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Tourism and Environment

Tourism and Environment

The Gračanica municipality area has extremely good conditions for cultural, religious, excursion, recreational, medical, rural and congress tourism development.
The rich cultural and historical heritage plays an important role in the expansion of tourism within the municipality. Beside the Korića Han Neolithic site, which belongs to a younger, 4.000 to 4.500 old Vinča Culture, and the royal city and fortress of Soko, most of the cultural treasure, that makes Gračanica recognizable today, dates from the period of the Ottoman rule.
In this context, we will highlight the following attractions: the Mosque of Ahmed Pasha also known as the White Mosque, built in the 17th century, the Fethija Mosque in Soko as the oldest mosque in the municipality of Gračanica, the Clock Tower from the 17th century, and the 27 meters high and Mula Dedo tomb from the second half of the 15th century.

Further, the significant buildings from the Austro-Hungarian period are the today’s Municipality building (previously known as “Konak” meaning “Residence”) and the madrassa of Captain Osman, which were all constructed in pseudo-Moorish style.
In Gračanica central park, there is a monument erected in honor of 121 soldier fallen during the Second World War.

Health and recreational tourism, based on rich thermo-mineral waters, presents the most important touristic natural resource within the municipality area. The thermal water springs are used for therapeutic purposes, sports and recreation. There have been several thermal water pools constructed so far, and they are used only in summer.

Rural tourism in the wider area of Gračanica municipality area can be further developed in three main sub-areas – the area of the Sijedi Krš, Bukva and Monj or Ćetovulje.

Pottery making in Malešići, 8 kilometers away from Gračanica is an attractive traditional craft, and the old-fashioned way of producing pottery by using a simple pottery wheel run by a handicraftsman’s leg, represents a rare oasis of authentic pottery making in Europe.

Catering potential centers around “Tilia” hotel (50 beds), “Sax” motel (48 beds), “Cupid” guesthouse (16 beds) and “Aphrodite” guesthouse (21 bed).