SARAJEVO – the capital and the largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and suited a long the Miljacka river in the heart of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans.
Sarajevo has been undergoing post-war reconstruction and is the fastest growing city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The travel guide series Lonely Planet has named Sarajevo as 43rd best city in the world and in December 2009 listed Sarajevo as one of the ten top cities to visit in 2010.
The Ottoman Empire made Sarajevo an important administrative centre by 1850. Baščaršija was built becoming an old bazaar and a historical and cultural center of the city in the 15th century when Isa-Beg Isakovic founded the town . The word Bascarsija derives from the Turkish language.
In the heart of Barscarsija you will find Sebilj.
The Sebilj is a pseudo-Ottomanstyle wooden fountain in the centre of Bascarsija square.
Today, a major city street is named Zmaj od Bosne (Dragon of Bosnia) in his honor. The rebellion failed and for several more decades the Ottoman state remained in control of Bosnia.
Sarajevo also has the Avaz Twist Tower – which is the tallest skyscraper in the Balkans.
Sarajevo has a wide tourist industry and a fast expanding service sector thanks to the strong annual growth in tourist arrivals. Sarajevo also benefits from being both a summer and winter destination with continuity in it’s tourism throughout the year.
What it has to offer?
Sports-related tourism uses the legacy facilities of the 1984 Winter Olympics, especially the skiing facilities on the nearby mountains of Bjelasnica, Igman, Jahorina, Trebevic, and Treskavica.
Sarajevo’s 600 years of history, influenced by both Western and Eastern empires, makes it a tourist attraction with splendid variations. Sarajevo has hosted travellers for centuries, because it was an important trading center during the Ottoman and Austria-Hungarian empires.
Examples of popular destinations in Sarajevo include the Vrelo Bosne park, the Sarajevo cathedral, and the Gazi Husrev-beg’s Mosque. Tourism in Sarajevo is chiefly focused on historical, religious, cultural sites and winter sports.
Sarajevo is host to many parks throughout the city and on the outskirts of city. A popular activity among Sarajevo citizens is street chess, usually played at Trg oslobodenja Alija Izetbegovic.
Veliki Park is the largest green area in the center of Sarajevo. It’s nestled between Titova, Kosevo, Dzidzikovac, Tina Ujevica and Trampina Streets and in the lower part there is a monument dedicated to the Children of Sarajevo. Hastahana skate park is a popular place to relax in the Austro-Hungarian neighborhood of Marijin Dvor. Goat’s Bridge, locally known as Kozija Cuprija, in the Miljacka Canyon is also a popular park destination along the Dariva walkway and river Miljacka.
We visited Sarajevo during summer time. I know it’s a little bit strange, during the summer days, everybody goes to the seaside. But I was always opposite and out of the crowd – can’t help myself haha.
So, instead of long beaches, this time I decided that I want to do something dfferent and that I want to go to Sarajevo. It’s more or less close to Croatia.
I called one of my travel buddies and I told her we’re going to Sarajevo, I’ve booked everything, you just need to be ready. And I think we didn’t regret it.
One of the must things there is to sit out on the sun and enjoy while you have a long coffee break on it’s streets.
Their tradicional suvenirs you can find everywhere – my lovely recommendation is that you must have one in your backpack on your way home 😉
P.S. I have one too 😀
There is always a question what to eat there.
Most famous meat dishes are:
- Cevapi – Bosnian kebabs: small grilled meat sausages made of lamb and beef mix; served with onions, kajmak, ajvar and Bosnian pita bread (somun)
- Burek – a meat-filled flaky pastry, traditionally rolled in a spiral and cut into sections for serving. The same dish filled with cottage cheese is called sirnica, one with spinach and cheese zeljanica, one with squash/zucchinicalled tikvanica, and one with potatoes krompirusa. All these varieties are generically referred to as pita (Bosnian for “pie”).
- Pljeskavica – a patty dish
- Begova corba (Bey’s Stew) – popular Bosnian soup (chorba) made of meat and vegetables
- Filovane paprike or punjena paprika – fried bell peppers stuffed with minced meat
- Sogan-dolma – onions stuffed with minced meat
- Popara – bread soaked in boiling milk or water and spread with kajmak
- Cufte – meatballs
- Meat under sac (meso ispod saca) – a traditional way of cooking lamb, veal, or goat under a metal, ceramic, or earthenware lid on which hot coals and ashes are heaped
- Pilav (pilaf) – grain, such as rice or cracked wheat, browned in oil, and then cooked in a seasoned broth
- Sarma – meat and rice rolled in pickled cabbage leaves
- Rastika – meat and rice rolled in kale leaves
- Grah – a traditional bean stew with meat
- Japrak – grape leaves stuffed with meat and rice
- Musaka – a baked dish made of layers of potatoes (or cabbage or egg plant) and minced beef
- Bosanski Lonac – Bosnian meat stew cooked over an open fire
- Tarhana – typical Bosnian soup with homemade pasta
- Sudzuk – (Sujuk) – spicy beef sausage
- Suho meso – air-dried meat similar to Italian bresaola
- Dolma – stuffed grape leaves with rice
My recommendations is to put as priority to try – Cevapi 😀
And something sweet also 🙂
- Baklava – flaky pastry with a filling of nuts, drenched in sugar syrup or honey
- Hurmasica – date-shaped pastry drenched in a sweet syrup
- Jabukovaca – pastry made of filo dough stuffed with apples
- Kompot – a cold sweet drink made of cooked fruit
- Krofna – filled doughnut
- Palacinka (crêpe)
- Rahatlokum (Turkish Delight)
- Ruzica – similar to baklava, but baked in a small roll with raisins
- Ruske Kape (trans. Russian Caps)
- Sampita – a whipped marshmallow-type dessert with fillo dough crust
- Slatko (made from different fruits)
- Sutlijas (rice pudding)
- Tufahija – whole stewed apple stuffed with a walnut filling
- Tulumba – deep-fried dough sweetened with syrup
Sarajevo meeting point – Sarajevo meeting of cultures. You can find this in the main centre of Sarajevo.
They said that Sarajevo is one of those cities where you’ll come back one day for sure. We will see will it happen in my case too.
But for sure, I had a great time there!
If you haven’t been there – put it on your bucket list! 🙂
Before we move to another adventure – I hope you’ve booked that flight to Sarajevo! 😉