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.

if you are looking for a vacation or an overnight stay, open the biker friendly page >>HERE<<

Location of Mokra Gora

location of Mokra Gora on map of serbia
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

Find Biker friendly locations on the Biker friendly page >>HERE<<

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

Places near the ZIP camp

Beautiful surroundings and unspoiled countryside

We organize pleasant walks and hiking along forest paths and through forest glades in the village of Kremna. Visitors can tour  the countryside around the village, and enjoy the magnificent and spectacular scenery. The village of Kremna is famous for the Kremna prophecies, that is, Kremna’s prophets. There is a memorial house dedicated to Kremna’s prophets, which is open to visitors, on the main road to Tara mountain  (three kilometres away).

The very convenient position of the village of Kremna, enables tourists to go sightseeing, to organize and make sightseeing excursions, trips and to visit other important sites. Mokra Gora is located, on the road leading to Sarajevo (a distance of 15 kilometres). A special train, called “Ćira” leaves Mokra Gora railway station, runs and crosses the narrow-gauge track, and goes through the most famous track, called “The Šargan Eight”. Tourists can continue their journey and visit “Drvengrad” which was designed and built by our famous director Emir Kusturica. There is a beautiful town, called Višegrad, which is  30 kilometres distant from Mokra Gora. There is an exceptional bridge across the Drina river, which was built by Mehmed Paša Sokolović. Višegrad is also famous for the construction of a stone built settlement called “Kamengrad” (“stone town” also known as “Andrićgrad” ).

In the immediate vicinity of our campsite, tourists  can see the base of  Tara mountain, surrounded   by special mountain rarities.

Zaovine like
Zaovine like

The most significant is Zaovine Lake, an artificial lake located in Zaovine village, on Tara mountain. It was created on the Beli Rzav river as a reservoir for the Bajina Bašta II reversible hydropower plant. It is connected to the Drina river. Mitrovac provides a habitat for Pančić spruce (Picea omorika) and offers valuable sightseeing experience you can gain in Serbia – a famous observation deck Banjska Stena (the most visited site in  Tara National Park, located 6 km from Mitrovac). Coming down Tara mountain, we can overlook the artificial lake Perućac and admire the beauties of Bajina Bašta, the Drina river and the shortest Vrelo river  (365m long) with beautiful restaurant “Vrelo” above the waterfall to river Drina.

Rača Monastery is the most visited site in Tara National Park, with ten thousands of visitors every year. The monastery is situated in the vicinity of Bajina Bašta. This monastery was founded by the Serbian King Dragutin (1276–1316). The monks of  this monastery translated texts from Ancient Greek, wrote histories, and copied manuscripts (the most famous scriptorium was here in Rača, known as the School of Rača, which flourished from the sixteenth- to the eighteenth-century); they translated and copied not only liturgical but also scientific and literary works of the period. Zlatibor mountain rises in the distance and is situated at a distance of 30km from Kremna. It is the most popular tourist destination and the most visited tourist site which has major tourist attractions. Its highest peak is Tornik. 

The Open air museum Old Village in Sirogojno, The Potpeć Cave, Gostilje waterfall attract many tourists.

There is a beautiful lake, called Vrutci, in the near vicinity of the village of  Kremna.

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Kadinjaca

 

Travelling towards the town of Užice,  tourists usually visit “Kadinjača” – a memorial complex, built in honour of  those men killed in battle (Labour Batallion), and then the great monastery of Rujno. Tourists are particularly interested in visiting  The National Museum, an old hydroelectric power plant and a well-known cave, called the Potpeć Cave which is located on a major road stretching to a nearby town called Požega. 

Tourist destinations, that have been described here, constitute just a small part of tourist attractions and facilities that can be seen in the village of Kremna and in the neighbouring region. Tourists can get the necessary information on other tourist sites and destinations on the campsite itself.