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Tara Mountain


Mountain Tara is located in the far west of Serbia, on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina and is contoured by twisting river Drina between the towns of Višegrad and Bajina Bašta. The major part of Tara is protected by the government and belongs to the National park “Tara” founded in 1981 with the goal for preservation of the unique flora and fauna. Tara is a part of the Starovlaški mountains chain of medium height. The average altitude is 1200m, while the highest peak is called Kozji rid and reaches 1.591 m. At the National park’s territory more than 1100 of plants grow making up one third of the Serbian total plants species.

The most significant specie of Tara’s flora is a coniferous called “Pančićeva omorika” or Serbian spruce (Picea omorica). The famous Serbian scientist Josif Pančić found these species near Zaovinj in the center of the mountain. Tara is unique for its inaccessible and hidden nooks which is why the biggest population of brown bears, the biggest predator in Europe is preserved here (counting forty bears to be exact). In order to preserve this unique and beautiful natural landscape, 27 cycling tracks were constructed (total length – about 420 km). During the winters, near the touristic center Mitrovica a sky-race “Nagramak” with night lighting is in function.