Drina Valley Canyonlands

Miljevina Foca Bosnia and Herzegovina

Welcome to the enchanting Drina Valley, a region where nature's splendor intertwines with rich cultural heritage, creating a captivating destination waiting to be explored. Meandering through breathtaking mountain scenery, this valley stretches from the picturesque town of Foča to the verdant rolling hills of Zvornik, encompassing a mosaic of wonders along the way.

The Drina River, with its emerald green waters, weaves its way through the heart of the region, lending an unparalleled charm to the surrounding landscapes. As the lifeblood of eastern Bosnia, the river shapes the character of the area, with many communities thriving along its banks. From its humble beginnings, the Drina River journeys north, ultimately feeding the Black Sea basin via the Sava River, leaving a lasting mark on the region’s cultural fabric.

Immersed in the Drina Valley’s untouched beauty, you’ll discover ancient towns that have stood for centuries, silently bearing witness to the history enrolling around them. The region’s authenticity is a treasure to behold. The genuine warmth and hospitality of the locals will embrace you, making you feel like a cherished guest.

As you journey through this land of wonder, you’ll encounter a captivating mix of influences, from remnants of Yugoslavia’s past to Austro-Hungarian architectural gems and the enduring legacy of Ottoman heritage. Yet, it is the vibrant living culture that truly leaves a lasting impression, connecting the people and the land in a way that is both fascinating and inspiring.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the Drina Valley. Sutjeska National Park, with its breathtaking landscapes, stands as a testament to Mother Nature’s unrivaled beauty. The drives along the Tjentište Valley offer awe-inspiring vistas, while the Tara River Canyon beckons adventurers with its exhilarating rafting experiences. Explore the UNESCO-listed Mehmed Pasha Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad and uncover the charm of Andrićgrad, a town built for a film capturing the spirit of Nobel Laureate Ivo Andrić’s work. Andrićgrad materialized from Prof. Kusturica’s concept of a medieval stone town was inspired by Ivo Andrić’s works. It envisions Višegrad’s potential if history embraced various periods. The city blends architectural styles like Byzantine, Ottoman, Renaissance, and classicism, offering a nostalgic journey on the main street-corso, evoking a blend of Renaissance, Ottoman, and Byzantine eras.

Venture further to the lower Drina, where the towns of Srebrenica, Bratunac, and Zvornik await. Here, you’ll discover the allure of authentic experiences, surrounded by breathtaking nature, tantalizing cuisine, and the genuine warmth of the local communities.

In the Drina Valley, nature’s beauty harmonizes with cultural heritage, inviting you to embark on an unforgettable journey where the wonders of the past meet the splendors of the present. Let the Drina Valley captivate your senses and ignite your spirit of adventure.

Highlights

Foča

Unique, rich, and exciting are the words to describe Foča. Starting from the top, Maglić the highest peak of B&H at 2,386m is near Foča, continuing to Europe’s only primeval rainforest Perućica, and further to the sand pyramids. Ease in your adventurous side with whitewater rafting on the River Tara, often considered the deepest canyon in Europe, and enjoy the natural beauties in the oldest and biggest national park in B&H Sutjeska. While admiring the Clock tower in Foča, the oldest in B&H, built in the 18th century, have a walk in the bazaar and discover why Foča is intriguing and worth visiting. Among other gems, witness Aladža Mosque, one of the most significant mosques in the country and a true pearl of Foča.

Goražde

On the banks of the strong Drina and linked by the Drina bridges, the city of Goražde, which is famous for being the capital of eastern Bosnia, stands proudly. The Drina River is a favorite place for rafting enthusiasts, but also for swimmers. If they are not rafting or swimming in the Drina, then they are fishing or relaxing in the restaurants and cafes around it. Goražde has preserved both old hamlets and houses, but also one of the largest medieval necropolises in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where it is assumed that there are around 600 tombstones.

Višegrad

Nobel laureate Ivo Andrić found inspiration in Višegrad, a confluence of historical periods and styles showcasing elements of both Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. Its crowning jewel, the bridge on the Drina, stands as an endowment from Mehmed Pasha Sokolović. This bridge is not only a pivotal cultural and historical symbol for Bosnia and Herzegovina but also graces the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.

Srebrenica

Srebrenica and its Potočari Memorial Center stand as a place of remembrance, inviting visitors to honor and pay respects to the victims of the tragic events that occurred during the 1995 genocide. Srebrenica serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of peace, empathy, and unity in our shared humanity, and encourages reflection on the lessons of the past for a better future.

Zvornik

Zvornik is a charming town situated in northeastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, known for its rich history and picturesque setting. The town features notable landmarks such as the Zvornik Fortress, an ancient defensive structure that offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. Zvornik is also home to mosques, churches, and other architectural gems that reflect its multicultural character. The town’s serene riverside ambiance, historical sites, and warm hospitality make it an enticing destination for visitors seeking a blend of cultural exploration and natural tranquility.