The river Neretva flows through Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The length of the river Neretva is 225 km. The area of the river Neretva is 10,380 sq.km.
In its head, the river Neretva is cold, and it flows through a deep gorge, and then the river gets wider, crosses the Dinarskoje highland, and creates valleys with fertile soil. Here, a reservoir made by a hydro plant and a dam 85 meters high is located.
The town of Mostar on Neretva river Bosnia and Herzegovina
Along the course of the Neretva river, there is found the famous town of Mostar — one of the sights of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name of the town of Mostar comes from the phrase “stari most”.
The old bridge across the Neretva of the town of Mostar, built by Osman Turks in 1566 is found in the UNESCO world heritage list.
The Old bridge of Mostar, destroyed during the war of 1992-1995, was restored in 2004, and today it symbolises the peaceful life of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The valley of the Neretva river
Close to the place where the Neretva merges with the Neretvan channel of the Adriatic sea, the river Neretva forms many armlets and creates a delta of a great area with particularly fertile lands, where a lot of fruit and vegetables are grown.
The river Neretva is one of the longest and beautiful rivers of Croatia. It is particularly pleasant to visit the valley of the Neretva during summer months, when the heat of the shore retreats here, and the guests can relax in the cool of the valley of the Neretva river.
Those who come to the valley of the Neretva are amazed by the very clear drinking water of the river and the amazing natural landscapes along its green banks. The Neretva is afavoured spot for relaxing in natural surroundings, water activities — rowing, swimming — and for walking and cycling.
The valley of the river Neretva, surrounded by mountains, is a unique natural phenomenon, the swampy area of the valley is rich in rare species of flora and fauna, and is an ornithological park with over 400 species of birds. The valley of the Neretva has been declared national park and is protected by the state. Getting to know the natural riches of the valley of the river Neretva is best done while sailing along the banks in boats or trupicas — local boats made of a single tree trunk. The waters of the Neretva river are rich in fish, and are famous to and loved by connoisseurs — the Neretvan eel, local restaurants offer various fish dishes — “brudet”, “popara”, and other delicacies made of very fresh fish and frogs.
The valley of the Neretva is called the “valley of tangerines”, the soil of the valley is remarcably fertile and has a unique microclimate. A variety of fruit and vegetable grows here — potatoes, tomatoes, mustard, watermelons, tangerines, pomegranates and oranges. Every year, about 60,000 tonnes of tangerines are harvested in the valley of the Neretva.
On the banks of the Neretva, one of the most important towns of the Roman empire was located — the old town of Narona. The ruins of Narona are found in the settlement of Vid not far from the town of Metkovic.
Narona was a rich ancient Roman towm with its own forum, temples; here, a lot of architectural remains of the 1st-5th centuries are found.
The river Neretva is rightfully included in many of the ratings
of the most beautiful rivers of the world!
On this page used photos from ljepotica.si, www.travelobosnia.com, www.summitpost.org, www.nkp.ba, www.dubrovnik-area.com, moja-hercegovina.blogspot.com, www.arheologija.hr