Nature ParkShargan-Mokra Gora”

The Šargan pass is connected to Mokra Gora, which to the south comprises a natural link with Zlatibor, and on the north connects with Zborište, Tara’s highest peak, so that the Nature Park „Šargan-Mokra Gora“ borders the national park „Tara“. Nature Park „Šargan – Mokra Gora“ cover an area of 10.813 hectares.
The beauty of the landscape contributes turbulent relief with deeply-craved, steep valleys and gorges of the rivers Beli Rzav, Crni Rzav and Kamiška river, above which rise numerous peaks and ridges. Of special value are the Hajdučka and Crvena cave, and in particular the Skakavac waterfall.
This national park is protected area that abounds in flora and fauna which has the status of strictly protected species both in local and international standards. Particularly attractive are the forests of the European black and Scots pine. These forests, as well as mosaic spread of mountain meadows and pastures, thanks to specific geological substrates and climate, are inhabited by the rich flora and fauna. In the area there are 700 species of plants, many of which are endemic and relic. Mokra Gora is a particularly valuable habitat for the bird species; of the 60 registered species, 29 are rare. Here one can encounter the western capercaillie, the short-toed snake eagle, the willow tit and mammals such as the wolf, the brown bear, the otter and the wildcat.

200 km from Belgrade and airport
42 km from sport airport Ponikve
42 km from Užizce
37 km from Bajina Bašta
25 km from Višegrad

 Altitude on Mokra Gora, ranging from 460 meters to 1544 meters above sea level,where is the highest peak of the mountain Tara “Zborište”.

Nature Park “Šargan – Mokra Gora” includes Mokrogorska part Kremansko Basin, Southeast surface of Tara, Zlatibor and northwest branches saddle Šargan who is barred between the two mountains. This whole area is part of the easterly branch of  Dinarides.
Through Mokra Gora goes international road E-761 which via Čačak and Užice linking Bulgaria and Romania with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. On the border of the Park is the border crossing Kotroman gate on the way to Višegrad, Trebinje, the Bay of Kotor and Dubrovnik coast on Adriatic sea.

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Tourism

Corridor between the position of the South-Eastern and Western Europe, good transport connections, magnificent nature, the abundance of thermal mineral water, ethno village Drvengrad in Mećavnik, ski resort Iver, the unique Šargan Eight, authentic ethnic heritage, traditional products and the hospitality of the locals, represent potential on which are based different forms of tourism on Mokra Gora. In providing authentic tourism services, in addition to the very nature, numerous restaurants have an important role, of which the oldest one is “Nerandžina café” which has been working since 1889.
Lately the most developed are the transit and excursion tourism. However, the area has the value and potential for intensive development of other types of tourism: ecological, rural, heath, cultural and the scientific education.

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Springs

In Mokra Gora there are approximately 150 mainly mineral and curative springs. Given the fact that Mokra Gora lies on one of the largest deposits of nickel-rich ore in Europe, most of the sources have an extremely high content of dissolved ions. Close to the future hotel complex is located the most famous mineral spring in Mokra Gora called “Bela voda”, that is unique in the world, and “ph” value of the water, which is good for the eyes, destroys bacteria, disinfects the body and the skin, is 11,5. Mineral spring rich in selenium, called “Česme“, is also unique in Europe.

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Sports & activities

Ski resort Iver is located at an altitude of 1230-1500 m, and it can be reached by paved road through the hill Mećavnik, from which it is 8 km away. Within the ski resort Iver there are four pists, long from 900 m to 1100 m. Ski resort also has five guns and systems for artificial snow that were made in two ski paths. The cable car with length of 1100 m and capacity of 1000 skiers per hour, serves all paths. Ski slope Iver has received FIS certificate, and every year the races are organized in alpine skiing and snowboarding, such as Belgrade Trophy and Championship of Belgrade.
For fans of the sport-recreational tourism, there are the ‘survival’ races, the bicycle race and a regular bicycle tours through Mokra Gora and Šargan. For the braver, only 20 km from Mokra Gora river Drina’s Regatta is held annually.

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Culture & Festivals

Another great attraction is the Drvengrad (‘Wooden Town’) an ethnic village built on the hill of Mećavnik on the initiatiave of the famous Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica. Authentic log cabins from the region were transported to the location and used in the construction of the village. The oldest of these cabins dates back 90 years.  Once brought to the site they were placed on high stone bases, with the cellars specially built with hillside terrain in mind. The town is clearly defined around a rectangular plaza, whose main axis is defined by the entrance gate and the location of a small wooden church at the other end. The outline of the square, which is paved with the wooden cobbles and cut wooden blocks, is defined by log cabins; in each of these houses there are some elements of the urban: a cake shop, a shop selling local traditional crafts, a picture gallery, a library, a restaurant and a cinema

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Shargan 8

Together with Šargan, Mokra Gora was in the distant past situated on an important road route, which can be seen in the remains of an old Roman cobbled road and graves from the Roman era. Today the areas of Šargan and Mokra Gora are best known for the “Šargan Eight”, a narrow-gauge railway, famous for an impressive engineering that enables it to climb rapidly over a short distance. Alongside the track there are a number of exhibits – old locomotives and wagons which are preserved as examples of the engineering of yesteryear – making this a unique open-air museum. “Šargan Eight” is the most attractive tourist and museum railway in Europe among the narrow gauge railway, which at road length of only 2.7 km overcomes the difference in altitude of 300 m. Far from the bustle of modern life, enriched with natural beauty of ‘’mokrogorska’’area still with a nostalgic, beeping sound of steam locomotive enlivens romantic spirit of past days.

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Haunting

Near the „Shargan Eight” is the hunting ground „Shargan”, an area of 13,784 hectares, and it is allowed to hunt deer, wild boar and rabbit.
Over 500 members of the Hunters’ association of Užice work closely with the rangers in the Park on the preservation of the endangered species that inhabit these spaces.

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