WHY TO VISIT BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
The Bosnian population, although they may have differences on religion and origin are in agreement on one particular aspect: They are Bosnian and patriots.
This cultural diversity is their greatest advantage in the current tourism market. Major religions are anchored in this population. The Croats brought Christianity, the Bosnians have stayed Muslim and the Serbs have always been orthodox. These religions showed their importance through the places of worship that were repaired in priority after the war as, after being a patriot, a Bosnian is also a person of faith.
Therefore, through the renovations completed by the population, the traces of various civilisations are still present in Bosnia. Sarajevo, the Capital, is a perfect example with its Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Bosnian style buildings.
Apart from these monuments, the nature reserves enable the observation of migrating birds. The reserves of Hutovo Blato, in the Néum, and those of Kozara, at the Banja Luka axe, Prijedor, are the favourite sites for admiring the birds’ flight and nature itself in an unsurpassed manner.
Bosnia has also become the Promised Land for extreme sports with the advent of rafting. With the arrival of parachuting and hang-gliding enthusiasts, Bosnia has shown itself to have some superb sites for this type of sport.
Rafting is very practical on the Una, at Bihaç which is two hours to the north of Zagreb. Next to Sarajevo there are two other perfect sites, Neretva and Rakitnica, a little to the south of the city. In winter however, rafting gives way to skiing: The ski stations at Babin Do, Jahorina and Vlasiç welcome those who enjoy downhill skiing.
Tourism operators are specialised in the creation of custom tours for extreme sports enthusiasts in Bosnia. They offer climbing, hiking along the Bogomil necropolises route at Bjelasnica etc….
WHAT TO SEE IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Top destinations in Bosnia-Herzegovina are:
- Sutjeska National Park
- Banja Luka
WHEN TO GO TO BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Weather in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Best period to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina is from May to September.
For a relatively compact country, Bosnia-Herzegovina has several microclimates, worth considering when deciding the best time to visit. Herzegovina is marked by temperate weather patterns of the Adriatic Sea further west, while the rugged mountains in the east give the region a decidedly alpine feel. Spring typically enjoys the most pleasant temperatures, with warm days that are not overly humid and cool nights. Autumn sees fewer crowds, while the winter months offer excellent – and relatively inexpensive – skiing possibilities.
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Bosnia Herzegovina
- February–mid-March: Sarajevo Winter. Arts festival.
- April: The Belgrade Marathon. The Belgrade Marathon is Serbia's biggest sports events. www.bgdmarathon.org
- Late June (2 days): Mostar Summer Fest. Open-air music festival featuring local rock bands.
- First half of July: Exit music festival. Exit takes place at the Petrovaradin Fortress, located on the right bank of the river Danube in Novi Sad. It is consider one of the Best European music festivals.
- July: Belgrade Boat Carnival. Belgrade boat fiesta is a unique carnival that celebrates the city's two rivers.
- July (all month): Baščaršija Nights, Sarajevo. Summer arts festival.
- July: Old Bridge Dives, Mostar. Diving competition off the Old Bridge.
- July: International Folklore Festival, Sarajevo. Folk dancing.
- July-August: Belgrade Summer Festival BELEF. BELEF festival combines 4 large artistic fields: theatre, artistic dances, visual arts and music. It is consider the most important summer cultural happening in Belgrade.
- August: Sarajevo Film Festival
- August: Guča Trumpet Festival. Trumpet Festival is the village of Gucha in the Dragacevo district and it is most famous Folk Festival in Serbia and in the region. It gathers 50 brass bands from Serbia and abroad.
- Second half of August: Belgrade Beer Fest. Beer Fest takes place at Usce Park, in New Belgrade. Entrance free of charge, miscellaneous music program and wide range of foreign and domestic beer brands usually attracts over 500,000 people.
- September: Mostar Blues & Rock Festival
- October: International Theater Festival ("MESS"), Sarajevo
- Second half of October: Belgrade Music Festival – BEMUS. The oldest and the most prominent music festival in Serbia and one of the most distinctive classical music festivals in the South-Eastern Europe.
- Second half of October: Belgrade Jazz Festival. It is most prominent jazz music festival in Serbia with tradition that last more than twenty years.
- November: Sarajevo Jazz Fest
HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
by plane, main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
country entry requirements: for not EU nationals, passport + visa
health tips & vaccination: Avoid eating raw or semi-cooked food. No specifica vaccination needed.
local currency: Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark
local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)
electricity: type C and F (230 V - 50 Hz)
mobile phone operators:
WHAT TO DO IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
typical food in Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Jagnjetina: Flame-grilled lamb or mutton.
- Bosanskilonac: Meat stew cooked on an open fire.
- Cevapcici: Small sausages made from a lamb and beef mix.
- Burek: Meat or cheese pie made with filo pastry.
- Baklava: Sweet nuts and honey in pastry.
- BegovaČorba: Meaning 'Bey's stew', this widely eaten Bosnian soup contains meat and vegetables.
- Filovane paprika: Fried bell peppers filled with minced meat.
- Raštika: Meat and rice rolled in kale leaves.
- Pilav: Rice browned in oil, and then cooked in a seasoned broth, served with various meats and vegetables
- Rakija: Bosnia's take on the potent cocktail usually derived from plum or apple.
souvenirs from Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Intricate embroidery
- Handmade carpets
- Brass coffee pots
- Woollen wear
- Local wine.
How are you?: Kako si?
Thank you: Hvala ti
What is your name?: Kako se zoves?
How much is it?: Koliko košta?