The mighty subterranean rivers that flow through south-western Serbia have carved Potpećka cave, one of the most interesting speleological landmarks of Serbia.
Located in the Drežička gradina mountain, this cave is famous for its fine mosaic like composition of pale-yellow Triassic limestone. Its awe-inspiring entrance towers above at 50 metres high.
The 500-metre long main path takes visitors through the two main canals, which share the same entrance. Once inside the cave, you will see three distinct speleological areas: the fossil canal (the upper floor), the periodic active stream (the longer section of the lower floor) and the constantly active, and newest, subterranean stream. All are rich with magnificent speleotherms, which are an unusual sight in karst caves.
It is believed that humans, who knew how to use the potential of the cave to their advantage, inhabited it in the Neolithic period. Evidence of the time they spent here is found in the fragments of pottery, carved deer horns and even stone weapons used for hunting.
At the nearby village of Zlakusa, you can buy exquisitely made earthen ceramics, made by local potters. You will also be able to enjoy watching the potters at work – turning a simple lump of clay and ground calcite into beautiful ceramics.
The city of Užice, with the remains of the 14th Century Užice Fortress, is also not far from the cave. In Užice, on the river Đetina, you can visit the hydro power plant built according to designs by famed scientist Nikola Tesla in 1900, just five years after the hydro power plant built on the Niagara Falls.
You can also extend your stay by visiting Kadinjača and the memorial site dedicated to the fallen soldiers fallen of World War II. You can also continue your Serbian adventure by travelling to Zlatibor, Tara or Mokra gora.