Coastal tourism

Coastal town of Neum has the largest number of sunny days a year in Bosnia and Herzegovina – 240. It is located on the South Adriatic coast and is located in the triangle of regional tourist center Makarska-Mostar-Dubrovnik. The climate is Mediterranean.

Thanks to the peninsulas Peljesac and Klek that protect the bay around the Bosnian coastal town of Neum, the sea is very calm and clean.

Neum also owns numerous hotel facilities and accommodation, and all prices are much lower than in neighboring countries.

In addition to the facilities of the hotel, guests are offered the excursion by bus and boat trips to nearby tourist places (Mostar, Medjugorje, Hutovo Blato and Dubrovnik) with respect to the Neum located near these cities.

For guests who want an active vacation, Neum offers sports facilities for football, volleyball or basketball, and of water sports available are skiing, surfing, riding scooters and speedboats.

The event “Neum Summer”, which lasts throughout the tourist season, offers tourists a numerous cultural and entertainment events (folklore evenings, visits to museums and galleries, literary evenings, folk fest, etc.).

Spa tourism

 

Banja Ilidža

Banja Ilidža is located in the Sarajevo valley at the foot of Mount Igman near the source of the river Bosnia. The first traces of using sulfurous – oligo mineral water date back to the Roman times. Today health resort “Spa Terme – Ilidža” offers services in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as space for group and individual exercises.

Banja Slatina

Thermal waters of Banja Slatina in Banja Luka are used since ancient times, and the construction of the spa facility and the use of water for healing medical purposes began in the Austro – Hungarian Empire, after scientific research of thermal waters in 1888. Water Banja Slatina has a beneficial effect on rheumatism, consequences of trauma, certain forms of sterility, in the treatment of hypertension and diseases of the blood vessels.

Banja Vrućica

Banja Vrućica in Teslić is known for its use of healing thermal mineral water from the period of Austro-Hungarian rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and today it is well known natural spa, conference, sports and recreational and tourist manifestation center. The healing waters of the spa successfully treats cardiovascular diseases, rheumatism, stomach disease, diabetes, enhances and accelerates the process of rehabilitation, helps to maintain healthy and promote fitness, neurosis and neuralgia.

Fojnica

Banja Reumal in Fojnica is known for its healing thermal springs since ancient times, and in 1919 it is scientifically proven the existence of radioactive thermal water. Today’s spas Reumal equipped with modern specialized institution for the rehabilitation of the locomotor system, kardiorehabilitaciju, child rehabilitation, recreation, active holidays and programmed sport activities.

Vilina Vlas

Since Roman times Vilina Vlas near Višegrad has been known by geothermal waters that have radioactive and carbonate characteristics. Visegrad spa water is used for treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of all ages.

Spa Mlječanica

Spa Mlječanica in Kozarska Dubica has been known for centuries for its healing waters. Mlječanica is located in the beautiful natural landscape on the slopes of Mount Kozara. Although the basis of its therapy is mineral water, today it apply modern methods ljiječenja and rehabilitation.

Banja Dvorovi

Dvorovi is located in the heart of Semberija in Bijeljina.It was built in 1957. after theaccidental discovery of the healing mineral waters after drilling for the purposes of oil exploration. Healing water of spa Dvorovi is used for bathing in hot tubs and swimming pools (hydrotherapy), for drinking, for inhalations and for underwater shower massages. This spa is known for the treatment of all forms of rheumatic diseases, gynecological diseases, diabetes and some types of skin diseases.

Laktaši

Laktaši is known for its healing waters since antiquity and modern development of the spa resources begins in 1930s. Spa water is used for treating diseases of the locomotor system, cardiovascular diseases, eye diseases, nerve disorders, for the treatment of geriatric diseases, and recreation and tourism purposes.

Gradačac

Center for Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Spa Treatment “Ilidža” in Gradačac was built in 1980. The natural thermal mineral water is used for treatment of rheumatic and neurological diseases, metabolic diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system.

