National Park Tara is one of five 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 Pančić 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.
Tara National Park is spread on 19.200 hectares of protected land while the forests cover some 13.000 hectares. More than 1000 plant species were identified on Tara Mountain including Serbian spruce – “the Empress of all European endemites”. Tara Mountain is shelter for over 140 bird species, and 28 species of fish, and 58 mammals species, as well as the largest population of brown bear in Serbia.
Tara Mountain is the oasis of intact and well-preserved and protected pure nature and true pristine and wilderness in west Serbia, which belongs to the Dinarides – Dinaric Mountains. Tara Mountain and National Park is located about 170 km south of Belgrade via Valjevo and 250 km via Užice, and about 250 km away from Novi Sad, via Šabac. Tara Mountain is about 50 km long and 20 km wide, with the average altitude of 1200 meters, and numerous observation points from where spread magic and breathtaking vistas. The highest peak of the Tara Mountain is the picturesque peak of the Kozji Rid, 1591 meters.
Tara Mountain is considered one of the most beautiful mountains of Serbia, featuring picturesque landscapes covered by bushy larch and deciduous forests and fragrant meadows and endless fields, ideal for various outdoor activities – hiking, climbing, MTB, mountaineering, horse back riding, skiing, boat ride, abseil, paddling, zip line, canyoning, canoe ride. with guidance and conduct of expert local guides and professional outdoor instructors. In the area of the Tara Mountain-National Park there are numerous producers of authentic natural products and accommodation facilities, and traditional rural households which provide tourist services.
Tara is a typical forest area, and for its preservation and diversity of forest ecosystems (many of which are relict) one of the richest and most valuable forest areas in Europe. In forest sense Tara are covered with mixed forests of European Spruce, Silver Fir and European Beech (over 85 % of forest area) and specificity compared to other mountains of the Balkan Peninsula is the large number of relict and endemic forest species and plant communities.
At Tara was identified more than 40 broadleaf, deciduous – coniferous and coniferous phytocenoses, then 1,156 species of vascular flora which makes 1/3 of the total flora of Serbia. From represented 76 plant species are endemic. Special value and importance of the Serbian Spruce (Picea omorika), endemic and relict species, which is inhabits canyons and ravines of the middle course of the Drina River managed to survive the last ice age. According to the results of previous research, an area inhabited by Tara over 50 species of mammals, 140 species of birds, 23 species of amphibians and reptiles and 19 species of fish. This area is inhabited by the largest population of brown bears in Serbia. The best-known species, for which it may be said to be symbol of fauna Mt Tara, is endemorelict Pančić’s grasshopper (Pyrgomorphella serbica).
Throughout the park there are numerous archaeological sites and monuments dating from the Neolithic period to modern times. Most important are the Račа Monastery, оne of the most important centers of Serbian medieval literacy, and the necropolis with tombstones in Rastište and Perućac, which are nominated for UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Mighty Drina
The Drina River cut deep ravines and gorges through the mountainous landscape forming remarkable and picturesque settings. The most striking aspect is the Drina Gorge: 24 miles (38km) long with sheer cliffs up to 3,300 feet (1,000m) high and at some places a half mile (800m) deep.
Boat and kayaking tours are available from Perućac Lake and allow you to see the unspoiled beauty inaccessible by foot. You will also get to peek into Bosnia and Herzegovina, and pull ashore for lounging, hiking and swimming in quiet solitude.
Kaluđerske bare is 16 km from Bajina Bašta. It is in the southeastern part of Tara and its most important tourist center with beautiful woods of black and white pine, fir, spruce fir. Kaluđerske bare are on 1059 m. There are foot-paths, chutes, and sleighing fields. Organized tourism first began on this location. Prior of monastery Raca, Zaharije Milekić built first objects for tourists called Stanovi between the world wars. There were 60 beds in three objects. One could get there on train to Kremna and from there was transported by people from monastery vacation center on horse driven carts. This used to take up to two hours. In 1935. rehabilitation center for 16 persons was built. Later it becomes hotel “Tara”. Today on Kaluđerske Bare there are modern hotels Omorika, Beli bor and Javor and well equipped private objects with rooms of different categories.
