BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
Although international visitors may still associate Bosnia and Herzegovina with the tragic civil war of the 1990s, the former Yugoslavian nation’s craggy natural beauty, ancient monasteries, Ottoman architecture and unique blend of Eastmeets-West history make it a fascinating and yet hitherto largely undiscovered holiday spot. From hiking, fishing and kayaking in the unspoilt wilderness of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian highlands, to sampling local cuisine in one of the many cafés perched next to the awesomely picturesque Mostar bridge, or scuffing down the cobblestone alleys of Sarajevo’s Ottoman Baščaršija (Old Bazaar) and marvelling at the neo-Moorish grandeur of the City Hall and library (which Archduke Franz Ferdinand had been visiting before he was assassinated, triggering the First World War), the country’s cultural heritage is well preserved and omnipresent. A seven-day tour with Sarajevo Funky Tours takes in the capital, national parks and rafting in crystal clear springs among many other highlights and costs Dh2,120 including accommodation.
NEED TO KNOW
Flights to Sarajevo take six hours from Dubai and start from around Dh1,500.