Izvor rijeke Cetine

Source of the Cetina River

Useful Information

Location: At the town Cetina.
(43.9768765, 16.4298891)
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: KarstKarst Spring
Light: n/a
Dimension: A=380 m asl.
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: yes
Address: Izvor rijeke Cetine.
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Izvor rijeke Cetine, Croatia. Public Domain.

The Natural monument: Kupa spring with its close surroundings springs, there are a lot of them actually, are located at 380 m asl in the town Cetina. The three most prominent springs are Glavaš, then Vukovic, and Batica vrilo. The water of all springs meet soon after, and finally all of the different tributaries form Peručka Lake, which is only 5 km from he springs.

Cetina river is with a lenth of 105 km the longest Dalmatian river. It flows southeast to Šestanovac, where it turns around and flows almost into the opposite direction, nothwest to Omiš, where it finally flows into the Mediterranean. This strange turn is a result of the geography, the Dinarides form valeys which run northwest-southeast, and the river follows one valley, then crosses the ridge at a rather low point and then flows down the parallel valey into he other direction. The most exceptional thing abut this river is actually that it does this above ground. Other rivers cross the mountain ridges undergrond through caves, but Cetina river flows above ground from the Spring to the Mediterranean.

Several of the springs are beautiful pots, where the water emerges from deep below, and they show an otherworldy blue colour. But the most impressive of those Vaucluse type springs is the spring at the northern part of Cetina, at the foot of Cetina Manastir (Monastery of Cetina). It has a deep pot which is actually at least 100 m deep cave shaft filled with water, some say it is even 125 m deep. There are dozens of beautiful pictures to be found on the different picture sites.