Zlatibor Mountain has always managed to retain the crown of the most popular both summer and winter resort in Serbia. The mountain was named after its rich and tall golden pines. Most of the Zlatibor Mountain is situated on a 1000-m high weald bordered by the rivers – Djetina, Uvac, Susica and Rzav, the latter being the most attractive of the four.
According to local tourism experts, it was Serbian king, Aleksandar Obrenovic, who approved the idea that Zlatibor should be turned into a spa and resort during his visit to the mountain in 1893. Today, Zlatibor can host up to 14 thousand tourists with its 10 hotels, dozens of luxurious villas for rent, numerous restaurants and cafes. Apart from numerous sport facilities, the resort provides open and closed pools, ski lifts, gyms, lake-beaches, as well as a paragliding training program.
Situated midway between Belgrade and Montenegrin coast, Zlatibor is a unique meeting-point of Mediterranean and Central European wind currents. The mountain’s dry and ionized air has been proven to help convalescence periods after serious lung, heart and thyroid gland diseases. It is also a perfect place to boost one’s blood count or lose weight by following the renowned diet and exercise program at the Cigota Medical Centre.
Rich with pine-trees, Zlatibor landscape has been doted with Serbian traditional log cabin churches for centuries. Recently, the world famous film director, Emir Kusturica, has constructed the whole log-cabin village of Mokra Gora, which hosts an international film festival and workshops each summer.
The village of Sirogojno offers a unique insight into Serbian long and rich knitwear tradition. The region is famous for its arts and crafts that are put on display during an annual local fair.
Zlatibor is easily accessible with good roads and frequent bus links from Belgrade in the north, Nis in the south and nearby town of Uzice. However, one cannot leave the most famous Serbian mountain before tasting its delicious prosciutto and kajmak, nor without hiking to the Gostilje waterfall and visiting the nearby 14th century monastery of Mileseva and its masterpiece – “White Angel” fresco – the first satellite image sent from Europe to the US.