Drina River

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For centuries a place where the East and the West clashed, today the unusually green, clear, winding and powerful Drina river carries the merriest regattas on its waves through exciting nature, for which it became the favorite destination of bohemians and adventurists

Once it was an important battle site that divided the Eastern and the Western Roman Empire, later the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Serbia, and today the Drina is the border between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Almost along its entire course the Drina cuts through mountain ranges creating gorges, only to enter a valley quite unexpectedly and change its character like a skillful actor. Its moodiness manages to trick even the most cunning ones, while its beauty will soften even the cruelest hearts.

And the beautiful lake Perućac, even the pickiest fishermen find it a true fishing paradise where they can enjoy the scenery and relax looking at the crystal clear emerald water while catching another spectacular trophy fishing from the river bank or a raft.

On the other hand, brave participants of the regattas claim that the best experience ever is to feel the waves splashing, while the river tosses you from side to side through narrow gorges.

And then the adrenalin rush and awe would leave you breathless while facing up to one kilometer high cliffs that barely reveal the blue sky and eagles flying freely.

After the exciting race, regatta competitors will camp on the Drina river banks, party with a barbeque, drinks and a brass orchestra, sleep under the clear night sky and breathe fresh air coming from the forests of Mt. Tara.

The always exciting Drina is created by joining the cool and swift mountain rivers Tara and Piva near Šćepan Polje, in Montenegro. From there with all its strength it curved its path towards Bosnia and Herzegovina, and gave the towns sprouting on its banks the particular historical importance.

One of the most famous towns on the Drina isVišegrad, where a special ornament made of white stone rises over the river – the famous old bridge of the Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasha Sokolović. The writer Ivo Andrić celebrated it with his novel “Na Drini ćuprija” (The Bridge on the Drina), for which the author was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Drina river 2The Drina enters Serbia strengthened by the force of the Lim river that flows into it just before the border creating the Medjedjanska gorge, one of two largest gorges on this river.

From here the river continues to flow along the winding border, through the parts of Serbia in which the beauty of nature is exceptional, flora and fauna are very rich and versatile and the Drina itself is the most beautiful.

Here lies, surrounded with dark steep cliffs, the largest gorge on the Drina, the 38 km long Klotijevačka Gorge.

The gorge leads towards Perućac lake that was created after the mighty Drina was dammed. Despite being an artificial lake, it is still one of the most beautiful lakes in Serbia. Mt. Tara rises almost vertically over the lake thus making the color of the lake more intensive and the lake more beautiful.

The Drina continues to wind through amazing landscapes all the way to the city of Loznica where it transforms into a calm lowland river and somewhere near Sremska Rača, in a transparent mystical mist, it slowly flows into the Sava river, as if it has never been that wild, uncontrollable river.

Larger cities through which the Drina flows are Foča (Srbinje), GoraždeVišegradBajina BaštaLjubovijaZvornikLoznica.

The river’s major left tributaries are the Sutjeska, the Bistrica Prača, the Drnjača and the Janja, while the right tributaries are the Ćehotina, the Lim, the Rzav, the Ljubovidja and the Jadar.

There are three hydropower plants built on the Drina: in Višegrad, in Bajina Bašta and in Zvornik.

Today lakes cover one third of the Drina which partially transformed its natural appearance, but still these are exceptionally beautiful lakes. The lakes are the Višegrad lakethe Perućac lake and the Zvornik lake.

The Drina in the tradition of the people

The Drina has always significantly shaped the lives of people who settled on its banks. It influenced various customs, inspired the creation of numerous songs and other art works.

And its unpredictable and winding relief was immortalized in a saying “Ko će krivu ispraviti Drinu?!” (Who can straighten the winding river Drina), meaning that something is in vain.

The folk tradition highlights another important characteristic – its unusually green color. It used to be called “Zelenika” (Green river) once due to its intensive green color, as if some dedicated painter keeps pouring his tempera into the river.

Once you are here, don’t miss…

The Drina regattas in summer: in the late Jun the regatta for the disabled, during the first weekend of July starts the Loznica regatta, the second Saturday in July is reserved for the regatta in Ljubovija, in mid-July is Students’ regatta, and the biggest and the most visited great Regatta in Bajina Bašta is organised during the last ten days in July.

During the regatta that leads to lake Perućac you will see the Vrelo river, one of the shortest rivers in the world, that is only 365 m long and that’s why people say it is “long as a year”.

