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One of the gems of Western Serbia is Mokra gora, a valley which morphs into the Šargan Bend, a natural link between Mt. Tara and Mt. Zlatibor.
Its most striking and instantly recognisable feature are the forests of black pine and Scots pine, a coniferous tree that doesn’t grow anywhere else. The western wood grouse, the short-toed snake eagle and the willow tit all nestle in the treetops. The forests of this region are also home to mammals like wildcats and wolves, with even the occasional bear spotted!And just when you think you have fully explored Mokra gora in all its splendour, you will find yourself even more captivated by the rivers that surround it – the Beli Rzav, the Black Rzav and the Kamesina.
The most interesting natural attractions of the region are Hajdučka Cave and Red Cave, as well as the Skakavac waterfall. There are also many mineral springs around, with Bele vode the best known among them.
It your travels ever take you to Mokra gora, you simply must take a tour of it on the local heritage narrow-gauge railway, the Šargan Eight. Seize this unique opportunity to experience train journeys through the mountains in the Serbia of yesteryear and admire the beauty of Mokra gora in all its glory from a different angle.
Conveniently, not far from the train station at Mokra gora lies the Mećavnik plateau, with its ethno-village of Drvengrad, the brainchild of famed film director Emir Kusturica. The village consists of authentic log buildings of the region, which were collected and transported here in their original state. The oldest among them was built almost 100 years ago. As you take in the magnificence of the nature around you, you will have a taste of what life was like in these parts in the past.
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