The area of
Upper Drina has a long and rich cultural heritage. Marked by
stunning mountains and canyon lands this is perhaps the most
rugged part of the country, yet endowed with so much beauty.
Prize winner for Literature Ivo Andric’s famous book the
‘Bridge on the Drina’ takes place in the town of
Visegrad. One can still walk across this magnificent bridge
built by Ottoman design in the 16th century. Mehmed-Pasha Sokolovic Bridge of Visegrad inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List on June 28th, 2007. Centuries
later, Tito and the partisans formed the first brigade in
Rudo and fought one of the most decisive battles of WWII in
the Sutjeska, now the heart of the National Park. It is in
area as rich in history as it is in natural wonder. Ancient
mosques and orthodox monasteries line the hilly countryside.
The Drina River towns of Foca and Gorazde are both
the cultural and touristic centres of the region. Foca is
home to both Sutjeska National Park (which hosts BiH’s
highest peak, Mt. Maglic at 2,386m.) and the crystal clear
Tara River. There is no better nature attraction in
southeast Europe. Gorazde is the largest city in the region
as well as its geographic centre. From here it is easy to
reach Foca to the southwest, or Visegrad and Rudo to the
east and southeast.
Although this region is not fully developed for tourism, the
vast, untapped, potential makes it an ideal place for the
wanderer, independent or adventure traveler.