The last delta of Europe – richness at the Neretva estuary
In addition to the beautiful islands, mountains, karst and fertile hinterland, Dalmatia is proud of the latest Delta of Europe – Neretva river mouth.
The delta of the Neretva River, from Metković to the estuary on the north and northeast, is bordered by branches of the Dinaric Alps, and to the south by hills. To the west it is open to the sea and is under its constant influence. Precisely this brackish water is the right place for the growth of vegetation and fish fund. The wildlife is also diversified here – the last species of birds, which couldn’t be seen anywhere else in Europe, made their nests in this marsh area.
Climatic influences are very suitable for agriculture, for the famous Neretva tangerines and other citrus fruits, among which in the past years clementines have become increasingly popular, whereas at the beginning of the summer, it is all about peaches and nectarines. Precisely picking these cultures for years also represents a type of tourism that Neretvians have arranged for their guests. We must not forget hunting and fishing, which also brought many at the Neretva river delta… and after hunting and eels fishing, you can try preparing these delicacies, typical for this region.
In addition to these activities, even if you are not the athletic type, you will surely enjoy the photo safari through the backwaters of the river. A ride in the Neretva boat (you can paddle on your own, or choose a motor drive) through the vast backwaters, tributaries and lakes, finalized with occasional lunch at one of the many ranches (with an outdoor barbecue and homemade bread), will make one of the best memories. The Neretva River delta is a natural phenomenon, and a must-see!
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