tomato, kids’ laughter on the streets… Simple life without the TV and gadgets, like in the old times, when tablets and mobile phones didn’t even exist. All these things combined together made me relive most happiest days of my carefree childhood. And for that I am grateful.
Here is the street where our friends house is located:
Isn’t it adorable? I love it, it’s so cute!
Away from the busy and noisy capital city, away from the rush and big crowds… Bela Crkva was a perfect getaway and idyllic place to spend our holiday. It was like a little paradise.
So, what to do in Bela Crkva in summer? Even though the town is quite small, there are still few things that you can do, for example:
- Take a walk in the town
- Go to the Bela Crkva lakes for a swim
- Visit local sightseeings
- Take a photo of the sunflower field
- Have a day trip to Vršac
- Explore Serbian cuisine
I know, it sounds obvious but one way to see the area is simply to go for a walk and check what the place you are staying in has to offer. You can take it easy: have a local beer or coffee with delicious pastries on the terrace. Serbian beer is cold and crisp, basic yet delicious and great for a hot weather. Just what the doctor ordered. And as I mentioned earlier, Serbian pastries and cakes are to die for! So, if you are not on a diet and if you are not afraid to gain a couple of pounds, then I urge you to try Serbian delights. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Visiting Bela Crkva lakes is a must in the summer!
* map of the lakes is taken from the Wikipedia
Bela Crkva lakes are artificial and water in them is clean, cool and refreshing. So, no wonder why this travel destination is so popular.
Gradsko jezero (City lake), also known as Glavno jezero (Main lake) is the closest to the town center. It has pebbly beaches, paved paths, public toilet, restaurants and bars. It is also possible to rent a cottage or small villa here.
Wouldn’t it be amazing waking up with this spectacular view every morning?
It would most definitely be a highlight of my day!
Only thing that I should mention is that lake weed grows here as fast as the mushrooms after rain. And it might look unappealing for swimming:
They do clean it almost every day but unfortunately weed grows too fast and machinery that they use is not effective enough. But don’t worry, it is possible to find places with almost no weed. One choice is to go around the lake and check for the best spot (there were few on our way). Other choice is going to the bar that has own “private” beach.
All you need to do is to order a beer or any other beverage (it will cost around 1-2 euros), take a seat close to water and enjoy the beautiful day. At least that’s what we have done.
But if you don’t like crowded places, then you can choose some smaller lake. Like Novo jezero (New lake) for example, which is the farthest from the town.
But keep in mind, that there are no restaurants, bars or public toilets there. Bela Crkva lakes don’t have sand beaches, only pebbly ones, so remember to take a beach towel or a blanket with you. Sitting on the stones is not the pleasantest things to do.
What else to see in Bela Crkva:
- Gradski park – City park (was shown on the photo above)
- The City museum
- Churches; there are three in town – Russian Orthodox church, Romanian Orthodox church and St. Ana Catholic church
My absolute favorite place though was Three Crosses, that represents The Three Crosses on Calvary.
Located on top of the picturesque hill, it offers a stunning view of the entire town. The whole Bela Crkva is on the palm of your hand:
I think it’s the best place for watching sunrise and sunset.
And if you want to have some change of scenery, or if you like me want to see more of Serbia, then I would suggest you take a day trip to city Vršac, which is approximately 35 kilometers away from Bela Crkva. As for things to see and to do in Vršac… you will find out about it in my upcoming blog post.
Hope you enjoyed it!