Resava cave is one of the wonders of nature we mentioned just a few days ago. It is located close to Despotovac – home of Manasija Monastery and an interesting miniature park.
Ice-age cave – Resava cave
Resava cave (also: Resavska) is one of the largest cave systems in Serbia. It has over 4,5 km of corridors. Around 2,7 km being explored so far. The paths for visitors are around 800 meters long. The cave originates from the ice age. It is 80 million years old! However, it was discovered accidentally and relatively recently – in 1962. A sinking river carved the cave in the limestone of the area. The speleothems are in different colors, depending on the minerals that formed them. For example, the red color comes from iron oxide, white from crystallized calcium, and yellow from traces of clay.
The cave apparently has four levels, and at least 8 halls. Visitors walk through the cave in one direction on a spiral concrete road, visiting halls such as Beehive Hall and Crystal Hall. The symbol of a cave – “a Mother with a child” is a giant stalagmite, 20 m (66 ft) tall and 12 m (39 ft) high.
Fun fact: 28 species of bats live in this cave. But do not worry – they are harmless!
Visiting the cave and the area
This part of Serbia is quite interesting, and that is why we have prepared a special tour for our guests. We will take you to Resava cave, and to the fortified Manasija monastery as well. Then, you will have a chance to relax at Lisine waterfall, where you will have a chance to enjoy lunch. In one day, you will see the historical and natural wonders of our country. Amazing, isn’t it?
In case you are here on your own or you have rented a car, the cave is around 150 km southeast of Belgrade, close to the city of Despotovac. The entrance fee for the cave is 350 dinars (3 € / $3,5) and working hours are from 09:00 to 17:00 (can change without notice). Jackets are mandatory, as the temperature in the Resava cave is constant all year round and it is 7 °C. While you are in the area, you can also visit places such as the Ravanica monastery, or walk along the Great Morava riverbank.
We are sure that you will have a great day in the area, enjoy incredible sights, but even more important – incredible hospitality! Welcome!