For lovers of outdoor activities or outdoor enthusiasts Bosnia and Herzegovina is ideal destination.
The relief of Bosnia and Herzegovina is dominantly hilly-mountainous. More than half of the country is covered with forests that are classified in European countries with the largest forest wealth, and due to the exceptional river network, water can be considered as its largest natural resource.
All of these are excellent prerequisites for diverse outdoor activities, and local actors who have used natural resources have become more and more numerous and have created specific content that attracts domestic guests as well as guests from abroad.
Due to traffic isolation from the main European road communications, Bosnia and Herzegovina is not easily accessible. A ride on bad roads will make you think you are traveling the whole eternity, but you will enjoy the landscapes that lead you to the destination.
Although the nature and amenities offered by what interests you most, you should not miss the opportunity to visit cities that are rich in cultural, historical and architectural heritage, except Sarajevo, if you are on the way to Mostar or Trebinje, Jajce or Visegrad, Banja Luka or Prayer, plan at least a shorter stop. Those who are crucial for a break are the gastronomic offer of a place, Jablanica with lamb baking or Travnik with cevapi are the best choice.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina there are currently 5 races with tradition and are organized on Jahorina (Jahorina Ultra-Trail -JUT), Bjelašnica (Vučko Trail), Čvrsnici (Ultra-Trail ČUT), Planinica (Mostar Challenge), Ozren (Skakavc Trail ) while Kozara Ultra-Trail was held for Kozara in April for the first time. Thanks to the expansion of running in BiH, there is more and more road racing in nature so Blidinje and Rama Lake have their semi-marathon rallies.
The return of the mountains and the post-war development of hiking culture was significantly contributed by the Via Dinarica project, which aims to promote the tourist promotion of the mountains, the affirmation of mountain sports and the development of local communities through outdoor offer. Via Dinarica is a mega-hiking and walking trail that connects natural and cultural sights in the Dinarides (from Slovenia to Albania, through BiH it is 330 km long), and in 2016, prestigious National Geographic is ranked in the world’s best destinations for 2017.
Namely, this is a challenge that is not a competitive character, and those who participate in it need to climb all the BH peaks over 2000 mn, which have a total of 76 and are located on 12 mountains (Maglić, Volujak, Ljubišnja, Čvrsnica, Prenj, Vranica, Treskavica, Vran, Bjelašnica, Lelija, Zelengora and Cincar). Often, mountaineers from neighboring countries come during the winter months to climb some of them as part of preparations for expeditions to the highest peaks of the world.
Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Mostar become centers for further development and promotion of this sport, which has gradually expanded to other parts of the country. Today, Peck, Tijesno and Blagaj canyon are the most famous peninsula in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and there are over 150 routes, which, as described in the Climbing Guide for Bosnia and Herzegovina by Igor Vukic and David Lemmer, are “equally good, varied and pictures like any other popular European peninsula, just without the crowds. ”
In this comprehensive guide published in February 2018, it says: “So far, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been one of the last secret, undone climbing destinations in Europe – a country that is rich in diverse mountain landscapes, rocky canyons, hilly forests , quiet villages, hospitable bars, great food and plenty of quality limestone on wild romantic locations. ” Since 2010, climbing enthusiasts have hardly managed to build climbing infrastructure, have been equipped with nature courses, open independent exercise rooms, and established annual events such as regional climbing festivals, competitions and memorial gatherings, which certainly contributed to a greater climber exchange from BiH and attracted a large number of visitors. The biggest hit in the market was the Drill and Chill Climbing and Highlining Festival, which takes place in the canyon of Tijesno nadomak Banja Luka. With the excluded video production that follows this event, the organizers have been able to send a message to the World Climbing Community that BiH is definitely a climbing destination worth visiting. Other climbing festivals and events to be missed are Pecka Rock Climbing Festival (Pecka, Krajina), Adnan Ćatić Ćata Memorial (Dariva, Sarajevo), Mirza Humo Memorial (Drežnica, Herzegovina), Blagaj Bolting Weekend (Blagaj, Hercegovina) and Boris Trajkovski Bouldering Competition (Mostar, Herzegovina).
Bicycling in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as other outdoor sports are becoming more and more popular but if we consider the capacities that we have, it is still not nearly as it might be. “It is with us in relation to road, much more popular mountain-recreational cycling. BiH is an outstanding destination for mountain biking enthusiasts. We do not have high mountains like the Alps, but we have attractions like the Perućica rainforest, plenty of spring at every step, and the climate in Herzegovina is such that you can ride a bike all year round. says Senad Beckovic president of the BK TREK Team Sarajevo association.
There are more and more frequent initiatives for revitalization or affirmation of old tracks of intricate tracks in order to establish cycling paths, such as on the Sarajevo part of Sarajevo-Pale, which follows the Miljacka canyon or in Herzegovina, shares that go from Mostar along Neretva, pass through Čapljiina, Popovo polje, Ravno and near Ivanjica crosses the border with Croatia and goes all the way to Dubrovnik.
With high quality and constant snowfall from December to March, the mountains in BiH offer the climate ideal for winter sports. The XIV Winter Olympics proved to be the most successful for the period in which they were taking place.
Although these days are already past, the track quality is still up-to-date. Olympic ski styles in Sarajevo mountains Bjelašnica and Jahorina become popular again. With a wide range of new content and modern accommodation services, Sarajevo again takes the place of the best ski resort in Southeast Europe. However, Sarajevo is not the only ski center in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mount Vlasic near the old town of Travnik is the best organized ski resort in central Bosnia. With fresh additions from several new hotels and boarding houses, Vlasic can not be bypassed. There are two ski destinations in western Bosnia, which are not exactly on the main roads. Kupres and Blidinje are located in huge wild areas in the far west of the country, but with extremely pitiful ski slopes, suitable for all ages. Skiing in Bosnia and Herzegovina – fast, fun and cheap.