Užice, Požega, Kosjerić

The Šargan Eight: An Unforgettable Train Ride through the Mountains

Uzice (Užice) is 187 km from Belgrade and accessible via highway or rail. This charming town on the banks of the Đetinja River is nestled in a valley surrounded by lush forests and steep cliffs. Given its hilly geography, the town’s expanding size has created steep streets and neighborhoods removed from the city center.

The history of the town dates back to the Roman times. According to the town’s historical record, Uzice’s first primary school and first high school opened in 1839. Its first post office opened in 1841, and its first library and hospital opened in 1853.

Uzice officially became part of Serbia in 1866. At the beginning of WWII it was the center of the freestanding territory, called the Republic of Uzice. The town was under the control of the Partisans for 67 days before it was brutally occupied. For this reason, the town was called Titovo Uzice (Tito’s Uzice) in 1946, a name that it would keep until 1992.

The Uzice Fortresss is easily the town’s main highlight. Its remains are located west of the town centre high on the cliffs above the Đetinja River, which flows in an S-shape here.

You will find an old-style miniature hydroelectric power plant from 1900 in the picturesque valley below the old town. The plant is only the second in the world that applies the Tesla principle of polyphase electrical power. Today, the working plant components are on display in the Museum of Technical Devices.

Uzice’s main town square, which features the National Theater and National Library, was built following WWII.  Uzice’s St. Sava square features the mid-19th century St. George’s Orthodox Cathedral.

ACTIVITIES

If you are looking for an ideal spot to go for a swim, head to the Đetinja River near the town center. You will find a beautiful beach here where the locals go to cool off during the hot summer months. There is even a water jumping competition off the old railway bridge.

In the nearby village of Karan, you will find the 1337 Bela crkva (White church). Constructed in the Raška school style, the church features the original portraits of its patrons: St. Brian and his family, Tsar Dušan and Tsarina Jelena.

You will find western Serbia’s most remarkable cave in off the Beograd–Užice highway. The Potpeć cave features 50 m high entrance. You can explore the cave’s unusual shape and exquisite formations thanks to 555 m of installed lighting.

In Kadinjača, you find a monument dedicated to a Partisan battalion killed following the loss of the independent Republic of Uzice. It is located just 14 km from Uzice on a high plateau. In Sevojno, you will find a log-cabin style church and the Terzića avlija ethno-park, which is dedicated to preserving the tradition and folklore of this region.

The famous Tarabići family hailed from the village of Kremna, located between Tara and Zlatibor. The Kremna prophecies are attributed to them. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Kremna was converted to an air spa.

The city of Mokra Gora is renowned for the Šargan Eight Railway and Drvengrad (Wooden Town). One of the most fascinating and fun destinations in Europe, the Šargan Eight Railway forms a loop in the shape of the number 8. The ride, which features stunning valleys, mountain views and tunnels, is fun for the entire family.

Drvengrad is a film-themed ethno village in Mokra Gora built by film director Emir Kusturica on Mećavnik Hill. The charming traditional village features a small Russian-style church dedicated to St. Sava, a town square made entirely out of wood, traditional Serbian and Bosnian log cabins, a gallery, library and cinema. Drvengrad’s annual Zavičajni dani (Native Land Days) draws a number of tourists from Serbia and across the world.

Pozega

Located 180 km from Belgrade and 25 km from Uzice, the town of Pozega (Požega) abounds with springs, sparkling mountain streams and crystal clear mineral water. Pozega is renowned for growing plums ideal for the production of rakija or slivovitz (plum brandy).

Built in 1839, Pozega’s main church honors Emperor Constantine and Empress Jelena. The Godovik monastery, dedicated to St. George, was one of the first monasteries built in this region during the golden era of Nemanjići. The log cabin style church in the nearby village of Gorobilje is famous for its icons of St. John the Baptist, St. Apostle and the Last Supper. Though the artist in unknown, the influence of Russian baroque is clearly evident in the icons.

Kosjeric

The Kosjeric (Kosjerić) municipality, just off the highway leading to Montenegro and 136 km from Belgrade comprises five charming villages. The municipality is home to Čobanski Dani (Shepherd’s Days), which takes place every July. The festive event celebrates traditional customs and traditions and draws over 1000 exhibitors and thousands of visitors.

When you are in Uzice, Pozega or Kosjeric, we recommend:

– A train ride on the Šargan Eight railway

– Exploring the village of Kremna and the legacy of the Tarabići family

– Sampling a shot of slivovitz in Požega

POTTERY FROM ZLAKUSA

You will find the village of Zlakusa in the vicinity of Uzice. Apart from its scenic nature and meadows that abound with strawberries and medicinal herbs, Zlakusa is also known for its artful pottery. The pottery making tradition goes back three centuries here. Zlakusa pottery includes clay stew pots and pans. The food prepared in these dishes acquires an extraordinary taste and smell. Amphorae created in Zlakusa have been exported to nearly every continent. Every summer, Zlakusa hosts the International Art Colony of Ceramics and Pottery. In the fall, the city is home to the festive Autumn in Zlakusa event.

INFORMATIONS

Tourist organization of Užice
10 Square Partizana , 31000 Užice
Tel: +381 31 513 485, 514 761

TIC Užice, 52 Dimitrija Tucovića Street
Tel: +381 31 500 555
e-mail: tours@nadlanu.com
toursoffice@nadlanu.com
infocentar@neobee.net
www.tours.org.rs

Tourist organization of the Municipality Požega
Francuska Street bb- Business center, 31210 Požega
Tel: +381 31 714 650
e-mail: topozega@nadlanu.com
www.topoz.org.rs

Tourist organization of the Municipality Kosjerić
66 Karađorđeva Street, 31260 Kosjerić
Tel: +381 31 782 155
e-mail: tokos@verat.net, tokos@nst.co.rs
www.kosjeric-online.com