For one who loves great food and ethno music, Vranje is city in south Serbia, about 110km from Niš they have to travel. From Belgrade to Vranje it’s about 345 kilometers. This is city that is farthest on the south part of the Serbia. To border with North Macedonia there is about 50 km.From capital of Macedonia Skopje to Vranje is 100 kilometers distance.
Even for a short time.It is ancient, but date of first settlements is unknown. Vranje is central city of Pcinja county, named after Pcinja river. Except this, there is one more more important river, Vranje river, tributary of much larger Juzna Morava river.
Vranje Serbia, short history
First traces are form Roman time, 6th century, that say that they conquered it from old settlers. First mention of Vranje was in writings of princess Anna Komnena 1093. At the beginning of 13. century this territory become finally Serbian, exactly 1207. Until that year rulers of this territory often changed, but mostly it was Byzantine.
Romans, Slavs and etc change here as rulers. In 15th century this territory was conquered by Ottomans. Their ruling was till 19th century. Later it was occupied even by Bulgarian army for short period. After that, Vranje was back to being part of Serbia.
History of Vranje is one of things that you should get to know, if you are thinking what to see in Serbia. Today, this is modern city, but it’s keeping a lot of past period that was written about in novels. Especially from period after liberation from Ottomans. That is period of famous Serbian writer Bora Stankovic, and hist most famous novels Kostana and Necista krv (Impure blood). That is also period of creation of many ethno songs that was beautifully singed by singer Stanisa Stosic.
The city of Vranje Serbia
Till than Rulers of this territory were different. Rich history of this city is including Turkish ruling from 15th to 19th century. It was occupied in 20th century for a short time by Bulgarian army and liberated with the rest of Serbia.
Today, it is modern and traditional city in one. Few factories are developer of this part of territory, Vranje and around. But for sure enjoying Vranje is it’s great potential. Many national writers wrote about Vranje in the past. As city offering lots of fun. That fun part lasts till today. when we are
Talking about fun time here we can point that kafana and trumpet are the best part of it. One of the best trumpet orchestra are from here. Always ready for playing and showing great time.City of Vranje is counted as city of famous Serbian writer Borislav Stankovic.
It got it’s name after Serbian word “vran” that means black. City was conquered by Ottoman empire on 14.06.1455. and was very important in that period. Many rich Muslim citizens have build some attractions of that time, such as Turkish bath, several mosques and Pašin konak. Pašin konak was residence of Paša, title of important gentleman such as mayor or chairman of district.
What is Vranje famous for?
This area is famous for trumpet ethno trumpet orchestras. All play, all fun, all day. Ethno food and drinks are great here too. Samsa from here is great and tasty food, and its trademark for this city and this area.
As that, this town has fer more delicious specialties for your taste. This is area of great vine. They won many trophies, domestic and world: Food and vine form Vranje region . Enjoying Vranje is described as pleasure that is result of having fun here.
There are many legends about this territory that you can find out when visiting them. Also, one of most famous writers of Serbia, is Borisav Stanković. He wrote about Vranje in beginning of 20th century. His novels Kostana and Unpure blood are still popular novels, even today.
See Vranje and around
Except White bridge, except ethno orchestra, food and drinks, there is always more in southern adn eastern Serbia. Something that is always interesting when visiting Vranje are two buildings. They are “Pasin konak” and house of Bora Stanovic. One is from 18th and other is from 19th century. Pasin konak or Pashas house consists of two buildings. They both had it’s role in their time. And also now. Today, one is museum, and other is Simpo office building. House where Bira stankovic lived as a kid is also a museum now. Near Vranje are Vlasinsko lake and Mountain Besna kobila. More about sights of Vranje and around see here.
No lying in Vranje
There is saying “U Vranje nema laganje” that means there is no lying in Vranje. If you are thinking of visiting Serbia, visit to Vranje is smart choice. There you can enjoy in interesting city with pleasant people, good food and drinks, and interesting history. You can experience picnic places around Vranje. You ahave natre, two spas and small towns around for that experience.
And also, city of Nis is close enough so you can organize your trip to here. Having in mind all that, Vranje is one of places in Serbia great for visiting. More photos of Vranje can be seen in our Instagram, thank to our contributors. From 2019 city of Vranje is on UNESCO list of creativ cities network. It is first city from Serbia on that list.
Legends of Vranje
Places around Serbia are well known by it’s legends. Same is in Vranje. Here you can hear few interesting legends.One of them is about yellow color and peony flower.
Peony is flower that can be connected with this city with this story. Legend is from time of WWI and French army located here. They weer saying “Bonjour” every morning as a greeting. And every morning one old lady who was selling flowers did not know what did day say. And corected them, because she was thinking that hew flowers is not “Bozur”. Or Bonjour as she thought they called it. But the story stayed till today. And yellow flowers, and color. As symbol of Vranje because of that. Also, many official institutions has yellow color dominating in it’s official colors. Football club logo, city administrations etc.
In Vranje there is White bridge with one legend connected to it. It is on Gradska river. The bridge was built on a place where they Stojan and Ajsa love ended tragically. Romeo and Julia from Vranje. On that place Ajsa’s father ended their love by shooting his daughter. When Stojan saw that, he killed himself. On that location, White bridge in Vranje was built in 1844. And that was end of forbidden love of Vranje.
One more legend is about Vranje. First nema was Golubinje. After duke Golubic, owner of Vranje in that time. When he was killed in Kosovo battle, managing the town was under his wife Vrana. And that was how Vranje got it’s today’s name.
Beside this, there few more legends of Vranje
Vranjska banja spa is located 12 kilometers from Vranje. This natural spa was known in middle century. Threatments here today are done by “Zavod za specijalizovanu rehabilitaciju degenerativnog reumatizma i posttraumatskih stanja or Zavod za reumatizam” or Institute for health treatments for rheumatism. It is localy known as Stationary.
Vranjaska banja spa is unique in Euopre for its temperature of wprings. It has hottest watter springs in Euopre, from 96 to 110 degrees. Beside this hot temperature, this spa has healing water rich in mineras and sulfur. In Vranje spa are done treatmans that improve post traumatic condition of people, balneologial treatments. And also, athlets preparation can be done here.
Vranjska banja spa is spa with hottest thermal springs in Europe!
Bujanovacka banja spa is one more spa near Vranje. First is Vranje spa and this is second. It is located about 13 kilometers from Vranje to town Bujanovac. In Bujanovacka banja spa threatmants are done in three ways. With thermo minera springs mud and coal. Bone deseases, post traumathic and neurological problems are cured here.
Average year temperature in Vranje
Top image Vranje at night byCC BY-SA 3.0 rs ; Vranje panorama credits to Slobodan Stojkovic