Introducing Bosnia & Hercegovina
Once known for tragic reasons, Bosnia and Hercegovina now features in travel plans as people realise what this country has to offer: age-old cultures, stunning mountain landscapes, access to the great outdoors and a sense of adventure. This most easterly point of the West and the most westerly point of the East bears the imprint of two great empires. Five hundred years of domination, first by the Turks and then briefly by the Austria-Hungarians, have inexorably influenced the culture and architecture of this land.
In Sarajevo, minarets, onion-shaped domes and campaniles jostle for the sky in a town where Muslims, Jews, Orthodox Christians and Catholics once lived in harmony. Alluring Baščaršija is a jumble of cobbled laneways spanning centuries of activity. Here workshops for ancient crafts are mixed in with cafés, souvenir shops, and trendy bars. There’s also plenty to lure visitors away from the capital. Mostar’s Old Bridge has been rebuilt and daring young men now plunge from its heights to amuse the tourists. Small Jajce delights with its medieval citadel and waterfall while Međugorje attracts thousands to its Virgin Mary apparition site.
Most likely it’ll be in adventure sports where Bosnia and Hercegovina will make its name. Already its major rivers are rafted and kayaked and its mountains are skied, climbed and hiked over, and as more out-of-the-way areas are made safe this country could easily become the year-round adventure centre of Eastern Europe.
Best places to stay in Bosnia & Hercegovina
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Bosnia & Hercegovina destination guides
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Mostar Day Trip from Dubrovnik
Visit the city sights of Mostar, a city on the Neretva River in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On this day trip from Dubrovnik, see the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and historical mosques. After a guided tour of town, you will have free time to visit the old craft shops or enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch at a local a restaurant.
Small-Group Bosnia and Herzegovina Day Trip from Dubrovnik including Medjugorje and Mostar
Experience the best of Bosnia and Herzegovina on a small-group day trip to the country's main cities, including Mostar and Medjugorje. Leave Dubrovnik behind and visit Bosnia's only coastal town, Neum, and continue to Pocitelj, whose city center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Pocitelj with your guide and see sights like the Haji-Ali Mosque and Sahat-kula.
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Sights in Bosnia & Hercegovina
Activities in Bosnia & Hercegovina
Tours in Bosnia & Hercegovina
Restaurants in Bosnia & Hercegovina
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At dusk the lights of numerous millhouse restaurants twinkle across gushing streamlets.