Discover Bosnia https://www.discoverbosnia.com Travel guide to Bosnia & Herzegovina Mon, 07 Jan 2008 13:13:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Skiing the Mountains around Sarajevo https://www.discoverbosnia.com/bosnia-skiing?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bosnia-skiing Mon, 07 Jan 2008 10:49:07 +0000 http://www.discoverbosnia.com/bosnia-skiing If you are headed to ski on one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s famous mountains, here’s three locations you just can’t miss. Bjelasnica Bjelasnica’s claim to fame came when it was used during the 1984 winter Olympics, including downhill events. If you are trying to choose between Bjelasnica and Jaborhina for your skiing vacation, it’s best […]

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The snows of JahorinaIf you are headed to ski on one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s famous mountains, here’s three locations you just can’t miss.

Bjelasnica

Bjelasnica’s claim to fame came when it was used during the 1984 winter Olympics, including downhill events. If you are trying to choose between Bjelasnica and Jaborhina for your skiing vacation, it’s best to consider your skill level. Bjelasnica offers fewer trails, but if you crave a challenge, ski there first. You’ll find a slightly less forgiving climate that will add to the challenge of the trails! The steepest of Bjelasnica’s slopes from 2,000 meters to 1,200 meters at its base.

Jahorina

The fabulous thing about Jahorina is the learner-friendly environment. Whether you are very skilled or just starting out, you can hire an instructor to fine-tune your skills at some of the best trails in Eastern Europe. There are over 20 km of tracks at your disposal for skiers at any level, so Jahorina has trails for everyone.

Rent a mountain apartment or chalet for a complete skiing weekend at Jahorina. Besides traditional downhill skiing, you can also take advantage of lots of other winter sports including cross-country skiing, night skiing, snowshoeing, ski jumping, and snowshoeing. If you’re traveling alone or crave the convenience of a hotel, book into the Bistrica hotel for real pampering including a jacuzzi, roaring fireplace, boutique, and bar. Wake up early to go straight out to the trails, which are located just 150 meters away from the traditional chalet-style buildings.

For slightly more budget accommodation, stay at the Bistrica. It is located even closer to the ski lefts to get you on the trails early, and their community-style lounge and restaurant will warm you up after a hard day of skiing.

Igman

Igman mountain is the shortest of all the mountains in Sarajevo, measuring up at 1,502 meters or 4,928 feet. If you plan on traveling with children, you’ll appreciate their kid-friendly slopes and trails. Along with the other two mountains of Bjelasnica and Jahorina, Igman mountain was the location of the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Stay in the nearby village of Ilidiza, the seventh-largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The flat terrain surrounded by mountains is very impressive, and you can get some cultural sightseeing accomplished in the region on skiing breaks. This region has heavy influence from the Ottoman empire, and as a result, still has traces of Turkish architecture within the city.

Getting There

Drive to Jahorina, Bjelasnica, or Igman from Sarajevo. It should take about thirty to forty-five minutes, so if you crave a break from skiing, head back into the city for dinner, dancing, and the arts before getting back on the mountain.

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National Parks in Bosnia & Herzegovina https://www.discoverbosnia.com/bosnia-national-parks?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bosnia-national-parks Mon, 07 Jan 2008 10:46:51 +0000 http://www.discoverbosnia.com/bosnia-national-parks Sutjeska National Park Sutjeska National Park is one of the oldest parks in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a perfect tourist destination. Sutjeska National Park also has one of two last primeval forests in Europe. Attractions View the highest peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hike the Zelagnora Mountain for a real thrill, which rises 2,386 meters […]

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Tijentiste SutjeskaSutjeska National Park

Sutjeska National Park is one of the oldest parks in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a perfect tourist destination. Sutjeska National Park also has one of two last primeval forests in Europe.

Attractions

View the highest peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hike the Zelagnora Mountain for a real thrill, which rises 2,386 meters high (7828 feet). Be prepared to see wildlife, including bears and even wolves, but don’t worry—you won’t have to hike down the same day! The mountain is equipped with huts to stay the night.

Zelagnora Mountain, or Green Mountain, is well-known for its glacial lakes, so if you love clear, cool pools, go there on your vacation to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Visit Orlovacko Lake, which you can drive to, and then hike a few hours to Bregoc, which is Zelagnora’s highest peak. Enjoy the beautiful view and don’t forget to bring snacks and supplies!