There are modern sport and recreational objects near the hotel at the open space: small playgrounds for football and other sports, children playground, trim trace, chutes, tennis courts and football court on grass which allows quality trainings of different spot teams.
Chute is next to restaurant “Kurta”. During winter visitors can ski on chutes next to the hotel »Beli bor«, on elevation of 1.000 m. There are two ski elevators, one for children and beginners of 150 m and other for recreational skiers of 450 m. On Kaluđerske bare there are also sleighing fields.
Mitrovac is on the twenty fifth km from Bajina Bašta towards Zaovine. Mitrovac is on 1080 m above the sea level. It has a very good climate with many days with lots of sunshine. There are hunting house and Belgrade children vacation and rehabilitation center. From Mitrovac you may take field trips to all parts of Tara. The biggest atraction is visit to Kozija stena, and Tepih livada (carpet meadow). Few km from Mitrovac there is artificial lake in Zaovine where you can swim and go fishing.
Children vacation centre, Pavilions in mountain style with 600 beds. It is a part of Belgrade children vacation centers. It was built in 1979. It has a central object and six pavilions. Each pavilion has 98 beds in rooms with 6 to 10 beds and a room for guardian on each floor. Within the vacation center there is a national restaurant “Kačara”. In the central object there is a covered swimming pool, a mess room, a restaurant and a TV room. There is also a dispensary.
Small playgrounds for football and basketball court. There is also a big football court on grass. At the center of children vacation center there is a covered swimming pool. On Mitrovac there are chutes for children and beginners. It is very suitable for mountain cycling. Visitors, guests and nature lovers can hire weekend houses at Krnja jela, 3 km from Mitrovac.
Beauty of the canyon of Drina can be spotted 10 Km from Bajina Bašta, on lake Perućac made in 1967 at the foot of mount Tara. There is the highest dam in Serbia, 89 meters high and 461 long. Few km from Perućac towards Mitrovac you have beautiful view on canyon of Drina, lake, dam and town of Bajina Bašta.
Informative center of NP “Tara” on Mitrovac is the most valuable object built in recent years. It coasted eight million dinars. There tourists and other interested parties can get data about the National park, bye books, maps and cards and souvenirs.
Organized groups can see the film about Tara in a room for 50 spectators. On 240 square meters there is an exhibition of natural heritage, of plant and animal life and of cultural heritage. In a special room there is an ethonological collection with lots of objects and costumes of people from this area from the first half of the past century. Rangers, who also help tourists, work there. They help tourists to see natural reserves and sight points at the National park.
Zaovine is located in western Serbia at the municipality of Bajina Bašta. Village Zaovine is made of 28 smaller villages on mountainous terrain covered with forest. There is lake Zaovine and canyon of white Rzav called „Sklopovi“.
It is in the southern part of Tara called the flat Tara. Geologically it is natural connection between Tara and Zlatibor and Mokra Gora valley. Its minimal elevation is 784 m and maximal is 1.412 m (peak Miloševac), it covers area of 5.593,61 ha.
Zaovine is famous as the place where in village Đurići in 1875. famous biologist Josif Pančić discovered new kind of tree which gets name Pančić spruce (Picea omorika). Zaovine is the only place on which Pančić spruce can be found on serpentines. On location Kik – Sklopovi is its locus classicus
- Geological attraction in the valley of river White Rzav, in Luke: Grad, with ruins of medieval fortress. There is a legend about the ruler of this fortress and his unfaithful wife.
- Crkvine at the foot of Grad and remains of medieval church.
- Observation decks (Zmajevac, Bela Voda and Gavran);
Parts of cultural heritage of this area are the objects of ethnic architecture which witness architectural skills of people of this area: log cottages of stari vlah and other objects of a house hold; these objects were used by shepherds during summer.
Stock farming has long tradition in these parts – milk, cheese, meat and kajmak made here are the goods oh the best quality on domestic market. Zaovine are ideal place for water sports, fishing, orientation, eating in nature.
After building the Lazići dam, on the White Rzav River, the star shaped lake in the lowest part of village Zaovine has been formed. The dam is 130m high and the lake is 80 m deep. When on its maximal level, this lake on 892 meters above the sea with 150 hm³ of water is an extraordinarily beautiful site. Installed capacity of RHE is 614 MW.
