Camping Area Drina

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About us !

This mini campsite is next to the Bajina Bašta – Perućac road, within the Stanić farm household. The site is situated behind the “Snežana Villa” and extends towards the Drina River. The nearby Lake of Perućac and the National Park Tara offer various possibilities for active relaxation and recreation. There are attractive tourist localities nearby, such as Rača Monastery, remains of the Solotnik old city (XV century), bathing resort at Perućac, the Mramorje medieval cemetery, Šargan’s eight, the Wooden Town of Mokra Gora and the Roman municipalium in Skelani.

The campsite has 20 sites to set up a tent and 17 sites suitable for campervans. The campsite has a bathroom with hot water, free wi-fi and it is possible to charge your mobile phones in the charming summer house. It is also possible to rent apartments in the nearby villa.

If you like fishing, campsite Drina is the right place for you.


How to reach us !


How to contact us !

Bušinsko polje, 31250 Bajina Bašta

+381 64 847 54 20,

+381 64 84 75 202

minicampdrina@gmail.com

N 43.97049, E 19.54059


Do not miss !

From here you can visit Perućac like, Rača Monastery, Šargan’s eight, Mokra Gora

Emir Kusturica film director

The renowned film director Emir Kusturica, beside his work on film and music, is also known for his antiglobalist ideas

emir kusturicaFor years local audience has opposite impressions about Emir Kusturica‘s work and attitudes, but for decades he has left no one indifferent. Today he’s a top world director, a musician and a published author, who won numerous film, music, but also architecture, awards.

Emir Kusturica, a Serbian director whose first film “Nevjeste dolaze” (Brides are coming) was banned due to “explicit sex taboo topics” in the former communist Yugoslavia, has never stopped provoking in accordance to his anti-globalist ideas.

He won two “Golden palm” awards in Cannes for the films “Otac na službenom putu” (When Father Was Away on Business) and “Podzemlje” (Underground), and his films were competing for the Academy Award for non-English speaking film.

Several times he was the president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. He is also the holder of the French Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters and UNICEF ambassador for Serbia.

He has both Serbian and French citizenship.

Emir Kusturica was born in Sarajevo and was educated at the Film Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). His second student film “Guernica” got him the main prize at the Student Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. After his graduation in 1978, Kusturica returned to Sarajevo where he started working on local television.

He made his feature film debut in 1981 with “Sjećaš li se Doli Bel?” (Do You Remember Dolly Bell?) that won the prestigious “Silver Lion” for Best First Work at that year’s Venice Film Festival. His second feature film, “Otac na službenom putu” (When Father Was Away on Business) from 1985, earned a “Golden palm” at Cannes and the Academy Award nomination.

Twenty years ago he substituted for his colleague the Czech film director Milosh Forman teaching Film Directing at the Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division in New York when he directed his first English-speaking film “Arizona Dream” (1993) starring Faye Dunaway, Johnny Depp and Jerry Lewis. The film won “Silver Bear” award in Berlin in 1993.

His next film “Podzemlje” (Underground) from 1995 brought him another “Golden palm” in Cannes, and three years later he was awarded “Silver Lion” for the Best Direction for the film “Crna mačka, beli mačor” (Black Cade, White Cat) at the Venice Film Festival.

For the filming of “Život je lep” (Life Is a Miracle), the most expensive film production in Serbia,Drvengradwas built at Mokra Gora in 2004. According to Emir Kusturica’s idea, this ethno village should symbolize an anticapitalist and antiglobalization way of life. Four years later, on a suggestion of Austrian writer Peter Handke, it hosted the first edition of “Küstendorf”, a Film and Music Festival that was visited by a number of great stars of world music and cinema over the years.

Today “Drvengrad” is one of the centers of ethno tourism in Serbia, with its own production of fruit juices sold in bottles with provocative inscriptions and characters like Josip Broz Tito, Dragoljub Draža Mihailović, Ernesto Che Guevara… Kusturica was awarded the prestigious “Philippe Rotthier” architecture prize for the reconstruction of “Drvengrad” in 2005.