Olovo

The healing thermal mineral water spa in Olovo is known since ancient times, and today the spa and recreation center “Aquaterm” offers the services of hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, sonotherapy, magnetic therapy, thermotherapy, massage and physical training.

Gata

Thermal resort Gata is used since the 80s after medical characteristics of water are discovered. Health resort provides thermotherapy, hydrotherapy and kinesiotherapy.

 

Religious tourism

Due to its centuries rich history Bosnia is a place of encounter and coexistence of different nations.

Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, due to its religious diversity is known as the “European Jerusalem”. Sarajevo is the seat of the Muslim religious leader, Reis-ul-Ulema, DB diocese of the Orthodox Church and the seat of the archbishopric Roman Catholic Church in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The most important religious buildings in Sarajevo are located in the city center at a distance of several hundred meters – Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque, the Orthodox Cathedral, the Catholic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, as well as the Sarajevo synagogue.

The most visited sanctuary, and the most attractive destination in the area of religious tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Međugorje – Our Lady’s apparitions place located 25 km from Mostar. Since 1981, when a group of young people witnessed the apparition of Our Lady, this place is being visited by at least one million pilgrims during the year.

Apart from Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most popular destination at the map of religious tourism is Ajvatovica – the largest pilgrimage of Muslims in Europe, where for 500 years the pilgrims gather. Ajvatovica is located in Prusac town between Bugojno and Donji Vakuf. For Ajvatovica is a legend of the mystical event in the life of Ajvaz- grandfather who was in Bosnia and Herzegovina came in the 15th century. Start gathering is determined every seventh Monday after St. George, and not according to Hijri calendar, which indicates a connection to Bogomil prayers for rain and crop protection.

Tekke on the Buna in Blagaj was founded after the fall of Herzegovina under the Turkish rule in the 15th century and is a place where dervishes perform a special ritual – zikir – the worship of God. Tekke was built near the springs of the Buna River, the strongest karst springs on the territory of Europe with an average annual water flow of 43 m³ per second. In Tekke Dervish ceremoniesare organized once a week, and every year in the month of May a religious event mevlud is organized that is attended by thousands of visitors.

One of the most important monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church is Tvrdoš dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin and the seat of Herzegovinian bishops and metropolitans. The monastery is located near Trebinje. For monastery Tvrdoš bind three different versions of creation. According to tradition, the first established by the holy Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena, to the second, King Milutin, according to the third legend, the monastery was built by Duke Stephen. The monks Tvrdoš produce wine and honey superior quality.

One of the must-see destination for religious tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Žitomislić Monastery dedicated to the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin, which is located near Mostar, between Pocitelj and Buna. Žitomislić Monastery represents and culturally important Orthodox monastery Herzegovina from the 16th century. The monastery was demolished during last war and today is again restored.

Adventure tourism

Thanks to its natural resources, mountains, canyons and rivers, Bosnia and Herzegovina has ideal conditions for the development of adventure tourism. Adventure tourism offers a combination of mountain biking, rafting, paragliding, parachuting, horseback riding, relaxation and sightseeing of natural beauty.

Mountains Bjelašnica, Igman, Jahorina, Treskavica, Romanija, Prenj, Čvrsnica, Zelengora, Velež, Vranica and Ozren offer the posibilities of camping, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding and skydiving, and the rivers Tara, Una, Neretva and Vrbas provide conditions for rafting and kayaking. Vrbas River hosted the World Rafting Championships in 2009 and European Championship in kayak and canoe in 2011. In 2012 a “National Geographic Traveler” as the best tour recommended rafting on Tara, Neretva and Vrbas.

