T A R A
Tara mountain, located at the utmost Western Serbia, next to the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region ruled after the Romans by the Byzanths, Serbian Bishops, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Serbian Kings, then powerfull noblemen, then Prince Lazar, then his descendants and like this all the way to the Turks, is probably the most beautiful mountain of the Western Serbia and many people consider it the most beautiful mountain at the Balkans. On the North, it is edged by the Drina, on the West by the Derventa and White Rzav, on the South by the Mokra Gora and Kremna valley and on the East by the Pilica and the Solotuška river.
The major part of Tara belongs to the Bajina Bašta Municipality and the smaller one to Užice Municipality. With the outstanding preserved nature, flora and fauna (it was pronounced a National Park in 1981), Tara is ideal for holidays and recreation in all seasons. Just the Drina river and its magnificent canyon with the cliffs covered by dense deciduous and coniferous forests (here grows also the famous Pančić Spruce, a relict and endemite left and surviving at these regions already since prehistorical era), the trumps separating Tara and making it so special.
The Drina water is extremely clean and transparent and, owing to the planktons, its color changes from the green to quite transparent blue one. The rafting on the Drina is famous, as well as The Drina Regatta, held here annually, gathering more than 100,000 visitors from Serbia and abroad. Tara has got also several tourism localities and settlements, among which the best known ones are Kaluđerske Bare, Mitrovac on Tara, Zaovine, Šljivovica and Predov Krst, and the artificial accumulation lake and the weekens settlement under the same name Perućac are a special attraction. The accommodation on Tara is diverse, from the Hotel Omorika and the Javor Annexes at Kaluđerske Bare, through the White Pine Hotel at the Radmilovac resort, the Lake Hotel at Perućac, the children's resort "Mitrovac na Tari", up to the great offer of private accommodation in the villas and apartments.
Everyone finds something here he is interested in: the mountaineers trek on the Ravna Tara and Kaluđerske Bare, fishermen fish at the Rzav and Drina, especially in the lake at the Zaovine, the sport grounds in Bajina Bašta, at Kaluđerske Bare and on Mitrovac are convenient for the height teambuilding for all types of sports, geologists, palonthologists, botanicians and zoologists would never get tired searching around Tara, the historians and archeologists claim the settlement in the Višesava is older than the one in Vinča and the name Tara itself is so old that the Illyrian Autariata tribe, that used to live in these regions, got its name by the mountain name.
Stayin on Tara is really a happening. Thus a Slavic legend becomes quite acceptable. Saying the Tara mountain was selected by the good God Tar, due to many and uniques natural beauties and the mountain got its name after him. The tourism journalists who visited Tara believe this might be true.
Half-day and the whole day excursions are organized for Tara guests:
Kaluđerske Bare - Rača Monastery - Bajina Bašta - Perućac Lake - Mitrovac
Kaluđerske Bare - Kremna - Kadinjača - Užice - Zlatibor
Kaluđerske Bare - Kremna - Mokra Gora
Mountaineer paths are marked on Tara in the total length of about 120 km and the TAROCIKL project defined biking lanes in the length of about 420 km.