Ecotourism - Nature and Beauty
Montana Region Nišava Region

Sichevska Ravine

Sichevska Ravine is in the eastern part of Serbia which is located in the city of Nish and town Bela Palanka. The most interesting part of the landscape in the area is Sićevo Nishava river with its valley. Because of its unusual geology and Sićevo village is called by locals Sićevačka Klissura (Cresna Sićevo). It stretches from the Dolats Village as its source is from Bela Palanka, near the Prosek Village on the entrance of Basin of Nish, with a length of 17 km. Formed by Nishava river with high calcium content. This large component of the ravine, is composed of three distinct morphological parts. Gradshtanski Canyon, 7 km long, in the valley between the Oblik Hill and the Svyrligis Mountains the most beautiful part of the gorge. The narrow, almost vertical, carved stone cliffs are suitable for nesting of the last couple of Golden Eagles in Serbia. The width of the canyon is reduced to the width of the bed Nishava river by a rocky wall which reaches 400 meters. At the exit of the canyon is the Oblik Hill, where together with the Yelasnitsa Ravine can detect a shared habitat of two tertiary relicts - Balkan endemic species - Serbian phoenix flower (Ramonda serbica) and Natalie ramonda (Ramondanathaliae). Down the river between St. Petka Monastery and the mouth of Ostrovitsa Stream, the flows of Nishava expanded with a large bed 2 km long, gently sloping away. The section of the river valley below the monastery is known as the Kresnesnko defile Ravine. This is also true for the 8 km, which have a wide variety of geological types. From the left of the gorge extends the basin of Ostrovichka Valley, there meet many of its flows of Ostrovits and Potok. The surrounding limestone rocks are featured with its forms. At first glance it can be seen karst formations, such as trucks and potholes, while fascinating underground features include numerous caves, rock shelters, holes, spurs and more. One of the main features of the landscape of the gorge are the Sićevačka Klisura are its step formed natural formations, visible in vertical succession of level surfaces and its abrupt slopes of varying steepness.