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Sandwiched between the countries of Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia, this almost completely landlocked country is often overlooked in favour of alternative holiday destinations.

Commonly visited for skiing, fishing and breath-taking countryside, whilst there is still evidence of the conflicts that blighted the country’s past, the reasons to visit vastly outweigh any negative connotations. In fact, visiting places such as Snipers Nest in Mostar can be interesting and of course, sobering.

Stari Most, the Old Bridge at Mostar is probably the most famed sight to see, but the national parks encompassing stunning waterfalls and endless forests are great to head to with car hire from one of Bosnia’s airports.

Bosnia Tourist Board: The official website for the Bosnian Tourist Office – a useful resource for planning your trip to Bosnia.

Know Before You Go: Travel advice for Bosnia from the FCO.

Things to see and do

    • As mentioned above, visit Stari Most in Mostar. Originally built in the 16th century and reconstructed in 2004, this is one of the most recognisable sights in Bosnia.
    • Go skiing at one of the three most popular resorts, Bjelasnica, Jahorina or Igman.
    • Explore Sarajevo, specifically the Old Town. Home to two cathedrals, one orthodox, one Catholic, you will also find a mosque and a synagogue here too.
    • Kravice Waterfall on the Trebižat River is a fantastic place to come and have a swim. Enjoy the sheer natural beauty on offer.
    • Journey to the 26km long canyon along the Rakitnica River and try your hand at climbing, hiking or fishing.
    • Travel to Neum and sample the delights of the only coastal town in Bosnia.
    • Hike through Sutjeska National Park and scale the highest mountain in the country, Zelagnora Mountain. Watch out for the wildlife too such as bears and wolves.
    • Visit Teslic, well known for the spa Banja Vrućica and close to Liplje Monastery which dates back to the 14th century.
    • Explore the historic city centre of Banja Luka. View the waterfall on the Vrbas River and marvel at the gorgeous landscape.

Festivals and events

    • Lasting for two months, Winter Festival showcases a variety of dance, theatre and music daily in Sarajevo. (February and March)
    • The Kozara Ethno Festival is a celebration of traditional ways of life. (June)
    • For something that suits the whole family, the Kids Festival held in Sarajevo give the little ones the chance to see magic shows, jugglers, dancers and much more.
    • Bascarsija Nights provides performances of everything from ballet to opera, held in Turkish Quarter of Sarajevo. (July)
    • The International Folklore Festival welcomes folk groups from a wide area across Sarajevo. (July)
    • Summer on the Vrbas sees visitors enjoying theatre performances and readings. There are also some sporting events during this time as well including kayaking and rafting. (July)
    • Enjoy the Sarajevo Film Festival and view an assortment of new films in Sarajevo. (August)
    • The Banja Luka Summer Games gives visitors the opportunity to watch music from many acts across the country. (August)
    • Lasting for one week, the International Jazz Festival held annually in Sarajevo shows the best new up and coming jazz acts. (November)

Skiing in Bosnia

There are three main ski resorts in Bosnia- Bjelasnica, Jahorina and Igman- all of which are within 1 hour’s drive of Sarajevo Airport. The ski locations here are well suited to those who are looking for winter sports options in stunning landscapes with purse friendly prices.

The après ski is known for being lively, with Jahorina offering some fantastic food. Ski season usually lasts from mid-December to mid-April. Most of the skiing is at an intermediate level, therefore this will suit those who are looking to ski for the first time and those with a little experience.

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