Bosnia and Herzegovina – Welcoming visitors again

After years of turbulence this cultural treasure trove is back on the tourism map

Sarajevo Old Town

Sarajevo Old Town

The Latin Bridge Saravjevo

The Latin Bridge Saravejo

Begs Mosque Sarajevo

Begs Mosque Sarajevo

Jewish Cemetery Sarajevo

Jewish Cemetery Sarajevo

Now emerging from a recent turbulent history canny travellers are starting to re-discover the rich heritage that Bosnia and Herzegovina has to offer. You can be one of the currently few people to enjoy the warm hearted welcome from its people and the legacy of it being at a cultural crossroads. Influences from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires are still visible in the architecture, the food and the traditions.

Next year is also the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. The killing on 28th June 1914, by the Latin Bridge in the country’s capital Sarajevo, was the catalyst for the start of World War One making the city one of the most significant historical destinations in Europe.

Heritage
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s rich blend of Mediterranean, Byzantine, Ottoman and Central European heritage dates back close to 2,000 years. Impressive castles, monasteries, churches, temples, shrines and illuminated manuscripts make the country a real treasure-trove. Perhaps its most legendary symbol is the medieval tombstone, called a stećak. Mostar’s Stari Most (Old Bridge) dates from the 16th century and is one of several UNESCO-protected heritage sites in this Balkan state. Current intensive archaeological research has already provided information about prehistoric customs and events, Roman life and pre- and early Christian rituals and beliefs in this under-explored country.

Arts & culture
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital Sarajevo boasts a wide range of internationally-renowned cultural festivals throughout the year, the most famous being the Sarajevo Film Festival in July/August and Jazz Fest Sarajevo in November. There are also many contemporary art exhibitions, dance, theatre and folklore events, including a two-month long Winter Festival in February/March and the quirky Mostar Bridge Jumping Festival in July.

A unique culinary tradition
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s cuisine is shaped not only by diverse regional influences – Mediterranean, central European and Eastern – but also by religious ones, with Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions all in evidence. There is no such thing as ‘fast food’ in Bosnia and Herzegovina, since seasonal, traditional and local are the culinary watchwords. Must-tries include ćevapi (spicy meat sausages served with Bosnian pita bread somun) and the dessert tufahija (cooked apples filled with walnut). You may be surprised to know that eight wines from Bosnia and Herzegovina picked up medals at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 – dedicated wine lovers should not hesitate to explore Herzegovina’s Wine Route.

For more information on Bosnia and Herzegovina go to http://www.bhtourism.ba/eng/

Getting there
Regent Holidays offer a number of packages here is an example of two

Sarajevo city breaks: Prices for this start from £475 per person with our lead in 3* hotel and include flights, all taxes and surcharges and 3 nights accommodation on B&B basis

http://www.regent-holidays.co.uk/holiday/bosnia-herzegovina/kandilj-guesthouse/

This break can also be done with 4 and 5* accom.

Sarajevo & Mostar twin centre: A popular option-  prices start from £575 per person with 3* accom and includes; Return flights in economy class with Croatian Airlines via Zagreb from London Heathrow, all airport taxes and security charges, accommodation in three-star hotels with breakfast and return bus tickets delivered to your hotel

http://www.regent-holidays.co.uk/tour/bosnia-herzegovina/sarajevo-mostar-twin-centre/

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