The canyon is cut between the mountains of Bioč, Volujak, Maglić and Pivska planina, its 33 kilometer long, deep up to 1.200 meter and river generates immense power used for the power station of Mratinje (342 MW) which dammed the canyon in 1975. The dam is 220 meter high, one of the highest in Europe and creates Pivsko Jezero lake, third largest in Serbia and Montenegro (12,5 km², altitude 675 meter, 188 meter deep), which flooded the old location of the monastery of Piva from the 16th century, so the monastery was moved to the new one.
The Vrbnica river flows from the left into the lake. After the dam, the Piva continues straight to the north, meets the Tara at Šćepan Polje on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina and creates the Drina. The Piva belongs to the Black Sea drainage basin with its own drainage area of 1.270 km² and is not navigable. After several attempts, finally a group of alpinists from Niksic managed to do pass through the canyon. Canyon is about 3.8 kilometer long and it takes almost the entire day for passing.
Accommodation in the vicinity of the Piva canyon
The Piva ravine is located in the Plužine municipality. The same named city of Plužine lies in the middle of the flow of the Piva River, and is the only major place in this region. Plužine is beautifully situated on the banks of the Pivsko Jezero lake in the wider part of the ravine.
Best Guesthouse in Plužine
- Guesthouse Gostionica Pluzine – This property is 6 minutes walk from the beach. Set in Plužine, Guesthouse Gostionica Pluzine offers free WiFi. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. The guest house provides a local restaurant. At the guest house, rooms have a patio. Some rooms are fitted with a kitchen with a dishwasher and a fridge. All rooms at Guesthouse Gostionica Pluzine are fitted with a seating area. A continental or American breakfast is available each morning at the property. The accommodation offers a terrace. Guests at Guesthouse Gostionica Pluzine will be able to enjoy activities in and around Plužine, like cycling.
- Location – Plužine.
- Facilities : Free Wi-Fi Internet, Free Parking, Terrace, Hot tub/jacuzzi, Restaurant (à la carte, On-site coffee house, Bar, Luggage storage, Shuttle service (additional charge), Meeting/banquet facilities, Horse riding (Additional charge), Hiking (Additional charge), Fishing (Additional charge).
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Best Apartment in Plužine
- Apartman Bujisic – This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Situated in Plužine in the Pluzine County region, Apartman Bujišić features a terrace. Guests staying at this apartment have access to a balcony. This apartment with mountain views has 1 bedroom and a bathroom with a bath. There is a seating area and a kitchen complete with an oven, a microwave and a toaster. The apartment offers a terrace. Cycling can be enjoyed nearby.
- Locatie – Plužine.
- Facilities : Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, Balcony, Terrace, Mountain view, Lake view, Ironing Facilities, Airport shuttle (additional charge), Daily maid service.
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