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About the country

Bosnia and Herzegovina, often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in Southeastern Europe, located within the Balkan Peninsula.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is an almost landlocked country – it has a narrow coast at the Adriatic Sea, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) long surrounding the town of Neum. It is bordered by Croatia to the north, west and south; Serbia to the east; and Montenegro to the southeast. In the central and eastern interior of the country the geography is mountainous, in the northwest it is moderately hilly, and the northeast is predominantly flatland. The inland, Bosnia, is a geographically larger region and has a moderate continental climate, with hot summers and cold and snowy winters. The southern tip, Herzegovina, has a Mediterranean climate and plain topography.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is the heart shaped land that lies in the heart of southeast Europe. It is here that eastern and western civilizations met, sometimes clashed, but more often enriched and reinforced each other throughout its long and fascinating history.

The country’s name comes from the two regions Bosnia and Herzegovina, which have a very vaguely defined border between them. Bosnia occupies the northern areas, while Herzegovina is in the southern part of the country.

Sarajevo is the capital and largest city. After the war (1992- 1995) this country is divided into two autonomous entities: the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska, and has a three-member Presidency composed of a member of each major ethnic group: Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats.

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Why visit B&H

Bosnia and Herzegovina is so adorable and unique country,  with the most beautiful and wild nature, historical places and warm people.
Breathtaking landscapes, architecture and cuisine, are just some of the reasons why you should visit our country. Even though Bosnia and Herzegovina is not a big country, its offer is really large.
There are many attractive destinations for every type of tourist and different kinds of vacations.  Whether you want peaceful vacation or an adventure.
Also, throughout the year, Bosnia and Herzegovina has much to offer: skiing in Olympic mountains during the winter and hiking the rest of the year, wild rivers rafting, cycling , visit of some of the old cities and objects of cultural and historical heritage, visit some of the national parks, hunting and fishing, relaxation on the Adriatic Sea, etc.. Quality vacation opportunities are limitless.
Cultural heritage that makes Bosnia and Herzegovina such an attractive destination for religious visits.
Rural/ village eco tourism is a big part of tourism offer. Bosnian small villages are the real oasis of peace and the kingdom of good and healthy food. Incredible warmness and hospitality of the hosts, is something that is understood.
To completely feel the essence of this country, you don’t need a lot of time. Cities across the country are well connected with the surrounding natural sites, and are reachable in a short amount of time.

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Sarajevo - capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo  is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nestled within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia, it is surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of the Balkans.
Sarajevo is the political, social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a prominent center of culture in the Balkans, with its region-wide influence in entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts.
Due to its long and rich history of religious and cultural diversity, Sarajevo is sometimes called the “Jerusalem of Europe”or “Jerusalem of the Balkans”. It is one of only a few major European cities which have a mosque, Catholic church, Orthodox church and synagogue in the same neighborhood.
The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event which took place from 8–19 February 1984 in Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia, in present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sarajevo is a city with a soul. And to feel its soul, the best is to come and live it.

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Take a stroll through Sarajevos old town Baščaršija

Baščaršija is Sarajevo’s old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city, Sarajevos old Bazaar is the heart and soul of Sarajevo and a meeting point for locals. Baščaršija was built in the 15th century when Isa-Beg Isaković founded the town. The word Baščaršija derives from the Turkish language. It’s a unique ambience and vivid place, full of traditional restaurants and souvenir shops. The Sebij, located at the center square of Baščaršija, is one of the symbols of Sarajevo. It is also known as the pigeon square by tourists as it is always surrounded by them.

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Vijecnica (City Hall, National Library)

Vijecnica is the most extravagant building constructed during Austro-Hungarian occupation. It represents the meeting of civilizations of East and West. Today, in the building are situated the national and university libraries. After World War II, Vijećnica became home to the National and University Library of BiH. The architecture of the city hall contains all elements and traces of “oriental” or “moorish” bond, which appeared in BiH at the time when the European architects strived to create a national style of art.