Mountain biking fans can enjoy rides through beautiful forests and hiking trails on Mount Trebević, Ozren, Igman, Bjelašnica, Visočica, Velež, Vranica, Vlašić, Zvijezda, Jahorina, Romanija, Treskavica, Bitovnja, Zelengora and Majevica.
A lot of camps offer stay in a beautiful and unspoilt nature, in a place next to the lake, river or the mountain offers a lot of camps in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Tourist settlement “Ada” in Ustikolina, Aduna camp “Orljani” camp “White” and “Una rafting Kiro”near Bihać, Tourist center”Balkan” near Mrkonjić Grad, camping”Brštanovica”,”Tara – Raft “, “Sastavci “and” Montings “near Foča, „Eco – center” Ljekarice”near Prijedor, camp”Mlinska Rijeka” at Čelinca, camping “Oaza” near Konjic, hotel complex and camping “Oaza” near Sarajevo, camp “Ontario” near Lukavac, camp “Orlovo jezero” near Petrovo, camp “Ramska kuća” near Prozor, camp “Scorpio” near Zenica, three camps in the National park Sutjeska: Tjentište, Suha gora i Orlovačko jezero, camp “Unis ishrana” on Boračko lake, camp “Zebed” near Gradačac, camp “Zelengora” near Jablanica and camp “Zemo” near Međugorje and camping “Pliva lake” near Jajce.

In recent years, there are more fans of paragliding in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as tourists seeking this type of adventure under the Bosnian sky. Every year meetings and paragliding competitions are organized in paragliding flights.

Eco and ethno tourism

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a lot of isolated, but very hospitable villages. The optimal altitude, dense forests, meadows, streams with lakes and chasms, caves, rock massifs and high quality air in our villages offer tourists excellent conditions for hiking, hunting, fishing, hiking, climbing, caving, skiing, picking mushrooms and herbs.

Lukomir village is located 50 km southwest of Sarajevo at an altitude of 1495m on mountain Bjelašnica, making it the highest village in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where you can meet a dozen villagers who live in stone houses. During the long and harsh winter from late November to late April villagers are isolated from the rest of the world because the snow buries roads, and the only access Lukomir is impassable.

Ethno Bey’s village is located in a protected area of the nature reserve Bijambare and offers services of rest and recreation. The altitude is 1040 meters and is 500 meters from the main road Sarajevo – Tuzla. Ethno Bey’s Village, next to the Bosnian cuisine and offers horseback riding, bicycle rental, photo safari, rafting on Krivaja river, yoga, massage, possibility of visiting Bijambare cave, etc.

Ethno – village Herceg is located between Čitluk, Međugorje and Ljubuški. Next to the hotel – there are 10 stone houses with shops offering traditional products. Within the village there is also a museum. In addition to eco, ethno and sports tourism ethno village also offers services for congress tourism.

Royal village Kotromanićevo is located in the Doboj region, 45 km from the Croatian border, on the banks of the river Veličanka and offers stays in modern houses built in the antique style from natural materials – wooden log cabins. Royal village Kotromanićevo organizes knightly tournaments, medieval dinners, hunting, fishing, paragliding and mountain biking and the unspoiled naturewalks.

Ethno-village Stanišići near Bijeljina is a tourist complex that includes:hotels, luxury apartments, lakes, mills, stables and barns. Inside the ethno village there is the Monastery of St. Nicholas where weddings can be organized. Inside the restaurant of ethno village Stanisici you can enjoy a good traditional cuisine. Tourist Complex offers a riding school, carriage and sleigh rides.It also offers congress tourism services.

Cultural Tourism

Bosnia and Herzegovina inherited a rich cultural and historical heritage. It is based on the medieval, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian buildings, places of worship of all ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina and rich literature, film and music opus.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has numerous cultural and historical monuments and cultural events, therefore the most visited tourist destinations are in the area of cultural tourism:

Sarajevo

Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with its numerous cultural, historical and religious monuments, as well as the different nations who live together for centuries in the city has conditions for the development of many types of tourism. Significant events and festivals take place every year in Sarajevo and attract large numbers of tourists: the Sarajevo Film Festival, International Festival “Sarajevo Winter”, Baščaršija Nights, International Theatre Festival “MESS” and numerous other cultural programs. Canton Sarajevo has 891 cultural heritage sites. In 1984 Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics, which testifies not only the sports and cultural friendship nurtured here.

