Bukovicka Banja Spa
Thanks to its long and rich history, and the fact that it was the favorite destination of Prince Milos and the Obrenovic ruling Dynasty, the Bukovicka Banja Spa in Arandjelovac is part of the “Royal Spas of Serbia” campaign and features one of the oldest and the best preserved and maintained spa parks of Serbia. Once the Bukovička Banja Spa used to be a fashionable holiday center built along the pattern of spas in West Europe, while nowadays it is the important resort for rehabilitation and medical services and spa and wellness tourism of Serbia. Besides the four springs of cold curative waters of the temperature 13-14°C, there is the hypo-thermal spring in the Bukovička Banja Spa, whose temperature 25°C. The sources of the mineral waters of the Bukovicka Banja Spa vary in temperature, quantity or carbon acid and composition of mineral ingredients. Mineral waters of the Bukovicka Banja Spa has natrium-carbonate and calcium-hydro-carbonate and iron-ferrum and carbonate-acid composition. When in 1935 the hypo-thermal spring was discovered in Bukovicka Banja Spa, the row of illnesses and diseases to be cured here was extended.
The Bukovička banja Spa is balneo-climatic resort in Arandjelovac, in the center of Shumadija, in the foot of Bukulja Mountain, 80 km south of Belgrade, where the direct and indirect influence of vegetation, waters and air create an unique ambiance very suitable for vacations, spa arrangements, relaxation with all conditions and forms for recreation and sport preparations. The Bukovička Banja spa is unique for the fact that it is situated in one of the most beautiful and best preserved urban and spa parks in Serbia. The park of the Bukovicka Banja Spa was proclaimed by the law of Republic of Serbia for the Monument of Nature, while structures of Staro zdanje and the Pavilion of Prince Milos (Biveta) became part of the cultural heritage of special importance, and nominated to get a status of monuments of extraordinary importance. The “KNJAZ MILOŠ” Pavilion in the wonderful park of the Bukovicka Banja Spa in Arandjelovac was nominated the EU cultural heritage by the Evropa Nostra in 2018 in the category of Conservation.
The Staro zdanje structure in Bukovicka Banja Spa, along with the endowment of Misa Anastasijevic in Belgrade, during the 19th century used to be the most remarkable and the largest structures in Serbia. Its surface of 9000 sq m aimed to be originally the Parliament of Princedom of Serbia, however when the seat of the state was moved from Kragujevac to Belgrade, Staro zdanje became the royal residence of the Obrenovic Family.
The Park of the Bukovička Banja Spa makes an unique museum of the largest contemporary collection of sculptures in the open, made of the white marble from the Vencac Mountain. This park can be compared to only a few in the worlds that feature sculptures in open, as those in Netherlands and Texas. The park is geometrically aliened as parks in France, and was arranged in the 19th century by design of Staro zdanje, by architect Kosta Sreplovic. Then in the existing lines were planted new 8500 plants of various deciduous and conifer species, when lake and floral lines were completed, as well as the kur-salon and structures for providing medical services, accommodation and food.
Today a lots of attention and funding is directed to maintenance of the park of the Bukovicka Banja Spa, in order to keep and restore the green and floral environment, and arrange walking trails for visitors, that can hike up to the observation points of the Bukulja Mountain, with the main goal to retain the existing natural ambiance.
When the design of reconstruction and revitalization of the park of the Bukovicka Banja Spa as the Monument of Nature was done, designers in charge specially paid attention that park experiences protection of natural features and all of the cultural and historical monument, which makes the complex whole which needs special selection of floral species that best match the habitat and environment. It took the whole century to plant and create alleys of pines and chestnuts, various deciduous and conifer trees, and to arrange lines and form floral compartments, arrange mineral springs and baths, and to construct structures of „Staro zdanje”, Paviljon „Knjaz Miloš”, „Arkade”, „Šumadija”, and in the recent half of century to keep additionally sculptures of national and international sculptors that take of took part in the Beli Venčac – White Venčac artistic Symposium that is traditionally held here.
The current phase of development of tourism in Bukovicka Banja Spa started 6 years ago with reconstruction and extension of the Izbor Hotel in Bukovicka Banja Spa in Arandjelovac Spa Park. Thanks to the exemption of the part of protected zone of the green park environment, the reconstruction of the „Staro zdanje”and „Šumadija”Hotels was carried out, as well as construction of a new hotel, which will, along with completion of the detailed spatial plan design, will turn the Bukovicka Banja Spa into the highest quality tourist destination of the region, that it fully deserves by its structural spa features, well-preserved green environment and the ambiance.