Nature Park Sićevačka gorge is an area of exceptional biological diversity and habitat of a large number of endemic, endemorelic, relict, and rare species of plants and animals, as a special example of the phenomenon and interplay of geological, geomorphological and hydrological processes and as a landscape of marked natural beauties and Location
The area of Sićevačka Gorge is located in the south-eastern part of Serbia. It covers the 17 km long gorge of the river Nišava, which starts from the Prosek village, which is 14 kilometres upstream from Nis, and ends in Dolac village, located in Bela Palanka valley.
Nišava gorge was protected for the first time in 1977, and then a revision of protection was done and by Decree of Government of Republic of Serbia proclaimed Nature Park Sićevačka gorge, a protected area of the second category, of regional importance, with an area of 7.746 ha.
successful a combination of nature, human traditional activities, and construction and cultural and historical monuments.
The plant species that are still clustering in the gorge are: sage (Salvia officinalis), and this is the largest and northernmost finding of this plant, scorpion senna (Coronilla emerus L.), sub Mediterranean rare species in Serbia, common lilac (Syringa vulgaris), common rue (Ruta graveolens ), Turkish hazel (Corylus colurna), wild cherry, etc.
The most attractive part of the gorge is the grandiose Gradačanski canyon with tightly folded sides, which mostly consists of vertical, stepped cut stone rocks. Width of the canyon at the bottom is mostly reduced to the Nišava riverbed. On these cliffs, one of the last pair of golden eagles in Serbia are nesting here. At the exit of the canyon there is elevation Oblik. It is significant because only on it and on Jelasnica gorge there is a common habitat of two tertiary relics and the Balkan endemite, the Serbian Ramonda (Ramonda serbica) and Natalia Ramonda (Ramonda nathaliae).
Two mini hydropower plants built in the first half of the 20th century can be visited in the Sićevačka Gorge: in Ostrovica, Sveta Petka hydropower plant, which started operating in 1908, 13 years after the first hydroelectric power plant in the world were built on the river Niagara (1895 - USA). It is open to visitors who can see how equipment looks like and how it produces electricity for more than one century. In Sićevo village, there is a hydroelectric power plant Sićevo, from 1921, whose designer was Nikola Tesla, and he was declared as honorary citizen of Sićevo.
Fans of sport and active relaxation can enjoy hiking, alpinism, nature walks, fishing, rafting, and paragliding. The Safari Club from Niš organizes rafting in the Sićevačka gorge in the Gradačanski canyon, on the river from Dolac to Ostrovica. The length of the track is about 7 km and orientation time of the passage is up to 1 hour and 30 min. In 2009, the World Cup in rafting, followed by the European Cup and University Championship, was held in the Sićevačka gorge. The European Cup in Paragliding in 2008 was held in the Sićevačka gorge, and after the World Paragliding Championships in 2005, the track was declared the best in the Balkans. Sićevačka gorge is the highest climbing point in the height of the rock, but also the number of directions in Serbia. The rock is a limestone type of height from 50m to 250m and offers the possibility of various climbing, from plates and overhangs, to cracks and fireplaces.
There are 55 directions entered in the guide and about 10 new unregulated weights from III to VI and A0-A2.
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