Centuries of history and the exceptional cultural heritage and great events make Zajecar one of the most interesting cities in southeast Serbia!
City of Zajecar, the geographic, administrative, economic, political and cultural center of the Zajecar district, is located 11 km from the border with Bulgaria.
In the area of the city of Zajecar, mountainous lands are prevailing, with Zajecar valley in the middle. The valley itself is located between two mountain ranges, the Carpathian and the Balkan range. South of Zajecar, the White Timok River is carved into Vratarnicka Gorge, which represents a link between the Zajecar basin to the north and the Knjazevac basin to the south.
The municipality of Zajecar is in the continental climate zone. The climate is temperate and humid, with hot, dry summers and moderately cold winters, what indicates that Zajecar and its surroundings have a temperate continental climate.
On average, the coldest months are January and February, and the warmest month is July. In Zajecar basin, there are winds similar to košava, and they are mostly northeastern, while occasionally the winds blow from the Carpathians and Stara Planina mountain. Winds are most common in spring and autumn. Hail is rare. During the year, the total precipitation on average is 560 mm.
The Zajecar municipality is intersected by the Crni and Beli Timok (the White and Black Timok), that merge at Vrazogrnci and form the Veliki Timok. These three rivers make up the basis of the Timok river system, which forms the basis hydrographic network of the region. The Timok river system is very important for this region, whose fertile valley is exceptionally suitable for agriculture.
There are no natural lakes in the vicinity of the city, but there are three artificial (reservoir) lakes: Grliško, Rgotsko and Sovinac lake. Grliško lake and Sovinac lake are used for water supply, while Rgotsko lake was formed by collecting water in quartz sand excavations, near the village of Rgotina.
There are two thermo-mineral springs nearby Zajecar: Gamzigradska Spa and Nikolicevo. Thermo-mineral springs in Gamzigradska Spa are regulated and there is a modern spa resort, while the thermo-mineral springs in Nikolicevo are not regulated, although all the tests show that the thermo-mineral water there has extremely high healing properties. Many people come to this spring and use the water for its healing properties.
Deciduous forests dominate in the region, and spread on the slopes of Deli Jovan, Stara Planina and Tupiznica mountains. Hence, the forest cover is most prevalent in the the villages of Vratarnica, Gornja Bela Reka, Lenovac, Lasovo, Mali Izvor, Dubocane and Glogovica.
The region of the city is rich in various forms of wildlife. Some of the species that can be found here are: deer, wild boar, wolf, fox, jackal, badger, wild cat, pine marten and stone marten, hare, pheasant, grey partridge, rock pigeon, turtledove, collared dove, common quail, wild duck, northern goshawk, magpie, hooded crow, pheasant, etc.