Vrelo Mlave – the Mlava Spring


If you have ever visited Serbia, you know that the weather in May here is beautiful. The sun is shining and the temperatures are warm. Still, it is not too hot yet and you don’t have to worry about the heatwave. It is indeed the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. There are so many things to do in spring, including hiking, biking, camping, sightseeing, or spending a day in nature. And place such as Vrelo Mlave is one of those places that looks great in all seasons, but especially in May when the trees are in bloom.

If you’re looking for some ideas to get out and enjoy nature, look no further! Whether you want a relaxing weekend away or an adventure-packed trip, East Serbia has something for everyone, and Vrelo Mlave is one of our favorite ideas for a weekend in nature. This beautiful region is home to a number of picturesque hiking trails, and you can even go for a swim in the refreshing waters of the Mlava river. You’ll definitely want to add Vrelo Mlave to your list of places to visit in East Serbia!


Vrelo Mlave – getting there

Vrelo is a Serbian word for the spring – river source, and Mlava is a river in East Serbia and one of the tributaries of the Danube. So, Vrelo Mlave simply means the Mlava Spring. It is located very close to the village Žagubica, in the heart of the mysterious Homolje Mountains. It is 170 km away from Belgrade, and 170 km from Niš, in an area full of natural sights and small but beautiful Serbian towns.

Vrelo Mlave is, without any doubt, a place of immense natural beauty. The river flows out of a large karst spring, and the water is crystal clear. The round-shaped spring is surrounded by dense forest, and there are numerous hiking and biking trails in the area. Vrelo Mlave is also a great place for picnics, fishing, and enjoying the fresh air and pristine nature. The best time to come is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The sun is not too strong and the tourists are sparse.

The river spring has around 25 meters in diameter. It is over 80 meters deep and due to the cold temperatures all year round, we do not recommend swimming. However, if you do not mind the temperature of around 10°C, feel free to carefully dip in.

The village of Žagubica is a typical Serbian village, with friendly people and a relaxed atmosphere. There are several traditional restaurants in the village, serving delicious local food. The people are friendly and welcoming and the village is also home to a number of small shops and businesses. Whether you want to try some traditional Serbian food, or just wander around the shops for a couple of hours, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your taste.

Photo credits: Zoran Cvetkovic

Beautiful rivers of East Serbia

There’s something about beautiful rivers that just feels so calming and relaxing. Maybe it’s the way the water flows gently downstream, or the way the sun reflects off the surface. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that beautiful rivers have a special place in our hearts. Perhaps that’s why so many of us feel drawn to them. They offer a sense of peace and tranquility that is hard to find in today’s busy world. So once your visit to Vrelo Mlave comes to an end, hop in the car, and hear towards other impressive rivers of the region. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of nature. And let the peaceful flow of a beautiful river wash away your troubles.

Just one hour away, the surrounding landscapes of the biggest river system in Serbia, Great Morava, will take your breath away. The powerful Danube is in the vicinity as well, and there are so many places to visit there. The Djerdap Gorge and the newly reconstructed Golubac fortress are the places with the most spectacular views of this mighty river.

Staying in the area

Perhaps you need a place to stay and spend a few days in the region? You are lucky, as there are plenty of options in the area. You can find a hotel, guesthouse, or even an apartment to rent. No matter what your budget is, you’ll be able to find something that suits your needs. Friendly hosts will make you feel at home and help you get the most out of your stay. They will also be able to give you tips on what to see and do in the area and organize a tour for you. Even better, they will serve you a customary cup of traditional coffee or even cook a homemade Serbian meal for you. River trout is plentiful in river Mlava, so if you want to eat the specialty of the house, you know what to order. Fresh and straight from the crystal clear water!

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy the outdoors and take in some stunning scenery, Vrelo Mlave, and its surrounding is definitely worth a visit. Just be sure to pack your camera – you’ll want to remember this place forever!


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