Novi Pazar is in Podrinje.
By busBuses from Belgrade depart frequently (5-6 hours; €15 one-way)
From Bosnia and Herzegovina
Buses from Sarajevo run daily, departing at 15:00 and 22:00 (7 and-a-half hours, €15 one-way or €22 with a return ticket - return has to be within a month).
Buses from Podgorica depart several times a day (€12-15; 5-6 hours, depending on lines at the Montenegro-Serbia border). This route goes through the mountains of Montenegro and is among the most scenic in Europe; if you want some nice sunset photos, get a seat on one of day/late afternoon departures.
Buses from Pristina depart daily at 08:30, 14:20, and 18:30. 3-3.5 hours to Novi Pazar, €7.50. As of August 2018, Serbian border control is strict about passport stamps for passengers on this bus, checking closely that foreigners entered Kosovo through Serbia rather than via another country.
From North Macedonia
Buses to Skopje, North Macedonia depart daily, and also make stops in Mitrovica and Pristina.
Walk around, it’s a small, but charming city with a decent pedestrian street with many cafés in the city center.
Taxis are pink and easy to spot.
Church of St. PeterFrom the 9th-century.
Altun-Alem mosqueThe main mosque of the city, and it is the largest in this region of the Balkans and dates from 16th century.
Amir-agin HanA historic 17th-century Ottoman building.
Turkish fortressBuilt in 15th-century.
Isa-begov hamamBuilt by the founder of Novi Pazar Isa beg Ishaković in 15th-century.
Old Ras and the Sopocani monasteryaddress: Vicinity of Novi Pazar, Raška DistrictPart of the World Heritage List, built in 1260 and it is noteworthy for its exceptional frescoes
Saint George monasteryaddress: Boturovina, RaškaThis is a is a 12th-century Serbian Orthodox monastery. Parts: Church of Saint George, dining-room, refectory, water tanks and walls around entry tower. Part of the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Talk with locals; there are not that many tourists in the city and people may not speak much English. However, many of those who fled to other European counties during the recent war have returned and are are fluent in German, French or Swedish.
The region is known for pršuta, air—dried or smoked beef, available as tenderloin or sausage links.
Dućan Kod Esnafaaddress: Ulica Stevana NemanjeFriendly staff will offer you a sample slice of meat or fresh cheese. Approximately €15 for a kilo of smoked tenderloin. The meat travels well as it does not need to be refrigerated and they will vacuum-seal it for you in the shop.
RileTypical Serbian barbecue restaurant on Ulica 1. Maja. A little bit before the road splits up on your left hand side. It's a family owned business and at least one of the sons speaks good English.
Café Sarayaddress: Ulica 1. MajaA courtyard with relaxed seats and cushions around a little fountain with a small selection of non-alcoholic drinks.
phone: +381 20 314 844address: 37. Sandžačke divizije 2Centrally located and easily spotted because of its distinctive architecture, the hotel offers 30 rooms.
phone: +381 20 335400address: Jošanički KejPleasant hotel with decent rooms, 10 minute walk from the bus station and city center. 24-hour reception, with a restaurant and bar on the ground floor. For some reason, it's listed as "Hostel Palma" on booking.com, but it is in fact, a hotel. Ask if the King Room is available- it's on the top floor and has a large balcony with a nice view of the surrounding hills.