Zeta (river)

The Zeta (Serbian Cyrillic: Зета, pronounced [zêta]) is a river in Montenegro.

Свјетлопис ријеке Зете са моста Мијајла Нишиног Вучинића код Подгорице.jpg
Physical characteristics
 • location
 • coordinates
42°27′52″N 19°15′40″E / 42.46444°N 19.26111°E / 42.46444; 19.26111Coordinates: 42°27′52″N 19°15′40″E / 42.46444°N 19.26111°E / 42.46444; 19.26111
Length65 km (40 mi)
Basin size1,597 km2 (617 sq mi)
Basin features
ProgressionMoračaLake SkadarBojanaAdriatic Sea

Its source is under the mountain of Vojnik. The river flows eastwards for 65 km (40 mi) until it empties into the river Morača just north of Podgorica. Its drainage basin area is 1,597 km2 (617 sq mi).[1]


One theory is that the name "Zeta" derives from an early Greek "Zenta", later romanized in "Senta".

The Zeta River is the most significant tributary of the Morača river. The Perućica hydroelectric power plant near Nikšić (307 MW, 970 GWh) uses the waters of the Zeta River to generate power. After that, the river meanders through the Bjelopavlići Valley and Danilovgrad Municipality, until it empties into the Morača a few miles north of Capital City of Podgorica.

Historical monumental Carev Most (the Tsar's Bridge) exists over Zeta to the south of Nikšić town, and the ancient castle of Pandurica is situated nearby.


  1. ^ Statistical Yearbook of Montenegro 2017, Geography, Statistical Office of Montenegro