Tara, one of the most beautiful mountains in Serbia, is located in the western part of the country, close to Bajina Bašta and above Perućačko Jezero lake on the Drina river. It straddles the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina and is around 180 km from Belgrade. The average height above sea-level is from 1000 to 1200 m and the highest point is Kozji Rid, at 1591 m.
It is covered in dense forests, dotted in glades and meadows with rocky crags, gullies and caves. The climate lends itself to the treatment of bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and anaemia and also has a positive effect on the immune system.
The Tara National Park covers an area of 19,750 hectares. Tara is home to a diverse range of plant life, amongst which, the Serbian or Pančić spruce, which is only found here, is especially worthy of mention. The diverse habitats and preserved vegetation have allowed many animal species, such as the brown bear, chamois, Wood Grouse and the G olden Eagle, to survive.
The tourist centres on Tara are Kaluđerske Bare and Mitrovac. Kaluđerske Bare lies 1000 m above sea-level, at the junction of roads leading to Bajina Bašta, Mitrovac, Mokra Gora and Kremna. Mitrovac is one of the largest plateaus, at 1080 m; it has many sports grounds and offers good facilities to those wanting to actively experience nature.
Visitors can make use of pedestrian paths (10 km) and there is a fitness circuit (1.6 km), a football pitch and outdoor small sports fields, amongst other facilities, for those who enjoy sport and recreation. There are ski slopes and two ski-lifts, a 150 m-long one for children and beginners and a 450 m-long one for amateur skiers, located at 1000 m above sea-level.
Forests, canyons and river banks preserve the remnants of prehistoric, classical, Roman and Byzantine cultures. The 13th-century Rača monastery and the tombstone necropolises in Perućac and Rastište are part of Serbia's mediaeval heritage. Unique folk architecture can be seen in the Dinaric Alps log cabins dotted along the banks of the Drina river.
The Drina and the lake at Perućac have large stocks of many fish species, in particular trophy specimens of huchen and catfish. In the summer season, tourists have the use of a managed beach on the lake, rowing boats and outdoor swimming pools.