Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and while February 14 has begun to receive cynical criticism from those looking for retweets and Internet fame, the day still brings out the best in many around the globe. Looking for a romantic spot in Belgrade for a little serenading? You’re in luck.
If we’re talking about romantic spots in Belgrade, it isn’t going to get any more amorous than a sunset viewpoint overlooking the confluence of two of Europe’s major rivers. That is exactly what awaits on the edge of Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress, as the Sava and the Danube collide in one of Europe’s most impressive sights.
Being the major attraction in the city, you will likely have to share this romantic spot with countless others. This shouldn’t be a problem of course, as romance is defined by taking situations and making them a reality for just two. It doesn’t get any better than Kalemegdan at sunset.
Speaking of sunsets and views of rivers, what about the viewpoint at Gardoš? This hill is the focal point of Zemun, Belgrade’s most fascinating municipality, and the Millennium Tower provides an impressive backdrop to one of the best views in the city. The red roofs of Zemun juxtapose well with the blocks of New Belgrade, and the romance can then continue at one of the town’s magnificent seafood restaurants.
Whenever romantic things happen in restaurants, the couple in question is almost always being serenaded by quirky musicians in a jovial environment. That isn’t entirely true of course, but that is what is waiting for you at Belgrade’s Bohemian Quarter, Skadarlija. There are plenty of options when it comes eating, but the cobblestone street provides plenty of simple romance in the strolling department. Cetinjska is a better bet for a night out, but there’s still something magical about Skadarlija at dusk.
Every writer is a romantic, and every writer in Belgrade has honed his or her craft in one of the many cafes of Dorćol. One of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city, the old town area has an extremely accurate reputation for being a favourite hangout of intellectuals and academics. This makes Dorćol the home of poetry in the Serbian capital, and a stroll around the neighbourhood should be near the top of the list of any budding Casanova.
Despite being dismissed as ‘bland’ and ‘grey’ by some biased commentators, Belgrade is an incredibly green city. The capital has numerous lush parks and forests within its borders, and Košutnjak may well be the best of them. It isn’t called ‘Belgrade’s Oxygen Factory’ without good reason of course. Košutnjak is a gorgeous place to walk whatever the time of year, although it is difficult to argue with autumn being on the top of that list. If you want to see vibrant colour in Belgrade, Košutnjak is the place to go.
The Sava and Danube Rivers are gloriously beautiful things to look at from afar, but they are just as magical up close and personal. Well, not too personal, as jumping in for a swim can’t be advocated. There are plenty of options when it comes to riverside strolls, with Zemun’s Kej arguably the standout. The promenade around Savamala has been decimated by the controversial Belgrade Waterfront project, but this has seen more people flock to the other walkways around the city. Don’t be late to this romantic party.
If Dorćol is ‘one’ of the oldest neighbourhoods in Belgrade, then Kosančićev Venac also walks away with that particular prize. The oldest part of the city outside of the walls of Kalemegdan, it was once full of inns, workshops, stores and more, and much of that legacy survives to this day. Znak pitanja (known as Kafana ‘question mark’) is here, the oldest kafana in the entire city and a popular spot for dates and romantic dinners. Plenty of Belgrade’s most important buildings stand on the cobblestones of this exquisite neighbourhood.
The height of summer can see temperatures reach intense levels in Belgrade, and heading to the seaside is a must. That doesn’t have to mean a nine-hour drive to the coast of course, as Ada Ciganlija is here to tick all of your waterside boxes. Much like Kalemegdan, a romantic day at Ada is one that will be shared with many other people, but relaxing by the lake with a cold beer in hand is always going to be a winner in such circles.