Deliblato Sands is one of the last deserts in Europe. It is situated in the southeast part of Serbia’s northern province of Vojvodina, between the Danube and the slopes of the Carpathians, just 80 kilometres from Belgrade.
It will captivate you with its unique nature and dunes which rise up to 200 metres, which is the height of its highest point, Mala Čoka. Although the sands of Deliblato used to create serious problems (as it was blown by winds across northern Serbia), thanks to planned forestation, which began during the reign of Maria Theresa, this area is now full of life with abundant vegetation, forests, wetlands and animals that inhabit them.
If you come here for walks through the sands, near the village of Deliblato you will find the Čardak Education Centre, where you will be able to learn more about the exceptional nature of Deliblato sands. It is also the starting point of many maintained hiking and cycling trails.
At the northernmost point of the area lies the clean air spa and weekend settlement called Devojački bunar. With two outdoor swimming pools, hiking trails, fitness trails, sports fields and playgrounds for children, it is an excellent base for your stay at Deliblato Sands.
On the eastern perimeter, near the villages of Šušara and Grebenac, be sure to visit Zagajica hills, which will transport you to a fairy tale-like landscape.
The southern perimeter, where the sands meet the Danube, is an area of vast pastures, such as Advokatske livade and Stevanova ravnica, as well as the river shallows of Djurica, Labudovo okno and Dubovački rit and the river islands of Čibuklija and Žilova. The water surfaces are adorned by rare and protected white and yellow water-lilies, with moor grasses and rosemary-leaved willows growing on the bank. This is the only place in Serbia where you can enjoy the sight of Banat peonies and fern leaf peonies, the Pančić wormwood and as many as twenty varieties of orchids.
The fauna of Deliblato Sands is highly diverse. A rare insect species called the antlion is of particular interest. Steppe birds which nestle in these sands include the Banat falcon and the imperial eagle, while local mammalian species include the steppe gerbil, spermophilus, the lesser mole-rat, the steppe skunk, boar, roe deer, red deer and fox.
On the southern perimeter of Deliblato Sands, in the village of Gaj, you will find an idyllic beach, perfect for a swim and a raft ride to Viminacium - a former Roman military camp and city and today one of the best-known archaeological sites in Serbia.