As we stayed two days in Nis, we decided to spent some time on a sidetrip to Niska Banja, which is a popular Serbian health resort.
It is located about 10 km east of Nis and can be reached in about 20 minutes by the local bus #1.
Niska Banja (Spa of Nis) is well known for its radioactive water which contains radon.
The water is used for various medical treatments.
Besides a large park with fountains and promenades, the city is also home to the Serbian Orthodox church Saint Ilija from 1934 and several villas dating back to the early 20th century.
If you're hiking on a sunny, warm day, you'll enjoy refreshing coolness of the forest, but there is a lot of humidity as well. No matter how shiny the day is, inside the woods it will be dark and if you manage to see the piece of sky you'd be very lucky!
These are acacia trees that spread such lovely scent around the forest!
When you hike in the hills behind Niska banja, the forest is very thick, and there is a lot of exuberant flora! You might not want to go there in the dusk/evenings, nor late afternoon because very agressive mosquitoes!
If you climb these white stairs you can go to the woods behind the Niska Banja complex. THere are lovely hiking paths in the forest, climbing uphill, but if you are slow and don't like climbing a lot, there are also veeeery curved ones adjusted for old people, and without an elevation.
In the cold days you can see the water vapour in the form of white smoke spookily coming off the surface, in the evenings it really looks fantastic! But in spite of the cold, you can always soak your feet in the hot water and relax, there are benches with that purpose all over.
There are many lovely cafes all over Niska banja, where you can enjoy the nature and refreshing drinks, it is a tradition all over the country whenever the weather is warm to sit in the outdoor cafes and spend some cozy time with your friends or alone.
IN Serbia you'll often find these little "houses" on the open, they are usually used for music performances, or any other type of cultural events, but when nothing is going on, you can just sit in there and relax.
Thermal water in Niska Banja runs in cascades artificially made, underneath the hotel "Radon". I'm not really sure of the purpose, because if they wanted esthetics, well, I don't think they have succeeded... :)))
SInce the thermal water springs are all over the Niska Banja park, you can soak your feet cozily in the water while sitting on one of the many benches in the water! :) It's perfect for relaxing after a long working day!
Niska Banja has a number of springs with oligomineral, alkaline-earth, homeothermal and radioactive waters ranging in temperature from 19 to 39 degrees C.
The use of these waters for therapeutical purposes includes drinking, bathing and steam inhalation. Mud packs are prepared using thermal mineral water and radioactive peat. The spa has eight indoor swimming-pools filled with thermal waters, a sauna and rooms for heliotherapy.
The therapy is performed in this white building.
In the heart of Niska Banja, right next to hotel "Radon", there is a viewpoint perfect for loners like this guy on the photo, to admire the beauties of the area, and enjoy in some serene moments. This photo brings such peace, don't you think?
Niska Banja is situated in a very hilly area, and the view is very beautiful, from wherever you're staying in Niska Banja. In the early morning you can hear only birds and sounds of nature, and watch the new day beginning, it's lovely to witness the morning serenity there.