Sićevo gorge is located very near from Niš, on about 14 kilometer. Parallel with river Nišava and Sićevo gorge there is important road connecting Serbia and Bulgaria. And also railroad too. Sićevo gorge is 17km long, from village Prosek to vilage Dolac.
A lot of caves are located in this gorge. Archeological and speleological excavations are constant here.So, in 2008. there is important finding of jawbone. It dates about 130 000 years, or more, and is presumed to be of Homo erectus. From Paleolith period. That is in Small and Big Balanica cave. Rarities of this territory are one of the last pairs of golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) nests. Much as well as one of the largest owl in the world, the Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo). And also few more flora and fauna species. Even without all this, nature here is beautiful. All that made it Special nature reserve form year 2000, and protected much earlier in 1977.
What to see in Sićevo gorge (Sićevačka klisura )
In Gorge you can find monastery of Holy Mother of God, that dates from 17th century. In the middle of the forest, on 771 meters above sea level. Especially relevant thing to see here is Hydro power plant St.Petka. It dates from 1908. it is in that time plant with most production of electricity in Serbia. It was very important as was Hydro power plant in Vučije.
Sport in Sićevo gorge
The Gorge is great for many sports. It is excellent for mountaineering, hiking, fishing, paragliding and rafting. In 2005 World paragliding cup took place here.As a result it was pronounced for the best in Balkans. European paragliding cup was held back in 2008. In 2009. in Sicevo gorge was held Rafting World cup, European cup and Univeristy competition.
Sićevo gorge (Sićevačka klisura ) is small but very important in cultural sense too. Because, Art colony is held here. Oldest in Serbia and former Yugoslavia. The Art colony dates from 1908. and it is named after famous Serbian painter Nadežda Petrović.
Sićevo gorge (Sićevačka klisura ) is, because of all this, protected natures park of Serbia. See beauty of Sićevo gorge and also Jelašnica Gorge on Picnic in Niš post. Tours to Sićevo gorge can be organized with activities. Or you could go there by yourself with public transportation from main bus station in Nis Serbia. It is very near to Nis Serbia and Spa of Nis.
Cave in Svrljig mountain photo is by Intermedichbo CC BY 3.0 rs ; Sićevo gorge panorama by DjordjeMarkovic CC BY 4.0 rs