Cover photo © Credits to Ethno House Torlaci
Cover photo © Credits to Ethno House Torlaci

Time travel in Eastern Serbia: A traditional ethno house Torlaci

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There have been words about traditional ethno villages and houses in Serbia and their great cultural value. Cradled in the slopes of Mt. Stara Planina in Eastern Serbia – there lies another one, preserving the life and legend of a local group of people who lived here since ever. The traditional ethno house Torlaci evokes the feeling of time travel and almost faded simple way of life. 

Picture © Credits to Ethno House Torlaci
Picture © Credits to Ethno House Torlaci

What ethno house Torlaci can offer?

Traditional ethno house Torlaci is located 800 meters from Knjazevac - Zajecar road and is surrounded by an estate of unspoiled nature spread over an area of one ha. The unique ethno home offers air-conditioned rooms, 24 beds, a swimming pool, a traditional restaurant, and organized nature trips, making it an ideal place for a vacation for a whole family. The rooms are set in traditional Serbian houses, situated at the edge of woodland with walkways. The rooms are equipped with handcrafted solid wood furniture making them a good opportunity to relax far from urban settlements with the convenience of premium hospitality.

Picture © Credits to Ethno House Torlaci
Picture © Credits to Ethno House Torlaci

Traditional ethno house Torlaci aims at addressing rural tourism allowing tourists to go back in time and live the simple way, that the local people do. Picking mushrooms, walking through the forests, going on hunting trips, or collecting seasonal fruits will make your stay even more pleasant. Getting involved in the local ways will make you feel less like a guest and more like a local. 

Ethno house Torlaci
Ethno house Torlaci
Jakovac, Serbia

Who were Torlaci anyway?

Torlaks or Torlaci (Serbian) are the Slavic inhabitants of southeastern Serbia, western Bulgaria, and northern Macedonia who speak the Torlakian dialect.  The locals who've been living in these areas for long time care to preserve their old ways and share them with tourists with unlimited hospitality. 

Picture © Credits to Ethno House Torlaci
Picture © Credits to Ethno House Torlaci

The name is associated with the old Slavic word ‘tor,’ which means ‘sheepfold’ in English. Historically, this might have to do with living in the mountainous area. The fact is that Torlaks were mainly shepherds by occupation, wandering the plains and terrains in search of fodder for their livestock.

What to do in the area?

As far as your trip to ethno house Torlaci goes, don't worry, you won't just die from boredom in the village at the end of the world with no internet. The closeness of wonderful Mt. Stara Planina, automatically transfers your trip to an outdoor adventure – skiing, hiking or exploring one of more than a hundred waterfalls that this mountain hides.

Stara Planina / Old Mountain
Stara Planina / Old Mountain

The nearby town of Zajecar is also a great place to indulge in the local culture, and taste one of the most favored beers in the country. Nearby, you will discover the traces of Ancient Rome, in Felix Romuliana heritage site, just a few kilometers away. In other words, your visit to Traditional ethno house Torlaci will make you forget about modern life stress. The traditional ways presented in the ethno house Torlaci tend to captivate the peace of soul of its visitors, so they must come back and time travel to this picturesque place in Eastern Serbia

Zaječar
Zaječar
Зајечар, Србија
Felix Romuliana
Felix Romuliana
Гамзиград, Србија

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Milena Mihajlovic

Milena Mihajlovic

I am Milena, and enjoy traveling, hiking and everything coffee-related. Through my writing, I want to inspire fellow travelers about Serbia, my dear country.

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