Bosnia & Herzegovinaby Tim Clancy
Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel Guide – Expert advice and holiday tips including Sarajevo nightlife and restaurants, accommodation, culture and festivals. This guide also features regional guides, wildlife and natural history, hiking and the Via Dinarica, white-water rafting, wineries, Sutjeska National Park, Tajan Nature Park, Mostar and Lukomir.
About this book
This new, thoroughly updated sixth edition of Bradt’s Bosnia and Herzegovina remains the only full-length English-language guide to this cultural and outdoor adventure Balkan crossroads. Written by an expert who came to volunteer during the war and ended up staying almost thirty years, it offers a unique first-hand account combined with practical information that goes beyond any other guide available.
New for this sixth edition are updated maps, contacts and detailed visitor information not easily found online, insider knowledge on the ever-changing hotel and restaurant scene in Sarajevo, details of new attractions such as cable cars and museums, new rural and eco-accommodation around the national parks, and new coverage of the Green and Blue trails of the Via Dinarica, which has been further developed, particularly around Sarajevo and in Herzegovina. Up-and-coming tourist hubs such as Banja Luka, Tuzla and Mostar are also covered, while a new Eastern Bosnia chapter expands on what to see and do in the main towns and includes details of new outdoor adventure offerings along the Montenegrin/Tara border. This edition also includes a complete run-down of all the wineries in Herzegovina.
A rich history, great food scene, outdoor activities, nature and hiking make Bosnia and Herzegovina popular with all age groups and the Bradt guide provides all the information needed for a successful trip, from hostels to boutique hotels, cheap eats to fancy restaurants, wilderness adventure to business travel.
About the author
Tim Clancy was brought to the Balkans by a simple twist of fate in late 1992, when he hitched a ride from Germany to Croatia to join the grass-roots relief agency Suncokret (meaning ‘sunflower’), which was involved in aid work in a refugee camp in western Herzegovina. His three-week stint turned into a two-decade commitment, and he now calls Bosnia home. Tim worked in refugee camps with women and children from all over Bosnia and Croatia and eventually saw out the end of the war as an active humanitarian in the besieged eastern quarters of Mostar. Driving aid convoys throughout the country had introduced him to its pristine nature and fabulous highlander traditions, a side of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) that few people know of and one he thought worth helping to protect and preserve. After several years of development work in BiH, Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo following the war, Tim spent a year hiking through the mountains and learning more about the highland cultures. In 2000 he and some friends formed Green Visions, the first ecotourism and environment protection group in the country. Since then he has been dedicated to environmental activism, ecologically responsible development of BiH’s cultural, historical and natural heritage, and changing the widespread negative image of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a tourism and environment consultant for the EU, UNDP and local governments. He recently co-founded an NGO called Terra Dinarica dedicated to the sustainable development of the Via Dinarica mega-trail that stretches from Albania to Slovenia.
This edition has been updated by self-proclaimed Balkan ‘connoisseur’, Larissa Olenicoff, who first fell in love with the region after she visited Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011, and to this day considers it to be one of her favourite places to travel through. She has worked on various tourism projects around the country over the past several years including the initial promotional campaign of Via Dinarica, the mega trail project through the Dinaric Alps co-initiated by this book’s author, Tim Clancy.
PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Facts and figures, Geography and climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture.
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Tourist information, Getting there and away, Health, Safety and security, Women travellers, LGBTQ travellers, Travelling with a disability, What to take, Money and budgeting, Opening times, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Activities, Photography, Media and communications, Business/time, Buying property, Cultural etiquette, Interacting with local people, Travelling positively.
PART 2 THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Sarajevo
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Excursions from Sarajevo, Ski centres, Highland villages
Chapter 4 Eastern Bosnia
Vlasenica, Milici, Srebrenica, Visegrad, Gorazde, Tara River, Foca, Sutjeska National Park
Chapter 5 Herzegovina
Neretva River, Mostar, Excursions from Mostar, Medugorje, Ljubuski, Siroki Brijeg, Grude, Capljina, Neum, Ravno, Stolac, Trebinje, Around Trebinje, Konjic, Around Konjic, Jablanica, Prozor and Ramsko Lake, West Bosnia.
Chapter 6 Central Bosnia
History, Getting there and away, Suggested itineraries, Zenica, Vranduk, Kraljeva Sutjeska, Visoko, Kresevo, Fojnica, Vares, Olovo, Travnik, Vlasic Mountain, Prusac.
Chapter 7 Northwest Bosnia
Banja Luka, Around Banja Luka, Kozara National Park, Bihac, Una National Park, Pliva River region, Jajce, Sipovo.
Chapter 8 Northeast Bosnia
Tuzla, Bijeljina, Lower Drina (Zvornik), East Posavina, Srebrenik, Gradacac, Gracanica, Doboj, Teslic, Tesanj, Maglaj, Zavidovici, Tajan Nature Park
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