Skakavac Waterfall gives onlookers a stunning view in a relaxed atmosphere. This waterfall totals seventy-five meters (240 feet) amidst towering beeches and black pines. This setting offers a wealth of photographic opportunities, so don’t even think about leaving that camera behind.

Tips

*Be aware of your surroundings. It’s easy to get engrossed in the views and natural surroundings, but be careful to bring a map and follow marked signs.

Where to Stay

Stay in Tjentste at the Hotel Mladost, and then head to Sarajevo afterwards for more sightseeing and a chance of pace from the wilderness.

Kozara National Park

History

Kozara National Park , which has been called the “Green Beauty of Krajina,” was named a national park in 1967. Despite its beauty, this green and lush area between Sava, Sana, Una, and Vrbas Rivers has a historically significant past as well. This area became a battleground during the second World War when Partisans snuck through the hills to take advantage of the Germans.

Attractions

Leisurely walks are best way for nature lovers to enjoy Kozara National Park. Bring a bicycle, walk, or hike through Kozara’s hilly terrain.

Tips

*Kozara National Park offers slightly less grueling paths for those who like light and easy walks instead of more challenging trails.

*Keep an eye out for boars, wild ducks, deer, and fox—and don’t forget your camera!

Where to Stay

Stay in a nearby bungalow or suite to fully enjoy what Kozara has to offer. Find private lodging at small hotels on the way to Kozara National Park in Mrakovica.

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Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Sarajevo https://www.discoverbosnia.com/sarajevo-restaurants?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sarajevo-restaurants Mon, 07 Jan 2008 10:45:35 +0000 http://www.discoverbosnia.com/sarajevo-restaurants Budget If you’re on a budget, head to the city center to find lots of cheap eats fast. Try a pita, which is a special pie you can get in different flavors such as pumpkin, potato, cheese, or cheese and spinach. Dip yours in the spicy yogurt sauce for authenticity! You can also buy burek, […]

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Karabit Cafe in SarajevoBudget

If you’re on a budget, head to the city center to find lots of cheap eats fast. Try a pita, which is a special pie you can get in different flavors such as pumpkin, potato, cheese, or cheese and spinach. Dip yours in the spicy yogurt sauce for authenticity! You can also buy burek, a meat pie, pizza, and cevapi, a common fast food made from smaller sausages, lots of onions, and a pocket-style bread from any small Bosnian restaurants.

Mid-Priced

There are so many restaurants to choose from in Sarajevo, and even if you bring our handy guide, you’ll be tempted every step of the way. For more traditional Bosnian dining, go to the old part of the town and try to blend in with the locals.

Some mid-priced Bosnian restaurants include:

Capucino (Grabavica)

You can find this restaurant near the Miljacka River. If you are craving traditional Bosnian foods—or Italian—you can find it here. Pasta, pizza, and main Bosnian dishes are all yours here!

Hacienda (Bazardzani)

Stop in for a Mexican treat at this restaurant. The Hacienda has a late license, so have a nice dinner and then stay for drinks.

Karuzo (Mehmeda Spahe)

Slightly more expensive fare is completely worth it at this intimate restaurant with fine dishes. Try a fish platter or a vegetarian meal if you’d like—they’re wonderful here.

Basenji Restoran

Head to this restaurant, located close to the National Library. Basenji, although slightly more expensive, has a great view and is easy to find. The dishes offered include both Bosnian and Italian food.

Park Princeva (Iza Hrida)

Great views and even better views make this one of the top restaurants of moderate price.

Wine Tasting

Tre Becciari Wine Store and Tasting Bar (Kranjceviceva 8)

Stop by Tre Becchiari for Italian wines and a quiet, comfortable atmosphere. It’s one of the best Bosnian restaurants for wine available, and you’ll love the music.

Cafes and Desserts

For the best cafes around, walk down to the Bascarsija district in Sarajevo. You’ll find traditional Bosnian outdoor cafes and restaurants surrounded by the wonderful Eastern architecture.

Fontana Palma

If you have a sweet tooth, go to Fontana and buy cakes, fruit desserts, and sweet rolls along with a traditional strong, dark coffee.

Illy Cafe

This centrally-located cafe has some of the best Italian coffee you can find in Sarajevo. If you need a pick-me-up, head to the center of town for traditional beverages in a young atmosphere.

Bars

Head to Ferhadija, one of the main pedestrianized areas, to find a bar that suits you.

