Friday, July 1, 2016

10 Perfect Summer Getaways in Bosnia and Herzegovina


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.


2. Bihac





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.


3. Blagaj


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

Traces of Illyrian graves and Roman roads indicate that Blidinje has been settled for at least 2,500 years. The large necropolis at Dugo Polje indicates that the waves of Slavs that came in the 7th century also made this area their home. The park is set in long sweeping valleys. In the winter time you can also venture out to the ski center here or make a road trip through the mountains.


6. Neum


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.


8. Lukomir


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.


9. Jajce

Perfect in summer because you can escape the crowds and head further north where the summers are not too harsh. Jajce features a fortress that was built in the 14th century, by the founder of the city. It was the seat of the kings, who engraved their coat of arms on the castle. A part of the wall was found by the Hungarian King and the Ottomans made the powder magazine. It's often an overlooked place, since it's a little bit out of the way from any other tourist spot, but it's definitely a place that will enchant you. Plivsko lake is also close by with restaurants and resting areas.


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

36 comments:

  1. All ten of things look amazing. I must say Jajce looks the most appealing though. Fantastic photos!

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    1. Thanks Christen. Jajce is a favorite among travelers!

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  2. That's beautiful country. my husband came from Serbia, but I've only seen a bit of it.

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  3. Am liebsten würde ich mir ein Wohnmobil mieten und losfahren, ganz langsam von einem dieser Orte zum anderen - immer wissend, dass mich ein wunderbarer Ort erwartet! Dank deiner tollen Fotos und Beschreibungen. Vielen lieben Dank dafür LG Marion

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    1. Danke vielmals für deinen lieben Komentar. Ja das wäre eine tolle Art um alles zu erkunden

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  4. Looks like some wonderful places to visit.
    Thanks for the tour... great post!

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  5. Beautiful area! And your photography is delightful! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Awesome places, Amazing pics.

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  7. Such beauty you have captured.

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  8. each place has its on beauty, all gorgeous and all different..

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  9. Wundervolle Natur und andere Sehenswürddigkeiten habt ihr rundherum.
    Ich habe sogar schon Blagaj in deinem Blog jemanden gezeigt und empfholen, die im Sommer in die Nähe hinreist. Liebe Grüße

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    1. Das ist toll. Ja es gibt sehr viele Turisten hier aus aller Welt.

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  10. Wonderful images of your gorgeous country!

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  11. Mersad, your list of ten places to visit is most alluring. Your photos are terrific, especially #5. Wow, terrific mirrored reflection. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you. I tried to keep the list short, though I'm sure you could find many more places perfect for summer around here.

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  12. What wonderful destinations! I'd love to visit all of them.

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  13. Blagaj is my favorite "wish I could go there" place. Neum looks nice. Heck, they all look nice!

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    1. I'm sure you would enjoy it. It's a mix of nature and old history.

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  14. Baš sam neki dan razmišljao o izletu u Jajce, pošto tamo nikad nisam bio. Mislim da ću do kraja ljeta i to ubaciti na listu. :)

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    1. Obavezno. Divan grad, kojeg i ja moram još detaljnije uslikati i staviti na blog.

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  15. Any of these would be amazing to visit! :)

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  16. Any place would be fantastic to visit. love the waterfall at Jajce

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  17. Wenn man die Fotos sieht möchte man sofort den Koffer packen und dort hinreisen. Wundervolle Tipps/Vorschläge hast du gegeben.

    Wünsche ein schönes Wochenende und sende herzliche Grüsse

    N☼va

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  18. Gorgeous photos of your country, they are so beautiful.

    Greeting from Ireland

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  19. How lovely all of these places look.

    I asked my daughter to have a look at your California/Grand Canyon series. And she did. She is following much of your itinerary right now. How about that!

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    1. That's really great, I hope she'll find it useful, if she has any questions let her know she can contact me.

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  20. Your photos make all of these look enticing. I love the photo of #5. Stunning!

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  21. Hi Mersad, amazing places and shots
    Stefano

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  23. Oh Wow!! the places look fabulous... such gorgeous sceneries :)

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  24. Everything there is spectacular, most specially if it is through your lens. If only Bosnia and Herzegovina are not too far from where i am now, i will be there in short notice.

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