Things to do in Bosnia – Exploring off the beaten path in Bosnia

Bosnia is one of those off-the-radar places to visit but according to my friend Lee, Bosnia is one of the most beautiful places he has ever been. It’s been a long time since he has been there and asked me to put together a piece on all the things to do in Bosnia for him. So here it is a collaborative piece on what to see and do in Bosnia.

The country is captivating for its East-meets-West location and its history of Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman cultures. There are unique towns and villages to visit and the landscapes of mountains, rivers and waterfalls make Bosnia and Herzegovina a brilliant off-the-beaten tourist trail country to visit.

Things to do in Bosnia

The people of Bosnia are welcoming and it’s easy to spend days in Sarajevo whose city centre is the perfect blend of east and west where you feel you are in Istanbul down one street, turn the corner and you are in Vienna. Then there is Mostar with its iconic Stari Most – Old Bridge that is known around the world.

Coffee culture dominates Bosnian food culture and everyone is welcome to partake of this important component of Bosnian life. Shopping is done is fascinating bazaars and you could come home with hand-hammered copper goods, and some handmade delicate lace, as well as traditional carpets, weaves and jewellery that are Bosnian specialities.

More unique are the pens on sale in the market around Sarajevo’s Bascarsija – they’re made out of bullets from the siege of 20 years ago. Once you have had your fill of the cities get out to the countryside where you can enjoy people-free spaces with rugged mountain views, plunging waterfalls, white water rafting, hiking and rock climbing

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Where is Bosnia?

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a small country located in Southeastern Europe within the Balkans. The capital and largest city is Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina border Serbia to the east, Montenegro to the southeast, and Croatia to the north and southwest. Bosnia has a small piece of the Adriatic coast of around 12 miles long. The larger region of Bosnia occupies the northern and central parts of the country, and Herzegovina occupies the south and southwest. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a stunning mountainous terrain that runs along the border with Croatia. In the southern region, the area is formed from karst which is similar to the Burren in Ireland.  

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Three main ethnic groups, make up the country these are the Bosniaks, the Serbs and the Croats.  A Bosnian is someone from Bosnia but a Bosniak is an ethnic Muslim, a Bosnian Serb is an Orthodox Christian and a Bosnia Croat is a Catholic. 

The capital city Sarajevo attracts the most amount of tourists but many are now travelling to other parts of Bosnia to take in this beautiful country.

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The war in Bosnia

As many travellers know Bosnia and Herzegovina was involved in a horrific civil war back in the 1990s that was started by Milosevic who deliberately created conflict between Serbians, Croatians and Muslim Bosniaks (the three main ethnic groups in the region). Milosevic, also called “The Butcher of the Balkans” took advantage of the ethnic tensions that would be the cause of the Bosnian War.

The Bosnian War ended after a final cease-fire was negotiated at Dayton, Ohio, U.S. The Dayton Accords called for a federalized Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which 51% of the land would constitute a Croat-Bosniak federation and 49% a Serb republic. The agreement was formally signed in December 1995.

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Travelling to Bosnia

Do I need a visa for Bosnia?

As an applicant country for membership in the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina has a visa policy similar to the visa policy of the Schengen Area. Bosnia and Herzegovina grant visa-free entry to all Schengen Annex II nationalities and it also grants visa-free entry to several additional countries including Turkey, China, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Azerbaijan and Kuwait. 

How to get to Bosnia

 B&H Airlines is the national airline of Bosnia and Herzegovina and operates flights to major European cities from places like Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka. Most tourists opt for the Sarajevo International Airport, located close to the capital city. From the UK you can fly Wizz Air to Bosnia from Luton and from North America there are direct flights to Sarajevo from Toronto and the USA.

Bosnian currency

The currency in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Konvertibilna Marka (BAM), comprised of 100 pfeninga which is worth 0.51 Euro or .52 cents US dollar. Some Euro notes (but not coins) are accepted. The Euro and US Dollar are the preferred foreign currencies. Credit cards are generally accepted at top hotels and restaurants, and ATMs are available in the major cities, but Bosnia does tend to be a cash-based society.

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Driving in Bosnia

You can drive in Bosnia and Herzegovina using a valid UK driving licence or an International Driving Permit, in accordance with the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, during short visits of up to 6 months.