Kinema is one bar that doesn’t have a strong local scene. It is very diverse, and with a young crowd, you’ll feel more comfortable if you don’t speak the language.

Club Fis

Try this nightspot if you’re in the mood for drinking and dancing with a hip crowd. Despite the name, this cozy club really feels more like a bar.

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The Great Pyramid of Bosnia at Visoko https://www.discoverbosnia.com/bosnia-pyramid?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bosnia-pyramid Mon, 07 Jan 2008 10:42:31 +0000 http://www.discoverbosnia.com/bosnia-pyramid Visoko means high place in Bosnian, and as soon as you visit it, you’ll see where the name comes from. This town, located northwest of Sarajevo, is located in a valley surrounded by green, rolling hills. Visoko, with a population of 46,000 people, is thought to have been part of a Bosnian kingdom during the […]

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Bosnian Pyramid at VisokoVisoko means high place in Bosnian, and as soon as you visit it, you’ll see where the name comes from. This town, located northwest of Sarajevo, is located in a valley surrounded by green, rolling hills.

Visoko, with a population of 46,000 people, is thought to have been part of a Bosnian kingdom during the Medieval Period, and has several points of ancient significance hidden in the lush setting. The Visocica Hills, pyramid-like hill structures, tower 213 meters high and have been the recent focus of hot debate.

The Visocica Hills have been studied by Bosnian archaeologist Semir Osmanagic since 2005. Osmanagic, an archaeologist who specializes in pyramids around the world, was drawn to the unusual appearance of the Visocica Hills, which he believes to have all the elements of a true pyramid, including an entrance, flat top, and specific pyramid-like angles.

Their Significance

These pyramids’ significance has been the source of recent debate, which makes it even more intriguing for visitors to Bosnia today. In 2006, a series of cut stones were found underneath a massive hill construction. Osmanagic studied this pyramid hill and theorized that these Bosnian pyramids could have been as tall or taller than Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza. With no evidence of there ever having been pyramids in Europe, his find could be a breakthrough discovery.

Osmanagic continued by identifying two other pyramid-shaped hills located in Visoko Valley. Together, these ancient structures make up four slopes with an entrance area; similar, Osmanagic believes, to the way pyramids are grouped in Latin America.

Recent excavations have uncovered what appear to be plateaus and tunnels, but there is no conclusive evidence that the Visoko hills are, without a doubt, pyramids. Nevertheless, as excavations continue, discoveries are being made that suggest those Bosnian pyramids could be man-made after all.

How to Get There

Traveling to Visoko has gotten easier since the discovery of these strange pyramid-like mounds. While the city has retained its quiet appeal and charm, it has become much easier to visit. Park your car at their very convenient parking lots, recently constructed to manage the large influx of visitors to the town.

Besides visiting the pyramids of Visoko, you can also sightsee around this picturesque Bosnian town easily. Travel to a beautiful wooden mosque with a wonderfully decorated minaret. While war reconstruction is still being accomplished, the city still contains many red-roofed buildings typical of the area.

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Things to Do in Sarajevo https://www.discoverbosnia.com/things-to-do-sarajevo?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=things-to-do-sarajevo Mon, 07 Jan 2008 07:00:12 +0000 http://www.discoverbosnia.com/things-to-do-sarajevo Sarajevo’s cosmopolitan atmosphere harbors an intellectual flair in many of the popular tourist destinations. This city proves to be one of the most interesting in all of Europe, due to its location straddling East and West. Architecturally, the city is superb and fully recovered from past damage during the war, making it a strong European […]

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Bascarsija outdoor cafeSarajevo’s cosmopolitan atmosphere harbors an intellectual flair in many of the popular tourist destinations. This city proves to be one of the most interesting in all of Europe, due to its location straddling East and West. Architecturally, the city is superb and fully recovered from past damage during the war, making it a strong European presence with a quirky Eastern atmosphere.

Choose from one of many activities in Sarajevo:

Bascarsija Market

Go to Bascarsija Market for a taste of Old Sarajevo. Buy fresh fruit, vegetables, and a few goodies as you chat with the friendly locals. This market, twice damaged during the war, has regained its lively atmosphere once again. A trip to the Bascarsija Market ensures that visitors experience a real Old World market and the joviality of the Bosnian people.

Gazi Husrev-bey’s Mosque

This mosque is one of the most important Islamic buildings found in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was built in 1531 and can be seen from Sarajevo’s old square.