Mt. Tara, that is, the Tara National Park, will leave you breathless with its magnificent nature any time of the year.

Visit the Rača monastery from the 13th century, King Dragutin’s endowment.

Mt. Tara almost touches Mt. Zlatibor, and on your way there you will see Drvengrad (The Wooden Town), an ethno village built by the concept of the famous film director Emir Kusturica. Here you shouldn’t miss the ride along the Šargan Eight railway on the old “Ćira” train.

Let your senses enjoy the traditional Serbian cuisine while visiting these mountains.

“Lažijada”, surely an unusual manifestation, organized in Drlače near Ljubovija, is a competition is telling lies that takes place in the first half of July.

Tara mountain

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Untouched nature, skiing resorts and archaeological sites are the leading attributes of Tara, a mountain known for its diversity of flora and fauna.

Mount Tara with endless evergreen and deciduous forests, lush pastures and vast meadows is one of the most beautiful corners of Serbia. Thus no wonder that the old Slavic God Tar had chosen Mt. Tara for his home. According to the legend, the mountain was named after him.

Tara is located in Western Serbia near Zlatibor and Mokra Gora, and it presents an area of exceptional natural beauties. It is the perfect destination for relaxation and recreation.

The canyon of the Drina River in the north of the mountain range contributes to the already exceptional beauty of Tara. Lake Perućac on the Drina River and Zaovine lake are located at the foot of the mountain. Thanks to these extraordinary natural beauties and unique ambient, Tara is a true jewel among Serbian mountains.

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Omorika Hotel

In winter time Tara, with its several smaller ski resorts Beli bor, Nagramak, Šljivovica and Mitrovac na Tari (Mitrovac on Tara), attracts numerous fans of winter sports. The highest quality ski resorts are located in the region of “Predov Krst” and they are equiped with trails for Alpine and Nordic skiing and the system of ski-lifts.

All year long numerous visitors come to Tara because of favorable climatic conditions. Zaovine with lakes, Kaluđerske Bare, Mitrovac, Sokolina and Predov krst are the most visited tourist resorts in Tara. During summer season cycling and hiking tours are organized, while all fans of extreme sports can enjoy mountain cycling tours.

If you prefer activities such as walking and hiking and enjoying the beauties of untouched nature, Tara will exceeded all your expectations. You can also visit some of the numerous cultural and tourist attractions.

Bajina Bašta, Višegrad, ethno village Drvengrad and the unique “Šargan Eight” rail can be visited as they are located at the foot of the mountain. You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to experience a unique steam train ride on the inaccessible terrain and the narrow eight-shaped railway track between Mokra Gora and Šargan.

Several archaeological sites can be found in Tara, and particularly interested are stećci (medieval tombstones) in Perućac, medieval fortress Solotnik and the Rača Monastery from the 13th century. For restless spirits and true adventurists there is whitewater rafting on the Tara River and the Drina.

Banjska-stena-In 1981 the mountain range of Tara was declared a National Park with spectacular nature and rich flora and fauna. There are 53 species of mammals and 153 species of birds living in this nature reserve park while bear, chamois and roe deer are protected by law.

“Tepih livada” (Carpet meadow), a part of the natural reserve “Crveni potok” (Red creek), is a particular attraction in Tara. It was named after a unique phenomenon – the meadow sags under your feet giving you a sensation that you’re truly walking on carpet. This phenomenon is a result of water preserved under the watertight soil. Lack of oxygen, acidic base, excess water and low temperatures prevent plants from decaying.

Climate in this region is humid and cold, thus it’s perfect for the growth of moss that creates white peat deposits. This moorland has been forming continuously since the last ice age, it is thousands of years old and it is still rising 1mm a year.

How to get to this preserve of natural beauty?

If you are heading to the mountain of ancient Slavic gods from the direction of Belgrade, the shortest route to take is the Belgrade-Valjevo-Rogačica-Bajina Bašta-Tara road which is 180km long. Tara is also 246km from Novi Sad. Google maps to Tara mountain >>HERE<<

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There is also a mountain Lake Perućac, Šargan Eight railroad, Drvengrad , Mokra Gora, Kremna, Village Zaovine & Zaovine Lake

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Location of Tara Mountain

location of Tara Mountain on the map of serbia
location of Tara Mountain on the map of serbia