Waterfalls on the Una River
The Una is a tributary of the Sava (and Danube) that flows in Croatia and Bosnia and often forms the natural border between both countries. In the Northwestern corner of Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Una National Park (2006) is the newest of the country's three national parks. Hiking and biking trails are established in the forests along the right bank of the Una and the canyon of its tributary Unac.
Martin Brod is the first big waterfall on the Una. It is 50 m high and falls over several tuff barriers. In combination with exceptionally clear water, the presence of many algae, bacteria, mosses, snails and other invertebrates has produced this tuff over hundreds and thousands of years, changing the flow of the river.
Martin Brod might mean Marta’s access to the river
. According to local legend, a girl, Marta, had a secret lover on the other bank of the river. When she tried to cross to the other side to meet him, she was pulled down by the strong current and drowned.
from one fall to another...
Štrbački buk is 24 m high and lies some 30 km North of (and downstream from) Martin Brod. Here the Una forms the border between Bosnia and Croatia. On the Bosnian side, great efforts are under way to make the National Park more accessible for nature-loving tourists. Boardwalks are being built along the river from a parking lot a bit higher up the river to the viewpoint platforms that overlook the falls.
Touché with Mr Izet, a friendly Park Ranger
On the way to Bihać
Even if the river seems so calm and slow,
there are several more small falls and rapids along the way to Bihać...
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