Currently in its 38th year, this week-long boat race down the Una River is easily the biggest event of the year in Bihać, attracting up to 10,000 visitors from Bosnia and abroad the last week of every July. While only a fraction of those in attendance actually participate in the race, a festival-like atmosphere engulfs much of the Una-Sana Canton for the entire week, making it a great time to experience all the region has to offer even if you're not especially keen to strap on a life vest and helmet and float down the river.
The Una itself holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the people residing on the land through which its sapphire waters meander, who often speak about it as if it were a member of their extended family. They are also quick to explain the history of the river's name: when the Romans first happened upon the previously unknown waterway, they found its beauty so perfect that is was immediately christened as the One.
A practical outcome of this collective reverence is the great care which has gone into preserving the Una and its surroundings, leaving it largely unspoilt and free from pollution. Thus, more than just being a simple boat race, the Una Regata is actually a celebration of the river itself and the important role it has played, and continues to play, in the lives of the people who live along its banks.
For more information about the Una Regata please contact the Tourist Board for the Una-Sana Canton, who are the official organisers of the even. If you are interested in rafting or kayaking but can't make it to the regata, there are a number of highly qualified companies that specialise in arranging trips (please see the Sports & Recreation section for a complete listing).