Bosnia and Herzegovina is the heart shaped land that lies in the heart of southeast Europe. It is here that eastern and western civilizations met, sometimes clashed, but more often enriched and reinforced each other throughout its long history.
There are many fascinating destinations throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina for every type of tourist. In BiH, one gets the best of both worlds. Here, the most interesting and attractive sites are a wonderful mix of this tiny country’s cultural and natural heritage. It is almost impossible to separate them, for it is from this pristine nature that its cultures and traditions evolved.
The guide book „Bosnia and Herzegovina” by Beata Skrzypek and Pawel Pomykalski, published by Rewasz in 2011 was awarded Magellan prize for the “Best Travel Publication in 2011”. The guide has won the first prize in the category “Written Guide Book”. The prize was honoured by the editors of “Magazyn Literacki KSIĄŻKI” The awards ceremony took place on 10 May 2012 at Warsaw Book Fair.
National Geographic Ranks BiH in the Top 10 adventure Tourism Destinations
National Geographic ranked Bosnu i Hercegovina among the 10 best adventure destinations for 2012. Among the destinations that offer excellent rafting, mountaineering, skiing and other adrenaline sports, BiH was named as offering the best mountain biking trails. Three years ago, Lonely Planet declared Bosnia and Herzegovina the state with greatest potential to become the top adventure destination in Eastern Europe.
Sarajevo’s Bascarsija (Old Tow)
The Old Town ‘Bascarsija’ may be hard to pronounce but it is certainly one of the most impressive and charming market centers in the country. Bascarsija has been a trading and meeting place since the 15th century as caravans from Asia minor, Dubrovnik and the west met here to trade their wares.
Mostar’s Stari Most (Old Bridge)
The old bridge is perhaps the finest example of Ottoman ingenuity and Dalmatian masonry in the western Balkans. Not only does this precious stone structure bridge the east and west banks of the emerald Neretva River, it also symbolizes the crossroads of eastern and western civilizations.
Neum – the sunny Adriatic
Although its only a tiny strip of the gorgeous Adriatic, Neum has become a major seaside resort. Ideally located between Split and Dubrovnik and just a short distance to Mostar and Medugorje, Neum is an inexpensive holiday spot for fun and the sun.
The XIV Winter Olympics are long gone, but the slopes still remain, and so does olympic style skiing. Jahorina has made a great comeback as southeast Europe’s best ski resort. Great skiing. Great accommodation. Great fun. All just a short ride from the capital Sarajevo.
This Olympic mountain is also making a steady comeback. It was the site of the men’s slalom and is by far the most challenging ski trails in the country. Off the beaten track are ideal spots for cross country and tour skiing, as well as year round hiking, biking, and village tourism in the ancient highland villages.
In the early 1980’s several teenagers saw a vision of the Virgin Mary. Since then this sleepy Herzegovina village has been transformed into one of the largest Catholic pilgrimages in the world.