National Library

The National Library was both the Town Hall and government building for the Austro-Hungarian Empire before it was used for its current purpose. During the war in 1992, it was set on fire. Not only the building, but the contents, were damaged, and to this day, restoration efforts are still taking place.

Romeo and Juliet Bridge

A reminder of the Siege of Sarajevo, this bridge is referred to as the Romeo and Juliet Bridge after a couple tried to cross it during the height of conflict. While they did not cross safely, their deaths were used as a symbol of wartime suffering and injustice. Although a sad landmark, this bridge marks a significant point in Sarajevo’s past.

Sarajevo History Museum
The Sarajevo History Museum is one of the oldest in Bosnia and Herzegovina based on a western style. This complex series of houses spanning the grounds has turn-of-the-century flair and was built in the early 1900s. Discover their extensive archaeological section, which includes prehistorical artifacts, lovingly preserved.

Svrzo House

The Svrzo House is an interesting peek into the life of a Bosnian nobleman, or beg. Enjoy the architecture typical of the time, with an understated facade but a beautiful interior. View the rather strict separations of men’s and women’s (as well as business and family) quarters. For English language tour guides, it is recommended that you call ahead to schedule your visit.

The Tunnel Museum

This museum allows tour groups to experience the tunnel that kept wartime Sarajevo alive. The tunnel, constructed in 1993, was used to supply food, fuel, and munitions to a city under siege. Today you can travel through the 25 meters of preserved tunnel to experience the resolve of the Bosnian people.

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Places to Stay in Sarajevo https://www.discoverbosnia.com/sarajevo-hotels?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sarajevo-hotels Mon, 07 Jan 2008 06:57:11 +0000 http://www.discoverbosnia.com/sarajevo-hotels Sarajevo draws visitors from all over the world as the largest urban center in Bosnia. With a strong cultural vibe, active arts programs, and historical monuments, Sarajevo is the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina. If you’re looking to stay in Sarajevo, check out these hotels and make your search a bit easier. You can choose […]

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Holiday Inn of SarajevoSarajevo draws visitors from all over the world as the largest urban center in Bosnia. With a strong cultural vibe, active arts programs, and historical monuments, Sarajevo is the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

If you’re looking to stay in Sarajevo, check out these hotels and make your search a bit easier. You can choose from specialty hotels, historic hotels, chain hotels, or even hostels if you prefer.

Specialty Hotels

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Roman Bridge Hotel

If you’d like to stay in a quiet and comfortable hotel near the Bosnia River in Sarajevo. You’ll be in a location outside of the city center to take advantage of tranquil Bosnia-Herzegovina’s more suburban settings. Pay less and stay out of the bustle of the city at Roman Bridge Hotel.

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Europa Hotel

The Europa Hotel is one of the best located hotels in Sarajevo, so you can be sure you can take in all the sights that this city with European and Oriental influences alike. Look out your window in your hotel to see fabulous architecture detailing both the Ottoman period and Austro-Hungarian control.

* Omega – Ambasador Hotel

* Hotel Radon Plaza
Is the most luxurious hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s located just minutes away from Sarajevo International Airport.

http://www.radonplazahotel.ba/

* Hotel Grand Sarajevo
If you travel by bus or train, Grand Hotel is perfect for you. Hotel is situated not far from Sarajevo’s bus and train station, and also walking distance to downtown of Sarajevo City.

Historic Hotels

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Bosna Hotel

This hotel was built in 1896. The Bosna Hotel is located in a lush park setting located about six miles from the very center of Sarajevo. The quiet setting is located in a suburban area with plenty to see and do.

Chain Hotels

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Holiday Inn

For comfort you’re acquainted with, stay at one of the Holiday Inn hotels. Visit the Land Museum, located conveniently across the street from the hotel. Take a day trip and drive 30 km to Mount Bjelasnica, or stay close to home and visit the nearby mosque, sports hall, the Old Town, and City Hall, all under 2 km.

Hostels

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Skend Hostel

The Skend Hostel is located in the center of Sarajevo, near Skenderija Center. Walk to the old part of Sarajevo in 10 minutes and take in the sites along the Miljacka River. You’ll find comfortably furnished rooms for a reasonable price.

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Relax House Hotel

The Relax House Hotel is centrally located near Bascarsija. This Turkish-style area in Sarajevo dates back to the 16th century, and was previously the site of the town’s busy marketplace. Walk down streets named after specific wares from the marketplace days, like Woolen Street and Gold Street.

