Pester upland is the largest plateau on the Balkan Peninsula and one of the largest in Europe. It has become a top destination among the fans of the unexplained, intact landscapes and scarce natural beauties. In recent years Pester has become highly popular among the nature-loving tourists. The reason is its soullessness and inaccessibility, because it lies below the seven magnificent mountains, which all fit into one view.
Golija, Javor, Zlatar, Jadovnik, Ozren, Gilejev and Žilindar surround this plateau from all sides, providing beautiful viewpoints. Peshter is also known as Serbian Siberia, and due to the altitude and a large number of cultural and historical monuments, in some studies they also reffer to it as Serbian Tibet. With the hight of 1150 meters and an area of 63 square kilometers, it represents the unique, enchanting and natural oasis in the heart of the Balkans.
When you climb to Peshter from Novi Pazar, Ivanjica, Prijepolje or Nova Varos, accross the first glimpse of endless vastness and mildly stagnant pastures, you will be simply fascinated by the breadth of view and open unlimited space that merely connects to the horizon with celestial space and fluffy clouds.
PESHTER HOME COUSINE
When we mention Peshter, the first association that comes in people’s minds is – delicious food. Cheese from Sjenica is one of the most famous in the whole Balkans! Roasted lamb prepared by a secret recepy only the locals know of, is a real specialty that is hard to find in other parts of the country, and the calf from this area is an exquisite delicacy on the table throughout our country and Europe. There are delicacies that you can not taste anywhere else in the world, except on Peshter upland, like JARDUM – dense specialty of sheep’s milk, and SUDZUK sausage is prepared with great love and special pleasure, here in Sjenica.
If you love fish, you can catch the highest quality trout in one of the surrounding rivers and lakes, or buy one at two well-known and checked „fish ponds“. Pies and oriental treats are specialties that we will not describe here – it would be a waste of our words because the taste is indescribable, so you have to check it out for yourself! Taste their pies and enjoy some of their delicious snacks and sweets.
The Peshter plateau is well-known for its most exclusive home-made products. Charms, eatable sugar hearts, purses, socks, vestments, with characteristic oriental and Balkan motifs in which the century-old tradition interweaves, the unique skills of the local weaving and the original exclusivity of handmade works. Rugs have traveled from Peshter to the farthest parts of Europe, for centuries, decorating some of the most famous European courts. On each piece of these handicrafts, everyone can see top skills of their creators and the richness of decorating details.
This place also applies to the most undeveloped part of Serbia where very few people live. They are mainly engaged in agriculture, in a long-forgotten, rural way. This plateau is very spacious, but in the era of total acceleration, climate change and apparent technological progress, it retained the qualities of a purely natural part of the planet. And so did the local people. In the era of universal egoism and individualism, they retained something from that antique gorgeous hospitality which lives here for centuries. Peshter is well-known for the good-hearted, cordial people, always ready to help you, and give their helping hands to anyone in need.
Guests are served here with all the best that their host has in his home.
Although they live very modestly, they are happy, smiling and it seems they really love life. They enjoy sharing a piece of bread with their friends. They live a quiet rural life and are rejoicing when someone is away and spend time with them. They spend their winters in Sjenica, because the sever cold during winter time, when Peshter plateau becomes as cold as Siberia where, it’s always snowing which makes it almost impossible to live under such conditions. After a cold and long winter, the spring comes to this region silently and hard-working people return to their modest homes, they release cattle to grazing and create first-class organic products that are later sold in the cities.
As we went towards Sjenica, we passed through the village of “Karajukića wells” where we enjoyed complete peace and quiet, but we also enjoyed the company of graceful horses that freely walked in the fields and high grasses of Peshter.
The pictures show the village “Tuzinje” where we and our hosts enjoy fresh sheep’s milk and the famous, sheep cheese.
This was surely an unforgettable and unforgettable journey through these landscapes worth visiting even for a day! ❤