Šidski Banovci, is a small vilage in Syrmia (eastern Croatia) 10 miles south from Danube River. Today most of the population of the village Serbian members of Orthodox faith. Before World War II, in the village lived numberous German minority that at the end of the war largely moved to Austria. In the place you still can experience the traditional lifestyle of the Serbian minority in Croatia which has been maintained despite the modern way of life.
Culture and other interesting thing
The place has a baroque Orthodox church dedicated to st. Petka. The church was built in the nineteenth century and recently is restored. There you also can see the old mill, old local railway station, the old railway route and houses built in traditional Pannonian style. Every year on the Orthodox Christmas Eve (January 6), residents in the churchyard fallen bonfire. In this occasion locals takes oak tree from the surrounding and make the ritual fire. These nights the locals remember their old Slavic religion and symbolically confirm Christianity. In the rest part of year, villagers are organized around the celebration of New Year's, Women's Day, the day labor, on the occasion of the end of the school year, important religious holidays etc. There are active and the football club, pensioners club, the Protestant community and the Women's Caucus, which also periodically organizes public events. What describes life in Banovci it might be described as living on a human scale. People are extremely friendly and hospitable. Crime can be said not to exist in Banovci. The only problem is considerable unemployment and poverty of the villagers. Reason is still visible discrimination of Serbian minority by the regional authorities. However, as time goes on, things are slowly going in a positive direction.
Banovci are very well connected with regional centers.
Plane- Through the international airport Nikola Tesla in Belgrade (Serbia) and continue with bus (2 hours), or trought regional airport in Osijek (Croatia) and continue with bus (1 hour).
Train- Banovci is on the railway line between Zagreb and Belgrade, and all local trains stop at the local railway station. International trains stop at 8 km away Tovarnik (Croatia) or 20 km away Vinkovci (Croatia). Railways is the main route between Western Europe and the Middle East.
Bus- Banovci are connected by direct lines with Vinkovci, Vukovar, Osijek, Belgrade and Šid.
Car- Banovci located ten miles north of highway Zagreb-Belgrade, Regional roads have been repaired and now is in good condition. Some local roads are not in the best condition.
Bicycle- With a bike you can visit the nearby places. It is necessary however to have your own a bike. If you still can not bring your own bike you can always ask someone from the local person to dish it to you he will probably give you bike if you make him to believe in your good intentions.
By foot- You can also walk up to two nearby villages that are within the 0.5 and 1 mile.
Tips for visitors- Banovci not a tourist destination so that hotel accommodation can be found only in the surrounding towns. The best time to visit is spring when climatic conditions are favorable. Summer in this area have a big problem with mosquitoes, which do not transmit diseases, but they are real temptations. The doctor and mobile library comes to Banovci once a week. In the village there is only one shop that is satisfactory equipped. Zip code of vilage is 32 247, mail order just in business days. Best time to visit the church are the Sunday morning worship when the church will surely be open. The church is open for all "important" saints, and it can be opened in any other period but with the previous announcement to priest in Šid town (Serbia).
Try different kinds of dried pork, homemade cakes and organically grown fruits and vegetables picked just ahead of you. You should try and alcoholic plum brandy coled Rakija. Search and Balkan specialties such as pies cheese / meat / potatoes, baklava, sarma.