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I have seen many beautiful waterfalls in my time, but I have never seen anything comparable to the Kravica falls. These are the most beautiful waterfalls I have seen in my life. The water rushes over a semicircle of cliffs into a smaragd-green pond, and from here continues as the peaceful river Trebizat. There are several viewing points accessible, and you can get very close to the falls (but expect to get wet). At the base of the waterfalls is a small cafe with great views on the falls and the river.
Updated May 13, 2011
This is just an itinerary suggestion, based on my experience in Bosnia & Herzegowina.
Sarajevo is quite compact - it is easily possible to see the main sights in one day. I would however recommend to stay at least two full days, as the city has a very friendly vibe. This would also allow for a themed guided tour, I especially recommend the "wartime tours" to get a better understanding of Bosnia`s recent history.
As several interesting daytrips from Sarajevo are possible (to Lukomir highland village, Kraljeva Sutjeska monastery or Sutjeska National Park), the stay in Sarajevo could even be extended. I recommend to consult the timetable of the tour operators early before your trip, as they usually don`t run on a daily basis. The "Green Visions"-website is a good source of information for that. From what I heard, Lukomir and Sutjeska are not accessible in winter, so summer would be the best time to see these places.
Mostar would be the next logical destination. Mostar is in itself a very worthwhile destination, but also a good base for daytrips to other attractions of Hercegowina. As with Sarajevo, the oldtown is small but has a great vibe so you might be inclined to stay even after you have seen all the sights. Plan in a full day for Mostar, and at least 1-2 more for the area around Mostar.
Many attractions of the Hercegowina region are in close proximity to Mostar, but only accessible by car. A car rental for 1-2 days is very worthwhile here. It is possible to see Medjurgorje, Kravica waterfalls, Hutovo Nature reserve, Pocitelj and Blagaj in one day. On the next day, a visit to Stolac and Trebinje would be possible.
To conclude your trip, either go back to Sarajevo (2-3 hours by bus from Mostar) or rather push ahead to Croatia (Dubrovnik or Split) and return home from here.
Updated May 12, 2011
At Sarajevo-Mostar road we passed near this small and cute village. (It is also on the Silk road) We climbed to the mosque. I would like to climb more for the castle.
Hajji Alija mosque was first builded at 1563. It was renovated time to time. Croatians destroyed totaly and rebuilded again at 1993.
Updated Jun 30, 2010
First Anatolian Dervish lived here and builded a tekke(lodge). (1446) It is just near the Blagaj natural spring.(It's capacity is too much.) You may stay for a break and visit his house, sepulcher and the shop.
Updated Jun 30, 2010
Ready to give up smoking? Don't do it when you are down here. Indulge in almost free smoking (packs under 1 Euro) almost anywhere you want to. 95 % of the population will join you, especially in all bars and restaurants. Thanks to Sarajevo Tobacco Factory (Bosnian: Fabrika duhana Sarajevo or FDS), probably second in size only to Bosnian Telecom, cigarettes are good and cheap.
Written Sep 15, 2009
This country is famous for its pure abundant water sources. This goes for tap water and mineral water. Good water is also required to produce good beer!
My favorites are Sarajevsko Kiseljak water and Nektar beer from Banja Luka with Sarajevsko Pivo a very close second.
Updated Sep 15, 2009
Bosnians like it good and simple. And what could be better and simpler, than a quality meal consisting of, well, quality roasted meat? The roads in Bosnia are lined with barbecue restaurants with big revolving spits with roasted lamb. In some Christian areas this might also be a pig. Highest density is in Cental Bosnia and along the scenic route from Sarajevo to the sea along Jablanicko Lake.
Written Sep 15, 2009
This country must have the most barbecue restaurants per person and also square kilometer. The classic dish is of the course the "cevape" consisting of an always secret mix of minced beaf, lamb and spices. Usually served as servings of 5, 7 or 10, with chopped onions and homemade bread. In Central Bosnia you will find special cevape restaurants full of people eating nothing but cevape from metal plates in an almost meditative atmosphere. Do not ask for a side salad, unless you want to be regarded as a wannabe weakling vegetarian. No alcohol served normally. Favorite drink in these places is yogurt.
Written Sep 15, 2009
Address: e.g. Beslic Cevapcinica or Kod Seje in Zenica
We are stayed in Jajce and our hostess suggested us visit Pliva lake ,and to see there old water mills about 10-12 staying still and Pliva river's water streaming through. You could see it in picture ,but indeed really view was much more impressive
Updated Jun 26, 2009
Address: Pliva lake just few kilometers from Jajce
The trip to Mostar from Sarajevo is a very scenic bus journey along a gorge containing the very green Neretva river and over the Bjelasnica mountains into Mostar.
Mostar town itself was great, a very lively market town with the famous re-built bridge that locals dive off. Easy to spend a few hours in a nearby bar watching these brave folk. Mostar has a large selection of accommodation, eating and drinking places along with local markets and shops.
The town still seems divided politically, the river Neretva provides a logical or illogical break point between the Bosniaks and Croats. This town was the most heavily bombed during the war around 1993.
Aside from the many sites in the town, the Catholic pilgrimage site of Meðugorje is also nearby (25kms).
I highly recommend a visit to this town.
Written Feb 28, 2009
Address: Herzegovina-Neretva Canton
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