Tara National Park - the most important information
Tara National Park is the name of a public company based in Bajina Basta. This company was founded in 1981 and manages an area that covers most of the mountain massif of the same name. Mount Tara was named after the Illyrian Highland tribe, which lived on its slopes in the Bronze Age. Today, this mountain is a popular tourist destination, which attracts a large number of visitors throughout the year.
Characteristics of Tara National Park
The entire area of the Tara National Park is located on the territory of the municipality of Bajina Basta. This national park covers the largest part of the Tara mountain massif, which belongs to the part of the old Vlach mountains. Its area is 183 km2, while its average altitude is 1,200 meters, with the highest peak Kozji rid reaching a height of 1,591 meters. Tara National Park is an area with almost 1200 plant species, of which 84 are Balkan and 6 are East Endemic species.
Which places on Tara should you visit?
You came to Tara and you don't know which way to go before? Don't worry, we will help you. Below you will be able to see a list of popular attractions and places that should not be skipped.
- Mitrovac - a location known for the fact that it is the most popular resort for children. In addition, Mitrovica is rich in facilities for all ages, so here you will enjoy beautiful landscapes and long walks on forest roads. In the center of Mitrovica you will have access to restaurants, shops, souvenir stalls, as well as a corner for informing tourists.
- Lookout Banjska stena - from all the lookouts on Tara there are views that you will remember for a lifetime. Banjska stena is a trademark of Tara and one of the most beautiful and most famous lookouts in Serbia. From here you can see Lake Perućac, the canyon of the river Drina and Bosnia.
- Lookout point Biješka stena - on this lookout point you will have the opportunity to see the spindle trees of Pančić's spruce and the hut that was created for the purpose of shooting the film Birds That Never Fly.
- Osluša Lookout Tower - is located at 964 meters above sea level. There are a hundred and a few benches here, so you can stop, rest and enjoy the great view. Also, the Osluša lookout is a starting point for paragliders.
- Lake Zaovine - is 80 meters deep and is one of the most beautiful Serbian lakes. The water temperature is a bit colder during the summer, but that does not prevent a large number of tourists from swimming here and enjoying swimming.
- Lake Perućac - recognizable by its incredible emerald color. During the summer, you can ride kayaks, boats, but also go to Visegrad via an organized boat tour.
How to get to Tara?
If you start by car from Belgrade, you will need about 3 and a half hours of driving. There are 3 routes (the first is the fastest):
- by highway A2 and E763,
- by motorway A2 and via Route 170 and
- by highway A1 / E75 and E763.
Tara National Park is rich in numerous archeological sites, dating from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages, so history lovers will be able to enjoy the buildings from the ancient past. Also, 18 hiking trails were marked on Tara, and the Tarocycle project defined as many as 27 bike trails. Mount Tara has many beautiful places, waiting for you to visit them, so we advise you to leave more days to relax and get to know this popular tourist destination.