The village Vrmdža dates from the 3rd century, where the Roman fortress Latin-grad dominates. It is located near Sokobanja at the foot of Rtanj Mount. The city probably dates back to the time of Justinian, and was later mentioned as a Serbian medieval city.
Hiking tour in a unique mountain village with unusual rocks and phenomenal views of the mighty Rtanj. We will take a circular path to Vrmdža Lake. A tour to enjoy and for all ages in the green oasis of Vrmdža.
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||Novi Sad, near Lokomotiva
Belgrade, parking lot in the municipality of Novi Beograd
|DEPARTURE TIME||5.30h Novi Sad
|INCLUDED IN THE PRICE||Transportation by minibus from Belgrade
Hiking tour in Vrmdža
Transportation from Novi Sad
Other individual costs
- Equipment for the Vrmdža hiking tour: Standard for hiking actions. Hiking shoes or sports shoes with a stronger sole, adequate clothing adapted to the weather conditions. Please bring enough water and some food (snacks, sandwiches, fruit).
- Information about a hiking trail:
- Length: 16 km
- Total ascend/descend: about 350 m
- Category: easy, hiking across meadows, grassy terrain, partly macadam by the river, partly rocks
- Duration: about 5-6h with breaks
- For the tour realization, it is necessary a minimum of 18 passengers
- In organized transportation, it is mandatory to wear protective masks.
- Price is for members of "Explore Serbia". You can find membership information here. For those who do not have a membership card, price is 3200 dinars.
- Transportation from Novi Sad: surcharge is 1000 dinars.
- Own transportation: in case you come by your own transport, the price of the tour is 1300 dinars (with Explore Serbia membership cards) or 1900 dinars (for those who do not have a membership card).
- In case of insufficient number of registered passengers or unfavorable weather conditions, the deadline for notification of postponement or cancellation of the tour is 3 days before departure.
About the village Vrmdza
According to the latest census, the village had about 500 inhabitants. However, more and more new residents are immigrating. They bought old houses, renovated them and started to engage in rural tourism and organic food production.
The settlement is first mentioned in written documents in the III century. The Roman fortress Latin-grad served to defend the imperial road that led to the Middle East. In the 6th century, the city was rebuilt in order for Byzantium to defend itself from the invasion of Slavic tribes. The city was later mentioned in the 14th century as a fortified habitat of rich landowners, who, at that time, traded with merchants from Dubrovnik.
After the arrival of Slavic tribes and Bulgarians, Byzantium lost these territories and for some time the Bulgarians took over this area together with Vrmdža. It is not known when the settlement was named Vrmdža.
How did the village get its name?
The villagers still say "turn on the water", that is, turn the water in the desired direction, return it to its original course. So this is a place with a lot of water and springs.
Vrmdza is also mentioned in Turkish taxpayer books. There are two walls of the old fortification left and many secrets. The villagers testify that they found wide Roman bricks with numbers, parts of spears, arrows, copper coins, human bones.
The Vrmdža city it was later mentioned as a Serbian medieval town, and during the despotism, the lord of Novi Brdo, in Kosovo, held Bovan and Vrmdža. Considering that the most precious silver of that period was mined in Novo Brdo, argentum de glama, which contained 30% of gold. It is known that he also sent cargo to Vrmdža, which is the basis for numerous stories, legends, and myths about the lost treasure that are still retold today. The city was destroyed by Musa Kesedžija in 1413 after a long siege.
The lake is most likely of karst origin, formed after some earthquakes, and it is almost circular in shape, about 50 meters in diameter. There are fish in the lake, the area around it is nicely decorated, with benches and tables and wooden canopies. The ambience is all green, there are places for camping, so there are always tourists.
The organizer of the tour is the travel agency Explore Balkans doo. With this program is valid Rulebook on conducting tours by Explore Balkans doo.
According to Article 79 of the Law on Tourism, protection is not provided for one-day tours in terms of travel guarantees.
Belgrade - Vrmdža
- Departure from Belgrade at 7.00 am from the parking lot of the municipality of New Belgrade. Travel by highway through Ćuprija, Paraćin towards Sokobanja and the settlement of Vrmdža.
- A short break along the way. Arrival in the village of Vrmdža around 10 am and departure for hiking.
Circular hiking tour in Vrmdža
- The hiking tour starts from the center of the village and leads in the first part on a macadam road next to the river and the forest. On the way we will come across a mill which is also an ethno restaurant where we will take a break for refreshment.
- Continuation of the hike to Vrmdža Lake, which is located in a beautiful setting.
- The trail then leads across meadows and grassy terrain, with phenomenal views of the mighty Rtanj and its pyramid.
- At the end of the trail, whoever wants can climb the rocky lookout point, above the climbing rock, which offers a fantastic view of the surroundings.
- After the hiking tour, lunch can be organized nearby in the ethno restaurant/mill, where you will be able to try the specialties of the area, the famous Vrmdža sheep cheese in bun and kajmak and various types of meat.
- Return to Belgrade by 9 PM.