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A Breath of Fresh Air: Spend a Day in Western Serbia

May 29, 2024 No Comments

Craving a break from the city and a dose of nature’s beauty? Then a day trip to Western Serbia is the perfect escape. Nestled in the Dinaric Alps, this region boasts stunning mountain scenery, crystal-clear lakes, and endless opportunities for adventure. Read on to make the most of your 24 hours in this natural wonderland…

How long do I need?

Spending a night or two in the area is highly recommended as it is at least 2-3 hours away from any major city. Spending a night before or after your day of explorations, allows you to move at a leisurely pace.

How do I get there?

To get to Tara National Park- without wasting time or complicating your life- requires a private vehicle. My friends and I rented a car. However, for those who do not drive, you could consider using public transportation using the advice in this post. Please note that I did not do this so have no personal experience with this option. The last option is to contact a local tour agency such as this one

Where to stay?

I strongly recommend staying at the Garni Hotel Vila Drina. The location is great and its well suited for exploring the area! I recommend staying here the night before you begin your explorations.

If you choose to stay here, follow the Google Maps link below:

A one day itinerary:

  1. Enjoy breakfast at Restaurant Vrelo 

Dine by a waterfall! Perucac’s hidden gem, Restaurant Vrelo, offers a unique experience. Enjoy delicious Serbian specialties on a terrace overlooking the Vrelo waterfall cascading into the Drina River. While the breakfast is nothing to write home about, the restaurant offers stunning views.

  1. Visit Izvor Reke Vrelo

A short walk from the restaurant is a small but beautiful waterfall tucked away in the forest. Legend says visiting ensures everlasting love. Take a walk along its banks, and witness the beauty of where the Drina River begins. Bring some water appropriate shoes if you want to get  close to the waterfall but its definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

  1. Walk down to Rafter’s Cave (Also known as Splavar cave)

An unassuming sign of the road leads you to a gorgeous viewpoint which we almost missed but thankfully a local dog showed us the way! If you plan to go down here, just be warned that the path is not very well maintained so you might be fighting off some branches. 

  1. Stop at Zelenika Viewpoint

One of the most well known viewpoints, Zelenika is a great choice to stop for amazing views, rewarding you with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

  1.  Drive to Banjska Stena 

This iconic viewpoint, nicknamed Serbia’s Balcony, offers panoramic views of the Drina River Canyon, Perućac Lake,and lush greenery stretching into Bosnia.It’s an easy 10 minute walk but the path is rocky so have appropriate shoes!

  1. Zaovine Lake

This artificial gem, nicknamed the “Jewel of Tara”, offers stunning vistas, opportunities for kayaking and fishing, and a chance to simply relax by the water’s edge. Soak in the serenity of the lake and watch paddle boarders and sailboats glide across the water.

  1. Visit Drvengrad 

Drvengrad, which means “Timber Town,” was constructed as a movie set and depicted a Serbian rural community in the 19th century. With views of the gorgeous Mokra Gora Valley, it is a lovely place to explore by foot. The restaurants with terraces overlooking the expansive green spaces below, as well as the rocky slopes linking the wooden buildings, create a surreal environment reminiscent of a village from a fairy tale. This place is particularly interesting because of  the celebrity-named alleys, the little shops that sell trinkets, and the unique buildings. 

  1. El Paso City

A wildly one of a kind- and somewhat weird- experience can be found in this Wild West town, complete with a saloon and jai in Serbia! El Paso City is a fun detour for families or anyone wanting a touch of American western flair in the heart of Serbia. We spent a night here and while I don’t think this staying over is necessary, it’s a unique place to visit.

LASTLY,

From the dramatic peaks of the Dinaric Alps to the lush Tara National Park, Western Serbia boasts some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the country. Compared to other parts of Europe, Western Serbia is a budget-friendly destination. You can find good value for your money on accommodation, food, and activities. Whether you’re seeking an active adventure or a peaceful escape, Western Serbia has something to offer everyone. So why wait? Start planning your trip today!

This can be made part of a larger trip that includes:

Riding the Šargan Eight Railway

If you liked this post, you may also be interested in my other Serbian content:

Visiting Golubac Fortress and Veliki Buk Waterfall 

A Guide for visiting Subotica 

Spending a weekend in Uvac Canyon

Krupajsko Vrelo: An Underrated Paradise

I also have a wealth of information on my Instagram. Do have a look. If you enjoyed this post about visiting Western Serbia, please pin it using the pins below:

Have you considered spending time in Western Serbia? Or have I just put it on your list? Let me know in the comments below!

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