Explore the Star of Balkans Bosnia
Sarajeva and Mostar
”There are many cities called Saraj (Saray means palace in Turkish) in this world…, but this fortified Bosnian city of Sarajevo is the most advanced, most beautiful, and most lively of them all.
Evliya Çelebi, 17th-century Ottoman traveler”
Once you step into this part of the world you’ll love the environment and people. Colorful history, great nature, and warm people. Bosnia is a country in the Balkans with a surface area of 51,197 km² with a population of almost 3,5 million people. In recent history 1992 to 1995 country has witnessed war and genocide, even today you can still feel it.
I went to Bosnia in 2017 with my family for a short vacation. We spent 4 days and I think it is almost enough to explore the whole country. From Istanbul to Sarajeva our flight took around two hours. I had arranged everything before the arrival, hotel, and car. From airport to city not that far, traffic is bearable no problem at all comparing to crazy traffic of Istanbul.
Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia, due to its historical background city has to face where you will see an Austro-Hungarian-style designed city with a lot of historical Ottoman buildings, fountains. Widely spoken language Bosnian other languages that spoken Croatian and Serbian. During our trip, we also found a lot of people speak some Turkish. The currency of Bosnia is Bosnian Mark.
Where to go in Sarajevo:
- Latin Bridge
- Yellow fortress
- Eternal flame monument
- Gazi-Husrev Beg Mosque
- Sarajevo Hope Tunnel
- City Hall
- Alifakovac Cemetry
- Old Bazar
Once we finished touring Sarajevo for the 3rd day, we decided to go to Mostar. Mostar is another city in Bosnia. So we planned the route according to places that we can visit during our trip to Mostar. On the way, we stopped at Konjic after a short highway journey. After Konjic, we reached Mostar by traveling alongside the rivers through the magnificent green mountains. When you hear Mostar, naturally, the first thing that comes to mind is the Mostar Bridge. This beautiful city located right next to the Neretva River. Mostar was badly damaged during the war also. Even the historic Mostar bridge was mercilessly destroyed during the war.
Where to go in Mostar:
- Mostar Bridge
- War and Genocide Museum
- Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque
- Kujundžiluk Bazaar
- Sniper Tower
- Kriva ćuprija ( which means curved bridge)
So a few suggestions when you come to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I recommend you to try the local flavors, some of them Bosnian Burek, Begova Soup, and Bosnian Kebab Cevabi. One last thing try the coffee at Old Bazar it is one of the best in the world and that will keep your memories alive about Bosnia. Until then be safe and keep exploring the world.