Located precisely on Serbia’s border with Hungary, Subotica is the perfect place to base yourself before exploring the area. There are plenty of towns and villages (and stables) a short drive from the city, taking in locations in Hungary as well as Serbia. Day trips from Subotica are plentiful to say the least.
Just a few short kilometres outside of Subotica lies the famous Kelebija Horse Farm, an absolute must for anyone with a love and respect for elegant equines. The modern stables are worth a look on their own, but when you factor in the artificial lake, coach museum and sunflower-laden fields that surround it you have a destination that keeps on giving.
Vojvodina is famous for its mass of gorgeous small towns, and the main town square in Sombor takes some beating. Life in Vojvodina’s fifth-biggest town revolves around the square, and the Old Town Hall is one of our favourite buildings in the entire region. There are plenty of excellent cafes in the town too, perfect for spending a lazy day in a gorgeous spot.
Lake Palić is an essential stop for anyone visiting Subotica, but why not make a day of it and take in a whole morning, afternoon and evening of the region’s finest wines? A number of wine tours are dedicated to taking in the best of the best, meaning potential visitors can sample to their heart’s content and not worry about transporting themselves around.
Serbia is a country known for enjoying its liqueurs, but its proud history of wine must not be forgotten under the weight of fermented fruit and monolithic hangovers. The Palić Wine Route is the perfect day trip for oenophiles, and the lake itself represents a magical way to end a day of tasting. Just don’t go swimming if you’ve had a few too many, although surely this goes without saying.
Hungary’s third-largest city is just a short drive north of Subotica, making Szeged an easy day trip from Vojvodina’s second-biggest town. It is known as the ‘City of Sunshine’ for good reason, as Szeged gets more days of sun than any other of its type in Hungary. The main street in downtown is one of the best in the region, and the Tisza River lazily meanders through the town adding to the pleasantly lazy atmosphere.
The summer months see the Dóm Square transformed into an open-air theatre, with performances taking place from sunrise to sunset. The city also holds a host of festivals throughout the year, so keep an eye on the schedule in order to catch something special.
Another Hungarian option from Subotica is Pécs, a 2,000-year-old city that doesn’t really get the recognition it deserves. The country’s fifth-largest town is a veritable buffet of culture and history, full of expertly constructed museums and historical Roman ruins. Its cathedral is a hugely important symbol of Hungarian pride, and the Mosque of Pasha Qasim is a unique building that doffs its cap to both Christian and Islamic design techniques. The Zsolnay Fountain is the perfect cherry on the top of this particularly tasty cake.