Bosnia and Herzegovina signed 2 United Nations conventions, and it is a legal requirement for visitors to have a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) in order to rent a car and legally drive in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Make sure you carry some small bills with you – preferably BAM as there are some occasions when you might need to barter your way out of a ticket. Always travel with your passport as identification.

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Best things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s fifth largest city and home of one of the country’s most iconic landmarks, the UNESCO-Listed Stari most ‘Old Bridge’, Mostar is a must-visit.

Just a 2-hour drive from Sarajevo, Mostar is easy to reach from the capital by train or bus. Many people elect to visit as a day trip – and while just one day in Mostar is enough time for the highlights, it’s much better to spend a night or two. Seeing Stari most lit up in the evening with twinkling lights is one of the highlights of visiting Bosnia.

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The elegantly arched stone bridge that gives Mostar its name was designed by Ottoman architect Mimar Hayruddin in 1566. Walk its 29-metre length across the Neretva River and drink in the history and fabulous views. If the water level is high enough, you might get lucky and see a member of the Mostar Diving Club jump from the bridge’s highest point into the river below. You can learn about this tradition at the small museum adjoining the bridge.

Mostar’s Old Bazaar, Bazar Kujundžiluk, is a maze of cute wooden shops and cobbled streets. Here you can find traditional Bosnian coffee shops, excellent restaurants, and souvenir stands.

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Don’t miss the Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque, one of six surviving mosques in Mostar. It dates to 1617 and has a particularly ornate interior. For a small fee, you can summit the minaret for a sweeping panorama of the city and a picture-perfect view of Stari Most. Dinner at one of the open-air restaurants that line the riverfront is also a must.

If you’re tempted to linger a little longer, Mostar is an ideal base for exploring more of the Herzegovina region, with the Dervish House at Blagaj, the Ottoman town of Pocitelj and Kravice Waterfall all easy to reach by public bus. Contributed by Emily of Wander-Lush.

Stolac

A UNESCO World Heritage site Stolac is home to the necropolis of Radimlja This small town is home to the necropolis of Radimlja, the most precious concentration of stećciof or Stećci which are large tombstones made from white rock. Most originate from the 14th and 15th centuries.

The elaborately carved tombstones are decorated with crosses, flowers, figures and scenes, 63 of the 133 tombstones are decorated and most date to the medieval period in Bosnia.  

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Stolac is not your usual tourist site and mainly visitors come for a day trip from Mostar. It has a tragic history from the recent war and the horrendous treatment of the Bosnian Serbs and Bosnians by the Croatian Defense Committee. The town has been rebuilt and many of the Ottoman buildings have been restored.

Another interesting site to visit is the Vrsnik Hill Fort dominating the town of Stolac, the fort had 12 towers in the 17th century and it was the best-fortified town in Herzegovina. The Hill fort is surrounded by an inner stone rampart that has survived.  No movable archaeological finds have been discovered in Vrsnik. 

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Warning – With the exception of access to historic sites, do not walk alone off the paths around Stolac, some areas still contain mines left from the war.

Blagaj

Blagaji is not far from Mostar and well worth the trip this is where the Buna River begins and you can visit the Dervish Monastery at the edge of the river. Blagaj Tekija is a Dervish monastery outside Mostar, Bosnia, that’s nearly 600 years old. Situated at the base of a cliff, next to the source of the river Buna, it’s a unique and picturesque series of buildings that looks even better in person than it does in pictures.

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The Tekija (or Tekke) was first founded during the height of the Ottoman empire. Time and rock slides have led to extensive repairs and reconstruction of the buildings.

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Sarajevo

Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s a city rich in culture and history with plenty to explore, it’s well worth a visit. The older part of town features a Turkish-style bazaar called Baščaršija.

This area is a remnant of the Ottoman empire and still hosts a bustling market, coffee shops and bars. One of the most notable streets of the bazaar is Copper Alley. Once a huge export for the region, copper artefacts are still handmade in Sarajevo and make fantastic souvenirs.

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Nearby, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the history of Sarajevo. The famous Latin Bridge was the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. You can learn more about the event that sparked that first World War at the Sarajevo 1878-1918 Museum which is next to the Latin Bridge. Discover the city’s more recent history, including the harrowing story of the Siege of Sarajevo at the Museum of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide. 

