Drina regattas

drinska regata

None of the rivers in Serbia is as attractive to the regatta lovers as the moody green Drina. That’s why from spring until late summer regattas are organized on this wild river with tens of thousands of people participating.

If you find summer, nature, fun and an adrenaline rush on your mind then one of your associations will certainly be a wild river. And if you think of something like that is Serbia then, the road is clear – straight to the river Drina. During July on the Drina you practically can’t miss one of the regattas which aren’t just about going down the water but, are crazy parties with trumpets, socializing and side concerts.

drinska regata 1These unique parties start already at the end of June, one the first regattas which proves nothing is impossible on the Drina stars – the Regatta for people with disabilities.

This is one of the rare events of this kind in Europe. In this event 200 people go by boat from Lake Perućac to the estuary of Rača into the Drina and this boat trip is followed by sports events as well as hanging out by the campfire with grill and music.

The regattas and fun on the Drina continue in the first week of July with the Loznica regatta which has you sailing down a 17km navigable path from Mali Zvornik to Gornja Koviljača.

The second Saturday in July is reserved for the Regata in Ljubvoija for a decade. The merry crews go down the 40kilometers from Rogačica to Ljubovija followed by the sounds of trumpets this lasts for nine hours.

As an overture for the grand “Drina Regatta” a student regatta which lasts 3 to 5 days is organized in mid July.

The floating caravan with hundreds of students is probably the cheeriest of the regattas that pass down the Drina during the summer. After the descent, the swimming in lake Perućac and the games without borders in the nature the unforgettable student parties continue and the environment provides extra charm.

Within this student regatta field trips are organized to Mokra Gora and Višegrad in which you can find the famous stone bridge of Mehmed Pasha Sokolović (Sokollu Mehmed Pasha) from the end of the 16th century.

This structure which is protected by the UNESCO organization was immortalized in the novel by Ivo Andrić “The bridge on the Drina” for which he got a nobel prize for literature in 1961.

Only a few days of silence announce the most exuberant event – the big and most crowded “Drina regatta” in Bajina Bašta that usually takes place within the last ten days of July. In those days around 20.000 enthusiasts from all over the world go down from Perućac lake to Rogatica in the most diverse vessels. In the 3 days of this regatta all kinds of “boats” can be seen on the river, many of which are made of old things, beds, car tires…

However, the river doesn’t seem to care what the vessels of the regattas are made of, all you need is your imagination and positive energy. The “sailors” of the merriest Drina caravan in the five hours of sailing pass by the Vrelo river, the shortest river in Europe only 365 meters long, and they have the opportunity to see an unusual sight – a house on a rock in the middle of the river! The whole event is followed by the “Most fest” (Bridge fest) in Bajina Bašta which features famous Serbian bands and performers.

During August many local regattas are organized on this river, and the Drina is always ready to carry you on its waves through the forests and cliffs of western Serbia.

How to get to all the regattas on the river Drina?

When you are already here dont miss…

Going to Mokra Gora, a train ride on the old “Ćira“, the tour around the “Šargan Eigth” rail and the ethno village Drvengrad (Wooden town) in which the famous director Emir Kusturica organizes a film and music festival “Kustendorf“.

If you are in Bajina Bašta during the regattas, don’t miss the Tara National park, where you can breathe in the fresh and sharp air of this mountain and enjoy the hospitality of the locals, try their mountain products and homemade rakija (a kind of brandy). Take the opportunity to visit “Carpet valley” which deflects under your feet because of what the earth is made of.

In the first half of august you cant miss Guča brass festival, one of the most visited and most famous events in Serbia. Guča is 100 km from Bajina Bašta.

Lake Perućac

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Perućac lake, created after the construction of the dam on the river Drina, is an ideal destination for relaxation in untouched nature or for a great fishing experience

perucac lake 2-minThe artificial lake Perućac is located in Western Serbia, on the very border with Bosnia & Herzegovina, at the altitude of 290 meters. It was created by damming the flow of the Drina river and construction of the hydroelectric power plaint “Bajina Bašta”. The surface of the lake is 12 square kilometers while its depth reaches 60 meters.

Perućac is the fishing paradise as the lake abounds in fish. The annual huchen fishing competition is organized on the lake and some fishermen can boast with enviable trophies. The lake is also rich in the European chub, catfish and carp.

In the beautiful surroundings of the nearby Tara mountain, all you need is a fishing rod, a fishing license that can be issued by any of local Fishery Associations, and a little of “fishermen’s luck”. You don’t have to be a passionate fisherman to have a great time on Perućac lake.

Besides the Tara National Park, you can also visit the nearby Mokra Gora and Drvengrad (Wooden town).

Use this unique opportunity totake a ride on the “Ćira” – an old steam train and true tourist attraction. The steam train will take you on a ride on a narrow railroad known as the Šargan Eight.

Another attraction of this area is the waterfall on the Vrelo river, probably the shortest river in the world that empties into the Drina. The Vrelo is exactly 365 meters long so the locals say that “it’s bright as the eye and a year long”.

You must visit the famous old bridge of the Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasha Sokolović from the Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andrić’s book “The Bridge on the Drina”, located just 25 kilometers from the Perućac lake in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

All adrenaline addicts eager for thrill and excitement will enjoy their stay on Perućac lake. Each year in July the famous Drina regatta takes place here. Participate in the regatta through the steep canyons.

The race is 25 kilometers long, and the number of participants increases every year, thus making it one of the most important races in Serbia. We assure you that you will have a time of your life and you will meet lots of new friends.

The archaeological site “Mramorje” in Perućac hides a medieval necropolis with tomb stones – stećci, some of which date from the 14th and the 15th century. Different in size and making, these limestone standing tombstones can be 2 meters long and up to 1 meter high. Only several of these standing tombstones are decorated with a sword, shield, circle and half moon shaped ornaments.

The archaeological site Mramorje is protected as a cultural monument of exceptional importance due to its historical and cultural value.

How to get to this emerald lake?

 

If you are already here, don’t miss…

Drinska-regata-minNumerous Drina reggatas, rafting and kayak or canoe adventures on the very lake and on the Drina river during the whole summer.

The biggest regatta is organized during the last ten days of July, and it is followed by the “Most fest” (eng. Bridge fest) where the most famous Serbian bands and artists perform.

Don’t miss walking around the Tara National Park and enjoying all the wonders of this mountain and its wild nature, with the unavoidable culinary specialties of this region.

In the first half of August you can’t miss the Guča brass festival, one of the most visited and most famous festivals in Serbia.