When thinking about destinations for your 2012 holiday, Bosnia may not be a place that automatically springs to mind.
However if you want a trip where there is plenty to do and see and as much or as little activity as you want, then Bosnia may just be perfect for you. And if it’s history and culture that you crave then Bosnia has plenty to attract you too.
National Geographic magazine ranked Bosnia as the 3rd Best Adventure Destination for 2012, and is becoming increasingly popular with skiers, hikers and rafters. Due to the many accessible routes through mountains and beside beautiful lakes and villages, this is now a superb destination for mountain biking enthusiasts. Many of the organised routes start off in Sarajevo and manage to include Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman culture, with a modern adventure twist.
A wild, rugged and unspoilt region, it remains one of the last undiscovered places in the Alps, and attracts both adventurers and nature lovers alike. Spectacular gorges, vast rivers, forests and sensational mountain peaks await you in Bosnia. The central Dinar Alps are particularly favoured by hikers as it contains both Mediterranean and Alpine climates. For those of you who enjoy white-water rafting, the area has three rivers and the deepest canyon in Europe to tempt you. The popularity of this sport in this area has made it akin to a national pastime.
For a country that was nearly completely destroyed in recent years due to war it is now in a surprisingly good state. Castles have been patched up, mosques rebuilt, vineyards replanted, towns reconstructed and most of the relics from the war such as craters left by grenades have been smoothed over.
Recently many companies have sprung up offering hiking, (over 85 mountain walks) cycling, rafting and canoeing trips. One of them called Green Visions, works with 20 villages which supply food and accommodation to tourists.
Some of the other tourist attractions that this destination has to offer include:
- Sarajevo, the scientific, commercial, culture and tourist centre of Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Jajce The Bosnian Kings famous for its waterfalls
- The salt lakes of Tuzla
- The Perucica forest one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe
- Sutjeska National Park
- The coastal area of Nuem
- Doboj and its 13th century fortress
- The historical village of Pocitelj
- Visoko City of Bosnian Kings and the alleges Bosnian pyramids
So if you want to discover a country unspoilt by tourism, full of adventure, activity, culture and history. It simply has to be Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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