Cana i Spasoje Kaljević
homemade products tasting; accommodation
The village of Podgora is located 7 km from Žabljak, halfway between Durmitor and the Tara River. In the medieval period, it belonged to the Jezera Plateau across which the caravan route Via Jezera or Via Anagasti (Nikšićki road) passed. It led from Dubrovnik, through Trebinje to Nikšić, and further across Šavnik and the Jezerska Plateau to the river Tara and further, across Pljevlja, to Serbia or Bosnia. Three hundred years ago, katuns of the Tepci family were located here, and today the household of Spasoje and Cana Kaljević is engaged in tourism in the same place.
The hospitable hosts will treat you with a welcome brandy and ask whether you are tired. While spending time in a pleasant ambience and a pleasant conversation, your attention will be drawn by the scents of Cana's local cuisine which a real gourmet can rarely resist. You can enjoy the delicacies of local specialities such as kačamak and cicvara with sour milk or grušavina, roasted and dried meat (from the family drier), various cheeses, bread and pies prepared in a wood stove, also in homemade treats. The hosts keep cows, pigs and chickens so you can be sure that all products come from this property.
In order to conjure up the spirit of old times, the Kaljević family organises traditional evenings with folklore in national costumes and with music played on folk instruments gusle and shepherd's pipe. For all nature lovers, this household can prepare horseback riding tours or organise knight games by the fire. For those who want to spend the nights in the mountain ambience “under the star sky and among forests“ (this is how the village got its name, surrounded by the forest), there is a wooden hut as well as comfortable double and triple rooms with a total capacity of 10 persons.
Before visiting numerous attractions that are nearby, such as the thematic hiking trail of the medieval fortress Pirlitor (15 km away) or of the forest railway and rafters “triftari” with viewpoints towards the Tara Canyon (1 km away), do not forget to take away a souvenir to remind you of Podgora – hand-knitted wool socks or hat, honey, brandy etc.