Zlatibor is a mountain in the western part of Serbia; it is visited throughout the year and known for its healing characteristics. The mountain is covered with pine forests and pastures, making it a perfect place for all those that enjoy hiking among pine trees and pastures covered in wild flowers.
The main tourist destination is Zlatibor town (Partizanske vode- Kraljeve vode) in which the largest part of tourist accommodation capacity is located. In the center of the town there is an artificial lake called Zlatibor’s lake on which it is possible to rent a paddle boat.
Zlatibor is located 230km from the capital of Serbia - Belgrade, on the route that connects Belgrade and Montenegro; the nearest city Užice is some 20km away.
Zlatibor is an exeptionally beautiful mountain certainly worth visiting, but keep in mind that apart from its tourist sites, there is also a vast number of places that you should visit that are in its near proximity:
1. Mećavnik city (located 36km from Zlatibor)
2. Šargan Eight train ride (located 37km from Zlatibor)
3. Tara Mountain (located 35km from Zlatibor)
4. Canyon of Uvac River and Uvac monastery (located 30km from Zlatibor)
5. Andrićgrad (a town or better a zone of Višegrad city (Bosnia and Herzegovina) which got its name after the famous Nobel winner writer, Ivo Andrić, located 65km from Zlatibor)
Did you know?
The most own town on the is called Zlatibor which occasionally confuses tourists. This town had been called Kulaševac until 1893 when King Aleksandar Obrenović visited it and during the same year built a fountain. From that moment the town has been called Kraljeve vode or King’s waters. At the end of the Second World War this town changed its name again to Partizanske vode or Partisan’s waters, w at the end of the last century it was finally named Zlatibor.
The highest peak of the Zlatibor Mountain is Tornik1496 meters high. Apart from there are another two peaks higher than 1400 metersBrijac (1440m) and Čigota (1422m).
Zlatibor’s lake is an artificial lake which is located in the center of Zlatibor town. In 1946, the lake was created and ever since supplied by water from Obudovice stream. During the summer, it is possible to rent a paddle boat on the lake, while during winters, ice-scating is organized on the frozen lake.
Nowadays, Zlatibor is covered with pine forests and pastures. It is assumed that once, the whole mountain was covered by pine trees, but till this day it is not known the reason for such a large deforestation. A great fire is considered to be the most probable cause of this disaster that most probably happened around 1800.
Zlatibor is very well-known for its delicious cuisine. The most well-known dishes which we can recommend to all visitors are: roasted lamb, komplet lepinja, Zlatibor’s prosciutto, Zlatibor cheese and yogurt.
This often neglected European tourist destination has much to offer. Its perfect location on the confluence of two large rivers always drew people in search of better life, but also an incredible number of conquerors. This is the city over which the greatest number of battles was fought in the history of mankind and the city with the largest number of names given by this infinite number of invaders. Even though the city was destroyed and rebuilt over and over again, giving the impression that this vicious circle would never end, today Belgrade is the city of many hidden wonders and one of the best nightlife experiences in Europe.
Zlatibor is a beautiful mountain in Serbia, often visited by domestic and foreign tourists for its enchanting nature, perfectly clear, invigorating air, delicious local cuisine and generally healing properties of the mountain. Exactly because of these features, parents tend to take children to Zlatibor as often as possible. However, apart from the famous fresh air and enjoyable walks, keep in mind that there is also lot to be seen and visited while on the mountain.