Sicevo Gorge is a spectacular part of the river Nišava valley, 14km from Niš on the road to Sofia. Lying at the end of the final slopes of Mt. Svrljiske Planine and Mt. Suva Planina, it is 17km long and divided into two parts: the higher and lower gorge.The gorge also boasts two hydroelectric plants constructed in the early 20th century. One of them provides electricity for Niš even today. There are two churches in the nearby villages of Ostrovica and Sicevo itself, St. Petka and The Mother of God Monastery (respectively).Visit the village of Sicevo and admire the breathtaking view of the gorge below, followed by a tasting session of its well known wines. Every summer the oldest art colony in the Balkans, founded by Nadezda Petrović, gathers here.Taking into account the outstanding natural beauty and rare native flora, the authorities recently proclaimed Sicevo Gorge a special nature reserve (2000). Sage, usually only growing in Mediterranean conditions, has its only natural location in Serbia here.Courtesy of the landscape, sport lovers can enjoy mountaineering, hiking, fishing, paragliding and rafting (in 2009 the World Rafting Cup was organized in this part of the Nišava valley).