Soaking in the Scenes of Zlatibor, Serbia

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Good day,

I’m writing this from a hotel room in Zlatibor, Serbia – wow, what a beautiful place. I caught an early bus this morning from Belgrade and wasn’t sure what to expect as I dozed in and out for most of the four hour ride here. Upon arrival, I was pleasantly surprised when I met up with a new friend and we jumped in a car and started to explore the countryside surrounding this small town in the mountains in the west of Serbia not far from the border. People typically come here to relax and get in touch with nature; after an afternoon here, I can see why.

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First thing we did was explore Kings Square as I was having an issue with my cell phone, go figure? It’s kind of like the core of the town from what I gathered and I say town as it has ~3-3500 full-time residents but during the summer months, that number can mushroom to ~20,000 or so. It’s a popular place for hiking, mountain biking, swimming, outdoor sports of any kind, quad biking and more. In the winter it has a ski hill perfect for families looking to teach their kids the ropes as well as only ~9km from Tornik which is considerably larger.

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Upon leaving the town we visited a local tennis club as tennis is quite big here. It wasn’t the nicest of days for tennis but the place was still quite packed. I liked how not only were lots of people playing but still lots others were watching as it had chairs setup strategically to be able to enjoy any match. Afterward we made our way to Sirogojno which is a little village with an open-air museum explaining how life was here back in the day. We explored that under a light drizzle before heading back to town.

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I hit up a late lunch and the sky started to clear, yes! We drove to Tornik Ski Center and there were more people there than I expected as well, it’s summer. You can rent mountain bikes and it has a few other facilities for those so inclined. After that my new friend suggested we go on a little adventure and that is when things really got interesting. We drove through these random side streets until we were literally in the middle of “somewhere” I’d never find if I wasn’t with someone from the area. I saw an old wooden church, all sorts of small villages perched on the hills. It was quite an experience and can’t believe we made it up and down some of those roads without an SUV.

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From there we drove back to town and over a hill until we were surrounded with nature at every turn. We picked strawberries or what was left as the season has ended and saw herds of sheep, snapped lots of shots and had a few laughs along the way. I really liked the feeling of this place and can without a doubt see why people come here to relax. It’s only a ~4 hour ride from Belgrade by bus so can picture ambitious drivers making it 3.5 hours or less should they not make any stops or get caught up in traffic.

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In closing, big hvala my friends at the National Tourism Office of Serbia for the hospitality; appreciated!

Tips hat,

P.S: Thanks for the tour Marina, a really fun time!

12 Comments

  1. Gabriel

    August 1, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Cloudy days are the best tennis days! A nice escape from the blazing heat of the sun. I guess that depends on the climate as well =P. You got some beautiful shots =D

    • Rob

      August 3, 2014 at 1:43 am

      Thanks and a couple of days of tennis is always good.

  2. James Shannon

    August 1, 2014 at 11:58 am

    That view is unbelievable … in Serbia of all places. This is why I’m hopelessly addicted to travel! 🙂

    • Rob

      August 3, 2014 at 1:43 am

      There are beautiful scenes waiting to be discovered everywhere. Really liked my time in Serbia and I’ll be back.

  3. Suki F

    August 1, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    What a beautiful place. You also have some great photos here.

    • Rob

      August 3, 2014 at 1:43 am

      Beautiful indeed and the moody weather made for good photos.

  4. Jake

    August 2, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Nice pictures, senor Rob.

    • Rob

      August 3, 2014 at 1:44 am

      Gracias, amigo!

  5. Ryan

    August 4, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Looks like a fine place indeed! Most people seem to dismiss Serbia way too quickly. I really loved Belgrade, but wish I would have spent more time in the countryside since I totally thrive on the kind of stuff you’ve captured here. Thanks for sharing, Rob!

    • Rob

      August 4, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Pleasure Ryan and yes, I think Serbia in general is underrated at this point. The Balkans in general are just starting to get on the radar for most I believe and many are spending their time near the sea(for good reason) but lots more to see and do in the area.

  6. Vladimir

    August 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    It is nice to see that you left Zlatibor with lots of nice things in your memory. Seeing all the pictures you took I can only say that you didn’t saw 1% of this mountain, and that your readers are missing on the fact how this mountain is gorgeous. I can only suggest you take a look at this page and see for yourself what you missed 🙂
    https://www.facebook.com/zlatiborfotografije

    • Rob

      August 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Vladimir,

      Thanks for sharing and hopefully next time I will have more time, really enjoyed my time in Zlatibor.

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