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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Where East Meets West in Untamed Beauty

This fascinating country, often referred to simply as Bosnia, is a captivating blend of Eastern and Western influences, where ancient traditions meet modern life. From its picturesque medieval towns to its rugged mountains and pristine rivers, Bosnia and Herzegovina beckons travelers with its untamed beauty and warm hospitality.

Stepping into Bosnia and Herzegovina is like stepping back in time, where centuries-old mosques, churches, and synagogues stand alongside Ottoman-era bazaars and Austro-Hungarian architecture. The winding streets of Sarajevo, the capital city, tell tales of its tumultuous past, from the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire to the scars of the Bosnian War.

Top highlights

Explore Mostar
Sarajevo's Old Town
Discover Jajce
Hike to Pocitelj
Kravice Waterfalls
Visit Blagaj Tekke

Where, What and How?

Accommodation – In major cities like Sarajevo, Mostar, and Banja Luka, you’ll find internationally recognized hotel chains as well as locally-run hotels. For a more intimate and locally immersive experience, consider staying in a guesthouse or bed & breakfast.

Food – Bosnia and Herzegovina offers a rich and diverse culinary scene, influenced by its history and cultural heritage. Here are some delicious Bosnian dishes and food experiences that travelers should try: Cevapi, Burek, Bosanski Lonac, Begova Čorba, Pita, Sogan-Dolma, Bosnian Coffee, Ajvar, Klepe, Rakija, Tufahija, Rastan and Medenjaci.

Transportation – Renting a car is a popular option for travelers who want the flexibility to explore Bosnia at their own pace. In Sarajevo, the tram is a convenient way to get around the city center and visit attractions like the Old Town (Bascarsija) and Latin Bridge.

  • From left to right Stari Most Mostar, Blagaj Tekija and Vodopad Kravica.

My itinerary

Morning: We left Split early in the morning heading to the town of Mostar. Which was around two hours drive from Split. I must say that I noticed when we crossed the frontier while I was driving, the quality of the roads decreased significantly. Apart from that the culture, language and architecture was pretty similar to the inner parts of Croatia.

We arrived in Mostar and we parked on the west side of the river. From where we left the car we walked down to Most Bunur, which connected the new city with the Old Town. The first building that we bumped into was Karađoz Beg Mosquea, a XVI century mosque from the Ottoman era. We continued through the cobblestone paved street of Braće Fejića until we arrived at Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque. From here we got lost in the multiple shops at Kujundžiluk Bazaar. I do not like to do shopping and less during holidays, but I enjoyed the atmosphere and the beauty of this place. Just out of the bazaar is the most iconic viewpoint of Mostar, where I got fascinated not only for the bridge view but the whole landscape, including the river, the mountains in the background and the stone houses. We walked down the beautiful (and crowded) Kujundžiluk street until we arrived at the main attraction, Mostar Old Bridge. This place has been witness to several historic events since the Ottoman era, including its fall and later reconstruction.
Afternoon: We took pictures of the bridge, from the bridge and under the bridge. Also some videos of the local young men who were jumping in exchange for some money from the tourists. We enjoyed the views from the river beach below Stari Most and we had some beers at Cafe Luft. Later we moved back to the car but first we stopped at Podrum restaurant to enjoy the local food: cevapi, Bosanski Lonac and dolma.
We left Mostar behind and we drove to the nearby town of Blagaj. We parked the car and we went down the street crossing beautiful stone alleys until we arrived at the river Buna. From there we followed the course of the river up to Blagaj Tekija. This fantastic monastery seems to arise from the rock of the mountain behind it as the river does, springing up the rock wall. Inside the building we saw how the monks used to live and also visited the mausoleum together with the old turks baths.
Evening: We left Bagaj and headed to Kravice Waterfalls to enjoy the last hours of sun. This place is also known as the Iguazú of Europe due to the impressive view of the group of waterfalls which merge in a calm river where we refreshed ourselves. On the way back we stopped at the posts close to the ticket office and we bought some local liquors.
Driving back to Split was a nice odyssey because our phone batteries died and we were stopped at the border to have a full check. The officers were pretty friendly but the idiomatic barrier, plus the fact that every indication was given to me with a movement of the weapon kept the tension till the end. At the end of the long day we were happy to be back in our hotel after tasting the southern part of this incredible country.

Money Saving Tips

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Stay Outside Accommodations in popular tourist destinations like Sarajevo or Mostar can be pricier. Consider staying in smaller towns or villages nearby, where prices are generally lower. You can still easily access the main attractions by public transport or rental car.
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Travel Off-Season Prices for accommodations, flights, and activities are generally lower during the shoulder seasons (spring and autumn). You'll also encounter fewer crowds, making it a more peaceful and cost-effective time to travel.
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Rent a Car with Friends If traveling in a group, renting a car can be a cost-effective option, especially for exploring rural areas or off-the-beaten-path destinations. Splitting the cost of fuel and rental fees among friends can make this option budget-friendly.
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Eat Local Cuisine Bosnian cuisine is delicious and affordable. Look for local restaurants, bakeries, and cafes frequented by locals. Dishes like cevapi (grilled minced meat), burek (flaky pastry with meat or cheese), and pita (savory pies) are filling and budget-friendly options.
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