The Tara River is the longest mountain river in Montenegro. It is 144 km long. It is the longest canyon in Montenegro and Europe and second longest in the world after Grand Canyon. The canyon stretches along the mountains Durmitor and Sinjajevina, the total length is 82 km and the depth is 1300 meters. The canyon is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a part of Durmitor National Park. The Tara deep river with its crystal clear water emerges from the confluence of the Opasnica and Veruša Rivers. It flows over Montenegro in the north and over Bosnia and Herzegovina, where it makes confluence with Piva, becomes the Drina river.
The river was named after the Illyrian tribe "Autariatae", who lived near river bed in IV-V centuries.
In 1937 a picturesque bridge named after Đurđevića was built, which was the only road connecting south and north lands for a long time. The bridge is amazing with its architecture. It crosses the canyon at the height of 150 meters and consists of five huge arches with the total length 370 meters.
The Tara river is the biggest river in Montenegro, which is also the biggest natural store in Europe of fresh water suitable for consumption. The bottom of the river is stone without any vegetation, thanks to this water does not require any additional filtration and has an amazing taste.
Rafting is still the most popular extreme sport in the Tara river region, organized by local agencies in summer. You can order excursion in any resort towns of the shore or by visiting Durmitor or Zhabljak, or Đurđevića Bridge. Besides, the cliffs are also popular among the tourists. Those who fond of hiking, will enjoy special paths of Durmitor park.
Even if you are not a fan of extreme sports, you should visit the Rata river and the National park of Durmitor. Besides, even at the hottest day, the river brings freshness. The water temperature is never above 12-15°C. There are many mountain lakes. The most famous are Black lake of Durmitor and Beograd Lake near Kolashin.
There is an amazing forest of black pines (Crna Poda) within the Tara river canyon. It is located between Bistrica and Dobrilovina, 950 meters above the sea. The pines reach 45 meters high and many of them are about 400 years old.
You can get to the National park of Durmitor and the Tara river canyon faster, if go through Nikšić town. If you are interested in other sightseeing, you should pass by Kolašin take turn to Mojkovac.
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Excursion Type: Active vacation, Combined, Extreme
Type of excursion: Active rest
Excursion period: 12 hours
Excursion language: ME, RU
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