If you are going for a holiday in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo will be the destination on the top of your list. The capital's mix of architectural styles along with the beautiful Old Town, the Yellow Fortress and the Latin Bridge, site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, one of the decisive moments of the 20th Century. Another historical city is Banja Luka, the second largest city in the country. By day you can spend time wandering around the city's monasteries, cathedrals and forts and by night you can experience the buzzing nightlife.
There are no direct flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina but you can get indirect flights to Sarajevo with carriers JAT Airways, Lufthansa and Croatian Airlines from most airports across the UK. You can also fly indirectly to Banja Luka from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or London City with JAT Airways.
Bus services run from Sarajevo International Airport very frequently and taxis are also available to take you into town. If you are flying into Banja Luka you will need to get a taxi from the airport or hire a car.
It is quite normal to hitchhike around Bosnia. The locals are friendly and are more than happy to give you a lift. You can also use the country's regular and reliable bus service while on holiday in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are several companies that operate, so make sure you are aware of the timetable of your selected bus company to avoid confusion when travelling back. Trains offer a scenic if sometimes unreliable way through the country.
You won'have a problem finding cheap and tasty food in Bosnia and Herzegovina. You can buy filo pastries with different fillings everywhere. There is burek, containing meat, simica , containing cheese, zeljanica, containing spinach or krompirusa, which is crammed with potatoes. You can also find cevapi, the Balkan kebab.
For a cheap alternative to important spirits, stick to local beers during your Bosnia and Herzegovina holiday, such as Anjalucko, Sarajevsko, Tuzlanski and Karlovacka. You can also sample rakia or rakija the national drinkbeware, though, as it is 40% proof with homemade brews often stronger.
Cheap hotels in Bosnia and Herzegovina are easy to come by. If you want to splurge you can find some really nice hotels to stay at in the Old Town of Sarajevo.
The scenery in Bosnia and Herzegovina is spectacular, so if you have time make sure you get out and explore, and the best way to do this is on foot. Grab yourself a map, a pair of walking boots and get hiking.
Updated 15th May 2013
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