Kusturica is also traveling the world with his band “Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra“. His musical work was recognized five years ago in the Paris Opera Bastille, where a punk opera “Time of the Gypsies”, inspired by the film “Dom za vešanje” (Time of the Gypsies), was performed.

The same year Emir Kusturica was awarded the French Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters, the most important French award in the field of culture. Kusturica also directed the video for the cover song “Rainin’ In Paradize” for the album of the French musician Manu Chao.

Two years ago he published his autobiography titled “Smrt je neprovjerena glasina” (Death is an Unverified Rumor), which has already had several editions. He’s a good friend of the famous Russian director Nikita Mihalkov, and he’s also friend with actors Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp, and footballer Diego Armando Maradona.

Šargan Eight railroad

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Owing to its rich history, interesting premonitions, the unusual shape and unimaginable surrounding landscapes, the Shargan Eight is righteously called the wonder of the railways and one of the most magnificent tourist attractions in Serbia.

Part of the railroad track that had once connected Europe to the Adriatic Sea over the hills, bridges and inaccessible sceneries, today represents one-of-a-kind tourist-museum railway. For less than fifty years, the famous “Ćira” has been riding through these hilly landscapes and mountain notches, leaving behind the smell of smoke and the recognizable “choo-choo” sound.

Development of technology and modernization of railways have made this legendary train which in the past had its regular route from Belgrade to Dubrovnik and Zelenika, become a part of the history and sweet memory of those who had a chance of travelling on it.

However, neither time nor modernization could erase the memory of “Ćira” and the exceptional ride down the narrow railroad through some of the Serbia’s most beautiful landscapes.

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.

That is when the Shargan Eight has been brought back to life, and another premonition of the famous prophet Mitar Tarabić came true. „Many years will pass and people will remember the iron road again, so they will re-build it. Just, there won’t be passengers who travel to Višegrad because of their need and work, but for fun, enjoyment and relaxing“, said the famous Tarabić in the late 19th century.

CiraAnd that’s the way it is today. Although “Ćira” doesn’t drive down the railroad drawing the perfect eight any longer, the sound of steam locomotive and the smell of smoke, still fill up the fresh mountain air. The one to “blame” is the “Nostalgia” train which drives the curious passengers from Mokra Gora to Shargan Vitasi station. That is how the cheerful gurgle of the excited passengers spreads around the wagons whose clanking echoes across the quiet landscapes again.

Directorate of Sarajevo had started the building of Shargan railway, or the part between Užice and Vardište on March 1st, 1921. The first train which had been driving down the brand new railroad, passed by on 25th of January in 1925, and this railroad was of a large economic, political and military-strategic significance.

Romantic ride on the „Nostalgia“, brings the old generations back to their distant past, and gives the opportunity to the young to get to know its small, but carefully kept part. And then it looks like nothing much has changed.

Wooden wagons, richness and natural beauties of this region, remind of the past times which were a symbol of simplicity and attachment to people and nature.

And that’s not it. By boarding the train, you will pass the 22 tunnels, over 5 bridges and overcome the height difference of 300m and all that at only 15.440m of distance. You can expect magnificent viewpoints and breathtaking scenes. Impressive, right?

The Shargan “Eight” railroad has got its name because the above sea level of 300m is overcome by the rise upon the hills in the convoluted circles in the shape of number eight. One of the biggest attractions is Golubići station, made for the needs of Emir Kusturica’s movie “Life is a miracle”.

Sightseeing of luxuriant nature of Mokra Gora and vicinity has numerous charms both in the summer and winter period. Here everything smells like wildflowers and bloomed greenery in spring, and in winter, nature is tucked into the thick snow blanket. The thrilling ride on the “Nostalgia” represents the unforgettable experience, and it is on you to pick your favorite season for enjoying its beauties.

How to get to Mokra Gora?

The nature park Mokra Gora extends between Mt. Tara and Mt. Zlatibor at about 210 km from Belgrade and 290 km from Niš.

You can get to Mokra Gora and Drvengrad by your own vehicle, by a bus or a train.

To the very Mokra Gora and Drvengrad you come using the road to Višegrad from the direction of Užice or Bajina Bašta.

