For more than 500 years, before the Ottoman Empire’s occupation, people here have shuttled livestock between the settlement (technically called Gornji, or upper, Lukomir) and the now empty Donji (lower) Lukomir below. Electricity did not come until the 1960s. There is no market, school, doctor, or shop, and from late-autumn until mid-spring the village is inaccessible by car and uninhabited”, the author wrote.

Lukomir 2

Crevar explained that every summer, around 17 families, from surrounding towns and cities, move back up to the village.

They come to bask in medieval traditions, tend flocks, and assemble for sacred Muslim religious celebrations such as Eid al-Adha”, the author wrote.

To hikers, fresh onlookers, the first impression is often theatrical in its perfection”, Crevar noted. “Isolation awash with expansive panoramas, welcoming locals, and centuries-old structures. The scene here, in Europe’s Western Balkans region, seems scripted for today’s tourism trends dovetailing soft adventure and authenticity”, he concluded.