National park Tara - 1 Day
Highlights: Perucac lake, Drina river, Banjska rock viewpoint, Zaovine Lake, house on the Drina river, Mokra Gora, Wooden town, Emir Kusturica
With beautiful nature, amazing food and landscapes that will take your breath away, western Serbia will easily make its way to your heart. If you want to uncover splendour of National Park Tara, but do not have much time, this one day tour is the best option.
On this tour we are to discover:
House in The Middle of The Drina River
The tiny house stands on an exposed rock in the middle of the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia. The town lies in the valley of the Drina River at the eastern edge of Tara National Park. The beauty of the house was captured by Hungarian photographer Irene Becker in August. The picture soon became a hit on the Internet. The house, despite having just found its recent fame, has been standing in the middle of the river for more than 40 years. he house was built in 1968 by a group of young boys who needed a place to sunbath. As the rock was not exactly the most comfortable place to lie down, they brought some boards from a nearby ruined shed. The following year the boys put up a roof and walls and a house materialized. To transport the materials they used boats and kayaks. Larger pieces were lowered into the water just a few miles upstream, and then caught at the rock. The house was nearly destroyed several times during flood, but every time it was built from ground up.
An arteficial lake made by building a dam on Drina, for the needs of the hydroelectric plant ”Bajina Bašta”. It has a surface of 12,4 km², the volume of 340.000 000 m³ of water, and it is up to 60 meters deep. It is 54 km long, and the minimum width of the lake is 150 meters, whereas the maximum is 1000 meters. It is situated at the altitude of 290 meters. The longest part of the lake is canyon-shaped, and it is surrounded by extremely steep rock clifs and rock blocks that dive vertically into the water. The lake is in the natural bend of the canyon of the river Drina between Bajina Bašta and Višegrad, and it surrounds mountain Tara, and its National park of Tara. The bathing season lasts for two months (July and August). The beach in Perućac has pontoons with pools for children. The area for swimming is bordered by buoys, lifeguards are present all the time on the coast or on the life boat. There are also showers, sliders, diving boards, canoes and paddle boats for renting, boats, a lovely restaurant. You can also enjoy boat riding around the lake. There used to be two ships with 60 seats, and they floated through the canyon of Drina from Višegrad to Perućac. Today, it is possible again to travel on a ship in tourist boats, which is a real attraction.
One of the most beautiful rivers in Serbia. In ancient times it was called Drinos and people named it Zelenika or Zelenka (Green in Serbian) after colour of its water. It meanders through picturesque mountainous and plain regions of Bosnia and Serbia. On its banks are settled broad ravines with cultivable and inhabited fields as well as steep banks of rugged and canyon type overgrown with willows, poplars and short bushes. The most beautiful and the biggest canyon in its course Drina engraved from Zepa to Klotijevac, 24km long. Length of its course from Scepan polje, where it originates from Piva and Tara to its mouth in Sava is 340 km. The difference in height above sea level between its spring and mouth is 358 km. Width of its course varies from 100-200m in Perucac and Zvornik to 15m in place called Tijesno (Narrow). At Bajina Basta, 54,4 to 698 m3/s of water flows and water level is 34-356 cm. Water temperature is from 8,7-16,3 C. Colour of water is mostly green and it is second class of quality.
Also known as Goat rock is the most magnificent place on Mount Tara. You can enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the Lake Perućac Gorge and hydroelectric power plant Bajina Bašta from the viewpoint.
The Wooden Town, also normally referred to as Küstendorf and Mecavnik, is a traditional village that the Serbian film director Emir Kusturica built for his film by the name "Life is a Miracle". It is located near National park "Tara", two hundred kilometers southwest of Serbia's capital, Belgrade. Kusturica was the 2005 recipient of the Philippe Rotthier European Architecture award and kudos go to the Wooden Town,
The Wooden Town has a library, named the Ivo Andrić Library; an artist gallery named Macola in honor of the sculptor Dragan Jovićević (it was previously known as Anika, after a character from Ivo Andric's fiction); Stanley Kubrick Cinema; the main house which houses a cinema-hall in the basement, a living room, a guest room, a closed yard, a swimming pool, a gym, a sauna and private chambers for the Kusturica family; a sports hall; a restaurant; a cake shop, as well as a souvenir shop; and finally, a Church dedicated to St. Sava, a Serbian Saint. The streets in the village bear the names of various individuals whoKusturica holds in high esteem or finds to be personally significant: Nikola Tesla, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Diego Maradona, MiodragPetrovićČkalja, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Joe Strummer, Novak Đoković and of course, Ivo Andrić, who the main street is named after.
Departure from Belgrade 8h (hotel pick up), transfer to Tara mountain around 3h, visit to house on the rock on the Drina river and Vrelo waterfall with coffee stop 11h-12h30. Visit to Banjska rock lookout (Drina canyon and Perucac lake) 12h30-14h. Lunch nearby Zaovine lake or Mitrovac with transfer 14h-16h. Transfer to Wooden town Mecavnik 16h-17h and sightseeing 17h-18h. Transfer back to Belgrade 18h-21h30.
Translation support Angloland
Price per person:
240 € (1 pax), 130 € (2 pax), 100 € (3 pax), 90 € (4-7 pax), 80 € (8-20 pax)
Entrance to Drvengrad,
Visit to Perucac lake, Zaovine lake, house on the Drina river, Banjska rock viewpoint,
Serbian traditional meal,
Duration: 14-15 hours
Total transfer time: around 8 hours
Pick up: Anywhere in Belgrade
Operating months: April-November