For the best views over the city, take the cable car up to the mountain. There you can follow hiking trails and even visit an abandoned bobsleigh track.  The track was built for the 1984 Winter Olympics but has been left unused for the last 30 years or so. It is now mostly covered in moss and graffiti. The track is just a 5-10 minute walk from the cable car stop.

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As the capital city, Sarajevo is fairly easy to get to. You can reach the city by rail. Bosnia and Herzegovina is also included on the interrail and Eurail pass so Sarajevo can easily slip into your itinerary. Sarajevo also has its own airport. If you’re flying in, try to schedule a visit to the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum on your way in or out as it is by the airport.

If you are visiting Sarajevo as part of a road trip, beware the city centre is not very easy to navigate. Parking is also scarce so make sure you have a parking space included with your accommodation. Contributed by Clare of Wheres Clare.

Lukomir

Situated high above the tree line in the mountains above the Olympic ski jump venue outside of Sarajevo, Lukomir is so remote that the Serbs deemed it of no strategic value during the 1990s war. As such, it is an intact time capsule.

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Home to semi-nomadic Muslim herders, the village’s buildings are low-slung with steeply pitched roofs to accommodate the region’s heavy snowfall.

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Don’t miss the ancient medieval stecci gravestones in the cemetery at the edge of town. You’ll also want to climb the ridges and perhaps hike the cliffside trail for incredible, high-altitude viewing of the Rakitnica Canyon, part of the Dinaric Alpine range.

Tuzla

In Roman times Tuzla was called Salines due to its massive salt deposits. So much salt has been taken from the underground deposits that over time it has caused the city to sink. Many of the oldest buildings have had to be torn down but a few remain within the centre of the town.

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Tuzla is the third largest city in Bosnia and it is also a university town which gives it a multicultural feel. This off-the-beaten-path Bosnian village is a lovely place to wander and eat authentic Bosnian food and explore the mosques and have a swim in the salt lake.

Pocitelj

On the banks of the Neretva River sits Pocitelj which is around 30km north of Mostar. This unique village dates back to 1383 and the houses you see today are from the Ottoman periods of the 16th through 18th centuries.

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Overlooking Počitelj is the remains of the old Hill Fort of Stolac, whose walls step down the steep hillsides and is one of the largest forts in Bosnia.  Archaeological finds at the fort include fortifications dating back to the 1st and 2nd centuries. In 1883 repairs were carried out to build a modern fortress on the site of the ancient works.

During summertime, Počitelj comes alive when it hosts the oldest operating art colony in south-east Europe.

Jajce

The small town of Jajce, located in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, is one of the highlights in the country. The place is known mainly for its waterfall, welcoming visitors arriving in Jajce. It’s located right at the entrance to the Old Town and with a height of 23 meters it is often called “the Bosnian Niagara Falls”.

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This is such a scenic spot, where you can feel the force of nature, so it’s worth coming up close to the waterfall. In the past, Jajce played an important part in Bosnian history, this is also where the last king of the Kingdom of Bosnia, Stjepan Tomasevic, was crowned.

Today you can find numerous attractions dating back to these times of prosperity. The Old Town is walled with a few gates and towers but the most important place is the 13th-century fortress, towering about the city.

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You won’t find much inside the walls but the place is definitely worth hiking up as you can admire the spectacular panorama of Jajce and surroundings from there. Once you are done visiting Jajce, head to the nearby Pliva lakes (some 5 km away from the town) to see Mlinčići – the complex of old wooden water mills, some of them from the 16th century.

Currently, there are 26 of them, some still operating (although it’s more for tourism purposes) and you can wander around them to get a good look at how they work. The water mills are rather tiny and the whole place is very picturesque, like a movie set.

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The whole area of Pliva Lakes is very pleasant and is a perfect place to relax a bit. Getting to Jajce is rather easy with bus connections from major cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The town is on the main roads connecting Sarajevo with Banja Luka and Bihac so you can easily stop here when travelling around the country. Contributed by Kamila of My Wanderlust.

Visegrad

Visegrad is located in Eastern Bosnia and its main attraction is the UNESCO-listed site of the Ottoman-era Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, a UNESCO world heritage site which was popularized by Ivo Andrić in his novel The Bridge on the Drina.

