Veliki Park (Great Park)
Type: Sarajevo Nature
At Sarajevo’s eastern entrance, between Bentbaša and Kozija Ćuprija, there is a place called Dariva. Actually, the city’s oldest walking path passes through this area.
It stretches for 8 km along what was once the rugged Miljacka Canyon, whose beauty became evident to Sarajevans only after the Austro-Hungarians had built a railway line there.
This promenade is now closed to traffic, making it a wonderful place to take a walk along the river. It’s just like something out of a fairy tale, and during the day there are plenty of visitors enjoying the natural beauty, relaxation and recreation, and sometimes you’ll even find ambassadors and members of the diplomatic core.
Twelve years ago, at the behest of the Mayor of Old Town, Bentbaša-Dariva was given the name “Ambassadors Alley”, where diplomats who were residing in Bosnia planted over 200 linden trees. There are small plaques in front of the trees which bear the names of those who planted them.
At a point along the promenade, there is a rock called “Dariva” that can be used for climbing. It’s a favorite spot among many climbers who can use the marked climbing routes, with or without a rope. Dariva is not far from the rock called Babin Zub, where the history of alpinism in Sarajevo begins.