I’ve been to Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Macedonia. And I have a big problem to tell, which country I like the most.
I admire the Balkans. If you have ever been to one of the Balkan States, you understand the reason why I love it. Firstly, Balkan people are friendly, kind, and helpful. They are always eager to talk with tourists, especially, about their, and their country history. Secondly, Balkan cuisine, though in some parts is salty and greasy, is delicious. You should try pljeskavica obligatorily. Thirdly, the Balkan landscape is breathtaking and, what is very important, it is diversified. Sea, bays, mountains, lakes, rivers, and many other marvels of nature. If you are going to visit the Balkans, I assure, that you won’t regret.
The best option for exploring and discovering the Balkan States is by car. You can easily get everywhere you want. Balkan drivers are not crazy, roads are in good condition, attractions are well-signed. The only problem is that it is a mountainous region, and you will drive slowly. But remember that amazing landscape will stretch around you. In every country, we rented a car at the airport. Prices for 1-day rental starts from less than 20 EUR.
Below, you can find my top 3 places in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which I truly recommend visiting. I had a little wrinkle with choosing it. What do you think about my proposal? Do you have another worth visit places? Share with us your opinion.
1. Kravice Waterfalls
Maybe, I’ve not seen many waterfalls in my life, but Kravice Waterfalls are the best for me. From the very first moment, when I saw them, they made a huge impression on me. The walking trail to waterfalls starts from parking and goes down through a park. It was a 10 minutes’ walk. On the way, there is a viewpoint.
We were there out of the season, so it wasn’t an appropriate time to bathe. On the other hand, we had a great opportunity to take a boat and near close to waterfalls. The boat cost 10 EUR, but we had a 50% discount for being a polish couple.
Kravice Waterfalls are amazing. It is a large tufa cascade on the Trebižat River. They are roughly 25 meters high and separated into 20 falls, with the lake below being about 120 meters in radius.
Do you know what does Kravice mean? That’s funny, but it means little cow. Long before this place became a tourist spot in Bosnia, there was a little cow that fell in the river uphill. Locals assumed it drowned but then they found the little cow back at the bottom of the waterfall. After that, they started to call waterfalls ‘Kravice’.
Kravice Waterfalls are located 3 km downstream from Vitaljina in Studenci, near Ljubuški.
If you get to Karavice Waterfalls by car, there is a parking. For one hour, you will pay 2 BAM. Daily parking ticket costs 6 BAM.
To enter waterfalls, you should pay, depending on the season, between 8 BAM to 10 BAM. The price includes the possibility to visit also the waterfall “Koćuša” and the museum of the monastery at Humac.
Kravice Waterfalls you can visit throughout the whole year. It is open daily from 7.00 am.
More information about Kravice Waterfall you can find at the official website: http://www.kravica.ba/en/
The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, made a huge impression on me, especially the old part of the city. Due to its long, and rich history of religious and cultural diversity, Sarajevo is sometimes called the ‘Jerusalem of Europe or Jerusalem of the Balkans’. It is one of only a few major European cities that has a mosque, Catholic and Orthodox church and synagogue within the same neighborhood.
A lot of historical documents confirm that there was a settlement called Vrhbosna on the site of today’s Sarajevo. In 1461 Sarajevo was founded by the Ottoman Empire. Thanks to its first governor of Bosnia, Isa-Beg Ishaković, it quickly grew into the largest city in the region. By the 15th century the settlement was established as a city, named Bosna-Saraj. The interesting fact is that the name Sarajevo is derived from Turkish saray ovası, meaning the field around saray.
For centuries, Sarajevo has been home to many different religions, giving the city a range of diverse cultures. And you can make it out while visiting this amazing city.
The third best place in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Mostar, the fifth-largest city in the country. It is one of the most visited landmarks. Mostar’s old town is an important tourist destination with the Old Bridge being its most recognizable feature.
The Old Bridge was built in the 16th century by the Ottomans. It was one of their biggest architectonical achievements. Unfortunately, in 1993 it was brutally destroyed by Croatians what resulted in international outrage. The bridge’s reconstruction lasted 5 years and it became a symbol of Bosnian revival.
Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Old Bridge.
Except for the Old Bridge, Mostar has many mosques. The most famous thanks to its beautiful paintings from the Ottoman period is Koskin-Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque and the biggest in the city is Karađoz Bey Mosque.
I also recommend walking through Old Bazar located on Kujundziluk Street, where you can find many shopping, flea, and street markets.
How to get to Mostar from Sarajevo
Mostar is located about 130 kilometers away from Sarajevo. There are many options on how to get there. The first option is by car. If you don’t have a car, the next option is the bus. The journey takes about 2,5 hours and ticket cost ranges between 10 BAM to 21 BAM. There are few bus connections by day. Another option is the train. It costs 11.90 BAM in the 2nd class including reservation (plus additional fee 2 BAM). You can buy the ticket at the station or online via the official website: www.zfbh.ba
Do you need more information about Bosnia and Herzegovina? Would you like to find out more about another interesting places like Blagaj or Počitelj? Text me!