Picnic site „Potkapina“

(Google translate) The Jelasnica gorge is about ten miles from Niš, and only three kilometers from Niš Spa. The Jelašnicka gorge is a natural rarity and belongs among the most beautiful and most romantic in southeastern Serbia. It was formed by the intensive vertical intersection of the Jelašnica River into the limestone wall. In the gorge there are dolomite poles (Inatovac and Zdravački), teeth (Čukljanički zub) and čučavci (Čuči kamen).

Picnic site „Potkapina“

(Google translate) The Jelasnica gorge is about ten miles from Niš, and only three kilometers from Niš Spa. The Jelašnicka gorge is a natural rarity and belongs among the most beautiful and most romantic in southeastern Serbia. It was formed by the intensive vertical intersection of the Jelašnica River into the limestone wall. In the gorge there are dolomite poles (Inatovac and Zdravački), teeth (Čukljanički zub) and čučavci (Čuči kamen). There are also erosion-denudation forms such as windows (Jelašnički and Čukljanički), which are the largest and most beautiful windows in Serbia. The gorge is abundant with natural beauties and waterfalls, of which the most attractive is Ripaljka.

In the Roman era, the military road “Via militaris” was passing in the vicinity of Suva planina, and in the very top there were strategic fortifications, some of which were carved into the walls, which can still be seen today. In the gorge there are the remains of the church of St. Elijah and the Holy Archangel Michael. The village of Jelašnica, from which the gorge began and after which it was named, dates from 1498, and many archaeological excavations prove the existence of this mining settlement in the Neolithic age.

The area of ​​the Jelašnica gorge, as a habitat of relict and endemic species, is of great importance in the study of the history of the living world of the Balkan Peninsula. The symbol of this gorge is the Serbian Ramondo (Ramonda serbica) and Natalia Ramonda (Ramonda nathaliae) who survived the last Ice Age. The Jelašnicka gorge, next to the Sićevačka gorge, is the only site in the Balkans where a contact zone between these two endemolytic species has been established. The natural values ​​of the Jelašnicka klisura area caused a part of the area (116 hectares) to be placed under protection as a Special Nature Reserve in order to preserve the habitat and natural rarities of Serbian and Natalia’s ramond, 39 mesian, 20 balkan and six Illyrian endemics and subendems, and various morphological ornaments.

Confluence of the gorge is ideal for alpine and sports climbing. The most famous part of the Jelašnica gorge, the resort “Potkapina” is one of the excursions in the vicinity of Niška Banja, which tourists usually visit. In the beginning of August in “Potkapini” is organized the same name festival of music, games and dancing.

Coordinates:

Latitude: 43.276395

Longitude: 22.068145