Boljevac Rural Tourism
The Boljevac Municipality in east Serbia includes villages and hamlets of Bačevica, Bogovina, Boljevac (until 1955 called Boljevac varošica), Boljevac Selo village (from 1955 till 1979 comprised by Boljevac), Valakonje, Vrbovac, Dobro Polje, Dobrujevac, Ilino, Jablanica, Krivi Vir, Lukovo, Mali Izvor, Mirovo, Osnić, Podgorac, Rtanj (until 1959 called Rudnik Rtanj), Rujište, Savinac and Sumrakovac. The Rtanj Mountain is located in east Serbia, between the ravines of Sokobanja and Crnorecje. Rtanj Mountain is some 30 km long, and on its eastern side features extensive karst cone – the Šijak peak, 1560 meters. One usually reaches the Rtanj Mountain from Paracin, along the Čestobrodica pass. The northern slope of the Rtanj Mountain is very steep, while the southern slope gently descends direction Soko Banja Spa, and feature endless meadows covered with numerous medicinal herbs, especially milfoil. Nature lovers, adventurers and hikers often climb to the peak of the Rtanj Mountain, from where, in nice weather, one can see the Danube, Avala Mt, Kopaonik Mt, Stara planina Mt, Vidin and the western part of Bulgaria. It is said that climbing up to the peak of Rtanj Mountain is climbing to the “Roof of Serbia”. The widely known Rtanj Tea /Saturea montana/ which is famous for its wide salubrity and health characteristics, exclusive aroma and taste is found on the south-east slope of the Rtanj Mountain. At the beginning of July, on the Day of the St John the herbs-collector, many people hike to the peak of the Rtanj mountain, to pick up this magic flower, that is extremely favorable to health or well-being. The herbalist procession is led by the famous “Adonis” Company from Soko Banja Spa, specialized in hand-collection of herbs which greatly help in curing various diseases and contribute to health and well-being.
The breathtaking Ždrelo Canyon is located in the area of the Stogazovac village, 12 km of Knjaževac, on the road from Knjaževac to Boljevac, via the village of Bučje. Zubetinačka reka – the Zubetinac River flows through the Ždrelo canyon, and changes its name into the Stogazovac river – Sogazovačka reka, when reaches the Stogazovac village. Sides of the Ždrelo Canyon reach the height of 300 meters, and can be accessed by the picturesque hiking trail, which is some 2 km long. The highest sides of the Zdrelo Canyon are called the Lisičji kamen, known also as the “Devojački kamen” or the “Zdravački kamen”. The memorable panorama of the surrounding mountains and villages spreads from the peaks of the steep cliffs. There is the small church of Vidovdan dedicated to the Holy Prince Lazar, on the hiking trail. Recently we have organized here special adventure expedition …..