Saturday, 4 March 2017

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: Inescapable Sarajevo And The Surroundings

After the war devastations of the 1990s, Sarajevo was frequently visited as a site of dark tourism. However, throughout recent years, a happier story is emerging in the tourist offer of our beautiful capital: one of diversity, art, culture, great food, proud defiance and, unavoidably, deliberate sips of Bosnian coffee.

B&H is visited by more tourists each year, and there has been significant growth in overnight stays as well as number of lodging facilities recorded in Sarajevo.

The list of reasons as to why Sarajevo is once again one of the most desirable tourist destinations in Europe goes on: rich natural and historic resources, the mountains surrounding it, quality events and acclaimed festivals, and finally the warm-heartedness of the people.

It is without a shadow of a doubt that we say Sarajevo is city with an amiable soul at its core, and one worth experiencing. Be a part of this and let Feel Bosnia make your experience of Sarajevo an unforgettable one!

Winter is the perfect time for exploring snowy wonderlands filled with warm cafés and, according to The Guardian, Sarajevo is one of them! The renowned newspaper states:

"In this cruel world, Sarajevo is a reminder that bad things can turn out better."

The article lists the restored town hall, Svrzo's House and the Tunnel Museum, as well as a visit to Bjelašnica and Jahorina as top recommendations for tourists in Sarajevo.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the last undiscovered regions of the southern Alps. Vast tracks of wild and untouched nature make it an ideal holiday destination for adventurers and nature lovers alike.

The central Dinaric Alps are a hikers and walkers paradise. Enchanted by both Mediterranean and Alpine climates, the range of diverse landscapes will stun and amaze you.

Whitewater rafting has become practically a national pastime with three adrenaline pumping rivers: Una in the Northwest, Neretva in Herzegovina and the deepest river canyon in Europe – the unforgettable Tara River near Sutjeska National Park.

Jahorina and Bjelasnica Mountains once hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. Now they host a new generation of skiers and snow-lovers, hitting the slopes with Olympic quality skiing without the outlandish prices and long waiting. Come discover southeast Europe’s most exciting ski destination!

It is nearly impossible to decipher the many mystical influences that have merged on this tiny Balkan country.

What is known is that man has settled these pristine lands for over 10,000 years and has seen the likes of the indigenous pagan Illyrian and Thracian tribes, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, and later Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian invaders.

All of these cultures have left a remarkable piece of their beliefs and rituals that has melded this country into one of the most religiously diverse nations in Europe. It is here that Christianity and Islam from the east has met and mingled with Christianity and Judaism from the West.

Kozara was proclaimed a protected national forest in 1967. Situated between the rivers Una, Sava, Sana and Vrbas, these 3,375 hectares of dense forest and hilly meadows have earned the nickname 'Green Beauty of Krajina'.

Kozara is a popular hunting ground, with a large 18,000-hectare area of the park open to regulated hunting of deer, pheasants, fox, boars, wild hare, and ducks.

A smaller part of the park is designated for nature lovers. Walking, hiking, biking and herb picking are among the many activities in Kozara.

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