03 May The Natural Stone Bridge // Valja Prerast (Rudna Glava)
A heavenly oasis encapsulated by lush vegetation, Valja Prerast looks like a gateway leading to another dimension. Witness Serbia’s largest natural stone bridge, one of the country’s few not to be formed by a collapsing cave, rather by its namesake river flowing beneath.
Valja Prerast sits quietly in Rudna Glava, just a mere 10 km from the closest major town, Majdanpek. Nearby you can find one of Europe’s oldest copper mining sites, as well as natural wonders such as Beli Izvorac, a series of cascades featuring a 16 m high waterfall, sitting beneath the shady refuge of an abundance of surrounding trees.
Your picturesque path to the natural stone bridge follows a 1.3 km trail through scenic greenery flanked by tall stone walls and a gently flowing shallow river. The river features plenty of stones, perfect for stepping on and not getting your feet wet.
Once you’re at Valja Prerast, an imposing 44.8 m tall structure greets you. Taller than the majority its surrounding trees, this site has definitely made sure it’s the standout attraction in the area.
Travel Tips & Essentials:
- Stick around during the late afternoon and you should be able to get great photographs of the sun’s rays beaming through the arch.
- Bring a backpack packed with water, spare shorts and spare shoes – You might get a little wet.
How to get to Valja Prerast:
Buses travel to nearby towns on a daily basis from Serbia’s capital. You can take a bus from Belgrade to Rudna Glava or nearby town, Majdanpek.