Sitting on the Drina River that flows through southeastern Europe and acts as a border between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its stunning emerald green waters With its beautiful emerald-green waters and limestone bed, the Drina River runs into the Perućac lake where you can enjoy all kinds of water sports and wild camping along the river banks. 

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You can visit the oldest monastery in Bosnia – Dobrun Monastery and marvel at the stunning frescos painted by a monk called Jovan in 1383. The monastery is an active one but you can knock on the door and ask to see the frescoes.

Located in a thick pine forest the Višegrad Spa is the perfect way to relax and take the waters. Visegrad offers radioactive carbonated water which is said to diminish the pain of arthritis, broken bones and respiratory diseases. The radiation is perfectly safe for medical therapies.

Una National Park

Una National Park is one of the newest national parks in Bosnia Herzegovina. It is located in the far northwestern part of the country. Close to the border with Croatia and not far from the more famous Plitvice National Park. Una National park offers the same natural beauty but without the tourist crowds.

The Una river forms the heart of Una National Park which was established in 2008 to protect the pristine nature in this area. Like Plitvice, it is all about water with a network of rivers, waterfalls, travertines and pools. All are surrounded by lush forests and limestone cliffs. 

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Una National Park is a great place for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, kayaking and rafting. Part of the long-distance “Via Dinarica”  runs through the park. For the less adventurous it is also possible to see the highlights of the park by car. The biggest attractions are the waterfalls of Martin Brod and Strbacki Buk, the historic village of Kulen Vakuf, the Rmanj monastery and the Ostrovica castle.

Una National Park is not only about nature. The area is full of ancient medieval castles and fortifications. This area of Bosnia remains very multicultural. The Sultan Ahmed mosque of Kulen Vakuf is not far from the Rmanj orthodox monastery. The small rural villages offer nice homestays to spend the night or restaurants for a delicious Bosnian lunch or dinner. 

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The larger city of Bihac is the gateway to Una National Park. Bihac has bus connections to both Sarajevo as well as Zagreb. From Bihac it is best to continue your journey to the National Park by car. Public transport is infrequent, but if you plan your journey well and have the time it is very well possible. In Bihac you can also organize day trips or outdoor activities like rafting and kayaking. Contributed By Ellis from Backpack Adventures

Međugorje

If you’re interested in religious tourism, the small city of Međugorje is an important stop when you’re visiting Bosnia & Herzegovina. In 1981, six young people reported witnessing apparitions of the Virgin Mary on a hilltop in the village for several months. 

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While the Vatican has yet to certify the occurrences, the location was acknowledged as an official pilgrimage destination by the Vatican in 2019 and attracts millions of religious pilgrims each year.

To reach the summit of Apparition Hill, you need to trek up numerous steep hills. Although there is a paved road so you can be driven or dropped off at the top of one of these hills, you must then climb a stony, jagged hill to reach the holy site. 

You’ll discover a giant statue of the Virgin Mary, a crucifix of Jesus, and a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains once you arrive. You’re welcome to stay on the hillside for as long as you’d like observing the different statues and praying.

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After you’ve walked back into town from Apparition Hill, you can visit the Church of Saint James the Greater and buy rosaries or other religious gifts that have been blessed in Međugorje.  

Although you can drive to Međugorje to explore it on your own, many travel companies provide day trips to Međugorje from the nearby city of Mostar or major towns in Croatia such as Split, Trogir, and Dubrovnik. Their itineraries often include stops in Mostar, Karavice, or Kravice waterfall. Contributed by Name: Lyndsay of The Purposely 

Kravice Waterfalls 

Kravice Waterfalls (Kravica in Bosnian) is a beautiful falls in Bosnia Herzegovina close to the border with Croatia. The Trebizat River cascades over a 25 metre (80 foot) drop into a large, emerald lake that is perfect for swimming. 

There are a series of wooden walkways crisscrossing the lake and around the falls making it a great place to explore.  

Picturesque Kravice waterfalls in the National Park of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Location: Kravice Falls, Studenci,  West Herzegovina Canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The cliffs around the falls are covered in dense vegetation and the scene is as impressive as the Plitvice Lakes in nearby Croatia, though Kravice receives far fewer tourists.  

