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5 Most Unique Experiences In Bosnia

 

Most people have only heard of Bosnia and Herzegovina because of the terrible events of the Bosnian War in the 1990s. However, today Bosnia is a peaceful country rich in history and natural wonders.

Traveling to Bosnia is becoming more and more popular every year. There are many amazing attractions in Bosnia, and any visitor will have a wonderful time.

Here are just 5 of the unique experiences you can enjoy on your travel to Bosnia.

 

#1. Swim in Kravica Waterfall

The Kravica Waterfall is a picturesque cascade on the Trebizat River 25 miles south of Mostar. The lake below the waterfall has a radius of 390 feet, and the cascade along its shore falls 80 feet. This beautiful natural wonder is a popular picnic and swimming location.

The fall is at its best during the springtime when melting snow upriver causes a surge in the water levels. But more visitors come during the summer when the weather is perfect for swimming and water sports. You can come here to swim or visit simply to admire the beauty of nature.

Kravica Waterfall also features a pretty grotto, an old mill, a picnic area, and a small café. The site is so popular locally that people from neighboring Croatia come here on their Bosnia travel day trips.

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#2. Jump off a bridge in Mostar

Mostar is a beautiful old town in Herzegovina with cobblestone streets, bazaars, and a famous bridge. This beautiful example of Balkan Islamic architecture was originally constructed in 1557. Sadly, it was destroyed during the war in 1993. However, it has been rebuilt and opened again in 2004. It is one of the most famous landmarks in Bosnia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The apex of the bridge’s arch is almost 79 feet above the river, so it’s a pretty scary jump from the top. Some of the locals now make a living getting tourists who travel to Bosnia to sponsor them to make the leap. And in late September every year, Mostar hosts the Red Bull Bridge Diving Competition. This is the most popular sporting event in Mostar!

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3. Hike the Via Dinarica Trail

The Via Dinarica trail is a 1,200-mile-long hiking and biking trail connecting the countries of the Western Balkans. The project of constructing the trail began in Bosnia in 2010 with the aim of promoting travel to Bosnia. Now the trail connects Albania, Kosovo, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, and North Macedonia. If you’re a famous walker, you can opt to do the whole route. However, most hikers will select short segments of the route to admire Bosnia’s natural beauty.

The oldest part of the trail connects Sutjeska National Park in Bosnia to Durmitor National Park in Montenegro. This part of the hike climbs up to the summit of Maglic, Bosnia’s highest mountain at an elevation of 7,828 feet. Maglic features two peaks of Karst limestone and a glacial lake.

Other highlights of this hiking trail include the natural stone arch at Hajducka Vrata and Bjelasnica Mountain just south of Sarajevo. On the slopes of Bjelasnica, you’ll find Lukomir, one of the most remote villages in Bosnia and the highest settlement in the country at an elevation of 4,905 feet.

The picturesque stone cottages in Lukomir are topped with wooden shingles. While you’re there, buy a homemade burek. This is a traditional meat-filled pastry with a flaky crust.

Along the trail, watch out for warning signs about minefields and other potential hazards left over from the war. The immediate area around the trail has been cleared, but if you wander off you’re taking a risk!

If you’re headed deep into one of the national parks along the trail during the summer, take along a good-quality screen tent to protect you from insects during overnight stays. For Bosnia travel in winter, carry a waterproof backpack in case of heavy showers while you’re hiking.

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#4. Taste wine in Trebinje

You might not associate wine tasting with Bosnia travel, but the south of the country boasts many family-owned vineyards and even some award-winning wineries.

A great example is Tvrdos Monastery. The monastery is believed to have been founded by Constantine the Great in the 4th century, but sadly its original buildings were destroyed by the Venetians in 1694 during the Turkish-Venetian War. The 15th-century wine cellar is still in use today, but the current church dates from the 18th century. Having said that, the monastery is still very picturesque.

Tvrdos Monastery has won multiple international awards for its popular wines, including awards from Vienna, Dusseldorf, London, and New York. If you visit the monastery, you’ll be taken on a tour of their ancient wine cellars and given the opportunity to sample some of their award-winning vintages.

If you visit the region in the fall, when the grape harvest is coming in, watch out for the opportunity to sample some fresh grapes. Grapes just removed from the vine are much more succulent and tastier than shop-bought grapes.

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#5. Drink Bosnian coffee

During your Bosnia travel, you must take the time to sample Bosnian coffee. It looks a little like Turkish coffee, but any local will tell you vociferously that it’s not the same at all.

The best place to sample Bosnian coffee is in the capital, and specifically in Bascarsija, the old part of Sarajevo. In Bascarsija you’ll see men grinding coffee beans by hand with a mortar and pestle, coppersmiths making the traditional Bosnian coffee sets, and cafés where you can sample the finished product.

Bosnian coffee is traditionally served on a tray in dzezva, which is a hand-engraved copper coffee pot. On the tray, you’ll also find a bowl of sugar cubes and tiny coffee cups. Most cafés serve rahat lokum with coffee. This local sweet is sweet jelly cubes rolled in sesame seeds.

And while you’re in Bascarsija, consider buying yourself a copper coffee set. It will make a unique, hand-crafted souvenir of your travel to Bosnia.

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