Tara Mountain, Serbia
A lot of people do not have a clue about Tara mountain. Well, that’s a mistake as you can see in the pictures. So I strongly recommend you to book time this summer to visit it. The mountain is located in the southwestern part of Serbia, right next to the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. This one will be appreciated by archilovers: the beautiful historic city Visegrad is only an hour away where you will be impressed by the Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Drina River is passing through it and actually forming a big part of the border between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
There are plenty of opportunities to spend your time at the mountain. From renting a lake house and fishing all day to staying at the National Park Tara resort and discovering stunning views while hiking, up to sunbathing at one of the many beaches by the lakes. You can even go to a different lake each day, well there are only 5 of them, so that’s not entirely true. Unless you’re planning your visit to be 5 days long. Some of the lakes are pretty big, for example, the biggest one, lake Zaovine, covers the area of 15 square km. So you may save more than 1 day on this one. You can, of course, rent a paddle boat or any other kind of boat and spend all day at the lake fishing or swimming. Don’t forget your sunscreen, though. Since last year there is also a pop up deck at one of the lakes built by international design students who have spent 2 weeks at Tara. Expect more about this in one of the next posts.
The Drina River Canyon is not to be missed as well. There is a tiny picturesque hut situated on a rock which almost seems to be floating in the water. If you are into hiking you should definitely go up to the observation deck at Banjska stena and admire one of the most spectacular views I have ever seen in my life. Non-hikers alert: you can rent a bike from the village Mitrovac and cycle your way there, it’s not as painful and exhausting as it sounds, I promise. The trip is about 30 minutes, not steep at all and a lot of fun. I have to warn you that there are bears up there, brown bear to be exact. I didn’t actually see one but their feeding places are quite close to Mitrovac. So you know, just be careful and if you do encounter a real bear, I hope it’s not while going on a downhill. Fun fact: bears are actually faster that way.
If you are in the region, make sure to check the one of a kind wooden village called Küstendorf or Drvengrad that was made by the famous Serbian director Emir Kusturica.