About Divcibare


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History and tradition


The beginnings of organized tourism is  related with 1926. when the Divcibare Health Society, founded by 28 prominent citizens of Valjevo, built a settlement of 20 holiday cottages. In the following years the Company built the first hotel, shop and other supporting facilities, the road from Kaona to Divcibare and prepared an urban plan. As early as 1932, Ministry of Trade and Industry declared Divcibare for a climatic and tourist destination. In 1933, the Ministry of Construction limited the narrower region of the Divcibare region and determined the conditions for the construction of facilities, based on the regulatory plan designed by Milorad V. Babic from Valjevo, Graduate Civil Engineer, a Berlin student.


Families from Belgrade and other cities began to come to rest, and until the Second World War Divcibare was the most distinguished mountain tourist place in Serbia.




Divcibare - a legend about the name origins


The origins of the name Divcibare are tied to the river Crna Kamenica, which flows through the center of today's tourist settlement. In the folk tradition, once in a swampy river, after a summer splash, a young shepherd drowned. In memory of this event, the mountain plateau is given the old Slavic name Divcibare, which means "girls' swamps". The name Divcibare located in Maljen is very old because it is mentioned back in1476 as a village in the Turkish detailed list of the Smederevo ‘Sancak’ (Ottoman Administrative Unit), to which they belonged at that time.




Plant and animal world


The richness of the forest and wildlife is specific to Maljen and Divcibare, among which there are endemic and protected species, as well as significant types of herbs used for medication purposes. The most frequent are the forests of white and black pine, and from the conifer there are fir, juniper tree, juniper berry and mountain pine.


From the deciduous trees the most common are beech and birch, and then black and white oak and hazel, linden, grab, poplar, jasmine, yew, willow and acacia. From the Maljens’ endemic plants grows bosnia and adriatic larvae, while in protected species there is lycurus of Christmas trees.


Due to the large number of plant species, In April, there are primrose and a narcissus (Narcicus poeticus), the most beautiful flower of the mountain. Narcissus covers Divcibare in the middle of May. And so on...


There are plenty of medicinal plants. There are entire fields of gentian, rarely seen in erosion in pine and birch forest, frost, silk, blue gentian, cider, dog tooth, and partridge. From medicinal herbs are still growing: angelica, white spleen, buzzard, basil, ivy, elk hair, patchwork, waterfowl, raven onion, greek, day and night, gingerbread, gingerbread, bellies, lynx, violet, thyme, dandelion, spaghetti, bunny, nettle, clover, ketchup, ketchup, pepper, pollen, lanterns, rosemary, bridal grass, hay grass, black spleen, guards and many others.


Wildculture grows on Divcibare: wild berry and raspberries, blueberries. Under favorable weather conditions, forests are full of the most beautiful mushrooms, such as peeling, sowing, sunflower, manure and other.

From the venison you can find deer, rabbits, wild boar, fox, pheasant. There are also many bird species here. Feathering predators are: eagle, frog, hawk, owl, plum, crow, magpie, raven and cuckoo.


Singers and other birds are: nightingale, lark, woodpecker, finch, titmouse, sparrow, crochet, blackbird, starling, partridge, quail, jay, hoopoe, turtledove, green woodpecker, pigeons, pheasants and others. In the Maljen rivers there are gudgeon, chub, crayfish from the creek.




Mountain tops and viewpoints


This picturesque place represents an inseparable connection with a series of Valjevo mountains: Medvednik, Jablanik, Povlen, Maljen and Suvobor.

Mountain heights surrounding Divcibare, in addition to protecting them from winds, represent the places from which an exceptional view is provided, not only to the parts of the Maljen massif, but also to some distant parts of Serbia.


These heights are:





Hiking tours


Due to mild slopes and climbs, the largest part of the Divcibare region is ideal for walking, hiking and hiking. Hiking trails are marked with hiking marks on the trees  - a red circle with a white colored center. At the beginning of the path and at the crossroads there are wooden road signs, also in red and white.


