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Cycling in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia In A Nutshell

Bosnia and Herzegovina has some of the most beautiful cycling in Europe, it has a wonderfully atmospheric capital albeit with some chilling recent history and it's cheap. Bosnia is still recovering from the war in the early 90s. Bring your bike and a few quid and help them recover.

When I Went To Bosnia

29th August - 2nd September 2012. I only saw a small corner of this country. This is one place to which I'd love to return and explore more.

Where I Went

Bosnia-specific Issues

The country is still littered with land mines and many old, derelict houses are booby-trapped. Don't go off the road or exploring knackered buildings for an interesting photo. Wild camping is definitely not a good idea. Mines may be where there are no warning signs. During floods (of which there have been serious ones recently) mine fields and their signs get washed away.

Bosnia's Scenery

Look at a relief map of Bosnia. It's all mountains, even around Sarajevo. It didn't host the 1984 Winter Olympics for nothing. This makes for some very attractive if tiring cycling.

Bosnia's Road Quality

The roads are generally fine. Occasional sections are less good. (The first section from the Montenegro border was a rough, dirt track.) The tarmac into Sarajevo was low quality, which is more of an issue with thinner tyred bikes like mine than for mountain bikes. There were several tunnels in the mountains. Rarely were these illuminated. Most were short and survivable without decent lights but may not be elsewhere in Bosnia.

Bosnia's Accommodation & Costs

There are some campsites in Bosnia but none were on my route. I had four nights in hotels or rooms. My room in Sarajevo cost 25. The ones in smaller towns cost 14 and 19.

Food is cheap in restaurants. I recommend a meat burek. Beer is around 1 per pint.

Language

There are still some ethnic tensions. Although Serbo-Croat was the official language for the whole of Yugoslavia this language has now split into several official similar languages. Still, certain words are different in those languages and it might not be a good idea to use a Bosnian word in a Serb area or vice versa. It's safer to stick to foreign languages. German is probably more useful than English except with the young and/or in Sarajevo.

Reasons To Go To Bosnia

Beauty, the fascinating and chilling recent history of Sarajevo, Sarajevo itself, good value, a chance to see a country that was for a long time off-limits.

Your Opinions & Questions

Have you cycled in Bosnia & Herzegovina? Tell me what you think and I'll include your comments here. Also, if you have a blog, web site or Facebook page that includes an account of your trip, send me the URL and I'll include a link below. Include your name if you want your comment to be attributed to you. Or do you have a question about Bosnia & Herzegovina? Ask me and if I can answer it I'll add the information to the page.




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