Popšica cave in Svrljig area

Popšica cave is, with Prekonoga cave, one of first explored caves of Republic of Serbia. It is located in village Popšica in Svrljig town. It is located about 40km from city of Niš. Or 2km from from Popšica village. On Kalafat mountain. On this location there is natural spring of hot water. Temperature of this water is constantly about 20c all year long.

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Jovan Cvijić was first explorer who officially entered it. For science purposes, from 19th century. After him also Jovan Žujović. In cave can be seen much of speleology jewellery as much as bats. And also this cave is the largest habitat of bats in Balkan territory.

Popsic Cave or Popsic Cave is located at the foot of Mount Kalafat. There are two entrances that can be found, out of a total of four. The upper one is about 500 meters above sea level and the lower one is about 20 meters lower. In addition to these two, there are two other entrances. The approach can currently be approached only on foot due to overgrown vegetation and inaccessibility. In the cave itself we have several halls, ie. channel. The cave itself is not too big, so you can embark on an adventure even if you are not a professional. The length of the cave is about 530 meters.

Located 5 kilometers from Samar cave and also near Prekonoga cave. Also located on Kalafat mountain. Near city of Niš, 45 kilometers away. So for the closenes of it to Nis, some people are going there during summer.

What to see around Popšica cave

Around Popšica cave in Kalafat mountain base, there is hot water pool. It is created form hot water spring, that is bordered with fence. That was started in 1969. Beside this pool, and Samar cave, here is one more thing to visit. It is Monastery of Holy Archangel Gavrilo in village Pirkovac. Monastery of Saint Gavrilo Archangel is located on about twenty minutes from Popšica by foot. In that monastery can be seen two relics, part of clothes of Saint Petka, and icon of God Mother “Brzopomocnica” for Holy mountain. Exact time of building of monastery is unknown. But it’s presumed that is from time of Saint Sava, and Nemanjić’s dynasty. It is mentioned in Ottoman writings from 16. century. There is belief that the spring well in monastery has healing water. Monastery is led by priest Varnava Nikolić, who rebuild it in 2002.

Popsica cave or Popsica pester

Popsica Cave or Popsicki pester cave is located at the foot of Mount Kalafat. There are two entrances that can be found, out of a total of four. The upper one is about 500 meters above sea level and the lower one is about 20 meters lower. In addition to these two, there are two other entrances. The approach can currently be approached only on foot due to overgrown vegetation and inaccessibility. In the cave itself we have several halls, ie. channels. The cave itself is not too big, so you can embark on an adventure even if you are not a professional. The length of the cave is about 530 meters.

The Popsicka cave cave has been known for a long time. It was researched in the 19th century. Our well-known scientist Jovan Cvijić also dealt with it. In the cave you can see a variety of cave jewelry. Also, guano, from the large number of bats you can still see there today. Two canals lead to the main hall, and from there two more.

The Popšica cave is known for its discoveries. Remains of a rabbit (Lepus sp.), A cave bear (Ursus spelaeus), a large bat (Myotis myotis), and a long-winged bat (Miniopterus scheribersi) were discovered here. The entrance tunnels are a little more than 40 meters long. Through them you enter the main hall. From there you can take other channels to the end of the cave. It has been protected by the state since 2004.

Tips for Popsica cave tour

  • You can visit Popsica cave by cave by foot, and with some transportation vehicle is unavailable
  • For cave visit be very careful if you don’t have experience in speleology or experienced guide
  • The Popsica cave has different branches, so have that in mind (it’s nature)
  • As there is moisture in the cave, be sure to bring some light and warm clothes

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