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Ibar Valley

Kayak adventure on the Ibar river through the Lilac Valley! 🏞️🚣‍♀️🌳

A phenomenal adrenaline kayak adventure through the valley of the river Ibar from Ušće to the medieval town Maglič. Rapids in the upper course of the Ibar, waves, and curves of the river will contribute to real excitement.

DEPARTURE TIME In the morning hours, 10am
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Kayaking tour on the Ibar River with the necessary equipment and instructors on a length of about 20 km
NOT INCLUDED Transportation to the starting location

Food, near the camp there is a restaurant with traditional food

Other individual costs

Additional notes:

  • The tour is realized for a minimum of 8 registered. In case of a smaller number, a price correction is made.
  • Food: In the immediate vicinity of the camp, there is a restaurant with traditional cuisine
  • Kayaking experience: For kayaking is not necessary previous experience, kayaks are stable and for two people. Before the tour, instructors hold a short course on kayaking.
  • Equipment for a kayak adventure tour on the Ibar: It's best to wear a synthetic t-shirt and shorts because they dry quickly. Below it is the best to dress up a swimming suit. You can wear slippers or sports shoes. If it's very warm, be sure to take UV protection: hat, glasses and UV-based creams.

Information and reservations:

Nearby attractions

Maglič fortress

It is not known when Maglich was erected, but it is believed that he was probably raised by Uros I after the Mongol invasions, to prevent the penetration of new invasions through the Ibar Gorge, that is, to protect the access to his endowment from the Sopocani and Nemanja Studenica from that side.

Another assumption is that in the early 13th century, he was raised by Uros's father Stefan the First-Crowned to protect his endowments Zica and Studenica.

The development of the Serbian medieval state and its shift to the south contributed to the loss of importance to Maglic, as a fort in the heart of the country far from borders and potential conquerors. So it's no wonder that it was the seat of Serbian Archbishop Danilo II. He was in charge of both church and state affairs from Maglic. He also organized writing church books within the city.

Zica monastery

Žiča is a Serbian medieval monastery dating from the first half of the XIII century, located near Kraljevo.

The monastery, together with the Church of the Holy Dormition, was built by the first King of Serbia, Stefan the First-Crowned and the first Head of the Serbian Church, Saint Sava. Žiča was the seat of the Archbishop (1219–1253), and by tradition the coronational church of the Serbian kings, although a king could be crowned in any Serbian church, he was never considered a true king until he was anointed in Žiča. Žiča was declared a Cultural Monument of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and it is protected by Serbia. In 2008, Žiča celebrated 800 years of existence.

In 1219, Žiča became the first seat of the Serbian Archbishopic. The church, dedicated to the Ascension of Our Lord, displays the features of the Raska school. The ground plan is shaped as a spacious nave with a large apse at its eastern end. The central space is domed. The church was built of stone and brick. Architecturally, the Byzantine spirit prevails.

There are two layers of painting, each being a separate entity.

  • older - originated around 1220 and belongs to the Golden Age of Serbian Painting
  • younger - formed at the beginning of the 14th century and belongs to the painting from the age of King Milutin, created under the influence of the Renaissance Paleologist, which can be said to be representative examples of the painting.

During the Ottoman rule, the monastery was abandoned on several occasions, after which it was restored.

Žiča was declared a Cultural Monument of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and it is protected by Serbia. In 2008, Žiča celebrated 800 years of existence.

The organizer of the tour is the travel agency Explore Balkans doo. With this program is valid Rulebook on conducting tours by Explore Balkans doo. According to Article 79 of the Law on Tourism, protection is not provided for one-day tours in terms of travel guarantees.

Arrival at the starting location near Ušće

  • Arrival at the starting location in the morning, until 10 am, no later than 11 am
  • Preparation, distribution of equipment, instructions and a short course for a kayak tour. The kayak tour is performed in professional wild river kayaks accompanied by licensed kayak instructors.

Kajak tura na Ibru

  • Waves, rapids, river curves surrounded by rocky valley sides are waiting for us in a kayak ride through the famous "Lilac Valley". In several places, we take a break for swimming and rest.
  • The adventure lasts about 4 hours and ends at the medieval town of Maglič.
  • Changing and lunch break at a nearby restaurant.
  • End of the tour in the late afternoon. Possibility to visit the Serbian medieval monastery Žiča.
kajak avantura na Ibru
kajak avantura na Ibru
Kayak adventure on the Ibar river
Kayak adventure on the Ibar river
Kayak adventure on the Ibar river