Continent Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Why Travel Bosnia and Herzegovina?

While the name ‘Bosnia’ is derived from the Bosna River, which cuts through the region; ‘Herzegovina’ takes its name from the word herceg, which designated the duke who ruled the southern part of the region until the Ottoman invasion in the 15th century.

While Bosnia is in southeastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula, bordering Slovenia to the northwest, Croatia to the north, and Serbia and Montenegro to the south and southwest; it has a tiny coastline along the Adriatic Sea. Herzegovina is the southern portion of the country; it is shaped like a triangle whose tip (surrounded by Croatia and Yugoslavia) touches the Adriatic.

Its countryside is marked by deep gorges, turquoise rivers and lakes, and the Dinaric Alps’ forests and crags. It's a popular destination for outdoor sports such as hiking, mountain biking, white-water rafting and skiing. Speaking of the food, Bosnian food has been influenced by both Turkish and Eastern European cuisines. Grilled meat is popular, as are cabbage-based dishes.

When it comes to must-visit places, the old bridge in Mostar is one of the famous historical monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It's the symbol of this town and was named as one of the 20th most beautiful bridges all over the world. The waterfall of the Pliva River is in the centre of Jajce and is one of the 12 most beautiful waterfalls in the world. This is also the only one that is situated in the middle of a town.

One of the finest remaining buildings from the Ottoman rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Dervish House (tekija) at the natural spring of the river Buna in Blagaj. (12 km from Mostar) It was built in the 16th century, and has special historical and religious value in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also not to be missed here are the Una and Hutovo Blato National Parks, waterfalls of Kravice, Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge and Tunel Spasa.

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