Best places in Eastern Serbia!

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Natural Reserve Uvac. he main attraction of the Reserve is the habitat of Griffon vulture.Bird’s wing span is about 3m, weight – up to 11 kg which makes this griffon biggest bird in Serbia. >>Read more.


Stopica cave

Stopica cave. The cave entrance, at 711 meters above sea level, is 18 meters high and 35 meters wide. It is a river cave as the Trnavski stream flows through it. Its main attraction is a 10 meters high underground waterfall. >>Read more.


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Lake Perućac. The artificial lake Perućac is located in Western Serbia, on the very border with Bosnia & Herzegovina, at the altitude of 290 meters. It was created by damming the flow of the Drina river and construction of the hydroelectric…>>Read more.


Zlatibor mountain

Zlatibor mountain.A legend says that it was named after white pines with yellow needles like old gold that once covered the beautiful slopes of Mt. Zlatibor. Today the last “golden” pine can be seen in the village of Negbina. >>Read more.


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Šargan Eight railroad. Just like people in 1974 said their goodbyes to the train that had been driving them safely to the desired station, twenty years later, the desire of reviving at least one of its parts and feel the bygone spirit of the past, has appeared again. >>Read more.


 

Drina regattas

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None of the rivers in Serbia is as attractive to the regatta lovers as the moody green Drina. That’s why from spring until late summer regattas are organized on this wild river with tens of thousands of people participating.

If you find summer, nature, fun and an adrenaline rush on your mind then one of your associations will certainly be a wild river. And if you think of something like that is Serbia then, the road is clear – straight to the river Drina. During July on the Drina you practically can’t miss one of the regattas which aren’t just about going down the water but, are crazy parties with trumpets, socializing and side concerts.

drinska regata 1These unique parties start already at the end of June, one the first regattas which proves nothing is impossible on the Drina stars – the Regatta for people with disabilities.

This is one of the rare events of this kind in Europe. In this event 200 people go by boat from Lake Perućac to the estuary of Rača into the Drina and this boat trip is followed by sports events as well as hanging out by the campfire with grill and music.

The regattas and fun on the Drina continue in the first week of July with the Loznica regatta which has you sailing down a 17km navigable path from Mali Zvornik to Gornja Koviljača.

The second Saturday in July is reserved for the Regata in Ljubvoija for a decade. The merry crews go down the 40kilometers from Rogačica to Ljubovija followed by the sounds of trumpets this lasts for nine hours.

As an overture for the grand “Drina Regatta” a student regatta which lasts 3 to 5 days is organized in mid July.

The floating caravan with hundreds of students is probably the cheeriest of the regattas that pass down the Drina during the summer. After the descent, the swimming in lake Perućac and the games without borders in the nature the unforgettable student parties continue and the environment provides extra charm.

Within this student regatta field trips are organized to Mokra Gora and Višegrad in which you can find the famous stone bridge of Mehmed Pasha Sokolović (Sokollu Mehmed Pasha) from the end of the 16th century.

This structure which is protected by the UNESCO organization was immortalized in the novel by Ivo Andrić “The bridge on the Drina” for which he got a nobel prize for literature in 1961.

Only a few days of silence announce the most exuberant event – the big and most crowded “Drina regatta” in Bajina Bašta that usually takes place within the last ten days of July. In those days around 20.000 enthusiasts from all over the world go down from Perućac lake to Rogatica in the most diverse vessels. In the 3 days of this regatta all kinds of “boats” can be seen on the river, many of which are made of old things, beds, car tires…

However, the river doesn’t seem to care what the vessels of the regattas are made of, all you need is your imagination and positive energy. The “sailors” of the merriest Drina caravan in the five hours of sailing pass by the Vrelo river, the shortest river in Europe only 365 meters long, and they have the opportunity to see an unusual sight – a house on a rock in the middle of the river! The whole event is followed by the “Most fest” (Bridge fest) in Bajina Bašta which features famous Serbian bands and performers.

