About Vranje

Vranje (Serbian: Врање, Vranje, pronounced [ʋrâɲɛ]  is a city located in southern Serbia. The population of the city administrative area is 88.288, while the urban area has 55,052 people, according to 2002 Census. It is the administrative center of the Pčinja District of Serbia.

Vranje is the economic, political and cultural center of the Pčinja District consisting of Bosilegrad, Bujanovac, Vladičin Han, Preševo, Surdulica, Trgovište and Vranje municipalities. The city is located in the southwest of Vranje valley, on the left bank of the South Morava river. The river and the city are divided by the main road and railway line, which leads to the north to: Leskovac (70 km), Niš (110 km) and Belgrade (347 km), and to the south: to Kumanovo (56 km), Skopje (91 km) and Thessalonica (354 km).

Vranje is located at base of the mountains Pljačkovica (1231 m), a (1154 m) and Pržar (731 m) and it is located 70 km (43 mi) away from the border with Bulgaria, 40 km (25 mi) from the border with Macedonia.

The Eparchy of Vranje is located in the city and the 4th Land Force Brigade of the Serbian army is stationed there.

Vranje is the seat of Pčinja District and as such is a major center for cultural events in the district. The most notable annual events are: Borina nedelja, Stari dani, Dani karanfila (in Vranjska Banja)... Vranje lies close to Besna Kobila mountain and Vranjska Banja, two locations with high potential which are currently underdeveloped. Other locations in and around Vranje with some tourist potential include Prohor Pčinjski monastery, archeological site Kale-Krševica, Markovo kale, Pržar, birth-house museum of Bora Stankovic...

The largest hotels are Hotel "Vranje", located near the center and Hotel "Pržar" overlooking the city and the valley. The city has numerous traditional Serbian cuisine as well as international cuisine restaurants and many cafes and bars.


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