There are 14 species of fish in the lake: crick and Californian trout, skobalj (Chondostroma nasus), chub, barbel etc. There is couple of natural fish mating places. The most important are Zmajevački and Popovića crick, and the part of White Rzav, downstream of dam „Spajići“. There is also a big fish pond with trout owned by the National park ”Tara”.
Beside beautiful nature and lakes in the valley of White Rzav in the place called Luke there is an attractive natural monument – the Flat stone or Grad. In medieval period there was a fortress and later the hiding place of famous rebel leader Kostres. It has only two entrances – on the southwest through a cave and on the north which is carved in stone. The peregrine falcon, a very rare species in the Balkans, nests there. There you can also find very rare species of yellow iris. This relict from the time of the Panonian Sea is valuable tourist attraction because it is not far from lakes in Zaovine and the place where Pančić spruce has been found.
Zaovine has about 50 % of all Tara flora or 15% of Serbian flora can be found in Zaovine. So far about 600 plant species have been recorded in this area.
Šljivovica is on the road Kaluđerske Bare-Mitrovac. Its inhabitid mostly with farmers and people who have weekend houses there. It is 21 km from Bajina Bašta and 5 km from Kaluđerske Bare.
On teritory of Šljivovica there is natural reserve, habitat of Pančić spruce and reserve of mixed wood of fir, spruce-fir and beech. Natural values and attractions of Šljivovica are beautiful landscapes, varaety of plant species, medicinal herbs, springs and cricks, caves, and vicinity of important tourist locations.
Informative-educational center NP “Tara” in Račanska Šljivovica was made by reconstruction of an abandoned rangers house. It has multiple functions: summer and winter camps for young rangers are held there, allowing primary school students from Serbia to extend their knowledge about ecology, geography, biology, environment protection and to learn about this and other national parks in Serbia. It also welcomes the journalists coming to write about NP “Tara”. When unoccupied the center receives smaller groups of tourists who want to spend couple of days there.
Sokolina is 8 km from Kaluđerske bare. Plateau with beautiful meadows surrounded by woods of fir, spruce-fir and beech is a real air spa. Good climate of this area, altitude, air pressure and its humidity have beneficial influence on human organism, especially on chronic lung problems. Terrain configuration is ideal for long walks and mountain cycling. Preserved woods are natural air conditioner during the hot summer months.
This is the driest part of flat Tara, with lost of sunshine, protected from dominant winds. Especialy aproptiate for devlopment of health tourism is its altitude of 1000m. In the imidiate vicinity you can find natural habitat of a protected species – brown bear.
Sokolina is a big sunny flat area between two dominant hills – Suva glava and Branevine, at the natural border with natural reserve of Rača kanyon, which is the most important tourist attraction of this area. Sokolina is not directly conected with the main tourist centers and transit routes. Its natural morfphological characteristics allow it to be conected with Oslusa by different kinds of recreational paths.
Sokolina is ideal for walking and mountain cycling. There are scaterred groups of houses on the verge of this area used for temporal stay by local people or as weekend houses by the people living outside this area. Sokolina is ideal for field trips, weekend and village tourism.
Predov krst is on 1075 m above the sea. You can get there via Bajina Bašta and Perućac, through the narrow canyon of small river Derventa, via Rastište. It is located in the farthest westernmost part of Tara. Lake Perućac and some hills make border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Due to its remoteness, animal and plant life in this area are well preserved.
Predov krst is border between reefs in the remotest part of Tara, surrounded by the curve of Lake Perućac on Drina, out of all roads in the last dominion of bears in our country. No one passes though this area except for the nature lovers who intentionally come to this oasis of foresters and border keepers (The border line between Serbia and Bosnia is only 2 km away). From Predov Krst you can get to Lake Zaovine and Mitrovac by an old 20 km long road. If the weather conditions allow, you should take this road and enjoy the beauty of the scenery.
Northwestern part of Tara is one of the best preserved areas in Serbia and Europe. There are three natural reserves: Zvezda Mountain, Brusnica and Karaula štula, which are among the last shelters of the rare tertiary plant and animal species. Highest points are Kozji rid 1591m, Pivnice 1575, Mrka kosa 1545 i Lisnata glavica with 1510m above the sea level.