Amenities at Kravice Waterfalls 

These falls really are a jewel of the Balkans and the perfect place to cool off in summer. There is a café/bar on site and changing rooms, toilets, a picnic area, and even a rope swing to help make the most of your visit. 

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During the high season, there are several restaurants nearby serving a selection of Herzegovina specialities such as fried fish and meats.  

It’s possible to hire kayaks a little farther downstream of the river for around €8.00 per day.  

Getting to Kravice Waterfalls 

There are many tours to the Kravice Waterfalls from Mostar, which lies 40km to the north. 

To get to the falls under your own steam you will need to take a bus to Medjugorje (45-minute journey – 4 buses each day) and then a taxi the final 12km.  Contributed by Steve from thetripgoeson.com 

Ilidza

Ilidza is a small suburb of Sarajevo and if you are a history buff you may want to visit this charming spa town on the River Bosna.

There are several landmark buildings from the Austro-Hungarian period: the old railway station, residential villas along the Avenue and the Hotel Austria, where Crown Prince Ferdinand and his wife Sofia stayed on the eve of the Sarajevo Assassination which kicked off WWI.

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You can take a tour in a fiacre which is a small horse drawn carriage and symbol of Ilidža The carriages take visitors down The Great Avenue (Velika Aleja)  (The Great Avenue) to Vrelo Bosne.

This long alley of plane and chestnut trees leads to the main Ilidža attraction – Vrelo Bosne, located at the foot of Mount Igman.

Vrelo Bosne is an exceptional park, crisscrossed with many streams creating ponds and islands it is the source of the Bosna River, with lovely lakes full of fish and swans and small green islands.

Trebinje

Trebinje is the southernmost city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and it has a Mediterranean climate. It’s an easy journey to Dubrovnik but it also is a striking landscape surrounded by mountains. It was Napoleon who, came through the area and declared that the place was “very good”, and the name Trebinje is a Bosnian translation of those words.

In Trebinje you can visit the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of Trebinje on Crkvine Hill which is the burial place of Serbian poet and diplomat Jovan Ducic. The Crkvine monastery was built in 2000 on the site of an old Ottoman fortress.

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The Trebisnjica River, one of the longest underground rivers in Europe flows through the city of Trebinje and the Arslanagic Bridge which crosses the river was built in 1574. A reservoir was built in 1960 and the bridge had to be dismantled and rebuilt further up the river in Trebinje.

The Trebinje region is renowned for its quality wines, among the most popular in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Vukoje is one of the best wineries in the region and probably the most famous along with the vineyards of Tvrdos Monastery. 

Travnik

Travnik is a charming town in Central Bosnia and was the capital of the Bosnian Kings in the Middle Ages. It was also the residence of the Ottoman rulers from 1686 to 1850. Travnik became the military centre of the Ottoman Empire in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From here, the Turks managed and organized their invasions.

Travnik is located in the beautiful Lašva Valley, bordered by the mountains Vilenica and Vlašić, which is one of the highest mountains in Bosnia & Herzegovina with an altitude of 1,943 meters. The town was known as the European Istanbul and over the years developed into a craft and trade centre.

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From the fortress Old Town, located in the upper part of the town, you can see stunning views of the area and there is a museum where you can learn more about the Fortress.   

One of the highlights of Travnik is the 16th-century Mosque – an amazing building with colourful decorations on walls and ceilings.  Many of the buildings date back to the Ottoman period including 2 clock towers (called sahat-kule). The old town in the centre of Travnik (called čaršija) dates from the early 15th century. In the area of Travnik, there are about 30 protected cultural and historic buildings.

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The Vlašić Mountain is one of the symbols of Travnik. Its slopes are home to the shepherds who follow the century-old traditions of raising sheep and producing Bosnia’s famous Vlašić cheese.

Tara Canyon

Forming the border between Bosnia and Montenegro lies one of the longest and deepest canyons in the world, the Tara Canyon a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best way to experience and see the canyon is to white water raft down the Tara River.

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Where to stay in Bosnia

Isa Begov Hamam Hotel – Sarajevo

With stunning Ottoman architecture, and 500 years of history Sarajevo’s oldest hammam is now rebuilt into a beautiful hotel with 15 rooms and suites. The cost includes complimentary access to the Turkish Baths and Turkish breakfast. the Isa Begov Hamam Hotel is centrally located in Sarajevo and rated superb by Booking.

