Etno village Milogora
accommodation; homemade products tasting; activity holidays
The Piva Mountain includes the less known western parts of Durmitor in the area between the rivers of Piva, Tara and Sušica. A favourable geographic position, proximity of the Piva Lake and NP Durmitor, the existence of biking and hiking trails, which are mainly marked, and viewpoints in river canyons make this area an interesting destination for many people who are into nature and cultural heritage.
What also attracts visitors to Piva are the medieval tombstones Stećci and their necropolis which still remain one of the under–explored pages of the history of this area. Eight hundred recorded medieval tombstones in 35 sites do not have a wide variety of decorative motifs, but the same ones often appear and those of twining vines with trefoils or spirals often stand out.
Stylized crosses dominate among the symbols. Analysis of these decorations implies that the medieval tombstones Stećci in Piva date back to the 14th and 15th centuries.
On the wide surface of this mountain there are fifteen picturesque villages with a small population. One of the villages that are worth visiting is the village of Trsa and Ethno Village Milogora. It is situated 12 kilometres from Plužine, 75 km from Nikšić and 42 km from Žabljak. True gourmets recognize this national restaurant for its local cuisine specialties such as steamed-cooked lamb, kačamak and cicvara, and in the summer months a true attraction is beer cooled in snow-drifts. In the past, inhabitants of mountainous areas used a “natural refrigerator“ for food storage – pits filled with snow that would be covered with hay and leaves in order to maintain the low temperature.
Some of the activities that they offer are jeep safari, hiking and biking tours. The biggest attraction is of course horseback riding, both for beginners and on tours that last for six days. Two horse breeds are used for riding – Bosnian mountain horse and Arabian horse. The Bosnian mountain horse, well-built and of great strength, has best adapted to the mountainous terrain and climate conditions. It is smaller but very tenacious, resistant to diseases and is satisfied with modest food and accommodation. It is usually of a black colour, very agile and nimble, ready to carry the rider and various types of cargo, even over 100-120 kg heavy, over harsh terrain. On the other hand, the Arabian horse is elegant, taller and requires more attention and care. The locally adapted breeds of animals are a product of centuries-long careful selection of the cattle breeders and they represent an important component for preservation of the biodiversity and overall cultural identity. Take the opportunity to ride a horse and visit some of the necropolis of medieval tombstones Stećci.
The Ethno Village also has accommodation facilities: five double bedded bungalows built in traditional style as well as double, triple and four bedded bedrooms with bathrooms.