Vrnjačka Banja is the largest and most famous spa resort in Serbia and beyond
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Vrnjci Spa is the biggest and the most famous Spa in Serbia and a destination for relaxation and recreation with very long tradition. With road trafic and rail that conects main Balkan roads, Belgrade – Sofia and Belgrade – Athens, along valley of West Morava, Vrnjci Spa is well connected with all parts of Serbia and Montenegro, and with good local roads with its forest and mountainous surroundings, that comprises of vast area of protected evnironment.
Mountains that surround Vrnjci Spa are Kopaonik(2017m), Željin (1785m), Stolovi(1376), and nearest Goč (1216m). The climate is moderately continental. Microclimate has a unique character and it s very pleasant year round due to nearby mountains. Summers are moderately warm with mild cold mornings and evenings, and winters are snowy without hard frost. Average year temperature is 10.5 ˚C, and average summer temperature is 20 ˚C.
Vrnjci Spa has a very long tradition as a health tourism destination. On the hot spring of mineral water, from the 2nd to the 4th century, the Romans built their own sanctuary AQUAE ORCINAE. This is testified to by the archaeological finds in the narrower core of the Roman spa, that is, the swimming pool, the Roman spring of warm mineral water (Fons Romanus) and the plenty of coins that are left in a medicinal spring from cult motives. Here, the Legionaries V legions of Flavian and the VII legion of Klaudiana came to treatment and recovery, as well as the Romanized tribal aristocracy of the indigenous people.
The development of modern Vrnjci Spa have started in 1868 with the work of the Founding Society, the oldest tourist organization in the Balkans. Today Vrnjacka Banja is the largest spa resort in Serbia and a valued tourist center.
The wider area of Vrnjci Spa is the richest and most interesting tourist region of Serbia. It is an area where the Middle Ages encounters modern currents at every step. In the north, there is a fertile plow of western Pomoravlje, and in the south, over 100 km long cliff of the Ibar, which is piercing through the mountain hills of the ancient Dardania, later Raska, where the Serbian state arose. There are also high mountains with famous winter sports centers, among which Kopaonik stands out in particular. Finally, this is a region with the most important monuments of Serbian medieval culture, especially monasteries with monumental fresco painting, some of which, as a world cultural heritage, were protected by UNESCO.
Throughout the whole year, especially in the months of the summer tourist season, Vrnjci Spa offers its visitors a very rich and diverse cultural and entertainment program. Numerous sports and recreational facilities and terrains provide very favorable conditions for recreation and are suitable for the preparation of top sports teams.