Once again summer rocked in and just as other travel I was planning my vacation, I had many destinations to choose from but not enough time. My friends had told me about the Balkans and about a country that counts roughly 3.5million citizens. The hidden treasure in the Balkans they said… to those of you that don’t know what country I’m talking about: Bosnia and Herzegovina.
sarajevo

Of course, the first thing I looked up was its capital city, Sarajevo. The mini Jerusalem, they call it. I hadn’t realized how right they were until I actually walked through this beautiful city. You turn one corner you have one of the oldest mosques in Sarajevo dating back to the Ottoman empire, take a left and you see the Jewish Synagogue. Turn around walk down the beautiful pedestrian street of Sarajevo and you will find the beautiful Catholic cathedral, take a left from there and you will have a beautiful Orthodox church. Yes! All of this in a city and on the Balkans!

sarajevo

If I had to pick one of the best things that I saw during my stay it would definitely be a struggle, I am a foodie and food is always number one on my interiray but oh man, this country stole my heart. I basically fell in love with the city and with the people and the food is just amazing.

Sarajevo is literally a city that is indescribable, you can definitely enjoy your summer here. Given the fact that the temperatures rise up to 35 degrees! So you can have a lot of fun in the sun!

It was my first trip discovering the northeastern part of Bosnia. To be more exact I was in the city of Bijeljina. The tour guide mentioned something about an ethno village, I was intrigued- ethno what? Village what? I want more details. He then told me that not too far from the city you can visit this beautiful ethno village. I had to see this- I thought to myself, Take me there! That’s exactly what happened. He drove us to the ethno village Stanišići.

It had been snowing the previous day- and as soon as we exited the car I stood there in amazement. It looked like a real winter wonderland. I didn’t know where to look and what to look at.

ethno village Stanišići

The tour guide told us that this village was founded in 2003. The founder was Boris Stanišić, hence the name Ethno Village Stanišić. He roamed all of Bosnia looking for older houses to remind him of his childhood. He then decided to create this beautiful village. The village is divided into two parts. One of the parts of the village shows secular life and contains many beautiful wooden houses and cottages. On the other side you have the more religious part of the village, full of medieval stone architecture. It has a few replicas of important historical and religious buildings.

We sat inside this restaurant for some traditional Bosnian food- I had to try the pizza because the pizza dough was made out of buckwheat flower and I must admit it was delicious! I walked around the ethno village for what seemed like hours, it has soul and it has something that not many places has- peace. I felt at ease and perfect here. If you’re ever in the mood to relax and leave all your problems aside then you definitely need to visit ethno village Stanišić. You will never regret it!

This month throughout our blog we will give you a few stories about the beautiful mountains that are situated in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first mountain I will tell you guys about is Jahorina. Jahorina belongs to the Dinaric mountain system.  Bosnia is abundant with many mountains, each and every one special in its own way. Jahorina borders with another Olympic mountain: Mount Trebević.

Jahorina’s highest peak is Ogorjelica, standing tall at 1,916meters (or 6,286ft). This makes it the second highest of Sarajevo’s mountains. Jahorina is only 30km from Sarajevo. A great thing about Jahorina is that no matter what the season be, you can always visit it. During the summer the mountain is covered with grass and is a great place to go for a family trip or for a picnic.

jahorina-mountain jahorina

Jahorina has 20 miles of trails for alpine skiing and gentle slopes, it is one of the best places to go and ski in Bosnia. During the 14th winter Olympics that were held in 1984 in Bosnia, Jahorina hosted the ski disciples for women. It is a beautiful mountain that is suited for any of your needs. Just think about it you don’t need to go west to ski, you’ve got it all here-in Sarajevo, in Bosnia.