Serbia is definitely a geographically interesting country. Everything north of the capital Belgrade is practically a plain, everything south – a mountainous area. And that southern part – is full of captivating destinations that offer excellent adventure and outdoor activities. And food! (lol)
That’s exactly the case with Tara and Stara Planina. Two, according to many, most beautiful mountains in the country, located in the opposite geographical locations, are top spots for all lovers of hiking, kayaking, rafting, paragliding, spectacular mountain views and unforgettable experiences.
Tara, located in western Serbia, “is part of the Dinaric Alps and stands at 1,000 to 1,590 m above sea level. The mountain’s slopes are clad in dense forests with numerous high-elevation clearings and meadows, steep cliffs, deep ravines carved by the nearby Drina River, and many karst caves…” (source)
Stara Planina, on the other hand, is a mountain massif in Bulgaria and Serbia from which the geographical term Balkans comes from. (It’s called The Balkan mountain range in English, while, fun fact, the name Stara Planina in Serbian and Bulgarian language means Old Mountain).
Stara Planina is remarkable for its flora and fauna (most of Europe’s large mammals inhabit the area), beautiful waterfalls, and if you’re into hiking, this will be a paradise destination for you.
Prices in both of these destinations, if you’re not visiting the most touristic sports of the mountains, are quite affordable, and the food that I mentioned in the beginning of this article: simply amazing!
Safe travels guys! 😉