Driving trough Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Hercegovina – although wildly pretty, this country still stays undervalued as a holiday destination. Not for long! With its deep, unassuming human warmth, its untouched nature and dynamic culture, it is a place that will leave a lifelong mark on anybody who cares to know about it.

With its sevdah and peculiar customs developed trough a blend of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Southern Slavic histories, it offers an immense space for exploration and it gives you an opportunity to feel the real Balkan vibe.

So don’t be afraid – Bosnians don’t byte – in contrary, the country is one of the safest in our area.  Some roads could be in better condition but we have seen worse. It is easy to get around and what we like the most – there is a bunch of places where you can just park and sleep. Just be considerate and respectful, and leave the place cleaner than it was!

Be a step ahead and get to know Bosnia before it gets under the radar and becomes crowded and expensive. We recommend it for travelers on budget that enjoy nature, people and good food.

In addition to Mostar, Počitelj and Sarajevo that are on every Bosnian ‘must-see’ list, here are some other sights worth visiting.

1. Una river Region

River Una got its name from ancient Romans, who, when they saw its lively colors and heard the gurgle of its waterfalls, shouted: “UNA”, which in Latin means the one, the only one, the unique one. And indeed by its beauty, by its whirlpools and waterfalls, by its course and its air it certainly is unique, the most beautiful of all Bosnian rivers. It is a home to 170 medical herbs and plenty of fish including crayfish that proudly represents clean drinkable water. 

 

2. The spring of the river Buna

Vrelo Bune (The spring of the river Buna) is the strongest karst spring in Europe located around 12 kilometers from Mostar. Above the spring there is a 200 meters high stone cliff that towers over it and represents an unforgettable sight for the visitors. A cold and clean water flows from the 15 meters wide cave. The place is named Blagaj or Stjepangrad and it hosts Dervish Tekke – cliff monastery founded during the height of the Ottoman empire. It was built 600 years ago, around 1446, by the dervishes from Anatolia. It is opened for visitors throughout the year.

 

 

3. Kravice waterfall

Often overlooked due to the enormity of Plitvice National Park and Krka National Park across the boarder, it is easy to understand why people forget to look for waterfalls in Bosnia & Herzegovina.  But look no further –  although not as big as the ones mentioned earlier, these waterfalls are still as pretty and offer everything you could ask for when looking for the perfect waterfall, just without the horde of people. The water levels of the Trebižat River change throughout the year, but even during the ‘drier’ months you will not be disappointed. It is absolutely stunning all year round plus you can swim in it!

 

4. Prokoško Lake

This small glacial lake is situated above Bosnian town of Fojnica, on Vranica mountain at altitude of 1635 meters above sea level. Due to its unique location, abundance of fresh air and an authentic mountain village, it represents the real jewel of nature in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It is surrounded by a number of old wooden shepherd huts called katuni and there is also an old wooden mosque you can visit while at the lake. The lake is known to be a home of the amphibian Triton (Triturus alpestris reiseri), which only lives in Prokoško lake. Surrounding area is also rich in several endemic and beautiful white flower plant species specific only for mountain Vranica.

 

5. Tuzla

Historically speaking Tuzla is known for it salt production. The word ‘Tuz’ means salt in Turkish. For thousands of years Tuzla produced and sold salt from the local salted water. Under the rule of the Ottomans the production grew and under the Austro-Hungarian empire the production was modernized. Today, you can still see many references in the city to the salt trade.

Tuzla is also home to three artificial lakes and beaches, providing residents with somewhere to relax on a hot summer’s day. Worth visiting during the Festival Kaleidoskop, usually held in July.

 

6. Bosnian Pyramids

Ever since 2005 when archaeologist Semir Osmanagić claimed that a hill in the city of Visoko (one hour outside Sarajevo), was, in fact, an artificial construction, this area of the country has been marketed as a European Valley of Pyramids. The claims suggest that four pyramids exist in this area, known as the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, the Dragon, and Love. The area features an underground labyrinth, “Ravne”, which is said to have served as an entrance to the 220 metre-high pyramid of the Sun. Our Bosnian friends swear on its magic energetic power, why not to check it for yourselves!?

 

 

We now deliver our mini campers to both international airports in Bosnia – Tuzla and Sarajevo. We can also deliver it to other locations, subject to the availability and period of booking. Get in touch for more information.

 

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