• Rivers

  • NERETVA


    The Neretva River,  flows through Bosnia and Hercegovina and Croatia. It rises on Lebršnik Mountain and flows northwest past Konjic to Jablanica (Jablanicko) Lake, then southwest via Mostar to enter the Adriatic Sea. 

    Its total length is 225 km. The upper course of the river runs through canyons and gorges in uninhabited region. 

    The Jablanica Dam created a lake for a hydroelectric station. The lower valley of the Neretva enjoys the Mediterranean climate of the Dalmatian coast.


    TARA


    Coined the jewel of Europe, this wild, turquoise blue river is a raging mass of water fed by the towering mountains of Durmitor National Park in Montenegro. The Tara River traverses along the border of Bosnia and Montenegro, with 30 km of it in Bosnia, and the rest belonging to Montenegro.

    It rises from the mountain ranges in the northern part of Montenegro and flows 140 km until meeting with the Piva River and forming the Drina River, one of the longest and largest rivers in the Balkans. 

    For aeons the powerful flow of the Tara River has hollowed out a soft limestone surface, creating the sculpted form of gorges and chasms that we see today. Age-old earth erosion has created the 82 km-long canyon, the second largest canyon in the world after Colorado


    VRBAS


    The Vrbas River was home to the2005 European Whitewater Rafting Championships

    The Vrbas Canyon is an ideal place for water adventures like kayaking and rafting, and for softer adventures upriver – hiking, walking, camping and fishing.

    Off the beaten track to the highlands around the canyon are excellent hiking and walking trails where one has phenomenal views of the river below. The canyon walls are home to hawks, eagles and falcons. The highlands are dotted with many old villages that offer a stark contrast to the beat of the Banja Luka city center.


    BOSNA


    The Bosna River is the third longest river in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is considered one of the country's three major internal rivers, along with the Neretva and Vrbas River. The Bosna River flows for 271 km. 

    The most interesting is the name of this river. Certain Roman sources mention the River Bathinus as a name of the Illyrian Bosona, both of which mean "running water".

    Its source is at the spring Vrelo Bosne, at the foothills of the Mount Igman, on the outskirts of Sarajevo, capital of BiH. The spring is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's chief natural landmarks and tourist attractions. From there, the Bosna flows northwards, through the heart of Bosnia, eventually becoming a right tributary of the Sava River in Bosanski Šamac. The Bosna River also makes up the Bosna River Valley, the country's industrial center and home to close to a million people, as well as the location of several major cities.


    UNA


    This river, by many the most beautiful river in the entire country, is cherished by each community that has formed along her 207 kilometers.

    The sometimes steep corridors are not always conducive to navigating her beautiful waters, yet one of the most frequent motifs of the Una River are the small boats with anglers and the ever-increasing number of rafters and kayakers. This river has created a harmony with man, fish, birds, willows, bridges and old mills rarely seen today.


    DRINA


    Drina River is fast and violent, pure and clear, rich, powerful and generous. 

    However, the beauty of the Drina River is not only in its water, but also in the landscapes that surround it. Deep canyons and gorges, impassable forests, villages scattered on the mountain sides and an old fort that is reflected in the river - it is all Drina, unique and unrepeatable.

    North of Visegrad, between Zepa and Klotijevca, is the longest canyon of the Drina River, 24 kilometers long. 

    To date, the Drina River built three hydroelectric power plants, of which larger part of its course are turned into a quiet lake surface. Now, unfortunately, there is no more rafts and rafters, but thanks to the creation of artificial lakes for tourists, are available tourist boats, which organise cruises on the Drina River.

    Basin of Drina River is very rich in living world, both plant and animal, and some places are characterized bythe presence of endemic species.


    TREBIŠNJICA


    Trebišnjica River is underground river in Herzegovina, and one of the largest underground rivers in Europe. It is 96.5 km long and rises at an altitude of 398 m.

    The Trebisnjica River flows through Gatačko, Cerničko and Fatničko Polje, where it sinks into the earth, only to reappear south of Bileća under the name Trebišnjica. It also appears as spring of Dubrovnik’s river Ombla, and the most part of Trebišnjica flows underground in the Neretva River.


    RAKITNICA


    Rakitnica River is really something beautiful. It is the largest tributary of the Neretva River. This canyon separates Bjelasnica and Visocica, and extends to the southeast of Sarajevo.

    Rakitnica River is one of the deepest canyons in Europe. The canyon is lined with endemic types of flora and fauna. Bears, wolves, wild boars, martens, wild goats all take refuge in this difficult to access canyon. Crystal clear mountain water can be drunk along the entire lenght of the canyon.

    Rakitnica River is possible to visit and explore in the period from May to October. Because of its unique beauty and inaccessibility, Rakitnica River is a great challenge and attraction for climbers, fishermen and lovers of pure natural scenery.


    PLIVA


    The beautiful nature and the environment, crystal clear waters is what makes Pliva River and waterfall so special. Pliva River forms a magnificient 22 m high waterfall located in Jajce, where the river Pliva flows into Vrbas. 

    The Jajce is the only city in the world that boasts a waterfall located in the city center.

    In this beautiful area, fisherman will find clear water rich in quality fish, a hunter will find mountain hunting grounds full of wildlife, lovers of antiques, will be attracted to the remains of ancient settlements.


    SANA


    Sana River is a clear and cold mountain river. It was given by the name of the old Latin word "Sanus" which means health, because of its purity and healing. 

    Fishing prevails at Sana River because it is rich invarious kinds of fish. Lower Sana River is suitable for kayaking and rafting especially for beginners, as it is less dangreous than Una River. In the area of Prijedor, there are several places designed for swimming, therefore it is visited by large number of tourists during the summer months.

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