Are you a nature-enthusiast? if so, you’ll love what I’m about to share with you! Waterfalls, creeks, rivers, panorama points, the list goes on. The views are just gorgeous. The Western part of Serbia, especially the area around Bajina Basta, literally has it all.

Interestingly enough not many are aware of all of this. This is the reason why I feel as it’s about a time to give this hidden gem the attention it deserves!

Keep in mind that all of this is coming from someone who’s from the Nordics, the part of the world that is particularly known for its nature. Many assume that the best views are up north but I bet to differ.

Just take a look what I’ve got to show you!

What are the main places to see in and near Bajina Basta?

The population of the town is less than 10 000. Now, you might think that a town this small wouldn’t have a lot to offer but it’s in fact quite contrary as it has quite a few attractions, some really famous.

In addition, there are loads of activities from rafting on the Drina river to bike or horse riding and hiking on the mountains and even tours to see real bears!

For the less adventurous there is always the option to go tanning and swimming on the pontan beach or to hunt to see the best panoramic views.

In this article, I’ve gathered my ultimate favourite things to do in and around Bajina Basta.

Banjska Stena and other panorama points

Bajina Basta and its surroundings have multiple extraordinary panorama points – my favourite one is Banjska Stena. It’s by far the most famous one but the rest are quite dreamy as well.

The famous Drina House on the Drina river

One of the main attractions happens to be this small house built on top of a rock – the Drina House.

This spot has made its way into people’s hearts and even National Geographic’s and rightfully so, it has earned its attention. There is a restaurant right above this attraction, overlooking the river. If it is a nice day you should give it a go and sit outside and admire the view.

Every summer, the Drina river holds a music festival Drinska Regata halfway through July. However, this is not your usual festival since people are floating on the river with rubber boats and frankly, on anything that floats. Ever since I heard that this was a thing I wanted to visit it but unfortunately, so far I wasn’t able to, but it’s bucketlisted.

The national park of Tara

The national park of Tara is only a 15-minute car ride away from Bajina Basta and that is the perfect place if you are in need of some relaxation.

The air is so fresh you will feel rejuvenated and rested after you go back to the city life. There is also a must-see monastery where you can buy local honey or (of course) rakija. If you keep walking into the forest, the road will lead you to a wonderful lookout place called Crnjeskovo. This is only a 20-minute walk away from the church so it’s not too demanding.

My boyfriend and I are traveling there quite regularly from Belgrade to spend some time at our newly finished apartments. This makes me feel right at home as it’s decorated with a modern Scandinavian style! If you are planning a trip to Mt. Tara, I highly recommend you have a look if our apartments are available for your stay, right here.

The shortest river in the world, Vrelo

Vrelo is said to be one of the shortest rivers in the whole world. There you can find the most beautiful waterfalls and drink water straight from the creek that’s coming from within the mountain. There is a cute restaurant on top of the biggest waterfall and next to the historic Roman outpost. Often times there is a band playing traditional Serbian music that fits the atmosphere. You should try the trout there because the biggest trout tanks in the whole of Europe are located in the area and thus, it’s very fresh.

All this is only a 20-minute car ride away from the center of Bajina Basta. On your way there you can see the most beautiful raspberry and corn fields, everything is so green.

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.

Summer day on lake Perucac

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.

Architecture in Mokra Gora
Flowers and mountains in Mokra Gora

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?

Fresh plums growing from a tree

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.

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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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