Among the prejudices we have heard about Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is a particularly tenacious one: Bosnians would be rough, closed people, living in a country always in the grip of conflicts… Obviously, this is totally FALSE! You only have to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina to realize that this country, now at peace, offers an incredible diversity: nature, culture, history… Everything can be found there, and we loved it!
Countries involved Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia
Active years 1918 – 2006
Everybody knows Croatia, thanks to famous pictures of Croatian national parks and Dubrovnik, this fortified coastal city that was used as a set for (several) movies and series… However, Croatia is not only about that! In addition to great national parks, Croatia has nearly a thousand islands and islets but also historical cities such as Osijek or Slunj… Do you want us to make you discover?
As a necessary part of our journey in Bosnia-Herzegovina, we fell in love with Sarajevo, the capital of the country – a city of incredible cultural and religious diversity, with an undeniable historical richness! We offer you to have look back on our exploration of the capital, rich in discoveries and small details!
By visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina you will find yourself in a country of great contrasts, marked by its History, with an incredible diversity… of which the city of Mostar is a perfect example! As for us, we loved walking through Mostar streets, discovering its past, relaxing on the banks of Neretva river… Let’s come back on this discovery!
There are so many islands and islets in Croatia: say in a simple way, choice for visiting are endless! And to have visited some of them, we have to say that Croatian islands are all appealing… Choice is going to be difficult! For us, the opportunity to put our bags down in Orebic led us to visit the Peljesac peninsula and Korcula island. This small detour in our route plan was well worth it: a quieter destination, but just as fantastic!
During our Croatian journey, it was impossible for us to miss the Dalmatian coast and its beautiful cities such as Zadar, Sibenik, Split, Ston (and Mali Ston) nor to avoid the must-see Dubrovnik, made famous thanks to the cinematic art. If we didn’t have the opportunity to visit Zadar and its famous sea organ, we could really enjoy our trip along the Adriatic Sea!
If we chose to name ourselves “Serial Hikers”, it’s because we like to hike whenever we can! So, when we stayed in Tivat, we naturally chose to visit Kotor bay by undertaking the 360-degree hiking trail that connects the cities of Tivat and Kotor through mountain ridges… Nothing better to admire a 360° panorama between bay and sea!
After a day’s walk in the countryside of south-western Slovenia, we met funny tourists on our way! They were looking for a church called “the Holy Trinity”, whose walls would be painted with skeletons… Intrigued, we followed them in their quest and ended our route in Hrastovlje, a small village nestled at the bottom of a valley…
On our way between Mostar and Sarajevo, our driver dropped us off in Jablanica – before leaving on his own. It was noon, lunch break: we decided to take advantage of this stop between two lifts to have a picnic. With a large loaf of bread and a jar of Ajvar, we headed towards the beautiful turquoise blue river Neretva to enjoy the view it offered us… And there, surprise! We found ourselves in front of a destroyed and partly submerged railway bridge!
On the menu of traditional Balkan recipes, you will find a lot of meat – cooked, marinated in sauce, barbecued… It took a lot of effort to adapt traditional recipes with vegetarian alternatives – but most of all, to allow us to enjoy the Balkan food, where cooking skills are perfectly combined with good, locally grown products!