Mt.Zlatibor is a beautiful mountain located in southwest Serbia rising to an altitude between 700 and 1,500 metres above sea level where the air currents have blended to create a mix of Mediterranean and continental climates.
Nature has been kind to this area and the landscape is testimony to this with fir, spruce and pine trees interspaced with spacious meadows dotted with colourful plant life and sparkling streams.
The air is as pure and clean as is Zlatibor's waters. The biggest river is the Veliki Rzav that is also heralded as the cleanest river in Serbia and on the mountain's southern slopes is the Uvac River that has carved a breathtaking canyon before flowing into the River Drina.
Lake on Zlatibor Mountain
Well worth a visit is the Uvac Monastery dating back to the 12th century which is also home to a vineyard that dates back to the medieval times of Serbia's ruling Nemanjic dynasty.
There are many natural water springs and probably the best known is the one located in the village of Rozanstvo at the Vapa Spa.
Located at the heart of the Zlatibor tourist centre are two artificial mountain lakes which are surrounded by hotels, motels, restaurants and walkways which all play an intrinsic part in Zlalitbor's relaxed way of life.
Zlatibor's reputation as an official destination for both holidays and recuperation has been widely acknowledged since 1893 and today it has become a large tourist destination in its own right encompassing a tourist centre, a climatic health resort and a sanatorium.
Zlatibor has a rich and diverse eco-system consisting of more than 120 types of grass, deciduous trees (beech, oak, birch, linden and ash) and above 600 metres alpine scenery including conifers, firs and spruce. The forests of Zlatibor are also home to wild boar, fox, wolf, badger and hare. For bird lovers there's a good chance to spot Imperial Eagles and even a rare species of vulture - the gypsum fulvus - which can be seen cruising the blue skies and enjoying the thermals during the summer months.
Zlatibor offers visitors much to do and one 'must' is to ride on the 'Sargan 8', a breathtakingly stunning 13.5km train journey over the Sargan Pass that takes in some of Serbia's most panoramic mountain scenery. Also the train passes by Mecavnik, an ethno town built by the world famous film director, Emir Kusturica.
Other popular activities within the vicinity of Mt.Zlatibor include rowing, cycling, horse riding, mountain climbing, trekking, walking and fishing to name but a few of the things to do set within wonderful scenery and a peaceful environment. Skiing, snowboarding and sledding are also popular during the winter months when Zlatibor reveals itself in all of its snow-clad splendour.
Getting in touch with nature, space and clean air is why Zlatibor remains today one of Serbia's great attractions.
(Sources: National Tourist Organization of Serbia, MarvaoGuide.com)