Take advantage of their larger sized rooms complete with a terrace and air conditioning. It’s a perfect family location for visitors to Sarajevo, but with hostel prices.

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Banana City Hotel

The Banana City Hotel has 200 rooms available with a hostel environment for those who are looking for a fun, young atmosphere. Each room has a telephone, cable TV, bathroom, and mini bar, which sets it apart from the typical hostel experience.

Travel to the city center on a tram or bus, and get to the airport easily, just 2 km away. Take the bus and train from the station, also located close by. If you are looking for a deal with easy access to transportation, the Banana City Hotel is for you.

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Banja Luka: Urban Center of Republika Srpska https://www.discoverbosnia.com/visit-banja-luka?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=visit-banja-luka Sun, 06 Jan 2008 11:06:36 +0000 http://www.discoverbosnia.com/banja-luka Banja Luka, the second largest city in Bosnia-Herzegovina, is located along the Vrbas River in northern Bosnia. Banja Luka is a historical gem, and despite its tumultuous history, retains a natural beauty that visitors have begun to rediscover. Banja Luka has a continental climate, making it ideal for travel in the summer months. Warm weather […]

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Banja Luka ShoppingBanja Luka, the second largest city in Bosnia-Herzegovina, is located along the Vrbas River in northern Bosnia. Banja Luka is a historical gem, and despite its tumultuous history, retains a natural beauty that visitors have begun to rediscover.

Banja Luka has a continental climate, making it ideal for travel in the summer months. Warm weather and surrounding woodlands make it tempting for nature enthusiasts and hikers to head out and explore, but they mustn’t forget about the central city of Banja Luka. It combines a warm student atmosphere with a rich culture that offers a tiny bit of diversion for every traveler.

Traveling There

Banja Luka does have an international airport, so rest assured! You can arrive by air, although you are advised to plan your itinerary in advance. Fly from Zurich, Switzerland, or Istanbul, Turkey a few times a week to enjoy your stay in Banja Luka.

For the classic European travel experience, get to Banja Luka by train. You can connect from points in Europe, Belgrade, Serbia or Zagreb, Croatia to reach Banja Luka. If you are feeling up for a challenge, try the international bus service from Slovakia, Germany, Croatia, Italy, France, or Austria—just to name a few! If you like to meet people when you’re traveling, the bus is the best way to do it.

Things to Do

When you arrive in Banja Luka, you’ll want to have a stroll and see what the city offers. It has an incredibly rich mixture of preserved architecture and slightly aged relics that give Banja Luka a unique charm. You won’t want to miss Banski Dvor, the Halls of Ban, which was actually built as a stately home for the Ban family. Today, it houses the National Assembly, concert hall, gallery, and restaurant. You can schedule an entire day’s worth of cultural activities there, and once you see this beautiful, centrally located building, you’ll want to.

Other stops in Banja Luka could include the Kastel Fortress in the city center. Located near the picturesque Vrbas River, you can enjoy a quiet meal with an outstanding view. You’ll have a lot of opportunities to record breathtaking panoramic views, so just don’t forget your camera!

Getting Around

If you are new to Banja Luka, take a taxi for a no-hassle experience. There are very economical and are especially helpful for those getting to know the city. If you are feeling more adventurous, try taking the bus. They may be crowded, but you will get where you need to go for even less—and blend in with the locals!

Appreciate the Culture

The Republika Srpska is known for its friendly people, and Banja Luka is no different. Explore the local houses and suburbs for a taste of true local life, and try to schedule a home stay or visit while you’re there.

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Banja Luka Shopping by Borca_bl

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Jablanica: Seclusion in the Mountains https://www.discoverbosnia.com/visit-jablanica?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=visit-jablanica Sun, 06 Jan 2008 10:40:04 +0000 http://www.discoverbosnia.com/jablanica To many visitors to this area, it is one of the most beautiful regions in Bosnia and Herzegovina to visit. Jablanica is found close to the sparkling, fast-running Neretva River. Tucked into the peaks of Cvrsnica and Prenj Mountains, Jablanica also benefits from a somewhat mild climate that ranges between the Mediterranean and Continental, which […]

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Destroyed bridge on the Neretva near JablanicaTo many visitors to this area, it is one of the most beautiful regions in Bosnia and Herzegovina to visit. Jablanica is found close to the sparkling, fast-running Neretva River.

