Wow, what can I tell you about Serbia?
So far the greatest country I have visited on this trip. I was in Serbia for 8 days. The scenery was outstanding. I was totally bewildered by my ride through the Iron Gates on the Danube Cycle Path (Euro Route 6).
I never stuck to the cycle path, but went my own way, coming back to it everynow and then to get my bearings.
For those that are following the Danube this year (heading down river) on the Serbian side, there are painted markings on the road as you near Goluba, indicating a camp / kamp site, the road is recent resurfaced and so the markings are quite new. Unfortunately the site has been taken over by travellers so it is no longer used as a camp site. Ignore the signs. Instead travel about 8 miles further to a tiny little place called Lapinski Vir. It is a Mesolithic Archaeological site and museum. You can camp there and it is free.
In my 8 days in Serbia I spent a total of 11 euros - that was buying bottled water. I lost a water bottle on one of the lumpy roads so I had to buy instead of getting all bottles filled.
I wild camped once, camped at Lapinski Vir, and the remaining nights I was invited into homes, rather than the people let me sleep in my tent. 100% genuine, friendly and totally trustworthy people. The friendliness and honesty of the locals was far and above what I have experienced while crossing Europe from Calais.
I have eaten well everyday, drank well, and really enjoyed every single minute/hour/day in the country.
One warning thought, don't stay away from it, but don't over indulged in the local home brewed slivovich. It is absolutely lethal falling down juice. Nice but lethal. Hahaha.