Anyone who has planned to spend the Easter or May Day holidays in mountain chalets, and has not booked any so far, is unlikely to find any vacant chalets.
Estate agents say bookings started as early as February and all holiday home accommodation is currently nearly full.
The trend for weekend cabin rentals exploded two years ago due to the coronavirus outbreak, but demand for nature vacations is still high.
Residents of Belgrade and Novi Sad have shown the greatest interest in such accommodation, and although the prices for the coming weekend are twice as high as usual, and a daily rent costs at least 80 euros , real estate agencies claim that demand is greater than supply.
Miloš Gajić from the Selo.rs portal says that in addition to the most popular mountains such as Tara and Zlatibor, Fruška Gora is also one of the most popular destinations for May Day holidays, just like Zlatar, Stara Planina, Golija , the gorges of Ovčar-Kablar and Deliblato Sands.
He says daily rent prices for chalets in the Serbian mountains range from 50 to 300 euros, but on average they cost between 50 and 80 percent more during national holidays. Some chalet owners ask for double the money in the week between the Easter holidays and the first of May compared to the average prices.
“These cottages, which regularly rent for 50 euros per day, are generally rented between 80 and 100 euros for May 1st holidays. The price depends on what they have to offer. The most expensive are those built especially for parties and vacations in nature and most of them have a swimming pool. The daily rent can go up to 300 euros. It is generally families with children who opt for this type of holiday, but also young people who go with friends. The most beautiful installations were sold at least two months before. At the moment the offer is very low and there is still a chance if someone cancels their reservation. The coronavirus has changed the habits of people who had started booking accommodation months before,” says Gajić.
The agency that rents out cottages around Novi Sad says the situation there is a little different and that it’s mostly young people under 30 looking to rent within 10 kilometers of the city centre.
The most important thing for those looking for chalets to spend their holidays is that there is an outdoor barbecue and a large courtyard, but also a covered terrace, where guests can gather in case of bad weather.
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