Tucked into the peaks of Cvrsnica and Prenj Mountains, Jablanica also benefits from a somewhat mild climate that ranges between the Mediterranean and Continental, which means a mild summer and even wintertime precipitation.

Jablanica has a rich history. During Word War II, it was the site of the Battle of Neretva, where the Partisans managed to win a very unlikely battle. Today, the remains of the destroyed bridge still remain as a symbol of wartime difficulties and sacrifice.

Getting There

Jablanica is a secluded location, but it’s surprisingly easy to get to. You can take a bus to Jablanica from Mostar. One possibility to make your travel seamless is to first fly to Sarajevo via Zagreb on a carrier such as Croatia Airlines, or take a direct regular flight on KLM, Lufthansa, or Jat Airways.

Rent a car in Sarajevo and take the scenic one hour’s drive there. When traveling in these mountainous regions, use extreme caution, particularly in the wintertime. Bosnian drivers are comfortable with roads that may seem even perilous to unaccustomed drivers.

Things to Do

Stop by the War Museum, which is located near the ruined bridge of Jablanica. The War Museum is dedicated to the battle during World War II, and provides an impressive collection of photographs to tell the story of this heroic event.

Visit the War Memorial located on the top of Mount Prenj. On your way back, try an authentic meal of lamb, which is served at stands dotted along the roadsides. Later, have a quiet meal along the eastern bank of the Neretva River. A converted German bunker serves tasty meals in their restaurant, or plenty of hot drinks in their cafe if your prefer.

Take a day to visit Jablanica Lake. Not only are there lots of restaurants to choose from, but there are lots of accommodation options and diversions. Walk down the main road after dining out to see the locals’ catch of the day from Jablanica Lake. Take a picture of some massive trout, carp, and bass!

Where to Stay

Jablanica Hotel

Stay in the Jablanica Hotel to explore this small city full of history. With a tiny park located behind the hotel and very comfortable rooms, you’ll want to spend more than just one day in this charming town. Speak with the friendly staff while you’re there to learn more about the city and its history. Whether you’re a war buff or a culture fan, spend a few days in Jablanica to indulge yourself.

Campsites and Lakeside Hotels

If you fancy a leisurely stay by the lake, consider camping. You can pitch a tent if you are feeling adventurous, or perhaps book one of the many private rooms, lodges, and hotel suites.

Getting Around

Jablanica’s small size makes it a great place to walk with your family. Enjoy the quaint city, and then drive to Jablanica Lake for a day trip.

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Medjugorje: A Spiritual Destination https://www.discoverbosnia.com/visit-medjugorje?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=visit-medjugorje Sun, 06 Jan 2008 10:10:23 +0000 http://www.discoverbosnia.com/medjugorje Medjugorje is the city in Bosnia and Herzegovina for relaxation, religious reflection, and cultural sightseeing. This small parish is made up of five villages, where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to six Croatians in 1981. Shrouded by mystery, Medjugorje has drawn visitors from around the world. Getting There Today, you can travel […]

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St. James Church in MedjugorjeMedjugorje is the city in Bosnia and Herzegovina for relaxation, religious reflection, and cultural sightseeing. This small parish is made up of five villages, where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to six Croatians in 1981. Shrouded by mystery, Medjugorje has drawn visitors from around the world.

Getting There

Today, you can travel most easily to Medjugorje with a pilgrimage group. If Medjugorje attracts you due to its religious significance, you can save money and lots of planning time by booking one of these special trips.

If you prefer to travel alone, book a regular flight connecting in Central Europe from carriers such as KLM, Lufthansa, and Alitalia. Land in Croatia and book a bus trip to Medjugorje, which should take about three hours. Get a window seat! The beautiful views of the Adriatic coastline are unforgettable.

Another travel option is to fly to Sarajevo and take the train to Mostar. Sarajevo is considered the most oriental city in Europe, with cafes and plenty of public transportation. Take advantage of this city before heading to Medjugorje to relax.

You can also rent a car to travel through Medjugorje’s mountains. Arrive in Mostar by international flight on British Airways, Croatia Airlines, Adria Airlines, or Alitalia. Rent a car from this charming city to drive to Medjugorje. While car rentals can be expensive, they are worth it to enjoy the natural splendor that Medjugorje has to offer.