Location of Šargan Eight
Location of Šargan Eight

When you are already here, don’t miss…

Visiting Zlatibor and the Zlatibor area, as well as Čajetina where you must attend the traditional event “Pršutijada” and try some of the domestic specialties prepared from the well preserved recopies.

Don’t miss a visit to Tara and enjoy the beauties .

If you want a little adventurous fun, visit the pearl of the Užice area – the Stopića cave.

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Drvengrad 

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Famous director Emir Kusturica has built the beautiful ethno village “Drvengrad” (eng. Wooden town) set between two mountains. Every year it hosts Kustendorf festival, an event visited by some of the world’s top film stars.

 

Located on Mećavnik hill in Mokra Gora nature park, the meeting point of two beautiful Serbian mountains Tara and Zlatibor, ethno village “Drvengrad” is a product of film director Emir Kusturica’s imagination, and was built for the production of his film “Life is a miracle”.

Around the world it is better known under the name of Kustendorf, a gorgeous oasis just beside Mokra Gora, a town of only 605 residents not far from the city of Užice.

“Drvengrad” is a rectangular ethno village with main street leading from the entrance gate on one end to a small wooden Christian-orthodox church on the other.

The church was built in tradition of Russian log cabin churches and is dedicated to St. Sava, the founder of Serbian autocephalous christian orthodox church. In the center of the village is a square paved with wooden blocks and surrounded by authentic log cabins brought in from their original locations and placed on foundations made of stone.

Streets in the village are named after some famous people. Main street bears the name of a Nobel prize winner, writer Ivo Andrić.

There are also streets named after Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, Argentine football player Diego Armando Maradona, Serbian actor Miodrag Petrović Čkalja and famous film directors Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman. One street is named after Novak Djoković, one of the best tennis players in the world.

“Drvengrad” has an art gallery, a library, a cinema called “Underground” after one of Kusturica’s most famous movies, a cake shop with home made sweets, a restaurant with traditional Serbian cuisine, a souvenir shop etc.

Somewhat fantastic and mystical atmosphere of the place that actually resembles a fairy tale town, is additionally amplified by wooden birds placed on the upper plateau of its main square.

In 2005 the Brussels based “Philippe Rotthier foundation for architecture” has named “Drvengrad” the best architectural achievement in Europe in past three years. This ethno village was also awarded a four-star city-hotel status (just like Sveti Stefan in Montenegro).

“Drvengrad” also hosts the international “Kustendorf” film festival, founded by Emir Kusturica. It is conceived as an event where young filmmakers and students can meet famous actors and directors, but also as a meeting point of bands and musicians. Special highlight of the festival is a “bad films burial” ceremony taking place at the Bad films cemetery.

The first film “buried” here was “Die hard 4.0”. Over the years, actors Johnny Depp and Gael Garcia Bernal but also directors Nikita MikhalkovJim Jarmusch and Abbas Kiarostami were among celebrities that have visited “Kustendorf”.

A visit to “Drvengrad” is not complete until you took a train ride along the Šargan eight, a 12km part of the narrow-gauge heritage railway.

“Ćira”, the old steam train, shall take you through deep rocky gorges sliding up and down an extraordinary number-eight-shaped track route. This so-called “eight”, the only such combination of tunnels and bridges in the world, manages to overcome a 300 meter altitude difference between Mokra Gora and Šargan.

Near “Drvengrad” you can also find another “must see” site. That is a village called Kremna, the home of “prophets” from the Tarabić family.

How to get to the magical village of Drvengrad?

The nature park Mokra Gora extends between Mt. Tara and Mt. Zlatibor at about 210 km from Belgrade and 290 km from Niš.

You can get to Mokra Gora and Drvengrad by your own vehicle. Google maps to Drvengrad >>HERE<<

To the very Mokra Gora and Drvengrad you come using the road to Višegrad from the direction of Užice or Bajina Bašta.

When you are already here, don’t miss…

Taking the old “Ćira” on the “Šargan eight railroad between Šargan and Mokra Gora.

Visiting Zlatibor and the Zlatibor area, as well as Čajetina where you must attend the traditional event “Pršutijada” and try some of the domestic specialties prepared from the well preserved recopies.

Don’t miss a visit to Tara and enjoy the beauties.

