Bosnia – 3 of the Best Places to Visit in the Country
Despite its rugged mountains, the Dinaric Alps’ snow-capped peaks, the beautiful Una River, and towns like Mostar and Stolac, where a plethora of other architectural styles collided in the ancient streets, Bosnia remains a somewhat road-less-travelled corner of Europe. So don’t let that be the case for you as well, every place in Bosnia is packed with beautiful sights, however, a few stand out even more so.
Jahorina, home to Bosnia’s best-loved ski field and a former Winter Olympic host, draws snow lovers and summer hikers alike to its high perch amidst the pine-spotted upper levels of the Dinaric Alps.
Of course, most visitors come here for the lifts and pistes, which include ten chairs and a planned gondola that will serve 30 kilometres of groomed alpine runs. With the hunting lodges and prehistoric wonders of the Orlovaca cave system nearby, as well as the pretty town of Pale beckoning from the valley below, Jahorina isn’t just for its breathtaking snowy views.
Over the years, Sarajevo has become a bustling, bubbling, and surprising European capital that’s now heading full throttle into the modern age. The city’s districts still have memorials to the fallen from the tumultuous conflicts of the 1990s, but there’s newfound confidence flowing through the central streets, one that embodies hope for a bright future.
Consider striking mosques looming over outdoor beer bars, aromatic Turkic restaurants dotting enchanting bazaars, lovely city parks, and arched stone bridges, plus modern art museums, jazz festivals, and more.
Mostar, one of the Balkan Peninsula’s undisputed jewels, oozes Bosnian history from every nook and cranny. The arched Old Bridge that spans the Neretva in the town’s heart, now meticulously reconstructed after destruction during the Croat–Bosniak conflict and a bearer of the coveted UNESCO tag, has to be the piece de resistance. Mostar incorporates Dalmatian buildings, Franciscan churches, oriental designs and arabesque mosques into a single glorious aesthetic all around this stone masterpiece.