Things to Do

Medjugorje is a common attraction for Catholic pilgrims, who visit Apparition Hill where Mary was reported to have been seen. Visit St. James Church in Medjugorje for a moving service in a beautiful setting. Since this town attracts a wealth of foreigners from all corners of the globe, you can always expect a diverse attendance at St. James.

Visit the Kravice waterfalls. Not only is it a perfect place to hike and fish, but it’s also a great place to swim. Relax in the cooling mist that surrounds the area after noon. You won’t be in the middle of nowhere, though: there is a restaurant near the falls where you can still hear the rush of the waterfall in the air. It is recommended that visitors hire a guide to avoid getting lost and get you on your way to enjoying Medjugorje.

Take a day trip to a nearby town like Mostar or Pocitelj, where you can take in more of the rich Bosnian culture and history.

Places to Stay

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Pax Hotel

This three-star hotel offers reasonable accommodation, and often serves the many pilgrims who are drawn to Medjugorje. If you are visiting as a pilgrim, you can network with other from locations around the world.

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Globtour Inn

The Globtour Inn has a young atmosphere with welcoming staff. It’s another popular hotel for pilgrims, but even if you’re not, you’ll enjoy the community atmosphere!

Reminder:

If you want to travel to Medjugorje, remember that you must enter Bosnia with a passport. American citizens can stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina for up to three months without a visa. If you plan a home stay with locals, you need to register with the police within 24 hours of arrival.

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St. James Church by Mariusz Musiał

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Neum: Seaside Resort on the Adriatic https://www.discoverbosnia.com/visit-neum?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=visit-neum Sun, 06 Jan 2008 09:56:06 +0000 http://www.discoverbosnia.com/neum One of the amazing things about Bosnia is that you can experience so many different climates in such a small region. Little known is the fact that not far from the snowy peaks of its’ mountain tops is a true seaside resort. Nestled in a small cove out of reach of the strong winds coming […]

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Neum coastlineOne of the amazing things about Bosnia is that you can experience so many different climates in such a small region. Little known is the fact that not far from the snowy peaks of its’ mountain tops is a true seaside resort. Nestled in a small cove out of reach of the strong winds coming off the Adriatic is Neum, a gem of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Neum is Bosnia’s only town located on the Adriatic coast and a top resort vacation for savvy travelers who want to enjoy the sun without the major crowds of other locations. For quite a small strip of land, it has gained popularity steadily over the past years. The glittering bay offers a lot of opportunities for water sports and tanning, in a fairly secluded location.

Getting There

Travel to Neum by land through the single connection from the hinterlands. You can take the tiny two-lane road through Hutovo to get to this hidden spot, but be careful. Roads can be tricky and drivers can be somewhat unpredictable, so take it slow and take some photos along the way, too.

Things to Do

Go to Neum to take excursion boats out on the Adriatic Sea. The coastline is lush and dreamy, and you will feel relaxed amidst blindingly blue sea, tiny black islands, and plenty of sea birds for the avid watcher. Rent a jet ski to zoom along the coast and return in time for a light seafood dinner and a glass of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national wines.

Visit Hutovo, located a short drive away from Neum. Revel in the secluded splendor of the mountains on your way to visit the ruins of Hadzibegova Kula Fortress. This ancient stone fortress originally defended the Ottomans from the Venetians, and this ruin is visible from the road. For those who love ruins, this day trip is a must-do while in the Neum area.

Drive to Dubrovnik for a quick trip from Neum. Go big game fishing for Yellow Tail Amberjack, Swordfish, Bluefin Tuna, and Dentex in the deep sea, and then take the afternoon off for a little hiking.

Where to Stay

You can find fabulous hotels in Neum located along the shoreline. These white, towering buildings are located right next to the seashore and offer sparkling water, a light breeze, and sunny days with a relaxed atmosphere.

This area was once reserved for members of the Bosnian elite, but international tourism is back. Major hotels offer packages for lessons, classes, and certification, as well as discounts for rentals. Take advantage of lots of water sports activities, including boating, jet skiing, swimming, and parasailing, for less when you book your hotel room in Neum.

Top hotels include:

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Hotel Sunce

A modern hotel in a resort setting near bright blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Hotel Sunce organizes trips to all the major tourist destinations in and around Neum for your convenience.

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Hotel Adria

This four-star hotel has 12 apartments and 8 rooms, and is located right off of the seashore. Be sure to dine in their excellent restaurant to sample traditional cuisine.

Image Credits:
Neum Coastline by Julo

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