Flora is dominated by mixed woods of fir, spruce-fir, pine, beech, Pančić spruce, birch, asp and jarebika (sorbus aucuparia) at reserves Crvene stene, Bilo and Ljuti breg with 24 shrubby and 33 species of herbaceous plants. From the observation deck on Vitmirovac You have beautiful view on the biggest complex of Pancic spruce.
Besides objects of the National park there are Hunters house, Alpinist house and couple of private houses which can be used by alpinists and nature lovers. There are many roads through the forests suitable for mountain cycling.
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:
Viewpoints in the National Park Tara are the most attractive touristic points and the best way to experience the park.
Viewpoints on Tara Mt. are countless, and most of them are hardly accessible, but the most beautiful, fortunately can be easily accessed. There are five sites equipped and safe for tourists: Crnjeskovo, Osluša, Banjska stena, Sjenič (Vitmirovac), Bilješka stena. From these points you will see beautiful and memorable panoramas.
Crnjeskovo viewpoint in the area of Kaludjerske Bare is located below the monastery chapel “Serbian Saints synod”. From the center of Kaludjerske Bare footpath follows the gravel road to the mentioned chapel (after approximately 2.7 km). Then turn right and after 650 m through the forest you will reach the lookout. The trail is easy and well marked, but you should be careful even if there is a protective fence. You have a view to the Sokolina, Raca Gorge, Rača monastery, Bajina Bašta and the Drina valley.
Osluša viewpoint is a peaceful and spacious site 8 km from Mitrovac – after 6 km road to Kaluđerske Bare, turn left and after 2 km of gravel road you will reach this point). Site is equipped with a wooden gazebo, benches and tables, as well as information boards. There is also a large polygon for paragliding. Osluša is easily accessible lookout, overlooking the Drina River, Bosnia and Bajina Bašta.
Banjska stena is the most visited site in Tara National Park, located 6 km from Mitrovac. Its name comes after the name of spring, which was located at the foot of mountain. Below the viewpoint is 1300 m long scree, down which the timbers were dropped down to the Drina River. Trees were used for timber rafting – one of the cheapest methods of log transportation from a forest downstream to sawmills. Today the scree is overgrown with characteristic vegetation. Banjska stena is very popular site, with a protective fence on two levels and a panorama of the Drina river canyon and its steep cliffs, Perućac Lake and gentle slopes of Bosnia. Forest road goes to the viewpoint, perfect footpath or bicycle path, equipped with wooden benches and an information boards.
Vitmirovac – Sjenič
Sjenič (Vitmirovac) viewpoint is located in the area of the Crni Vrh Mt., 5.5 km south from Predov Krst and only 100 m from the forest road. This is the highest equipped belvedere in the National Park Tara with a dominating 12 m high wooden watchtower. From this point you will see Rastište village, the Derventa gorge, Perućac Lake, Aluga and Serbian spruce stands and wooded massif of Tara Mt.
Bilješka stena viewpoint is located in the area of Zvezda Mt., about 6 km north of Predov Krst. From NP Tara administration office at Predov Krst educational trail follows the forest road and takes us to this site. Viewpoint is a habitat to the Serbian spruce, one of the most important species of the park, also there are centuries-old pines, mixed forests of deciduous and conifer trees and characteristic canyon vegetation. From this point you can see the high limestone slopes of the beautiful Drina River canyon, chamois on the rocks, eagles in flight, or to listen birdsong.
Across the river Drina, you can see Klotijevac, the medieval fortress in Bosnia or even older Sase mine. This site is equipped with wooden furniture, benches and tables, as well with the famous hut from the movie “Some Birds Can’t Fly “.
Fishing and hunting
Fishing waters of NP Tara in which fishing is allowed are Lake Perućac and Zaovine Lake. Lake Spajići has specific fishing rules and is rarely an attractive fishing destination. In the waters of NP Tara large specimens of catfish, carp, pike, and trout are caught. The lake is characterized by a rich amount of carp fish. There is a possibility of renting a fishing boat with a fishing guide to escort you through the entire fishing area of the NP Tara.
