5 reasons why you should visit Bosnia in 2018

The holiday season is almost there. Have you not booked your holiday yet? And are you still wondering where to go this summer?

Well, stop searching. I have the most exciting destination for you: Bosnia and Herzegovina!

In this blog post I will give you 5 reasons why you should visit this country in 2018. And one bonus tip, which makes it even more attractive.

Kravica waterfalls - not a daily swimming spot
Kravica waterfalls – not a daily swimming spot

Undiscovered gem

Ask your friends where they are going on holiday and they probably say to France, Spain, Italy, Croatia and Turkey. In other words: to the crowded tourist destinations.

Travel this summer to Bosnia and Herzegovina and discover this undiscovered and uncrowded beautiful country.

Beautiful Bosnia and Herzegovina
Beautiful Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo and Mostar are the two most popular cities, and of course there are a lot of tourists. But Bosnia has so many more to offer.

Go to Bihac, Banja Luka, Jajce, Tuzla, Gorazde or Visegrad. All of these cities have a beautiful surrounding where you can enjoy a quite and enjoyable holiday.

Active holiday

When going to Bosnia, don’t expect to stay a week in an all-in resort. No, expect an active holiday in which you will see and discover a lot.

You can go on a rafting trip, which I would highly recommend. There are multiple places where you can raft. Personally I have been to the Una National Park and to the Neretva Canyon.

These two rafting trips are absolutely amazing. You will go through amazing nature. During the trip there will also be time to have a swim, which is also necessary during the hot summers in Bosnia.

I took the picture below during the Una rafting trip. The waterfall is called Štrbački buk and the highest one is 20 meter high.

Strbacki buk - Una Nationaal Park
Strbacki buk – Una Nationaal Park

Besides rafting you can also go mountain biking or book a zipline descent. A new zipline will be soon opened in Mostar!

But there are more adventurous thing you can do, such as for example riding a quat. And have you heard about canyoning? No? Well then you should take a look at the Scorpio adventure club website.

Ancient sights

In Bosnia and Herzegovina you will find many sights that are centuries old. Here below I will list my 5 favorite ones which you should really visit!

1. Stari Most – Mostar

Of course, this one is easy. Because of the fact I’m born in Mostar the Stari Most is my favorite ancient attraction. This bridge is so much more than only a bridge. It’s a connector, a symbol and a beauty. You should definitely visit this place!

Stari Most - Mostar
Stari Most – Mostar

2. Počitelj

When you are in Mostar my advise is to visit the old town of Počitelj. This ancient town was built during the Ottoman dominion. What makes this place special in my opinion is the view you have when you climb towards one of the lookout points. The picture below explains what I mean.

Welcome to Pocitelj
Welcome to Pocitelj

3. Castle of Srebrenik

In north Bosnia there is a little town called Srebrenik. And it has a castle that is worth your visit. When you arrive at this place you will see the suspension bridge, which is really cool. You walk over it towards the big doors of the castle.

Castle of Srebrenik
Castle of Srebrenik

4. Castle of Maglaj

This is for sure the most undiscovered ancient sight in this list: the castle of Maglaj. And to be honest: I don’t know why.

I really like the castle of Maglaj. Especially because of the view you have over the city. The castle is also well preserved over the years.

Castle of Maglaj
Castle of Maglaj

I’m not sure, but I think there are performances given. In these shows the actors play how people lived many many years ago. This for example is also done at the castle of Stolac (which is also a lovely place!).

5. Old bridge in Konjic

You can combine a visit to Konjic with a rafting trip, a tour through the atomic bunker Tito built and have a nice cup of coffee and some sweet at the astonishing Old Bridge in Konjic.

Old Bridge in Konjic
Old Bridge in Konjic

Road trip

Go by plane to Bosnia and hire a car, or drive with your own car to this amazing country. Plan a tour through the country and stay at a place for 2 or 3 days. This way you will see the most of the country.

Tasting wine in Herzegovina
Tasting wine in Herzegovina

You will experience the hospitality and kindness of the people. And you will also have the opportunity to taste local food and drinks; such as for example slivovic which I highly recommend 😉

Bonus tip

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a not expansive country to visit. Prices for food, drinks and overnight stays are highest in the big cities such as Sarajevo and Mostar.

But compared to other countries, Bosnia is really cheap. You will enjoy it!

So these are 5 reasons why you should visit Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018. I am curious: have you been in Bosnia or are you planning a trip to this lovely country? Tell me below in the comments.

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