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National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

It was established in 1888, having originally been conceived around 1850. In 1913, the museum building was expanded by the Czech architect Karel Pařík who designed a structure of four symmetric pavilions with a facade in the Italian Renaissance Revival style. The four pavilions contain the departments of archaeology, ethnology, natural history, and a library. After being closed for several years due to heavy damage in the recent war, the museum has re-opened and is in the process of mounting new and pre-existing exhibits.

It has a library with 162,000 volumes.

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Olympic beauties

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Jahorina Mountain

Jahorina Olympic Resort is one of the most popular winter resorts. It is located 30 km east of Sarajevo. During the Olympics in 1984, it was venue of the slalom and grand-slalom competitions. Jahorina Mountain, a true winter wonderland. Jahorina is an ideal summer destination for people who enjoy beautiful nature, fresh mountain spring,  thick forests and green grasslands. During winter, Jahorina is an idyllic combination of now cover, clear blue skies and fresh mountain air.

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Trebevic Mountain

Trebević is a mountain in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, located to the southeast of Sarajevo, in the territory of East Sarajevo city, bordering Jahorina mountain. Trebević is 1,627 meters tall, making it the second shortest of the Sarajevo mountains. During the Middle Ages, Trebević was known as Zlatni Do. There are numerous flora and fauna species. Trebevic is also considered to be one of the last snow vole habitats. It was declared a protected natural site.

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Bjelasnica Mountain

Bjelasnica is a mountain in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, located southwest of the city of Sarajevo. At the highest point there is a significant weather station, which is the highest permanently inhabited point in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mt. Bjelašnica (2,067 m) is named after the white snow cover, which remains on its tops until August. Bjelašnica is covered with green grass in the summer and deep snow in the winter. In good weather you can visit the mountain villages,  Lukomir and Umoljani – the highest inhabited settlements in BiH.

Igman Mountain

Igman is a mountain plateau in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Geologically, Igman is part of the Dinaric Alps and formed largely of secondary and tertiary sedimentary rock, mostly Limestone. Igman is always interesting, not only during the winter. With its lush vegetation it is a real “air spa” just outside the city. From spring to late autumn, Igman is the best place for walks, hiking, mountaineering and cycling; in general, this mountain is ideal for those who love untouched nature.

Mostar

The historic town of Mostar, spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town and during the Austro-Hungarian period in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, Stari Most, after which it is named. In the 1990s conflict, however, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge, designed by the renowned architect Sinan, was destroyed. The Old Bridge was recently rebuilt and many of the edifices in the Old Town have been restored or rebuilt with the contribution of an international scientific committee established by UNESCO.

Visegrad bridge and Andricgrad

Visegrad bridge, also known as the „The Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge“, is a historic bridge in Visegrad, over the Drina river in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2007. bridge entered UNESCO world heritage list as a bridge with big cultural impact, and also as a best representative of a classical ottoman style in bridge making. The bridge was built in the period from 1571 to 1577 by at that time the most famous Turkish architect Mimar Sinan.

The „town within a town“ on the Drina river. The basic concept of Andricgrad is a physical recreation of the Visegrad of Andric’s novel that will serve as an imaginative backdrop to help visitors understand and appreciate the history and culture of the town and surrounding area. The moving force behind this bold enterprise that purports to celebrate the history of Visegrad, honour the memory of the town’s most famous son and at the same time offer hope of economic revival is Emir Kusturica, the internationally acclaimed Serbian film director, twice winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

Trebinje

One of the unavoidable tourist destinations is certainly the city of Trebinje, a city of sunshine, wine, poets and monasteries, which we certainly recommend to visit if you are on the sojourn through Bosnia or the Balkans. Located in the south-eastern part of the country in sunny Herzegovina, the location is well connected with several other very attractive destinations in its immediate vicinity, such as Dubrovnik, Budva and Mostar.