There are 6 hiking trails in Divcibare:





Sport and Recreation


Due to the optimal altitude of one thousand meters, mild climate and clean air, Divcibare has ideal natural conditions for the athletes preparation, recreational tourism, children's and youth sports camps, teaching in nature, active holidays. Divcibare Mountain Center has open tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, as well as an indoor swimming pool at the Divcibare Hotel, as well as plenty of space for new contents which would make it a center for athletes training at high altitude. Divčibare region offers great opportunities for the development and improvement of sports infrastructure through the construction of new outdoor playgrounds, sports halls, golf courses, trim tracks and so on.


For Skiing is the most attractive new track on Crni Vrh, 850 meters long, with a two-seater lift capacity of 1200 skiers per hour. It is intended for more skilled fans of this winter sport. The second slope on the Crni Vrh opposite downhill with the ski lift, is suitable for most skiers, it is illuminated and offers the pleasure of night skiing. Mild slopes are suitable for sledding, skiing, snowboarding. You can also get to know Divcibare by driving with sleds or enjoying riding a horse.




Divcibare waters


Divcibare is an area rich in water. This region is abundant with rivers, springs and streams belonging to the Kolubara and the Western Morava basins. The Bukovka river springs under the Golubac top, flows with a scenic gorge and have the Crna Reka as a tributary.

Manastirica springs under the Kraljevi sto (1103 m) and makes a very beautiful waterfall Skakalo with cascades, about 20 meters high. In several places beneath the eastern side of the Golubac, the river Crna Kamenica flows through the Divcibare in the narrower sense.

Two spring branches meets in the center of Divcibare, and they run further under the market and bakery, and then through the gorge full of rapids and waterfalls in the beautiful ambience of black pine trees. It continues to flow between Maljen heights, and in Tometino field it meets with the Bela Kamenica, which forms the Kamenica river, which flows into the West Morava.


Crna Reka is formed of several streams that spring from the north side of Divcibare. Waterfalls of 5-10 meters are especially interesting. The other rivers of this region are the Bukovska Reka, Kozlica, Krcmarska Reka, Manastirica, Paklenica and Bela Kamenica, which also flow through the interesting cliffs making rich the hydrography of this region. In addition to rivers and streams, this area is rich in many springheads. The Zujan springhead  is unusual because it is located in a spacious marshy meadow. We should not forget the Hajducka fountain on height Cubrica, nor the Studenac spring. The water of this spring is very cold, so it is called Studenac. From the cracks where the water springs flows cold air, so it is assumed that behind the source there is a whole cave system that has not been examined to date.




Protected nature preserves


About the beauty and specific characteristics of Divcibare also speaks the fact that in this area there are four strict nature preserves: Crna Reka, Calacki stream, Zabalac and Vrazji Vir.


Maljen rivers and streams create magnificent gorges, seagulls, waterfalls, lakes and special flora and fauna in their course. Crna Reka gorge with the Ljuti Krs ridge, half an hour from Divcibare, features more waterfalls, sources of drinking water, thick forests of conifers and deciduous trees. Crna Reka preserve covers an area of 60 ha. It is located around the Crna Reka spring. In this preserve there are special floral and vegetation values and very attractive elements of the relief.


The strict natural reserve is Calacki stream, on which a reservoir lake for the Divcibare water supply has been built. Calacki stream covers an area of 3 hectares on which a mixed forest stands of fir and beech grow, with birch trees, spruce, white and black pine and spruce.


Crna Kamenica river flows through the gorge of extraordinary beauty, building waterfalls and springs, among which Vrazji vir stands out. Vrazji vir is located near Divcibare, on the slopes of the elevation of Velika plec. It covers 29 hectare with a mixed forest of white pine, birch, beech, spruce, oak and other species.


Preserve Zabalac is located in the spring part of the river Bela Kamenica, below the Zabala top. It consists of birch, with individual beech trees, fir, black and white pine.