Aquarius - - TRAVEL -

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.


Flights to Sarajevo take six hours from Dubai and start from around Dh1,500.

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