If you want a little adventurous fun, visit the pearl of the Užice area – the Stopica cave- Google maps to cave >>HERE<<

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Location of Drvengrad

location of Drvengrad on map of serbia
location of Drvengrad on map of serbia

Mokra Gora

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Lush nature of Mokra Gora merges the spirit of old times and modern era: the old “Šargan Eight” railway, Emir Kusturica’s ethno-village “Drvengrad” and a modern ski center with artificial snow cannons

Steep, exciting relief covered with dense pine forests between Mt. Tara and Mt. Zlatibor was once known as “Markovo polje” (Marko’s field), a place where Marko Kraljević, a Serbian medieval knight and a hero of epic poetry, threw maces from one hill to another, according to traditional folk stories.

Today, however, Mokra Gora (eng. Wet mountain) is better known for its tourist attractions and breathtaking nature surrounded with valleys and gorges of the White and the Black Rzav and the Kamiška River.

drvengrad mokra-goraOld mountain cabins are scattered across meadows between streams and numerous mineral springs. And contrasting them, new cabins were built in the old traditional style on the hill Mećavnik that dominates in Mokra Gora. Set in a line in cobbled streets cabins create “Drvengrad” (eng. Wooden town), the famous ethno-village of the film director Emir Kusturica.Drvengrad-Kusturica-traditional-ethno-village-wooden-stairs

While filming the “Life is a Miracle”, director was so enchanted by the beauties of Mokra Gora that he decided to come to live here, build a unique village and start a film festival “Kustendorf” that takes place in January.

At that time of the year, Mokra Gora is the perfect destination for skiers as the ski resort “Iver” is located only 10 km up the hill from Drvengrad. New modern ski center is fully equipped for spending a perfect day out in the snow: four ski tracks, ski lifts and artificial snow system.

Nevertheless, the most beautiful way to experience this lush landscape is to take a train ride on old “Ćira” on the “Šargan Eight”, a truly unique narrow railway track.

8-shaped railway cuts through steep and rocky landscape and passes through 22 tunnels and crosses over a dozen of bridges, making passengers unaware of having crossed this unusual winding track from Mokra Gora to Šargan.mokra-gora 2

At the stops along the way pride of green pines and amazing viewpoints will leave you breathless, with sounds of the nearby waterfalls.

Mineral waters spring out deep in forest, and the best known spring is “Bele vode” (White water). It is said that its miraculous water cures eye diseases, therefore once at Mokra Gora numerous tourist will also come here to invigorate their eyes.

Covered with mountain flora, the “Hajdučka” and the “Crvena” (Red) caves treasure the secrets of hajduci (hero freedom fighters in the Balkans) while the remains of a Roman road and cemeteries indicate that in the time of the Roman Empire a significant road was leading through this area.

This landscape isn’t appealing only to humans, but also to numerous rare animal species that found their home in these forests. CapercaillieShort-toed Snake Eaglebrown bearwolf and wild cat are just some of them.

All these beauties of Mokra Gora won’t leave anyone indifferent as the landscape connecting two nature’s perfections, Mt. Tara and Mt. Zlatibor, must truly be something outstanding.

How to get to the mountain with the winding Šargan railroad?

The nature park Mokra Gora is located about 210 km from Belgrade and 290 km from Niš. Google maps >>HERE<<

If you’re using your own transport, it is best to take the highway from Belgrade to Montenegro.

If coming from Niš, the road to Mokra Gora leads across Kruševac, Čačak, Požega, Užice and Zlatibor. In Zlatibor the road separates leading to Nova Varoš and Višegrad. You need to take the road leading to Višegrad in order to get to Mokra Gora.

When you are already here, don’t miss…

Be sure to visit the National Park Tara and enjoy the beauties of Zaovine Lake and Perućac Lake.

If traveling in summer, you shouldn’t miss rafting on the Drina River at some of famous Drina regattas.

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Location of Mokra Gora

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location of Mokra Gora on map of serbia

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<<

What to visit on tara see more >>HERE<<

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

Village Zaovine & Zaovine Lake

Believe us that we are not exaggerating when we say that visiting the mountain village and lake of Zaovine is like entering ’’a fairy-tale world full of magic and unbelievable beauty’’. You don’t believe us still? Then stay with us because we’re taking you on a tour of one of the most beautiful places in Serbia. Enjoy!

