Bosnia is a new country filled with beautiful sights and lots to do. I may be more biased when talking about it because I do have family that lives here. For those of you that do not know; I was born in Croatia, but most of my family lives in Bosnia and Herzegovina. But nevertheless it is a country filled with rich history and some amazing destinations. I wanted to share some that are near and dear to my heart, so if you ever find your self in these places you have some insight on them.
Prijedor – I was just recently in this city celebrating my grandpas 80th birthday. It is where my dad grew up and that whole side of the family resides. This city is getting renovated more and more each year and you can find more and more to do every time you visit. Although, it is not a vast tourist destination, the summer is filled with locals and tourists from surrounding areas, so if you are looking for a little more of an outgoing experience, that would be the best time to go.
There is a beautiful river called Sana that you can swim in, in the summer and spend all day soaking up the sun. Or put on your walking shoes and head downtown for some shopping, coffee and delicious eats. At night, make sure to hit up the many cafes and clubs that are around town.
Also make sure to visit Kozara National Park. This is probably one of my favorite parts about being in Prijedor and all though it is about a 30 minute drive or so, it is absolutely stunning. I have been in the summer and the fall and I cannot begin to explain how beautiful it is. In the summer it is filled with lush green forest and stunning views. In the fall, the leaves start falling and changing colors and it is just breathtaking. If you go during the winter then you can find yourself in a winter wonderland, accompanied by skiing and snowboarding. There is also a hotel that you can stay at, just make sure you book in advance in the winter because it gets crowded due to the snow sports.
Another great day trip or weekend trip is to go see Banja Luka (about 45 mins out), which is a bigger city filled with a lot more to do. You can spend the day shopping in the center and getting some of the best cevapi (a grilled dish of minced meat, a type of kebab) you will ever have. Banja Luka has some of the best, so if you find yourself there; it is a must! In the summer, you can enjoy many outdoor concerts and all year round a vibrant nightlife.
Bliha Waterfall – about an hour out of Prijedor, is a beautiful waterfall as well. Going in the fall was perfect because there was literally no one there. It is more of a popular spot to go to in the summer. The only downside is you get less of the waterfall vs when you go in the summer, but it is still gorgeous.
Mostar is in the other region of the country called Herzegovina and also my mom’s hometown (I am lucky, I know! I get to have family in the most beautiful places). It is a vibrant city filled with rich history and it is well known for the Stari Most or the Old Bridge in English. The old town is filled with cobbled stone streets, tons of restaurants, and shops. If you are lucky enough, you can even catch the jumping competitions. Mostar’s bridge is a popular spot for divers, but do not try the jump if you are not a skilled diver because it is pretty dangerous.
Now, that is not all Mostar has to offer. It is filled with lots of cafes, restaurants, and shops in the downtown area as well. And the nightlife here is amazing! From underground clubs, to pool clubs, you will be pleasantly surprised with the nightlife scene here.
Blagaj – a tiny village right next to Mostar, is one of the most magical places you will see. It is so uniquely pretty and has tons of restaurants that you can sit and enjoy the river views.
Pocitelj – another village near Mostar that is a great stop for some walking around for an hour or two. The historic urban site is a walled town dating all the way back to the sixteenth century. It is about a 20 minute drive from Mostar, and great spot to get some great views and exercise by climbing to the top.
Kravice Waterfall – a couple hours out of Mostar, you will find a beautiful waterfall. Not only, do you get to see all
I am fortunate enough to have family to visit across the seas, although, I do wish they lived closer so I could visit them more often. But that just makes each visit that much more special and on top of it I always have beautiful places to see.
Do you have family that lives far away from you? Let me know in the comments where in the world they are?
Happy Travels – xoxo Dre ❤