Summer in the city, any city, can be lovely. Sun, warm weather wardrobes, and rooftop bars. But, it can also mean gaggles of eager tourists, sweltering heat, and packed cars. Everyone needs a way to escape the mid-summer metropolitan mayhem. In that sense I wanted to list some of my favorite summer destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Of course the usual tourist spots are always fun, but when the heat of summer rolls around you will want to escape to other spots.
10 Perfect Summer Getaways in Bosnia and Herzegovina
1. Boracko Lake
Boracko lake is a popular camping and swimming destination in the summer, but can be equally fascinating to visit in spring and autumn. It's located about 20km from the city of Konjic, in the Prenj mountain. One of the more picturesque landmarks of Herzegovina and worth a road trip in the summer season.
Bihac is a town located in the northwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through it the river Una floes and gives not only much needed coolnes in summer, but is also perfect for kayaking. Each year in summer a kayak fest is held here. But Bihac offers so much more to explore and see, especially in summer, since winters can be harsh here.
The old town of Blagaj is a small town, only a couple of miles south from Mostar. Blagaj is situated at the spring of the Buna river. It's a spot that enchants emidiately, beginning with the cliffs that bend over the place and the fresh river spring all the way to the many restaurants and cafes that offer food and a calming place to rest
4. Jablanica Lake
The Jablanica Lake (Jablanicko Jezero) is a very important resource. The lake borders many of its settlements and is used for several purposes. The lake is used to generate electricity while it also serves as a top summer destination for fishing, swimming, water sports and other activities. Notable settlements include Ostrozac which hosts the start of the annual rowing marathon and Donje Paprasko, the location of a public beach and the host of the marathon finish line.
5. Nature park Blidinje
A list of perfect summer getaways in Bosnia and Herzegovina would be incomplete without a stop to the seaside. Neum is the only town of Bosnia and Herzegovina the escapes to the Adriatic Sea and sure is worth a stop, is not only for the amazing seafood served here.
7. Kravice Waterfalls
Kravice waterfalls are located on the Trebizat River. It is 10 km (6 mi) south of the city of Ljubuski and 40 km (25 mi) south of Mostar. Its height is about 25 m (80 ft). The Kravice waterfalls area also has a little cafe, a rope swing, a picnic area, and a place to camp. The best time of year for visiting is during the springtime when the fall is at its fullest and the arid landscape turns a bright green. Even though it's a landmark the area always feels fresh and new, when exploring. Summer brings in lots of crowds.
Lukomir is an old village located high up in the Bjelasnica mountain. Why not escape from summer to a 1,495 m/4900 ft elevation? But don't be fooled by the altitude, summer can be very warm here as well. Lukomir offers authentic sights into the past. As you drive along the mountain roads you can't help but wonder how people can survive in the harshest conditions. Yes, summer and early autumn here are wonderful, but as soon as the first snow clouds roll in, people have to leave as the roads are cut off until spring arrives.
10. Hutovo Blato
Hutovo Blato is a nature reserve and bird reserve located in the southern parts of Herzegovina. It is primarily composed of marshlands that were created by the underground aquifer system of the Krupa River. The reserve is on the list of BirdLife International's Important Bird Areas. It is the largest reserve of its kind in the region, in terms of both size and diversity.
Of course I have many other posts in regards to travel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which you can check out here