Bosnia – a country that has been on news regarding conflict and terror for decades is now becoming popular for its culture and history around the Balkans of southeastern Europe. Although Bosnia is still in its rehabilitation phase after the bloody civil war between the Serbs and the Bosnian in early 1990’s that took thousands of innocent lives during the conflict, but they have come a long way in preserving their heritage and being proud of their country.
In 2016, people of Bosnia were given justice as Radovan Karadzic seventy years old, nicknamed the “Butcher of Bosnia”, a former leader of the breakaway Serb Republic in Bosnia was sentenced by a special U.N. court in The Hague, Netherlands, to 40 years in prison after being found guilty of genocide and other crimes against humanity over atrocities that Bosnian Serb forces committed during the Bosnian War from 1992 to 1995.
In the backdrop of harsh historical events carried out, Bosnian are developing their tourism and hospitality services to international tourists, mostly arriving from western Europe and Turkey.
Cities and towns in Bosnia
Sarajevo – the capital of Bosnia is surrounded with high mountains having population of almost five hundred thousand living in a compact city built around the river banks flowing right across the town.
Wikipedia reports that, in 2013 Bosnia and Herzegovina had 844.189 tourist arrivals an increase of 12,9% and 1.822.927 overnight stays which is an 10,8% increase from 2012.
58,6% of the tourists came from foreign countries. According to an estimate of the World Tourism Organization, Bosnia and Herzegovina will have the third highest tourism growth rate in the world between 1995 and 2020. The travel guide series, Lonely Planet, has named Sarajevo as the 43rd best city in the world, and in December 2009 listed Sarajevo as one of the top ten cities to visit in 2010.
Sarajevo is chiefly focused on historical, religious, and cultural aspects. In recent years investments has made it a popular shopping city as well, with a respectable offer in retail shopping. It hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics, which, at the time, were the largest Winter Games ever (in terms of athletes and media).
One of the growing businesses sector in Sarajevo is the tourists organizations. As the city tries to install many information booths and printing material about the places to visits and necessary services descriptions, the tourists organizations help tourists to explore the town more closely with historical tour guides around the small villages near the capital city. Tour guides are also helpful in decreasing the language barrier between the locals and tourists.
One of the popular tour guides, ‘Fidan tours’ who helped our group, with nine people visiting from Denmark for three days had shown us most exclusive bazaar ‘Bascarsija’, Madrasah built during the Ottoman Empire period, Sahat Kula clock with original solar system, the Catholic cathedral, Orthodox churches, Jewish synagogues, Mosque of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, Tomb of Alija Izetbegovic cemetery, white bastion of the Ottoman fortress and many more sights.
Around Mostar, we had visited the village of Poçitel, Neretva watching the beginning of the climb the tower with a lot of recreation and shopping areas for buying souvenirs of the historic city of Mostar in Bosnia to visit the legendary historical Mostar Bridge. For more details about the ‘fidan tours’ check here