Hunting in NP Tara is organized according to plan documents and strict rules. To be able to hunt you have to have a necessary license that is issued by the Department for the protection and promotion of hunting and fishing of the Tara NP. The facility that is arranged to fulfill the needs of hunters is located on Predov Krst and close by are hunting areas which can be easily reached.
Total length of the 25 marked hiking trails is over 220 km. Five of them are educational paths with information boards, benches and gazebos. You can get information about hiking trails and buy map of Tara NP hiking trails at Visitors and Info Centers.
The western branch of European long distance path E7 (from Canary Islands over Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania/Serbia to Bulgaria) goes through National Park Tara in total length of 63 km (Kremna – K. Bare – Sokolina – Osluša – Mitrovac- M. Batura – Karaklije – Marići – Lazići – Đurići).
Educational Hiking paths:
Educational Hiking path “Rača” starts from the Rača monastery and goes 2 km up the right bank of the river with the same name, all the way to Lađevac spring and “Skit of St. George” dating from the 17th century. The path is easy and equipped with information boards, benches, gazebos and tables. After the gravel road (600 m), the trail goes through the forests of beech, hornbeam and alder and goes up to Lađevac spring (498 meters asl), which has a constant temperature of 17 °C. It is believed that the water from this spring helps in the treatment of skin and eye diseases.
Educational Hiking path “Jarevac” starts from Kaluđerske Bare (1055 meters asl) and goes 1.3 km down the stream with the same name. Adjoining is the 3000 meter-long hiking trail that leads to Jarevac pond. In some places the terrain is watered and adequate footwear is recommended.
Educational Hiking path “Tepih-livada” (meaning: Carpet meadow) begins at the entrance to the Nature Reserve “Red Creek” and runs 550 m through the scenic homonymous forest-peat. The terrain is flat and equipped with information boards, however with certain restrictions. Consultation with officials of the national park is recommended.
Educational Hiking path “Banjska Stena” is 6 km long and starts from the entrance to the Reserve “Red Creek” at Mitrovac and follows a gravel road to the lookout point that has the same name. Along the trail, there are information boards describing bears, Tara plant species and its forest ecosystems, with many benches and two equipped rest areas with gazebos.
Educational Hiking path “Bilješka stena” is a 6 km-long recreational and educational hiking trail that follows the gravel road from Predov krst (1080 meters asl) to the viewpoint “Bilješa stena”. It is equipped with five information boards about the flora and fauna of the national park and goes through a mixed community of fir, spruce and beech, the most preserved and most valuable tree species of Tara.
Tips for safe mountaineering:
- Wear comfortable hiking shoes and appropriate clothes.
- Keep a change of clothes and some protection from rain and cold in yours rucksack.
- Do not take the paths you do not know, or get sufficient information to be equipped for the challenge.
- Do not overestimate your capabilities.
The bike routes are designated bike routes on existing forest and public roads. They can also be used as walkways. The trails are marked within a network of bicycle routes in western Serbia. The routes are designed, marked and equiped in cooperation with the RDA Zlatibor and STC Bajina Bašta. One route is marked within UNDP/GEF grant. There is a printed map of Western Serbia biking routes – Zlatibor – Mokra Gora – Tara.
Zlatibor-Mokra Gora-Mitrovac (47,5km), this route is the best way to get from Zlatibor to Tara and vice versa. The route, which is 48 km long, follows the ridge with gentle ascents and descents. The height difference between the highest and the lowest point is just over 500m, and in whichever direction you go the total ascent is 3600m. The route is regional in character and besides linking Zlatibor and Tara, within the trail there are good road links to Mokra Gora, Bosnia, Kremna, Užice, Kosjerić, Bajina Bašta and other places.
The high Tara (Šljivovica – Borjak – Beserovačke bare – Lokvica – Osluša – Sokolina – Rustine – Šljivovica 28,8km), this route will take you through the heart of the mountain Tara within a shorter circular orbit of 26 km but you will not be deprived from seeing the beauty and diversity of this beautiful mountain, and in particular, you will be introduced to its high altitude, high pine trees, towering cliffs which hold beautiful viewpoints. The highest point on this route is 1380 meters and the total climb 1183 meters. The route can be ridden in either direction, but the opposite direction is more difficult due to the ascent on the last third of the route. The roads are mostly forest and grave.
