Ovcar-Kablar Gorge

Ovcar-Kablar Gorge

This magnificent, more than 20 km long gorge is situated in Western Serbia between mountains Ovcar (986 m) and Kablar (885 m). Western Morava River carved itself winding path-resembling snake while flowing from west to east towards town of Cicevac where it meets Juzna Morava River as it forms the longest national river, Big Morava.

Ovcarsko Kablarska Gorge has always been away from major roads and this is why Orthodox monks saw it as a safe haven during centuries of Turkish occupation. As a result, ten monasteries were erected from 15th century onwards, giving the Ovcarsko-Kablarska Gorge spiritual character that can only be compared to Fruska Gora Mountain, for example. The oldest and the most important one is humble Nikolje Monastery still preserving monastic atmosphere from mid-15th century while Blagovestenje Monastery from 1601 stands as the most beautiful one.

Western Morava spectacular meanders squeezed by 700 m high cliffs at some points are home to numerous botanic and animal species that found shelter in almost untouched nature away from humans.

Ovcar Banja Spa is also located in the gorge providing accommodation and various spa treatments. Medjuvrsje Lake is one of two artificial lakes in the area created when Western Morava was tamed for power production purposes. As such, it is considered anglers’ paradise. A series of small falls found along the Banjski Potok stream are especially worth seeing.