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National park Sutjeska

National park Sutjeska is the largest and oldest national park in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in this part of Europe, and certainly the most beautiful and most diverse one. Surely it deserved to gain status of a protected natural area. Located on the road Belgrade – Visegrad – Foca – Dubrovnik and Sarajevo – Foca -Dubrovnik.
The administrative headquarters of the park is at Tjentiste, picturesque village, also known after the events of World War II, as evidenced by the large memorial complex.

National park Kozara

Kozara National Park is situated between the rivers Una, Sava, Sana and Vrbas, in the RepublikaSrpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kozara was proclaimed a protected national forest in 1967. These 3,375 hectares of dense forest and hilly meadows have earned the nickname ‘Green Beauty of Krajina’. Kozara is a popular hunting ground, with a large 180 square kilometers area of the park open to regulated hunting of deer, pheasants, foxes, boars, hares, and ducks.
A smaller part of the park is designated for nature lovers. Walking, hiking, biking and herb picking are among the many activities in Kozara.
Kozara was also a former battleground during World War II. The Partisans intimate knowledge of Bosnia’s rough terrain gave them an advantage over the newly occupying Nazi Germans. Kozara is an aerial spa and what makes it unique is a fast process of regeneration of red blood cells. This is a place where you can breathe fully and do sports activities while enjoying beautiful landscapes.

National park Una

The unique natural oasis, one of the cleanest rivers of the world, attracts the attention of many visitors every day, coming from numerous continents to BiH to visit this national park.
Una National Park was established on 29 May 2008 around the rivers Upper Una River, Krka and the Unac. It is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s largest and most recently established national park. The main purpose of the park is to protect the unspoiled Unariver and its tributaries Krka and Unac, which run through it.
The Una’s waterfalls and white water rapids highlight the park. The most famous waterfalls are those at Martin Brod, where the popular “International Una Regatta” kayaking competition begins, and ŠtrbačkiBuk further downstream. Throughout the park, visitors can enjoy prime conditions for rafting, fishing, cycling, hiking, and camping. Jumping from the city bridges in Bihać and BosanskaKrupa is also popular. Largest waterfall on the Unariver is ŠtrbačkiBuk, and is one of the main feature in the Park.
In terms of cultural and historical area, this area abounds with a rich heritage of archaeological sites and historical monuments, and the special position of the area on the transit line to the sea led it under the influences of many cultures in the past, from where the rich archaeological sites date, remains of medieval fortresses and religious buildings of different faiths and cultures.

BASIC INFORMATION

Bosnia And Herzegovina  is a country in Southeastern Europe, located within the Balkan Peninsula. Sarajevo is the capital and largest city.

Capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina is Sarajevo. The Sarajevo metropolitan area, including Sarajevo Canton, East Sarajevo and nearby municipalities, is home to 555,210 inhabitants.

International airports (one main airport; Sarajevo International Airport), opther airports are Banja Luka, Mostar and Tuzla

The Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark (BAM) is the currency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is divided into 100 pfenigs or fenings , and locally abbreviated KM. Also and  € (euro) is currency which you can use everywhere in entire BiH.

Serbian, Bosnian and Croatian are the three official languages in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The primary language is Bosnian, although all three languages bear similarities with each other.

What to know about BIH

There are many things you should know about a country before visiting it, the simple reason for that is so you wouldn’t get into some smaller or bigger troubles. Don’t worry, we’re here for you and we always think ahead so you wouldn’t have to! Here’s a list of some things you should know before visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina,

There is a lot of things to do and places to see in Bosnia and Herzegovina throughout the year. Whenever you choose to come you are bound to have a really good time.

The list of nationalities that can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina with a passport or a valid identity card: -Member state of the European Union -State signatory to the Schengen agreement -Andorra, Montenegro, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Serbia, the Holy See and Swiss confederation.

You should stay up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination in the world. We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover many medical costs. Water and food in Bosnia and Herzegovina is of good quality, and the chance of getting one of the standard travelers illness is minimal.

