Pirot is a laid-back city set on the Nisava River and surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Balkan Mountains. In the city centre, you’ll be charmed by the centuries-old Orthodox churches and an ancient medieval stronghold. Venture into the countryside to discover tumbling waterfalls and postcard-perfect villages.
Things to do in Pirot
Walking around Pirot, you’ll see stores selling beautiful carpets made from pure sheep’s wool. The art of rug-weaving is an old tradition in Pirot and the city is famous for its high-quality carpets. Sheep’s milk cheese is another local speciality and will tantalise you with its smooth texture and tangy flavour.
Pirot Fortress towers over the city and commands sweeping views over the river and surrounding countryside. You could easily spend hours exploring the ruins of the 14th-century stronghold, which was built by notorious Bulgarian leader, Momchil. Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic on the grassy grounds.
Visit the Museum of Ponišavlje to find out more about the rich history, heritage and culture of the region. The museum occupies a handsome 19th-century building and showcases a diverse collection featuring folk art, handwoven rugs, pottery and antiques.
It’s worth venturing out of the city to visit Gostuša, a picturesque village nestled in the Balkan Mountains. It’s one of the oldest villages in the region and is filled with traditional houses built from locally quarried stone. Lake Zavoj is another popular Pirot day trip, particularly in the summer. The lake stretches for 17 kilometres and is lined with scenic swimming spots where you can bask in the sunshine and enjoy a waterside picnic.
Getting around Pirot
Pirot is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while local buses are a fast and affordable way to get around the city. Rental cars offer the freedom to visit surrounding sights and attractions at your own pace. Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is a 3.5-hour drive away.