Banja Luka

Banja Luka is located in the western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the administrative center of the Republic of Srpska, and economic and cultural center of this part of the country.

Since the city is situated on the beautiful river Vrbas, this old village used to be called and Vrbas, and has been inhabited since Roman times. Kastel fortress, located in the center of the city, served as a Roman military fortress.

Banja Luka has many interesting places to visit thanks to its long and rich history: Cultural center Banski Dvor, Museum of the Bosnian Krajina, Ethnographic Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art. Banja Luka also has two city theaters: National and Children’s Theater. Every year many cultural and sport events are held in Banja Luka: “Summer on the Vrbas”, “Banjaluka summer”, etc.

Mostar

Mostar is a city in the southern center of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the cultural and economic center of that part of country. The name of the city comes from the famous Old Bridge, the first cultural monument in Bosnia and Herzegovina on UNESCO’s list of protected cultural monuments of the world. The old bridge was destroyed during the last war, and was rebuilt in 2004.

Some of significant cultural monuments to visit are: Historical part of Mostar, the Old Bridge, the Museum of Herzegovina, house of the great Bosnian writer Aleksa Šantić, Turkey house in Bišćevića alley, the old settlement Brankovac, built in the Ottoman style with houses and courtyards of old Mostar family. Numerous cultural events are held such every year, such as Šantić’s poetry readings, Mostar spring, Mostar summer and the Mostar coots.

Winter tourism

Bjelašnica-Igman

Ski Olympic complex Bjelašnica-Igman, is located 30 kilometers from Sarajevo. Combined, they have eight trails for alpine and cross-country skiing in a total length of 20 km. With over 200 snowy days a year, an average snow depth of 100 cm, well-groomed downhill trails for slalom and giant slalom, at an altitude of 1266-2067 meters, Bjelasnica is an extraordrnary place for an active winter vacation and recreation.

Jahorina

Jahorina, one of the most beautiful Olympic mountains is located 30 kilometers from Sarajevo. It offers conditions for alpine skiing, cross country skiing, night skiing and sledding on 7 trails for beginners and professionals at a total length of 20 km. The highest peak is Ogorjelica – 1916 meters above sea level. The mountain has over 180 snow days a year, from November to April, and sometimes in May. During the season an average snow depth is 100 cm.

Sports – recreation center Babanovac is located in central Bosnia and Herzegovina on Mount Vlašić near medieval town of Travnik. Babanovac is located 1,260 meters above sea level and has over 14 kilometers of trails. The highest peak is Paljenik – 1,943 meters high. Mild mountain climate makes Vlašić year-round destination.

Blidinje

Sports – recreation center Risovac is located in the natural park Blidinje in the foothills of the mountains Vran and Čvrsnica. Risovac is located at 1250 meters above sea level and has several ski trails and ski lifts. One of ski trails meets the criteria of the International Ski Organization (FIS) for international competitions in slalom and giant slalom.

Kupres

Ski resorts Čajuša, Stožer i Mačak are located in the vicinity of Kupres at 1300-1550 meters above sea level. Čajuša is located 7 km from Kupres. It has four easy and intermediate trails, in a total  length of 13.5 kilometers. Ski center Stožer is located on the mountain Stožer and has two trails in total length of 4 km.

Kozara

Ski center Kozara is located in the National Park Kozara near Prijedor. It is situated 50 km from Banja Luka. Ski center is located on the mountain Kozara at an altitude of 800 meters and has two easy and intermediate trails, in a length of 950 meters.

Rostovo

Ski – Center Rostovo is located 12 km from Bugojno, at an altitude of 1160 meters and offers trailsof easy and intermediate level, in a length of 1,4 kilometers.

Vran Kamen

Ski Vran Kamen is located 16 km from Fojnica at an altitude of 1900 meters. Ski center offers 5 trails of all levels, in a length of 7 km.

Kneževo

Kneževo Ski Resort is located near the town of Kneževo at 1250 meters above sea level and has 3 tracks with a total length of 2 km.