Bosnia is a destination that has somehow remained relatively off the beaten path and unexplored, despite the overwhelming popularity of neighbouring Croatia. There is much to the offer to those who include Bosnia on their Balkans itinerary.
With the international border located less than an hour away from top tourist spots like Kotor, Dubrovnik, and Montenegro, a road trip to Bosnia is an amazing idea to think of: think centuries-old ruins, lush rolling hills, towering waterfalls pooling into jade-green lakes, and historic cities. Oh, and if all that’s not enough to tempt you to visit this country, you’ll be glad to know it’s also shockingly easy on the pockets by European standards.
Here are the best places to visit in Bosnia from north to south of the country.
Start your trip to Bosnia from Una National Park which is also known as Nacionalni Park Una. It hugs the border of Croatia less than a 90-minute drive away from the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Una National Park is one of the most biodiverse regions in the Balkans as it was established in 2008 aiming to preserve the Unac, Krka, and Upper Una rivers, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and archaeological sites.
Štrbački buk is a stunning 25-metre high terraced waterfall that is surrounded by viewing platforms where crystal clear water cascades into the swirling pools below. It is undoubtedly the highlight of a visit to Una National Park. This gem of Bosnia is the crown jewel of the entire park as it is so spectacular that it manages to put Plitvice to shame.
But that’s not all folks! There are many other tourist attractions to explore in this region, including the stunning Milancev Buk waterfall, the Sultan Ahmed I Mosque in historic Kulen Vakuf, the Serbian-Orthodox Rmanj Monastery dedicated to Saint Nicolas which has been declared a national monument, and a network of walking trails linking the picturesque Japod Islands.
After witnessing the alluring beauty of charming Banja Luka, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that you’ll think you just arrived in Instagram heaven. With an intricate facade of the grand Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, a pretty river meandering by, and a rainbow-hued display of umbrellas suspended over the main shopping street Gospodska, Banja Luka will surely leave you speechless.
The second-largest city in Bosnia after Sarajevo, Banja Luka is the perfect place to set up your base for a few nights to go for day trips around Bosnia. With more than 1,000 cafes and bars, for just 200-thousand residents, Banja Luka is known around the world for its cafe culture. It is the kind of place that will make you want to simply sit back, relax and watch the world go by.
There are plenty of things to do to keep those keen to pound the pavement entertained like heading inside the Orthodox cathedral to gaze at its massive, dazzling chandelier, admiring the Ottoman architecture of the Ferhadija Mosque, and exploring the medieval Kastel Fortress which stands strong on the riverbank.
With a picturesque walled city, the Bosnia road trip continues. Jajce is home to a fascinating spectacle Pliva Waterfall that is incredibly nestled right in the middle of the town.
The 17 metres high Pliva Waterfall could rival Niagara Falls as the torrent of water created from the confluence of two rivers hammer down into a turquoise blue pool with force. This phenomenon can only be experienced best by standing on the viewing platform, but be sure to keep those expensive cameras covered as the spray will absolutely soak you in water.
Thanks to the nearby Pliva Lakes, Jajce also has plenty to offer in the outdoor adventure department.
With lush green hills, plenty of campsites, and family-friendly activities and surroundings like serene, emerald-toned waters that are perfect for fishing, swimming, and boat rides, this place is a popular spot for a summer getaway.
Don’t forget to check out the whimsical old wooden watermills, which were believed to be constructed during the middle ages and were originally used by local farmers.
If you still aren’t satisfied after witnessing the waterfall in Jajce, then be sure to chase the waterfall of Kravice. It’s here you’ll find the Kravice Falls that is also known as Kravica Waterfalls, which are counted in the list of one of the best things to see in Bosnia.
It’s totally worth spending a whole sun-soaked day at this stunning spot along the Trebižat river, where a row of around two dozen falls dramatically plunge 25 metres off a limestone base down into deep emerald pools. The scene is absolutely awe-inspiring, as a thick layer of moss, poplars, and figs frame the spectacle which is best enjoyed from taking a boat ride, or from one of the surrounding walking trails or even swimming right up to them.
The Kravice Falls remain open to tourists from May to October, and there are restaurants and washroom facilities on site.
The last destination on your Bosnia road trip is as fascinating as it gets: the tinsy little village of Pocitelj which goes back to at least the Middle Ages and is under consideration to be regarded as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Built abruptly into the hillside opposite the tranquil river Neretva, Pocitelj is fortified with thick walls of rock, and the small homes and stalls made by wood selling traditional handcrafted goods are linked with winding stone staircases.
Historic Pocitelj is popular for its gorgeous architecture influenced by its Turkish past which includes an impressive fortress, minarets marking the mosque below, and a clock tower making it feel like the kind of place where stands still.
Here, we finish the list of the best places to visit in Bosnia but before you start dreaming about a road trip to the country and start packing, visit Adotrip.com and plan your vacation hassle-free using our AI circuit planner tool. You can also book the most economical flight tickets, hotels, and fun-packed tours across the globe. With us, nothing is far!
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