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Međugorje - A view from our expert author


Pilgrimage site, Međugorje, Bosnia by Tourism Association of Bosnia and HerzegovinaPilgrims at the site of the Virgin Mary’s alleged apparition © Tourism Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Međugorje is undoubtedly the tourism hotspot of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has the best tourism infrastructure in the country with excellent restaurants, accommodation, travel agencies and information.

The story of Međugorje is well known to most Catholics. Ever since 1981, when six teenagers reported that they had seen an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, in the hills between here and the village of Bijakovići, this sleepy Herzegovinian town has become the second-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. There has been much controversy over the legitimacy of the visions, so much so that the Pope has not recognised it as an official pilgrimage site. Nonetheless millions of the faithful from all over the world visit this sacred spot, and according to many accounts, miracles are a regular occurrence. Međugorje is undoubtedly the tourism hotspot of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has the best tourism infrastructure in the country with excellent restaurants, accommodation, travel agencies and information. It is linked to the Croatian coast by 10km of highway. Although day trips and other packages are offered for the area’s guests, paying homage to the Virgin Mary is the main activity in Međugorje.

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