Most shops and restaurants will accept payments in euros. Exchange offices are present in most of the towns, and ATM’s are in all major towns. Visa and Master cards are accepted in most of the places, but you should not rely on them. Make sure that you have enough cash before leaving the major towns, because smaller towns or villages will not be accepting cards. Bosnia and Herzegovina is suprisingly inexpensive. Most of the things are cheap. Example: If your budget is low, you will be able to make it through the day with only 20 euros. Most of the food and drinks are affordable. Fast food restaurants are also cheap. Accommodation prices vary, but are still affordable.

Food in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mixture of Eastern and Western cuisine. Traditional food is mainly based on meat, with plenty of grilled dishes. There are plenty of restaurants which offer food from other countries, but do not worry, most of it is cheap and affordable. Water in BiH has an excellent quality. As a traditional drink we will list coffee, it is very similar to “Turkish coffee”. You can get an espresso at a price of 0.50 cents. Want to know what is also cheap? Beer!

Country code is +387 General emergency 112 Police 122 Firefighters 123 Ambulance 124 Exact time 125 Roadside assistance 1282, 1285 and 1288 International Sarajevo airport: +38733 289-100

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Attractions from our region

Bosnia and Herzegovina, a heart shaped land, has a lot to offer when It comes to tourism. Spacious mountain views, emerald green lakes, beautiful landscape and picturesque towns. West and the East meet here, so you will learn a lot about cultures, traditions and people. Share what you have learned with your friends at Encijan’s campfire. When It comes to the tours that we organize, here are some destinations that we recommend you to visit



  • National park Sutjeska
    National park Sutjeska is the largest and oldest national park in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in this part of Europe, but certainly the most beautiful and most diverse one.

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  • Tara river Canyon
    The canyon is 149 km long with depths reaching 1300m, and it is the deepest and sharpest canyon in Europe.

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  • City Mostar


    Mostar
    Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and is the fifth-largest city in the country.

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  • City Sarajevo


    Sarajevo
    Sarajevo is the capitaland largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nestled within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia

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Choose your ADVENTURE !

According to our many years experience in outdoor tourism, we are able to offer you more variants from our well designed arrangements (or packages) from one day and multiple days adventures tour in our country. Shell us, together with you, go into a little adventure and fearlessly stream our boats down the Tara and its boiling cascades…Or we go together with you with our backpacks to cruise along one of the most beautiful national parks in The Balkans…And maybe we’ll just get lazy together with you and enjoy the ethnic specialties of our cuisine…We have created programs which will exceed all your expectations! Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, nature lover, history buff or even foodie – do not worry, we have got you covered! Choose a program that fits your personality the best and live through an unforgettable experience!

It`s your choice…

Organic food

food at encijan

Our traditional homemade cuisine and organic food prepared at our Camp Encijan, which we offer as part of our packages, is another reason why most of our long term and satisfied guests wish to visit us again. The huge amounts of our delicious home-made food is prepared with love and in a traditional way, entirely from fresh organic food which we provide from our natural surroundings. In a moment, every new bite know to send you to some other and slightly forgotten dimension, in a time of our grandmother’s cuisine. Our home cuisine is the main reason why our guests decide to come back again and again.

Accommodation

Camp Encijan has capacity of 100 beds in 15 mountain huts (bungalows). All huts are built entirely from natural materials, breathable and comfortable. Furniture within the bungalow is new.
Two mountain houses – chalets (each 55 m2) are fully furnished with new furniture and comprise of bathroom, kitchen and a spacious living room on the ground floor and two double bedrooms in the attic. Toilets, sinks and showers are decently furnished, immaculately clean and fully meet the needs of a modern person.Hot water is available in showers.

How to reach us

At the border crossing of Scepan Polje, when submitting documents to border police officers, it is necessary to emphasize that you are going to the Tara canyon to Brstanovica. After completing the registration (in case you coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina turn round and turn back only 100 m,  and if you are coming from Montenegro, you go only 100 m forward) where you turn off right from the main road and turn on the local asphalt road leading along the river Tara towards Brstanovica. For more information on how to get to us, see the link below.