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Located in south-eastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula bordering Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina is a multifaceted tourist destination with a cosmopolitan capital. The diverse city of Sarajevo has an atmosphere of East-meets-West with a rich history and buzzing nightlife, including a 19th-century Austria-Hungarian quarter and an enticing Ottoman quarter with mosques and narrow winding streets home to cafes and artisan workshops. Beyond the capital, much of the country is wonderfully undeveloped but there are historic fortresses to marvel at along with ancient castle ruins, monasteries and monuments symbolising the past and present.

The landscapes are impressive, with gorgeous mountains, cascading waterfalls, and turquoise rivers popular for rafting while street-terrace cafes and traditional barbecue eateries provide plenty of tasty fuel for outdoor pursuits, including bargain skiing. Throughout it all is an unassuming warmth, with friendly, hospitable people.

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Where to Stay in Bosnia

For those who want a city-focused stay, the capital of Sarajevo makes a great base with its rich history and plentiful historic sites combined with a fantastic gastronomic scene and a modern side to explore. Enjoy the best of both worlds with a tranquil setting and easy access to the city centre by staying in the Sarajevo neighbourhood of Bistrik. Mostar is popular for its beauty as one of the country’s most picturesque cities and you’ll find some excellent boutique hotels and family-run apartments here, with the Neretva River running through its heart. From here, Medjugorje, the famous sacred pilgrimage site can easily be reached.


Things to do in Bosnia

  • Mostar

    Explore The Charming City Of Mostar

    The most heavily bombed Bosnian city, during the Civil War, Mostar is proud of its rich history and heritage. The charming city’s iconic Ottoman-style Old Bridge was completely destroyed in 1993. Through combined efforts, and with the aid of the international community, the landmark attraction was rebuilt in 2004, featuring original pieces recovered from the Neretva River that it spans. To get a real feel for the city, take a walk around the Old Town.

  • Sarajevo

    Go Shopping In The Capital City

    Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital city Sarajevo sits on the Miljacka River surrounded by the dramatic Dinaric Alps. Commonly known as the ‘Jerusalem of Europe’ due to its multi-faith and ethnic presence, the cultural hub also boasts the historic Baščaršija market. Colourful stalls selling rugs and coffee sets compete for your attention alongside the modern shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Once you’ve enjoyed some retail therapy, head for the Avaz Twist Tower, to enjoy spectacular views.

  • Medjugorje

    Visit A Pilgrimage Town

    The mountain-shrouded town of Medjugorje has been an unofficial place of pilgrimage since 1981. On what is now commonly known as Apparition Hill, a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to six local children. Since that day, millions of devoted Catholic pilgrims visit the sacred site every year. A beautiful ‘Queen of Peace’ statue marks the site of the apparition. The town also features other religious monuments that are dedicated to the religious event.


When to visit Bosnia

As Bosnia experiences hot, dry summers, many feel the best time to visit is in May, June and September when the heat won’t be as intense and popular activities like hiking will be especially enjoyable. This is a great time for sightseeing and if you come in late September, you’ll enjoy the beautiful colours of autumn too. This country is also popular for winter activities, including snowshoeing, best enjoyed during February and March with snow blanketing the ground while the days are longer and brighter than they will be in December or January.


Bosnia FAQ

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How many days do you need in Bosnia?

Bosnia is a relatively small country which makes it possible to experience many of the highlights in five days, although longer will allow you to savour it at a more relaxed pace. You might spend two days discovering the capital city of Sarajevo, a couple of days in pretty Mostar, exploring the old town and watching the locals jump from Stari Most bridge. Another might be spent in Blagaj with its ancient Dervish monastery, or Jajce, home to fantastic historical museums, parks, hilltop forest, river, and waterfall.

What is the best time to swim at Kravice Waterfalls?

Located along the Trebizat River, a dip at the Kravice Waterfalls is one of the top things to do in Bosnia with the swimming homes local favourites, despite the chillier temperatures. While it can be enjoyed anytime between April and October, this is the perfect place to cool off during the summer while being surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Plus, the water is calm enough for kids to splash around safely if you plan to bring the whole family.

What are the essential sites to see in Bosnia?

Many of the top historical sites can be found in the capital of Sarajevo, including the Sarajevo Tunnel which hosts a museum focused on the war, and the 15th-century bazaar, Bascarsija. Visiting Mostar is a must to watch the locals jump off Stari Most Bridge and capture your own amazing shots at one of the most photographed places in the country. Whether you swim or not, you’ll be mesmerised by Kravice Waterfalls and visiting sacred Medjugorje nearby provides the chance to possibly see an apparition of the Virgin Mary, something that many have reported over the years.

Is Bosnia worth visiting?

For an authentic experience that’s less touristy than many other destinations in the region, Bosnia is well worth a visit. You won’t find many places like it with its East meets West feel and everything from history discovered in Ottoman old towns to unspoiled nature with soaring mountains and rushing rivers for outdoor adventures enjoyed among magnificent scenery. Combined with the affordable prices, it’s a place that’s hard to beat.


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