Situation. The village is known by the same name in Albanian and Serbian: Зубин Поток/Zubin Potok (pronounced "zou-bine po-tok"). It has 1,700 inhabitants (all Serbs) and is the capital of the municipality of the same name (15,000 inhabitants, 92 per cent of whom are Serbs and 8 per cent Albanians), which belongs to the district of Mitrovica. Zubin Potok is located 18 km south-east of the Brnjak crossing to Serbia, 21 km south-west of Mitrovica, 55 km south-east of Novi Pazar (Serbia) and 59 km north-east of Peja/Peć.
Description. This large, seemingly unattractive agricultural village owes its name to the Zubodolski stream (potok in Serbo-Croatian) that runs through it. But it is the Ibar, his other, more important river, that has shaped Zubin Potok since the dawn of time. Cutting a valley through the Cursed Mountains and the Mokra Gora, the river connects the town directly to the Raška, the historical heart of Serbia. Marked by the memory of Queen Hélène d'Anjou (1237-1314), mother of the great King Milutin, the region has remained predominantly Serbian since the Middle Ages. Although it escaped the war in Kosovo, it had to suffer reprisals from the KLA in the years that followed. Today, calm has returned. To put it in an absolutely not politically correct way, we have to admit that here we are already in Serbia: the Serbian dinar replaces the euro (sometimes accepted), most of the big employers belong to groups based in Belgrade or Novi Pazar, the mail is handled by the Serbian post office and almost everything that is not produced locally is imported from the other side of the border. Of the 63 villages in the municipality, only one has concentrated almost the entire local Albanian minority since 1999: Çabër/Čabra, which with its 1,000 or so inhabitants has all the makings of an Albanian enclave... within a Kosovo Serb enclave. Nevertheless, Zubin Potok and its neighboring towns enjoy a beautiful natural setting. The Ibar River, which comes from Serbia, feeds the large artificial lake of Gazivode upstream. The region is dominated to the south by the Mokra Gora. This beautiful massif owes its name of "wet mountain" (in Serbo-Croatian) to its numerous rivers, heavy rains and underground springs. Shared by Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, the Mokra Gora is part of the Cursed Mountains, which themselves belong to the Dinaric Alps. The small massif has two peaks at over 2,000 m above sea level: Mount Pogled, straddling the three countries, reaches an altitude of 2,156 m and, just west of it, Mount Beleg reaches an altitude of 2,100 m between Kosovo and Serbia. Long known for its oak and beech trees, Mokra Gora has unfortunately suffered from illegal logging since the end of the Kosovo war and many areas are now completely deforested. However, the region offers many opportunities for walks and activities of all kinds offered by the local tourist office. The hotel offer is still rather rudimentary, but for nature and outdoor enthusiasts, it will be almost paradise here.
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