Things to do in Bosnia-Herzegovina…
A mountainous country with ranges such as the Bjelašnica and Durmitor Mountains, both part of the Dinaric Alps, Bosnia and Herzegovina proffers plentiful walking holidays and almost empty hiking trails compared with the rest of Europe. Its rugged karst limestone landscapes are havens for waterfalls and turquoise lakes, so always pack a swimsuit in your backpack. As well as walking poles and strong boots. Peaks such as the country’s highest, Maglic Mountain (2,386m) in Sutjeska National Park are not just a walk in the park.
You get serious snow here, sometimes for five or six months of the year and, although it is not exactly famous for the skiing frenzy that hits the Alps or Pyrenees, it is worth remembering that Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1984. The iconic mountain of these games was Bjelasnica and, unknown to most, there are superb snowshoeing trails here, such as to Visocica Mountain and Crveni Kuk Peak (1733m)
Once the centre of the Ottoman Empire, and with medieval history pouring out of its capital cities, mountain villages, places of worship and local storytellers’ weighty canons, many people include neighbouring Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia on cultural trips to this region. Creating a tailor made itinerary with an expert tour operator is the perfect way to, say, combine coast with culture, peaks with peachy places to stay.