Welcome to a little mountain heaven! With countless green hills, meadows full of flowers and fascinating landscapes that look like they’ve been painted by the most skilled artist, the Zaovine village on mountain Tara is precisely that. Who wouldn’t want to be here? Google navigation to Tara Mountain >>HERE<<

It doesn’t take much to come to a conclusion of why the pictures of this small Serbian mountain village travelled across the globe. You simply can’t make a bad photo here. Luscious nature with all its bright colours and interesting mountain houses won’t let you. But, Zaovine are not only famous for their unreal natural beauty. There’s so much more to them… Google navigate to the place Zaovine >>HERE<<

The place where Pančić first saw the Serbian spruce

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This is the first of the many things that made Zaovine famous outside the borders of Serbia. Believe it or not, this is where the famous Serbian botanist Josif Pančić discovered a living fossil of flora. In 1875 in the little village of Đurići, Pančić found a new endemo-relict species of coniferous trees which he names Pančićeva omorika (binominal name: Picea omorika, common name: Serbian spruce).

This endemic species grows in a very small area, and the Zaovine are the only habitat of where Pančićeva omorika grows on metamorphic rocks. We suggest that you visit the very place where this huge discovery was made. There you can listen to the interesting story about the Serbian spruce, enjoy beautiful nature and a stunning lookout.

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Google Navigation-Bilješka stena and observatory, Tara Mountain >>HERE<<

The place where a magical lake was created

In 1980, a dam was built near Zaovine and one of the main symbols of the village and of the Tara mountain was created. This was the Zaovine lake. The whole project was launched because of the Bajina Bašta hydroelectric power station, but with its realisation another thing came into being –an old prophecy from Kremna. So, what’s it about?

The Tarabić family are the most famous Serbian family of prophets who predicted that the Drina river will one day flow upstream. This prophecy seemed nonsensical for quite a long time. That is – until this magical lake was created. With water from the Drina river being pumped up to mt. Tara and then flowing down from the Zaovine lake, it seems that this prophecy came true.

This lake is a real paradise for all those who enjoy calm and intact nature. Owing to the coniferous trees surrounding the lake, this place has fresh air and the chirp of birds makes this whole ambient unique and almost unreal. The serenity of the Zaovine lake is something you simply have to experience for yourself…

The Zaovine lake
The Zaovine lake

The place where a fascinating medieval fortress used to stand

The impressive nature and dreamy Zaovine lake will surely amaze you. However, there’s one more place you mustn’t skip when visiting this mountain heaven. We’re talking about

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Ravna stena

Ravna stena or Grad which adorns the valley of the Beli Rzav river. In the Middle Ages, a unique medieval fortification used to stand on this attractive natural landmark and geomorphological attraction. Google navigate to Ravna stena >>HERE<<

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This place is also special because this is where a bird rare to the Balkans nests – the Peregrine falcon. Apart from that, Ravna stena is a valuable and interesting tourist attractions because it’s the home of a rare plant species called the yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus). You simply have to visit Zaovine if you happen to find yourself in this part of Western Serbia. You’ll leave with a smile on your face, full of energy and beautiful memories. That we can guarantee!

Due to their unique, rare and rich flora and fauna, Zaovine were proclaimed a landscape of outstanding features. The presence of around 600 plant species and 14 fish species has been confirmed.

Since you’re already here, don’t miss…

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Banjska stena

…walking on the glades of mt. Tara and enjoying one of Serbia’s most beautiful landscapes called Banjska stena, Google navigation to Banjska stena >>HERE<<

 

…visiting the fascinating Mokra Gora, the magical ethno village Drvengrad and taking a ride on the famous Šargan Eight railroad.

Google navigation to Mokra Gora & Drvengrad >>HERE<<


Do not forget. In the village of Kremna there is a biker friendly accommodation, Camping ZIP  >>check it out here<<


Location of Zaovine village and Zaovine lake

Location of Zaovine village and Zaovine lake
Location of Zaovine village and Zaovine lake