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Jahorina Mountain and Valley of Drina River

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Jahorina

Jahorina is the mountain range to the southeast of Sarajevo. Its ideal geographical position more or less guarantees three to four months of good ski snow.
Its highest peak reaches up to 1,910 m. The ski lifts climb to 1,894 m with fabulous views towards Sarajevo. The slopes of Jahorina are covered in tall pines to the altitude of about 1,500 m.
From there the mountainside is relatively bare with some thick patches of Mugo Pine, a high-altitude pine that doesn't grow higher than 2 m.


Upper Drina Valley

The area of Upper Drina has a long and rich cultural heritage. Marked by stunning mountains and canyon lands this is perhaps the most rugged part of the country, yet endowed with so much beauty.
Nobel Prize winner for Literature Ivo Andric’s famous book ‘Most na Drini’ (Bridge on Drina) takes place in the town of Visegrad. One can still walk across this magnificent bridge built by Ottoman design in the 16th century. Mehmed-Pasa (Pasa) Sokolovic Bridge of Visegrad inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List on June 28th, 2007. Centuries later, Tito and the partisans formed the first brigade in Rudo and fought one of the most decisive battles of WW II in Sutjeska, now the heart of the National Park. It is in area as rich in history as it is in natural wonder.
Drina River towns of Foca and Gorazde are both the cultural and touristic centres of the region. Foca is home to both Sutjeska National Park (which hosts BiH’s highest peak, Mt. Maglic at 2,386 m) and the crystal clear Tara River. There is no better nature attraction in southeast Europe. Gorazde is the largest town in the region as well as its geographic center. From here it is easy to reach Foca to the southwest, or Visegrad and Rudo to the east and southeast.

Bijambare and its 9 Caves

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Bijambare tract, encompassing 370 ha, is recently proclaimed by the law as protected area of the fifth grade (“protected landscape”). It is traditionally highly valued because of its natural beauty and richness.    
The reserve is situated in the northeast slopes of Canton Sarajevo near Nisicka Plateau. Its accessibility, due to favourable position near by the regional road Sarajevo-Tuzla, makes it additionally attractive for tourists. 

At altitude averaging 950 m above sea level thick old evergreen forest with various pine trees and fresh air is found. There are also beautiful meadows crossed by two creaks that form small lakes and sink underground into karstified limestone rock base.
Being situated in the karstic region area is rich with most karst phenomena such as karstic depressions, sinkholes and, most importantly, 6 known caves. The reserve is attractive for spelaeology, hiking, cycling, horse-riding, picnic, mountaineering, alpinism, fishing, hunting, skiing, collecting of medical herbs and mushrooms, etc.

Certainly, the greatest attraction is the presence and accessibility of caves that are nicely grouped. In three horizons there are five caves that are named and better known, but there is also one more unnamed cave and possibly even more undiscovered ones. The largest cave is called Bijambare main cave, or sometimes: mid-Bijambare or simply Bijambare.

The main cave is of considerable magnitude, 420 m long (along the main path, neglecting branches) with 4 huge “halls” stretching up to 60 m in the diameter and to over 30 m in height. One of the halls (the last one) is commonly called “concert-hall” due to its impressive size. The cave is rich with cave “jewellery” forms such as stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, basins, side-blocks and alike. It is presently inhabited by colony of bats and crickets. Other inhabitants could possibly also be found.

In the upper Bijambare cave stone-tools of the cave-man were found after brief explorations in 1967. Most probably many more could be dug-out. Skeletons of ancient bears, dears and other animals were also discovered in some of the caves.
Relative vicinity to the major administrative, industrial, economic and touristic centres and planned European highway (corridor 5C), its established touristic tradition and natural beauty make this location exceptionally interesting for visitors of all kinds ranging from school children to recreation seeking citizens, and from foreign tourists to researchers in various scientific branches.

 


 

Olympic Mountains Igman and Bjelasnica

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These two names are synonymous with the 1984. Winter Olympic Games. The war damage to the Bjelasnica and Igman mountains ski centers has largely been repaired, and new hotels and apartments are built.
There are currently three lifts operational on these mountains. Bjelasnica has the better infrastructure and most challenging slopes while Igman is a bit easier and also has a children's lift with soft hills to practice on. Bjelasnica has the steepest of all slopes - racing from almost 2,000 meters to the base at 1,200 meters. It's quite a rush - no lines, no waiting.

 

National Park of Sutjeska and Roof of Bosnia

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Sutjeska is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's oldest parks. It is famous for the partisan victory over the Germans in WW II and there are large stone monuments commemorating the event. The park itself is 17,500 hectares of magnificent and untouched wilderness.
It hosts one of the last two remaining primeval forests in Europe, called Perucica. Beech trees tower over 60 metres high and endemic black pines stem from the rocky faces that protect the ancient forest. Skakavac Waterfall can be seen from the look-out point - this seventy five meter plus waterfall is dwarfed by the massive blanket of green trees that cover the valley. Sutjeska River has carved a stunning valley through the middle of the park and divides Zelengora Mountain from Maglic and Volujak mountains.
Bosnia and Herzegovina's highest peak, Maglic at over 2,386 m, is located in the park, directly on the border with Montenegro. It presents a challenging climb for even experienced hikers. Zelengora Mountain is great for hiking and walking and there are several newly renovated mountain huts on the mountain. Bear and wolf sightings are common.


 

Neum and Place at the Sea

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The Adriatic Sea from Split to Dubrovnik is gorgeous, very clean, and includes 22 km of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The closed bay at Neum is protected from the strong open sea winds by Peljesac Peninsula, and is wonderfully calm.
Neum is the only exit of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the coast. It was first mentioned in 533 (under the name Neunense), but was developed as a maritime retreat in 1965. The Old Town of Neum is 2 km inland.
Scuba-diving, parasailing, boating and jet skiing can all readily be arranged in any of the major hotels. It all costs a little less than what it costs in Croatia. During the season, it is wise to book in advance. There are over 7000 beds in hotels, B&Bs, guest houses and private accommodation.

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