Beli Drim River – White Drim River

Beli Drim River – White Drim River

Beli Drim River /White Drim River/ is the river that with the River of Crni Drim /Black Drim/ forms the Drim River in the north-east Albania by the town of Kukes. The length of Beli Drim River is 175 km /156 in Serbia and 19 in Albania/ and it is the largest river in Kosovo and Metohija. Beli Drim River originates in the southern slopes of Rusolije Mountain, about 10 km north from town of Pec and flows through the semi-karst region of Metohija. In its first course, the Beli Drim River is underground river that features strong spring and the 25 meters high waterfall in the vicinity of Radovac village. Beli Drim River belongs to the Adriatic Sea watershed.

The source of Beli Drim River in the foothill of Rusolija Mountain lies at the altitude of 580 meters while the point of its confluence with the Crni Drim River is at 240,80 meters. Beli Drim River flows towards the east and gets tributary of Istocka reka River and turns to the south. The rest of course of Beli Drim River goes through the very fertile and densely populated plain of the Central Metohija known as Podrima. It is strange that large towns do not lie on the very river of Beli Drim /Pec, Djakovica/ but in its vicinity. Beli Drim River has numerous tributaries : Pećka Bistrica, Dečanska Bistrica, Erenik, Istočka reka, Klina, Miruša, Rimnik, Topoluga and Prizrenska Bistrica Rivers. Endemic scardo-pindic species such “baldaccii” occur in the Gorge of White Drim River by the village of Zrze. The upper section of the Beli Drim River drainage area is a fertile plain inhabited even in prehistoric times and Antiquity. The Beli Drim River area came to prominence when at the end of the 13th century the seat of the autonomous Serbian Orthodox Church was transferred to Pec with the strengthening of the Serbian Medieval state and uniting areas that were long before settled by Serbian population in the southern parts of the Balkan peninsula. The Beli Drim River basin has strong influence of warm air that comes from the Adriatic Sea.

 

SHARE IT: