Monsatery Raca and the spring Ladjevac
The Monastery Raca is a Serbian Orthodox church just outside the city center of Bajina Basta. It makes a great day trip when combined with a walk to the spring Ladjevac. The latter is a beautiful destination in the middle of nature. The road leads to several small waterfalls and a spring. This place is particularly beautiful during the fall when you are surrounded by leaves that are in all colours of a rainbow. Read more about it HERE.
UNESCO heritage protected Perucac Lake
This must be my favourite place in the whole area – the area of Perucac, which is UNESCO heritage protected. This is my go-to place for a day trip, I even took my parents there during their first time in Serbia and they loved it!
Despite this, it has quite a lot to offer if you enjoy swimming or fishing in the untouched nature.
This river can be quite packed during the summer months as many are often coming to spend their holidays there or just to have a grill, including my family. We have spent some weekends on our river house which is overlooking the two mountains, left one is on the Serbian side and right one is on the Bosnian side. The sun is setting just in the middle.
If you are interested to spend some time without a Wi-Fi connection, this place might just be your thing. If you are trying to find a good accommodation, take a look at our river house for availabilities, here.
Ethno Village Mokra Gora
This village near Mt. Zlatibor has its own unique look! I’ve never seen this type of architecture before. It has been contributed by the Serbian movie director Emil Kusturica also known internationally and from the Cannes Movie Festival.
What should you know about Bajina Basta before visiting?
This 9000 or so people town lies next to the river Drina which means that on the other side you are able to see the mountains of Bosnia & Herzegovina, it is so close to the border you could swim there (although a bit over 1km, so you need to be a good swimmer).
The colour of the river is a perfect shade of aqua, so green and dreamy! In addition, there is the most magnificent backdrop of mountains anywhere you happen to lay your eyes on.
It’s all almost overwhelming and unreal, just how my parents described it as from the Jim Carrey movie ‘The Truman Show’, do you know what I’m talking about?
Food is fresh and organic
Whereas Belgrade is full of fancy restaurants filled with dozens of cuisines, in Bajina Basta you can enjoy local dishes that are all organic and homemade as well as affordable.
You can go by without eating anything beyond a 50-mile radius. These foods include vegetables such as corn, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, fruits such as water melons, grapes, raspberries and cherries as well as animal products from eggs to meat.
Weather is impacted by the mountains and the river
The climate or the weather in Bajina Basta can be unpredictable, the close river and mountains have their effect on that. Thus, it has clearly defined 4 seasons. It’s really weird to me how you can experience summer and winter pretty much in one day, it all changes so quickly.
Winters can be quite cold and there is plenty of snow which makes it perfect for winter sports. If you have visited Belgrade you know that summers can exceed really high temperatures and that’s when I like to come to Bajina Basta to ‘cool down’ as the weather reminds me of the Scandinavian summers, except in July when it’s also quite hot and swimming in the river becomes a must.
My favourite time of the year is definitely summer but winters in Western Serbia are really dreamy also, there is so much snow, even more than in Finland. We have spent last Christmas there with my boyfriend’s family and this summer I was there with my parents.
Are you planning a trip to Western Serbia?
Please feel free to contact me for any questions or recommendations, I’d love to chat with my fellow travelers! And if you’re not local and wondering how to travel there either by a bus or by a car, have a look at my instructions on how to get to Bajina Basta from Belgrade.
Are you looking for a place to stay on Mt. Tara?
I highly recommend taking a look at our newly finished Nordic-styled apartments for a relaxing stay during your trip to Western Serbia! Before you book, you can read reviews from previous guests below.
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