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Malak Regency Hotel – Sarajevo

Featuring an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a fitness centre the Malak Regency Hotel is set in Ilidža, 12 km from Sarajevo. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available onsite.

All elegantly decorated rooms are offering air conditioning, flat-screen cable TV, and a minibar. Some rooms also feature a balcony. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Alcoholic beverages are not served in this hotel.

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Pino Nature Hotel – Trebevic Mountain

Quietly located on Trebević Mountain, just a 15-minute drive from the Old Town of Sarajevo, Pino Nature Hotel is Halal certified hotel. The hotel boasts a spa centre and an on-site restaurant serving traditional Bosnian cuisine and international a la carte dishes. Free WiFi access is provided throughout the hotel. The pleasantly furnished rooms overlook the untouched nature of Trebević. 

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Muslibegovic House – Sarajevo

The Muslibegovic House is a 250+-year-old house National Monument that has painstakingly preserved the original eighteenth-century decor in each of the 12 luxury suites, such as the ornate lamps, decorative ceilings, an open-air oven, and more. Exhibited in the house are some fascinating historical artefacts from the Ottoman period and some wonderful examples of Ottoman calligraphy.

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Kriva Ćuprija – Mostar

Hotel-Restaurant Kriva Ćuprija is named after the famous Crooked Bridge and it is a historical house offering 28 rooms. The hotel is a 3-minute walk from the beach. Set in a heritage-listed limestone house, Hotel-Restaurant Kriva Ćuprija is situated just steps away from the UNESCO-protected Old Bridge in Mostar. It features a restaurant serving traditional dishes and a summer terrace overlooking the Radobolja River.

The restaurant serves international cuisine and national dishes such as veal, saslik and freshwater fish. The dessert menu includes crepes, hurmasice, baklava and tufahija, typical Bosnian desserts.

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National Monument Mehmedbasica Kuca – Stolac

This stone building was named after Muhamed Mehmedbašić (he was born in this town!), a Bosnian revolutionary and a backup in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Mostar is 40 km from the hostel, while Međugorje is 44 km away.

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Herceg Etno Selo – Međugorje

Hotel Herceg Etno Selo offers accommodation in traditional stone houses, in an ethnic village that is 3 km from the pilgrimage site of Međugorje. It offers several shops, a restaurant and an animal farm.

Surrounded by a beautiful garden, all rooms at Herceg Etno Selo combine traditional elements, such as handmade wooden furniture and stone walls, with modern features.

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Etno Village Cardaci – Vitez near Travnik

Located 3km from the centre of Vitez Etno Village Cardaci is a peaceful ethnic village surrounded by nature. The village features an on-site restaurant serving traditional Bosnian cuisine. There is a water park, fishing pond and a nearby fresh food market.

Local buses stop just 20 m away, with lines to Travnik and Vitez every 30 minutes. The Main Bus Station is 2 km away, while the Train Station can be reached in 10 km. Sarajevo Airport is 80 km from the property, while an airport shuttle service is available at an additional cost.

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Ethno Village Stanisici – Bijeljina near the Drina River

The Ethno Village Stanisici is located on the edge of the city of Bijeljina in the plains of Semberija in the Republika Srpska.

Featuring ponds, mills, traditional restaurants and a brook, the Ethno Village Stanisici is made up of old original buildings transported to this place from all over Bosnia. The resort includes bungalows, Hotel Pirg, Hotel Ras and Wellness and Spa Center Leonida.

All accommodations, either in small wooden huts or in the Hotel Pirg resembling a medieval castle, are equipped with lots of authentic furniture and have modern bathrooms.

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A spa area with an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna and a fitness area offers relaxation after a day of exploring the village and the area.

Traditional Bosnian specialities and international cuisine are served by waiters dressed in ancient costumes in the restaurants of the Ethno Village.

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An on-site museum offers an impression of what life was like in Bosnia more than a hundred years ago. Children can have fun on the playground or enjoy train rides around the lake.

There you have it over 33 things to do in Bosnia this is a virtually tourist-free country – when compared to say France or other European countries so the beauty of Bosnia will be all yours to explore.

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