Woman Travelling in Bosnia for the first time
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 29, 2012 11:17 AM Last Post By: Duspa
Aug 27, 2012 9:05 PM
Woman Travelling in Bosnia for the first timeHi there,
I just bought my ticket to Bosnia and would love some suggestions on places to go /see as well as places to stay.
Basically I bought a round trip ticket to Sarajevo for 6 days and am open to anything.
What is there to see in Sarajevo? How many days do you suggest staying there? Are there day trips from there and tour companies?
Recommendations to stay? Is it easy to get around and are there any hassles for a lone woman?
I am a very well traveled woman and really am up for seeing a bit of everything and getting to know the culture(as much as you can in 6 days;) ) I am going to a wedding in Ireland so decided to hop over to Bosnia to go somewhere new.
Any suggestions are welcome. I am leaving in 2 weeks and this was a very last minute trip so not a whole time for research unfortunately.
Aug 27, 2012 11:21 PM
Aug 28, 2012 8:16 AM
2Sarajevo is a great place and I am sure you will enjoy it - it feels very unique. It has the most unique architecture, great food, vibrant cafe culture (at time, too vibrant hehe), museums, theaters, restaurants and people are very friendly indeed.
Try to see as much as possibly of the city, but you can also do a trip and an overnight stay in Mostar too, and explore the magnificent Old Town and the Old Bridge. You can get there by train and enjoy some beautiful scenery along the way.
Have a look at this site too - this company organises trips and excursions to the countryside and the mountains around Sarajevo and further away - it is worth a try, if you have time. http://greenvisions.ba/
The city has good selection of budget and premium accommodation - depends how much money you are looking to spend. Hostels can be a good choice because you get to meet other travelers and the people running them are often very forthcoming and willing to show you around the city.
The city is otherwise very safe, safe as any other city in Europe, if not safer then many in terms of street crime. But of course, stay away from dodgy looking areas in the middle of the night if you are on your own. This goes for any city I guess. Local muggers sometimes target very relaxed tourists with their open bags in the busy streets or on the public transport so keep your bags zipped.
Have a great time and have fun :)
Aug 28, 2012 6:43 PM
Aug 29, 2012 10:49 AM
46 days are not enough to visit everything in Bosnia, but still you can do a lot of things. I will give you some tips from local point of view:
1st day - Walking around city center (visit Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, catholic and orthodox cathedral, synagogue). Later in day you can visit Latin bridge (Princip bridge) where Franz Ferdinand and his wife were killed (and that was "a trigger" for First World War). Later, when night falls, you can go to citadels / fortress above the city center (Bijela and Žuta tabija) and see Sarajevo during a night.
2nd day - You can visit a war tunnel (only place where people were entering in and out during the siege). After that you can go to national park "Spring of Bosnia". If it is not too late you can visit some museums in city center (or you can do that on 1st day).
3rd day - If you have time and if you are not tired you can go to waterfall Skakavac. You take a trolley-bus (Dobrinja-Jezero) and then you go out on last station and from there you need to walk at least 3-4 hours (or you take a taxi to some point and walk 2 hours). This is one day trip so if you have time, you can do it, it is worth of it.
4th and 5th day - Go to Mostar and spend few hours around Turkish market and "Old bridge". After that go to these places (but I would use Mostar as base for travel to these destinations):
- Waterfall Kravice (for me personally, the most beautiful place. You can swim there or just drink a coffee/tea and enjoy the view).
- Počitelj - fortress city from 14th or 15th century (at least from information in papers).
- Međugorje - one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Catholics in the world
- The Blagaj Tekija - it was built around 1520 and it is beautiful place with its arhitecture and spring of river Buna
6th day - You go back to Sarajevo and then go and make one day trip to one of these places:
All these places you can check on internet (wikipedia or google pics) so you can really decide what would you like to see, but all of them are really nice (at least fo me).
I am using then mostly when I travel so I will give you information about that. You can find a lot of them for 10-15eurps in city center and even cheaper (less then 10e) if you book in advance (visit hostelbookers and similar sites).
There a lots of hotel too, but a price is higher but you will not have a problem to find them. There are no problem for women and you will face hassels as everywhere in Europe (but really not that much, individual cases).
Try local food: burek, sarma, ćevapi (if you are not vegetarian). If you are then try other pies (sirnica, zeljanica, tikvenica). Also, try local cakes / sweets.
If you have any questions, please ask. I am at your service :) And have a nice time here :))
Aug 29, 2012 10:55 AM
5Alen, Thank you so much for all the useful information.
I think that sounds about the plan I have in mind
I arrive noon in Sarajevo so thought I'd spend 1.5 days walking around, visiting museums,etc. Then head to Mostar for 2 days to do a day trip on one of the days (the waterfalls most likely) and then back to Sarajevo for 2 more days and will definitely look into the suggestions you have for day trips!
One question from Mostar I read you can go to the wine region as well? Do you know anything about this and how to get there. I love tasting other countries wine:)
Aug 29, 2012 11:17 AM
6Your welcome :)
All these places are not that far from Mostar, so you can do two trips per day (but waterfalls should be MUST because they are so so beautiful).. :))
I was searching on internet now and I found this site in English:
They describe very well different types of wine from this region. You have their contact too :) This place is located in city Čitluk (near Mostar too).
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