During August many local regattas are organized on this river, and the Drina is always ready to carry you on its waves through the forests and cliffs of western Serbia.

How to get to all the regattas on the river Drina?

When you are already here dont miss…

Going to Mokra Gora, a train ride on the old “Ćira“, the tour around the “Šargan Eigth” rail and the ethno village Drvengrad (Wooden town) in which the famous director Emir Kusturica organizes a film and music festival “Kustendorf“.

If you are in Bajina Bašta during the regattas, don’t miss the Tara National park, where you can breathe in the fresh and sharp air of this mountain and enjoy the hospitality of the locals, try their mountain products and homemade rakija (a kind of brandy). Take the opportunity to visit “Carpet valley” which deflects under your feet because of what the earth is made of.

In the first half of august you cant miss Guča brass festival, one of the most visited and most famous events in Serbia. Guča is 100 km from Bajina Bašta.

Lake Perućac

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Perućac lake, created after the construction of the dam on the river Drina, is an ideal destination for relaxation in untouched nature or for a great fishing experience

perucac lake 2-minThe artificial lake Perućac is located in Western Serbia, on the very border with Bosnia & Herzegovina, at the altitude of 290 meters. It was created by damming the flow of the Drina river and construction of the hydroelectric power plaint “Bajina Bašta”. The surface of the lake is 12 square kilometers while its depth reaches 60 meters.

Perućac is the fishing paradise as the lake abounds in fish. The annual huchen fishing competition is organized on the lake and some fishermen can boast with enviable trophies. The lake is also rich in the European chub, catfish and carp.

In the beautiful surroundings of the nearby Tara mountain, all you need is a fishing rod, a fishing license that can be issued by any of local Fishery Associations, and a little of “fishermen’s luck”. You don’t have to be a passionate fisherman to have a great time on Perućac lake.

Besides the Tara National Park, you can also visit the nearby Mokra Gora and Drvengrad (Wooden town).

Use this unique opportunity totake a ride on the “Ćira” – an old steam train and true tourist attraction. The steam train will take you on a ride on a narrow railroad known as the Šargan Eight.

Another attraction of this area is the waterfall on the Vrelo river, probably the shortest river in the world that empties into the Drina. The Vrelo is exactly 365 meters long so the locals say that “it’s bright as the eye and a year long”.

You must visit the famous old bridge of the Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasha Sokolović from the Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andrić’s book “The Bridge on the Drina”, located just 25 kilometers from the Perućac lake in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

All adrenaline addicts eager for thrill and excitement will enjoy their stay on Perućac lake. Each year in July the famous Drina regatta takes place here. Participate in the regatta through the steep canyons.

The race is 25 kilometers long, and the number of participants increases every year, thus making it one of the most important races in Serbia. We assure you that you will have a time of your life and you will meet lots of new friends.

The archaeological site “Mramorje” in Perućac hides a medieval necropolis with tomb stones – stećci, some of which date from the 14th and the 15th century. Different in size and making, these limestone standing tombstones can be 2 meters long and up to 1 meter high. Only several of these standing tombstones are decorated with a sword, shield, circle and half moon shaped ornaments.

The archaeological site Mramorje is protected as a cultural monument of exceptional importance due to its historical and cultural value.

How to get to this emerald lake?

 

If you are already here, don’t miss…

Drinska-regata-minNumerous Drina reggatas, rafting and kayak or canoe adventures on the very lake and on the Drina river during the whole summer.

The biggest regatta is organized during the last ten days of July, and it is followed by the “Most fest” (eng. Bridge fest) where the most famous Serbian bands and artists perform.

Don’t miss walking around the Tara National Park and enjoying all the wonders of this mountain and its wild nature, with the unavoidable culinary specialties of this region.

In the first half of August you can’t miss the Guča brass festival, one of the most visited and most famous festivals in Serbia.

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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Location of Tara Mountain

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