Excursion Piva Lake. According opinion of many tourists, northern region is the most attractive part of Montenegro. Exciting landscapes, beautiful lakes, spectacular view points, interesting history of this part of Montenegro will not leave you indifferent. Furthermore…just the drive itself is breathtaking.
We depart from your hotel and driving over Podgorica and Niksic to Pluzine small town situated on the shore of Piva lake. Situated in beautiful surroundings, with peaks of Durmitor, Volujak and Ledenica in the distance, Pluzine carries the title of the youngest town in the region. Beautiful nature and builders gave the town something special which remains in the memory of those who visit this town.
After the building Mratinje Dam which was formed by construction of the Piva hydro-electric plant in 1975 (240 m high), the town was transferred uphill, while the previous location was flooded by newly created Piva Lake.
Region of Piva lies to the northwest of Montenegro near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Piva is first regional nature park in Montenegro, was declared on 22 April 2015, on the Earth Day.
Nature park has international importance because it connects the National Park Sutjeska (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the National Park Durmitor. It occupies an area of almost 32,500 hectares.
Like several other areas in Montenegro, including the Durmitor National Park, Piva is characterized by it’s extreme, untouched natural beauty.
The landscape near Piva is marked by dense stands of trees, and limestone plateaus cut by canyons formed by the Tara, Piva, Komarnica and Susica rivers, forming a system of rivers and deep canyons unlike any other in the world.
Many people say that Piva Canyon was even more beautiful, more attractive and more mysterious then the Tara canyon.
The lowest point of the regional park Piva is at an altitude of 433 meters at Scepan polje (polje – field), at the confluence of the rivers Piva and Tara, which together on the border between Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, create river Drina. This area is best known for the rafting on the river Tara.
Upon arrival in Pluzine, we will board a boat for a cruise on the lake Piva which is 45 kilometers long and up to 200 meters deep. The elevation is 675 m from the sea level, making it the most elevated artificial reservoir in the world.
Cruise in Piva lake represents a real enjoyment and offers you relaxing, peaceful day on a lake, in natural environment, with beautiful views and calming fresh air.
Piva lake offers everything you can expect from a cruise, and even more than that, its emerald – blue waters full of fish (trout and chub), a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. Sometimes there’s fish in such numbers that it seems like it can be caught by hand and that you don’t even need the equipment.
Cruising by boat you will discover Piva Lake and a part of the Komarnica canyon. To take advantage of every moment in the right way we will take breaks for swimming, photography, fishing…
You will enjoy beautiful tourist destinations that can be reach only by boat, like Cave Otesa, Podvodje, island Gradac and many other beautiful spots of Piva lake.
Unusual beauty of Piva Lake will make this boat ride memorable. After the boat ride we will enjoy in lunch made of local specialties.
After lunch, we will visit Piva Monastery which once was at the source of the Piva River, but due to submersion and construction of hydro power plant it was relocated, which was a unique construction project of monastery displacement altogether with original frescoes.
The project was very complex bearing in mind the fact that it is a monumental temple which was painted inside with 1.260 square meters of wall paintings of great value.
The Assumption Church was built thanks to the then Metropolitan Savatije Sokolovic from 1573 to1586 at the place of an older temple. Soon it became one of the most important centers of the spiritual arts and copying services.
The interior is full with gilded iconostasis and woodcuts dating from 1638. It is characterized by proportionality, the luxury of carving, impressively painted icons of Longin and kir Cosmas. The church has decorative furniture of Notre Dame, Bishop’s desk and doors, made of ivory.
The monastery treasury is one of the richest in Montenegro and it consists of valuable collections of the manuscripts and early printed books in the Balkans (the only preserved Psalter from Obod Printing).
So… Feel the spirit of Piva monastery and its history. Fill your cells with pure oxygen and your eyes with outstanding beauty that only nature knows how to create.
Take a little water from the river which is determined to become lake – and there is a mystique of a marvellous nature which surround wonderful town Pluzine.
Price: From 55,00 € per person
Price includes: Bus transport, boat ride, guide, lunch, tourist tax.
Map of excursion Piva Lake