Wednesday, August 26, 2015

5 Reasons You Should Visit Bosnia and Herzegovina in Autumn and Winter

Bosnia and Herzegovina has become a really popular tourist spot over the last couple of years. Each summer, lots of people visit the country, either during a road trip through the Balkan Region or specifically because they want to see some of the well known places. But as soon as the heat of summer disappears there seem to be fewer people visiting. For me personally the best time to visit is in Autumn, and even winter has its charm.

In order to get this out before the autumn and winter season approaches I went through 5 Reasons You Should Visit Bosnia and Herzegovina in autumn and winter, even though summer is still in full swing. Of course there are many more reasons to visit. The places and tourist spots I have talked about on this blog are always there, no matter the season. 


This post, on the other hand, goes into detail why this time of year in Bosnia and Herzegovina should not be missed. I hope you will enjoy it!


1. Mild climate in the South of the Country

For me this is the number one reason. Summer has its charm, but the temperatures go way up (a 45 degrees Celsius / 113 degrees Fahrenheit in Mostar is a regular in July), so much in fact, that they limit your ability to truly enjoy walking around the country and exploring everything. But when the temperatures drop around September and October, I personally love going out more. Even if you are just hanging out in one city, it will be much more enjoyable.



2. Winter activities in the Mountains

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a couple of so called Olympic mountains, since the Winter Olympics were held here back in 1984. These mountains include Jahorina, Bjelasnica, Vlasic and others, and they are still visited today in winter. You can find many hotels, resorts, spas, mountain lodges, restaurants and of course ski paths there. As soon as the first snow falls, these places open up and welcome in visitors. The fresh air combined with some really beautiful nature here makes this one of the bigger reasons to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina in winter.


3. Exploring the Region is easier

This is a combination of the first and fifth point. There are fewer people visiting and the weather is much more enjoyable, which makes exploring the country easier. But there are other factors here as well. The hotels and accommodations have more open spots, a car rental is easier to find, roads are not filled with many cars and finding those quiet spots seems that much more possible.


4. Autumn colors in the Landscapes

When the leaves turn color, the scenery and country transform. The south is greeted by winds from the north and the green longer. Northern Bosnia and Herzegovina turns color much more quickly and you get sweeping mountain vistas, parks and valleys colored in red, orange and yellow. After the leaves fall of in winter, the scenery transforms again, and you can find beauty in those times as well.


5. Fewer people in popular spots

Bigger cities like Sarajevo, Mostar, Banja Luka get a lot of visitors during the summer season. Sarajevo especially during the Sarajevo Film Festival, which is being held there every year. Nightlife is mostly crowded and while its really great to be in a city filled with life, the autumn and winter season actually gives you a chance to catch your breath and take a better look at the views in front of you.




I hope this article can help you in deciding to come and visit during the later part of the year. You will love it!

39 comments:

  1. HI Mersad You sold this very well. I think IfI could I would preferr to go in Autumn without so many people about. All you images are, as usual wondrfful however tht last shot is inspiringingly beautiful, Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The last shot is one of my favorites over the years. It was taken on the way back from the mountain Rujiste, near Mostar.

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  2. Great images, Mersad. Loved those autumn colors.
    Your travels are wonderful to follow!

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    1. Love the colors of autumn as well.

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  3. I always enjoy your photos!

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  4. Hello Mersad, fewer people and the Autumn colors and the lovely scenery would be an attraction for me to visit. I do not like the crowds of people. Lovely images, have a happy day!

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  5. Early autumn is my favorite time to visit my birth country; weather is kinder, roads and other tourist destinations are not crowded, ...even flight tickets are cheaper. B&H is always beautiful and worthy of visiting!

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    1. I think so too. Plane tickets being cheaper is a good reason as well.

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  6. Oh my, Mersad - these are gorgeous shots. The last one is positively breathtaking!
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/bennett-place-bit-of-history.html

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  7. You should be hired as a skillful market director for the region. I particularly like the skiing scene!

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  8. Lots of reasons! Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  9. Indeed...... i love autumn most of seasons and the Balkan region is on my list of places i once upon a time hope to visit.... in the summer, i never travel, if i do than always in autumn... quiter, less people, and beautiful nature.

    Have a nice day
    Melody (abc-w-team)

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  10. Those pictures are beautiful. What are the summer months?

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    1. Summer starts in late May here and goes all the way through September (this is in the south). Summer in the northern regions begins in June and goes to the end of August, beginning of September.

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  11. Wonderful captures of an awesomely beautiful place, Mersad!! I would love to visit there!! As always, your photos are the next best thing to being there!! Thanks for sharing! Hope your week is going well!!

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  12. Lovely photos all of them, but the last one is wonderful! Yes, it must be a lovely place to visit during the autumn and winter.

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  13. I've always enjoyed travel in "off seasons". Your country is beautiful!

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  14. some sound reasons you state. nice text and beautiful photos.

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  15. Great photos!
    Oh yeah, I would like to visit your country, when I could make a travel (maybe in next life? ;-) )

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  16. Aw, I'm a sucker for Autumn leaves---and that bridge!

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  17. I am not a fan of winter, but autumn is one of my favorite times to travel, and these places look like that is the time to visit. I take many vacations in April/May/early June and/or September/October.

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  18. It looks like a beautiful place to visit, wonderful shots.

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  19. You're a man for all seasons!
    ROG, ABCW

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  20. Also ich bin jetzt mal echt gespannt, was du so im Winter für Bilder schießt......dieses eine oben ist ja schon genial und ich bin sehrsehr neugierig, wie´s bei dir so im Winter zugeht! GlG Anne

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  21. Climate and scenery are the two things that decide my choice of vacation. I rather like the last picture.

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  22. Some of these images put me to mind of the rolling mountains of my home state, West Virginia, USA. Gorgeous views.

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  23. You are an amazing photographer. Always a treat to see a post from you. Thank you!

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  24. It does look beautiful! The mountain scenes remind me of home. Thank you!

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  25. ok, you have me convinced! Now, I just need to save up my pennies!

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  26. What a beautiful country - I had no idea! Great suggestions as to why visit in autumn, which is my favourite season. I wouldn't like the heat in the summer! thanks for sharing such glorious images of your great country.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  27. Odlične fotografije. Septembar je uz maj moj omiljeni mjesec za obilaske, jer kao što si rekao temperature su ugodnije i manja je gužva.

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  28. Thanks for sharing such a nice information, its beneficial for me..
    clickperfect

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  29. Gorgeous! I think autumn looks amazing!

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  30. the autumn colours framing the bridge make for a beautiful picture.

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  31. Hi Mersad,
    thanks for the ideas! Autumn seems to be beautiful in your country!
    Greetings Renate

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  32. Hi Mersad,

    What about trip in early december? How is the weather during that time?
    Tq

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    1. Depends on where you will travel to. December is usually colder with winds in the south and snow in the north. But it's safe to travel nonetheless.

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