Rtanj Mountain - Climb to the roof of Serbia
Rtanj Mountain is an ideal place for all adventure and challenge lovers!
Rtanj mountain is situated in eastern Serbia, approximately 200 km southeast of Belgrade, between towns of Boljevac on north and Sokobanja on south.
It belongs to the Serbian Carpathians. Its highest peak is Šiljak (1,565 m), a natural phenomenon of karst terrain.
The north side of the mountain is covered with forests and shrubs, full of autochthonous plant species and plenty of sources of potable water. A hunting ground covers 6368 ha. The most common preys are roe deer and wild boar.
According to a legend, the castle of a wizard was situated on Rtanj Mountain, in which a great treasure was guarded.
However, the castle has disappeared and on the peak Šiljak, there is a now little chapel dedicated to St. George. It was built in 1932 by the wife of a former local miner. Today, the chapel is in ruins, as it was partly destroyed by dynamite, when treasure hunters tried to find the hidden gold. There is an initiative to reconstruct the chapel.
A widely known traditional product of Rtanj is the “Rtanj tea”, made from herbal of winter savory. It is celebrated for its antiseptic and aromatic properties, and is allegedly an aphrodisiac.