The Pliva valley, located in the northern part of central Bosnia Herzegovina is known for its tranquil mountains, and abundance of nature, wildlife and bodies of water. The valley is dominated by three unique rivers: the Pliva, Vrbas and Janj.
The Pliva river, renown by far for its greenness, clarity, as well as its powerful and beautiful sources at Pljeva near Šipovo, runs for 30 km and passes the towns of: Šipovo, Jezero and Jajce. At its exit from Jezero, towards Jajce, the river forms two lakes, the Small Pliva Lake and the Great Pliva Lake. The lakes are a special attraction to both the local population and the many tourists who have found this special haven particularly appealing during the spring and summer months.
The valley of the Pliva river offers a broad range of options for both relaxation and recreation (hiking, fly-fishing, rafting, kayak and canoe.) The river also plays a vital role in the economic and ecological development of the region. It is the most important natural resource for human and live-stock consum-ption as well as supplying the life blood of the rich fauna that can be seen in the region. It also presents a natural connection between the towns of Jajce, Jezero and Šipovo.
Roman and medieval roads ran along the Pliva river. The abundance of fresh water, has made it possible for many civilizations and cultures to inhabit the region. Evidence can be seen from the ancient necropolises in the very centre of Šipovo, the medieval town of Sokograd and Glogovac monastery, the ancient Mitreum in Jajce, the medieval town Jajce, the Sultana Esma mosque, St. John's Church in Podmilačje, ... to the Austro-Hungarian period, the Franciscan monastery, the Orthodox church and the building of the "AVNOJ venue" museum, just a portion of the witnesses of this region's rich history.