Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Out & About in Zlatibor

Zlatibor is located in western Serbia with Mt. Tara in the north and Mt.Zlatar in the south. Settled into an ocean of green mountains, the town of Zlatibor emerged from a group of vacation homes into a full-fledged urban location.

The name of it extracts the tone for the setting it was born from - Zlatibor means 'golden pine'.

Situated at an elevation of just over 1,000 metres, Zlatibor is a famous tourist resort, characterized by a cool alpine climate, clean air, long periods of sunshine during the summer and a heavy snow cover in winter. Tourist facilities include modern hotels, holiday centers and cottages, sports grounds and skiing tracks.

Zlatibor's slopes are not particularly challenging, making them a good spot for beginners and kids. Major skiing hills are Tornik (the highest peak in Zlatibor at 1496m) and Obudovica. The nordic skiing trail at the northern foothill of Šumatno Brdo is 1042m at its highest point.

In spring the whole region is speckled with wild flowers, horses and cattle scattered around and  amongst the attractive cottages.

A miniature botanical garden

Regarding food, Zlatibor is famous for its local pršut (prosciutto), sir (cheese) and kajmak (cottage cheese spread). Trying these is a must for the gourmets!

The town centre is peppered with traditional-style restaurants, pizzerias and local fast food outlets. Along the small lake there are stalls offering handmade items - starting from traditional woolen socks and slippers to coats and throws, hand-painted glass souvenirs and decoupaged gifts.

We've been in Zlatibor for 5 days so there is a lot of material we made and collected; however I'd post just about one thing more and that is about the so called Drvengrad also known as Küstendorf and Mećavnik, which is a traditional village that the Serbian film director Emir Kusturica built for his film Life Is a Miracle.

Stay tuned.


Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh my! It's so beautiful! That's my kind of shopping. :)

Maya Kuzman said...

I wish I could have spared a day and spend it lying on the grass and looking at the sky...

Divya N said...

The place is so gorgeous and the cafe with umbrellas is super cute. Are those spoons porcelain items or plastic?

Maya Kuzman said...

Quite attractive, yes! The spoons are wooden, decorated with paper napkins using the decoupage technique. So they look like plastic, but they are not :)

Kim said...

Zlatibor looks amazing! Those rolling green hills and the blue, blue sky...sublime. Love that little cardie/coat. Yes, I too can imagine lying on the verdant grass and looking up at the sky...heaven!

Maya Kuzman said...

Hello soulmate!

Anonymous said...

I love that view! Nature is magnificent overthere! And I would have bought almost every souvenir in the stalls :-)