Bosnia and Herzegovina — Things to Do
Some of the wonders of Bosnia and Herzegovina have been fractured and damaged by conflict, but the surviving attractions will make you forget a war ever happened. The lively urban hubs have plenty to offer the cosmopolitan traveler. Sarajevo’s Bascarsija district, for example, is best known for its Turkish cafés and trinket shops. History buffs will enjoy the emblematic Ottoman bridge, which best symbolizes the rise of a new Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Beyond the towering minarets and mosques, cobblestone streets and city life of Sarajevo are opportunities for expeditions around the most beautiful mountain and river destinations in the country. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of things to do between rafting, kayaking, fly fishing and canyoning tours. The mountains of Bjelasnica, Jahorina, and Igman are littered with ski resorts and challenging trails, not only for winter explorations, but for summer treks, as well.
The Neretva River is the most popular place for water sports in Bosnia and Herzegovina and offers all kinds of extreme adventures, most notably rafting. Equally beautiful river areas like the Drina, Una and Tara are also worth a trip. Whitewater rafting is best on the Krivaja River, while shorter courses can be found on the Sana and Vrbas rivers. Una Regatta Sport Bijeli is the guide to turn to for packages, whether you are traveling with friends, family or getting wet and wild on your own.
Canyoning is another popular way to satisfy your craving for adrenaline. Rakitnica Canyon has excellent routes and the most extreme courses can be found around the beautiful Bjela River. Scorpio Outdoors and Adventure Agency offers year-round canyoning tours along with other adventure persuits like rock climbing, skiing, hiking, and mountain biking.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a popular eco-tourism destination that can be explored by small group bus trips through Balkan Road Trip. Fishing tours are also available and are especially popular with fly fishing enthusiasts. Plaza Dzajica buk specializes in water-based recreation including whitewater rafting and hunting.
Winter sports are easy to find in the mountainous Bosnia and Herzegovina. In fact, skiing is one of the most popular activities. Bijelasnica and Viscocica mountains have exceptional resorts and facilities, along with beautiful mountain towns around Sarajevo. Scorpio offers active ski adventures and mountain packages.
Hiking trails around the country rival those around the world. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s mountain regions are known for their rugged and stunning scenery. Be sure to visit the sprawling Sutjeska National Park where Mountain Travel Sobek offers treks.
City tours are also worthwhile, whether you want a pilgrimage or simple sightseeing to some of the most historic spots in the country. The capital is a good base and Sarajevo Discovery offers plenty of options.