The Empress Tara (Kaluđerske bare – Dobro polje – Ljuto polje – Tankosin Grob – Mitrovac – Rastište – Perućačko jezero – Perućac 42km). The mountain Tara is the empress among the mountains in Serbia. If you want to see the whole of Tara, this is the best route to take. On the route Kaluđerske bare – Mitrovac – Rastište – Perućac, you will see the most beautiful and most diverse treasures of Tara: spacious gentle meadows with a spark of high pine trees in a remote area, dense wildwood, breathtaking cliffs and amazing views that extend throughout the Balkans. The large height difference of 851 meters between the starting point at Kaluđerska ponds and the end point at Perućac guarantees the cyclists lots of fun. The total ascent of this route is 1731 meters and the total descent 2537 meters. The first 15 km of the route, up to Tankosin Grave, is mostly a gentle climb and further starts lowering. The route can be driven in the opposite direction, but it is much more difficult. The route is designed as an all-day activity; the average recreational cyclist takes about eight hours to cross. There are no technically demanding sections. The surface is 65 % macadam and the rest is asphalt. This route is marked under the UNDP/GEF grant.
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 €).
Cultural and historical heritage
Rača Monastery is a cultural monument of great significance, which was built in 13th century, as a foundation of the Serbian King Dragutin Nemanjić. This monastery was one of the most important centers of Serbian culture and literacy in 17th century. Rača was burnt in 1690 along with copying workshop and Skit of St. George in Banja (the Spa). However, the monastery was rebuilt by Hadzi Melentius Stefanović, but the Ottomans burnt it again during the First Serbian Uprising. The existing monastery church in Rača, dedicated to Ascension of Christ, was finished in 1836. During the World War II, the Gospel Book of Prince Miroslav’s (a manuscript of priceless value and greatest and most significant written monumet of the Serbian literature from the 12th centery) was hidden and saved from destruction under altar.
Skit of St. George is located near the spring of Lađevac, 2 km from the monastery Rača, on your way along the eponymous river. It was the center of famous “Rača copying school” – kind of workshop where the old Serbian Orthodox church liturgical books and manuscripts were copied by the monks. In 1630 the Turkish dervish and writer Zulih (Evlija Čelebija) wrote thate there were 300 self-educated copyists served by 400 shepherds, smiths, farmers and other servants, being guarded by even 200 armed guards. After the Great Migration of Serbs, the monks – Račans continued their copying work in Sent Andrea, Hungary, and their work is stored in libraries in Budapest, Belgrade, Cavtat, Bologna, Prague and Cetinje.
Gradina is a protruding elevation in the canyon of the Rača river, left to the viewpoint Crnjeskovo, where the remains of fortifications were discovered, with the foundations of a smaller church from the 5th or 6th century. It was a one-nave building made of cut limestone, with dimensions 13 x 4 m.
Orašac is an archaeological site on the left bank of the river Rača, about 500 m downstream from the monastery, with fragments of monumental basilica building from the 5th century.
Mramorje is the site in Perućac where there are medieval necropolises with 85 tombstones in the form of plates or low boxes. It is categorized as a cultural resource of great importance. Uroševina and Gajevi are necropolises in Rastište, with a total of 73 tombstones, of similar shape. Mramorje, Uroševina and Gajevi are considered the candidates for the List of the World’s Heritage.
Solotnik is a medieval fortress, located on the east side of Tara National Park, 9km from Kaludjerske Bare. The fortress dates from 14-15th century, its basis is trapezoidal, and dimensions are 16,85 x 28,20 m, with two entrances. Solotnik was ruined in the same century by the Ottoman invaders, between 1459 and 1466. Archaeologists have discovered fragments of pottery, iron tools, stone cannonballs, swords and crossbows.
Getting 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
By bus: 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 Užice to Bajina Bašta – there are several lines throughout the day but the first one leaves at 06:20 and the last one at 21:15
There is no official entrance for the National park Tara since the park administration hasn’t constructed the gate yet, so there is no entrance fee. However, the only ticket you will have to pay is if you wish to visit the protected area ‘Crveni potok – Tepih livada’ and the tickets can be bought at the information centre in Mitrovac (100 RSD or 0.8€).
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 (1.7 €)
It can be bought in information centres in Bajina Bašta 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.