National park Tara is one of 5 Serbian national parks and it stands out from other parks by its forests of Serbian spruce (a protected species and classified as endangered) , which was discovered by botanist Josif Pancic in 1875. Besides spruce, the park is also characterized by primeval forests of beech and fir. The park was founded in 1981, and it includes Tara and Zvijezda mountains, and the average altitude is between 1000 m and 2000 m which means – paradise for hikers and mountaineers!
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Where is the entrance for the National park Tara?
There is no official entrance for National park Tara, however, you can choose visitors centres in Bajina Basta or in Mitrovac as starting points. You can also buy entrance tickets there.
- Entrance tickets – adults 100 RSD / students 60 RSD
- Protected area Crveni potok – Tepih livada – adults 100 RSD / students 50 RSD
- Professional guide services – 3600 RSD (up to six hours)
- Bike rental – 150 RSD (1 hour), 600 RSD (day)
- Inflatable kayak rent – 200 RSD (1 hour), 800 RSD (day)
- Binoculars rent – 200 RSD (1 hour), 800 RSD (day)
- Hiking sticks rent – 100 RSD (1 hour), 400 RSD (day)
What to do at National park Tara?
Whether it is summer or winter, you won’t regret visiting this magnificent mountain. On Tara the air is fresh during summer, so if you want to escape from the unbearable heat, then Tara is the perfect place for you. Numerous are activities which you can do at Tara so let’s see some of them:
The park currently has more than 30 walking trails and here are some of them you can choose:
- Raca trail – Being only 2 kilometres long, it is one of the easiest paths. The starting point of the path is from the most valuable cultural and historical monument of the park, Raca monastery. Then you continue to the nature reserve Race gorge through the beech forest. The path ends at thermal springs Ladevac (you can taste the water from the waterfalls, because it is considered to be good for skin diseases and eyesight problems!)
- Jarevac trail – Another path in the category of the easy ones, follows the mountain stream Jarevac and it continues all the way to the mountain trail 3 kilometres long which leads to Brana Jarevac resort where you can rest and have a picnic. NOTE: You should have adequate equipment for the mountain trail.
- Educational trail ‘Banjska stena’ – Classified ad medium difficult path, it starts from the entrance of protected area Crveni potok and follows the forest trail to Banjska stena viewpoint. Why educational ? Well, along the path you will find educational board with the info about plant species and ecosystems of the mountain. This trail is recommended for groups because of possible encounters with wild animals. NOTE: The same goes for Biljeska stena trail, only this one has educational boards about animals.
Besides the already mentioned Banjska stena viewpoint, you can visit another 4 viewpoints, at least those fenced and safe for visitors. The majority of the viewpoints are inaccessible, but these 5 give the most beautiful view you can get from Tara mountain:
- Banjska stena is the most popular one among the hikers and it has a spectacular view of the Lake Perucac.
- Biljeska stena also has the view on the Lake Perucac but from another side and you can also see the endemic Serbian spruce forest
- Crnjeskovo is situated at Kaluderske Bare at an altitude of 1035m, 15 mins walking distance from monastery apartments
- Oslusa viewpoint is located 8 km from Mitrovac and it is equipped with gazebo, benches and tables for picnic. You can light fire at this viewpoint because it has a firebox. Those who like paragliding will here find a take-off point.
- Sjenic viewpoint is the highest (1444 m) and it even has additional 12 m watchtower. It gives the breathtaking view on Derventa gorge, Rasiste village, Lake Perucac and forested massif of Tara mountain
How great is that you can actually fish at the national park, mostly at artificial lakes of Tara, since fishing is forbidden on rivers and streams. So make sure you check with the administration first where is safe to fish.
The national park Tara currently has three marked cycling routes, but they can also serve as hiking trails. The most popular one is from the town of Zlatibor to Tara and backwards. NOTE: There is possibility of renting a bike if you don’t have your own. The price for one hour rent is 150 RSD (1.2 €) and price for the whole day is 600 RSD (5 €).
We’re sure some of you would like to experience kayaking on one of many artificial lakes of the national park, and the best thing is that you can rent them whenever you want – for 200 RSD (2.5 €) if it is just for an hour, or 800 RSD (6.5€) per day.
How to get to National park Tara?
The park itself is situated at the westernmost part of Serbia and includes the area of the municipality Bajina Basta bordered by Drina river between Visegrad and Bajina Basta. You can reach the National park by car from three directions:
- Route Bajina Basta – Kaluderske bare
- Route Bajina Basta – Perucac – Mitrovac
- Route Kremna – Kaluderske bare
The buses operated by Raketa AB regularly run to Tara and local villages in the mountain from bigger Serbian cities and back.
- The bus from Belgrade departs everyday at 9:00 and at 11:25 ( working days only) and it stops in Bajina Basta and Valjevo and finally at Tara
- Bus to Perucac – departs from Belgrade at 11:25 (working days), 15:15, and the last one at 17:30
From Kragujevac to Bajina Basta – the bus departs from the bus station in Kragujevac every day at 11:45
From Uzice to Bajina Basta – there are several lines throughout the day but the first one leaves at 06:20 and the last one at 21:15
Where to sleep at National park Tara?
NP Tara facilities: You can choose between several options – if you’re are alone or in a group of two or three people, the best option would be staying overnight at Forester’s hut in Mitrovica. Another possible option is Racanska Sljivovica Learning center with 4 apartments and 14 beds altogether.
Check the official page of the park for additional info about huts.
For those searching for private accommodation, check the offer in Bajina Basta:
It is good to have a map of the National park Tara because it is surrounded by forests, so to avoid getting lost, make sure you buy one. The official map has marked hiking trails, all the paths, villages and other topographical elements.
- The price of the map is 200 RSD
- It can be bought in information centres in Bajina Basta and in Mitrovac and in the Hotel Omorika.
- Visitors of the park also have at their disposal leaflets about the park with useful information on several languages: Serbian, English, German, Russian and Hungarian.
National park Tara
Phone: (+381) 031/ 863 644
Adress: Milenka Topalovica 3, Bajina Basta, Serbia