Marta is a London-based travel blogger with a serious case of wanderlust ! Travel has made her laugh and got her to step out of life comfort zone! Travel stories on her travel blog are written from her experience traveling around the world. One of those stories is about Bosnia and Herzegovina -on of the best destinations inÂ the Balkans. Â Here is why…
“Wherever you are traveling it is the local people you meet who make your trip so special”
What makes a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina such an unforgettable experience ?Â
Itâ€™s not just the sights that make a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina such an unforgettable experience â€“ the countryâ€™s beauty and undeniable charm lies inÂ the smiles of the locals and their genuine friendliness.Â There are only two places in the world where, within just of couple of hours of my arrival, I felt completely at home â€“ New York City and Mostar, the first town I visited in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“In Bosnia and Herzegovina kitchens are made to bring families together”.
What about food in Bosnia and Herzegovina?
FoodÂ in Bosnia and HerzegovinaÂ is a perfect reflection of the countryâ€™s historical heritage â€“ just like the buildings in Sarajevo, the local cuisine combines its Western roots with Turkish and Middle Eastern influence. This is great news for all Â fellow sweet toothers â€“ baklava, halva and Turkish delight areÂ available in opulence, and the ever-presentÂ smell of freshly brewedÂ coffee is a reminder of the countryâ€™s coffee culture, dating back to the Ottoman times.
Happiness comes in many forms and Bosnian coffee is one of them! Remember not toÂ make the mistake of calling itÂ Turkish â€“ although they look similar,Â Bosnian and Turkish coffeeÂ are prepared differently.
Vegetarians and those on a gluten-free diet may be slightly disappointed â€“ aside from the sweets, Â the local cuisine consists mainly of meat and bread. The good news is, most dishes are organic and producedÂ locally. Not only that, food in BiH is very cheap by the Western European standards â€“ you can indulge in the countryâ€™s culinary staples forÂ less than â‚¬10 a day!Â Donâ€™t leave Bosnia and Herzegovina without trying tufahije â€“ poached apples stuffed with walnuts , generously coated in syrup and served with whipped cream.
LANDSCAPES AND NATURE
I am yet to visit a countryÂ in Europe where every river is emerald in colour and so crystal clear thatÂ itâ€™s practically see-through. Â From the charming Vrelo BosneÂ park in Sarajevo, the mirror-likeÂ riverside inÂ Republika Srpskaâ€™s Trebinje to Kravice waterfalls, the list of BiHâ€™s natural wonders seems to have no end.
What do you think about our beautiful Old Bridge in Mostar?
Stari Most in Mostar is the countryâ€™s most recognizable landmark but certainly not the only one worth visiting. AlthoughÂ Bosnia and Herzegovina has suffered significant damages during the war, itâ€™sÂ home to fascinating architecture, whereÂ Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian influenceÂ mix with its modern-day identity.
What would you recommend to other travelers?
Unlike most places in Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina offers sights to behold without going too hard on your wallet.Â Itâ€™s basicallyÂ a solo travellerâ€™s paradise â€“ you can easily find accommodation for as little as â‚¬10/room in the off-season (this includes even theÂ popularÂ citiesÂ like Mostar) whileÂ dining out costsÂ as little as 3.5 â€“ 10KM (â‚¬2-5). Public transport is also surprisingly affordable â€“ to give you an idea, a 5 hour bus ride from Mostar to Sarajevo will cost â‚¬10, while a train ride on the same route will set you back a mere â‚¬5. Sounds too good to be true? All the more reasons to seeÂ for yourselfâ€¦