Banja Luka has several excellent destinations for paragliding. After viewing the canyon, the mountains, the rivers and lakes form the land why not take a look from the sky? For those who have never had an opportunity to experience this sport, seize the moment and embrace the gift of flight!
Experience the spine-tingling rush of adrenaline like no other. Take a deep breath and leap and enjoy the stunning view of Banja Luka and the surrounding area. As your parachute opens, you will begin to soak in the panoramic spectacle beneath your feet. The only thing distracting your glorious descent to earth will be thoughts about how soon you can make it all happen again.
The river Vrbas has served as a proud and welcoming host of the 2009 World Rafting Championship, 2011 European Kayaking Championship and numerous European competitions.
The average water temperature, 10.6*C (17*C in summer), makes rafting possible throughout the year and makes the Vrbas a hot travel destination for rafters from around the world. The rafting routes offer breathtaking views of the Vrbas canyon. Endless possibilities await those daring enough to test the white waters of the Vrbas.
The Vrbas canyon and its surroundings are the perfect place for those who enjoy discovery. The region’s limestone and sedimentary rocks contribute to a unique variety of cave and cavern formations.
Mountain Manjaća, near the Vrbas canyon, features some of the deepest caverns in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with depths reaching 300 meters.
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The rugged terrain of the mountains around Banja Luka offer ideal mountain biking routes that challenge enthusiasts of the sport and supply plenty of adrenaline. Participants will also enjoy the beauty of the natural landscape as they ride.
The Vrbas River canyon's steep rocks offer fantastic conditions for doing free climbing. Currently, a dozen climbing routes have been established in the area. After a short orientation lesson, visitors can choose the level of difficulty of their climb (ranging from beginner to expert). Due to the growing interest in climbing, the number of routes increases each year. During the off-season, those wishing to improve their skills can enjoy climbing walls at the local climbing clubs.
Many mountaineering routes in the Banja Luka area offer great places for mountain climbing and sightseeing.
One can experience the incredible unity of the Vrbas canyon, archaeological findings, Middle Age towns, caves, monasteries, springs and forests all in one location. A number of observation decks to view the surrounding landscape and city of Banja Luka are also available to visitors. Mountaineering homes and picnic grounds will provide places to rest, while village hosts will offer delicious, domestic cuisine specialties.
Canyoning is a combination of mountaineering, repelling from cliff rocks, swimming and climbing. This sport creates the opportunity for an unforgettable experience. Witness beautiful river cascades, immerse yourself in fresh waterfalls, and stroll through the majestic canyon. Experience nature first-hand just a short distance from Banja Luka.
Hiking & Trekking
Banja Luka is always eager to share its natural and cultural wonders with visitors. While hiking, one will enjoy getting to know the region's rough limestone mountains, lush valleys, centuries-old forests, crystal-clear rivers, and green mountain lakes.
Along the way, discover "old world," highland settlements dating back to medieval times, and enjoy numerous clear springs, still forests and one-of-a-kind bird songs.
Whether its a casual stroll, a jog or a pace-setting run, trails are available in and outside of the city. Banja Luka also offers a great number of recreational activities, such as basketball, handball, volleyball, beach volleyball, bowling, mini golf, soccer, tennis and many other sporting options.