It was a founder and one of the six republics forming the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
In winter, they are warmly welcomed to mountain resorts (one of the most popular being Kopaonik, featured on BBC as one of the best ski destinations in Europe).
There are also many spa resorts such as Sokobanja, Niška Banja and Vrnjačka Banja.
Serbs are warm people, especially towards foreigners.
They are very welcoming towards tourists, of which there are not many as the country's full potential has yet to be reached.
Most Serbs speak some English and are eager to practise it (seniors, however, are more likely to speak German and/or French), so you will be able to find your way around by asking directions.
Most tourists come to Serbia in the summer and you can often hear German, Italian, French and English in the streets of Belgrade, while Slovenian, German, Austrian, Bosnian, and Hungarian tourists pour for New Year holidays.
Yugoslavia was such a beautiful country with so many different attractive places that somehow, Serbia was neglected and it is still to be rediscovered not only by visitors, but by many Serbs, too.
It is also a varied and beautiful place notwithstanding the fact that it is landlocked.
From the plains of Vojvodina, which in winter, remind of the scenes from the film of Dr.
Zhivago, to many mountains and lakes or reservoirs and ski resorts of outstanding beauty.
There were seventeen Roman emperors born in the territory of today's Serbia, and it is well-known that they all left monuments and built palaces in or close to their birthplaces.