Divčibare

Divčibare, a well-known category II mountain resort, is located in the central section of Maljen mountain, 38 km southeast of Valjevo. Divčibare is a mountain plateau which stretches from Crni Vrh, Paljba and Golubac to Veliko Brdo. Divčibare lies 980 m above sea-level and contains four strictly regulated nature reserves: Crna Reka, Čalački Potok, Zabalac and Vražnji Vir.

Divčibare has a gentle and pleasant climate. Owing to its ideal geographic position, air masses from the Mediterranean reach Divčibare and converge with the air masses from the Carpathians and Pannonain Plain, explaining the presence of iodine in the air. Divčibare has a favourable mean annual temperature of 18°C, with autumn being warmer than spring. September is the driest month with only 5.4 days of rainfall. Divčibare has 289 annual days without wind, 126 days with rainfall and winter sees snow for a full four months.

This region is rich is brooks, springs and streams, which belong to the basins of the Kolubara and Zapadna Morava rivers. Other rivers here include Bukovska, Crna, Kozlica, Krčmarska and Crna Kamenica. Manastirica is the most interesting river with its very beautiful 20 m-high waterfall, which is known as Skakalo by the locals.

Divčibare is famous for its beautifully soft grassy meadows. Conifers dominate Divčibare, and in the centre itself there are mountain pines which do not grow anywhere else at heights below 2000 m above sea-level. Scots and black pine trees, fir trees, spruces, junipers and mountain pine trees are most commonly found in the coniferous forests. Of the deciduous trees, the most important are beech, birch, European ash, oak and Turkish oak. At the end of April the most beautiful of mountain flowers, the daffodil, blooms and wild strawberries, raspberries and blackberries can also be found.

There is a wide variety of sports grounds, ski-lifts and slopes which are ideal for children and beginner skiers. There are also two tennis courts, as well as several basketball and handball courts.

Skiers can make use of several ski slopes. The northern face of Crni Vrh is home to the longest slope (800 m) which has a ski-lift with a capacity of 700 skiers an hour. The slope is lit, making nighttime skiing possible. Near the Zmaj holiday resort, on Golubac and the Stražara peak, there are three smaller ski slopes, up to 300 m in length, which can handle 200 skiers an hour. The Divčibarska Kotlina basin is excellent for cross-country skiing. Ski equipment can be rented and serviced in the hotels and holiday resorts, and in the winter season a skiing school also operates.

Divčibare is host to a wide range of tourist, cultural and sporting events throughout the year, of which the best-known is the White Daffodil beauty contest.