Tara Canyon, Montenegro - Tear of Europe
Part of the river Tara, known as “Tear of Europe” runs through in the National Park “Durmitor”.
It springs in the north of the country and is 150 km long. It merges with the river Piva and together they make river Drina, one of the longest and most abundant river in water in the Balkans.
For centuries this strong mountain beauty had carved the limestone it runs through and shaped numerous narrow parts, gigantic obstacles and chasms. This is how a 93 kilometers long canyon was born. It is the second deepest canyon in the world right after the Colorado River canyon. The deepest part of the canyon is 1,300 meters deep. Its banks are steep, covered with forest arising from the coldness and depth of the canyon.
At some points a torrential river becomes calm and peaceful. Rare parts where you can cross the river from one side to the other are called “gazovi” (places where you can step in and walk to the other part). Near Bistrica, bed of the river is so narrow that according to the local people you could jump from one side to the other. This unusual place is called Đavolje lazi (Devil’s Bush).
Banks of the river and sides of the canyon are covered in thick vegetation: black pine, black hornbeam, black ash, elm and some linden and at higher altitudes you can find, hornbeam, filed maple, beech, etc. In the highest parts of the canyon above 1,000 meters above sea level there are fir trees and spruce. Black pine forest is particularly valuable including the area called “Crna poda”, which is the area of rarely tall and thick trees. The trees are over 50 meters tall and 450 years old.
Today, the canyon attracts tourists looking for adventure and a thrilling and direct contact with nature.
Rafting down almost the entire course of the river will make your adrenaline blow out. Apart from rafting on a rubber boat rafting on a wood raft is also recommended to tourists. Wood raft is made of wood logs and they are run by particularly brave and handy people. Once, this was a major means of transporting wood.
Those who decide to spend several days on the river will remember it for the rest of their lives, especially morning sun in the canyon and nights when the only light you will see is the narrow line of starry sky and swarm of fireflies. Apart from the fascinating Tara canyon, nature lovers will be astonished with Mrtvica or Cijevna canyon in the central part of Montenegro. The bravest ones should not miss the canyon Nevidio - the last conquered canyon in Europe.