Rakitnica, Europe's most unexplored canyon

Ljiljana Krejic | Live the World

November 23, 2022

From the crystal-clear waters and dizzying heights to the breath-taking canyons & marvellous peaks, Bosnia & Herzegovina is a home of some of the best canyoning spots in Europe. Let’s assume that you are a passionate adventurer and looking for gorge walking at its best. In that case, you must discover Rakitnica, Europe’s most unexplored canyon. If you feel like testing your gorge walking skills, why not making Rakitnica Canyon your next destination? After all, high-thrills adventures are an excellent way to get to know the country of the untouched wilderness and heavenly beautiful sceneries.

Perfect fusion of adrenaline and natural beauty

Canyoning is an extreme sport that is suitable for well-prepared nature lovers only. Considered as an extreme adventure, it offers a perfect fusion of adrenaline and natural beauty. Usually, it is performed in remote and rugged regions, where water has carved out impressive patterns over millions of years. Instead of using just one activity, in this case, you will be trekking, climbing swimming, diving, jumping into the water and descending down the ropes. Gorge walking will make you feel the rush of adrenaline and experience nature in a totally new way.

Second deepest canyon in Europe


Located in the southern region of the country and stretched between Mt Bjelašnica and Mt Visočica, the Rakitnica River (the main tributary of the divine Neretva River) had created a spectacular 26 km long canyon. Only 20 km from the town of Konjic and 80 km from Sarajevo, blessed with turquoise water and lush greenery, this is one of the most beautiful canyons that you will ever see. Dropping up to the amazing 800 m, the Rakitnica Canyon is the second deepest canyon in Europe as well. As if this was not enough, one of the hiking trails will guide you to the village of Lukomir (1,500 m) the highest and the most isolated permanent settlement in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Adventure tourism in its raw form


During the breaking through the great Rakitnica, get ready for plenty of tight rocky crushes, where the power of water is extremely strong, and where your technical skills will be challenged. Six hours of the extreme-adrenaline is a privilege of only experienced hikers. Simply put, this is the adventure tourism in its raw form. But wait, there is more. The Rakitnica Canyon is one of the most unexplored canyons in Europe. For the first time, it has been examined barely 70 years ago, and due to its challenging factor, only a few hundreds of hikers had explored it to date. So, it is a canyoning paradise that waits to be discovered.

Taking canyoning to the ultimate level


The Rakitnica Canyon is one of those places that’s so beautiful yet undiscovered and therefore not on many people’s bucket lists. Luckily, you have a unique chance to explore it among the first. Thanks to its attractive outdoor activities, together with an ultimate rafting on the Neretva River, it is an ideal destination for high-quality team buildings as well. So, if you are heading this way, don’t miss the hotspot for gorge walking, that is about to be declared a national park. Because the Rakitnica takes canyoning to the ultimate level. Being Europe’s most unexplored canyon is just the icing on the cake.

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