Bosnia and Herzegovina, a land of mountains, valleys and rivers, is characterised by pristine nature, especially dramatic waterfalls. Join Adnan Bubalo as he journeys to the country’s 7 most attractive waterfalls.
People have always been drawn to water, either for practical reasons or because of its magical qualities. And nowhere is water more magical than where it falls. Since Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mostly mountainous country with a continental climate, rivers and waterways as natural companions of mountains are everywhere, and sooner or later they lead us to waterfalls.
Do you wish to know which are the most beautiful places in Bosnia and Herzegovina where rivers abruptly transform their energy from potential to kinetic, revealing in an instant their strength, purity and freshness
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Kravica Waterfalls are a large tufa cascade on the River Trebižat, in the karstic heartland of Herzegovina, a few kilometers south of Ljubuski and about a 30-minute drive from Mostar. Their maximum height is about 25m, and the radius of the lake at the foot of the waterfalls is approximately 120 meters. Summers in the karst Herzegovina area can be very hot due to a strong influence of Mediterranean climate, which is why Kravica is a favourite beach, bathing and picnic resort. Here, right next to the cascades, you can find restaurants offering traditional dishes and drinks.
Štrbački buk, the largest waterfalls in BiH, are situated on the River Una in northwestern Bosnia, bordering Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. The nearest villages to the falls are Doljani and Ćukova. These waterfalls are located within Una National Park, and we can thank tuff for their unusual beauty, as is the case with many of the largest waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The whole area is reasonably accessible and there are wooden walking paths, as well as platforms and viewpoints. If you want to see more, you can continue hiking along the marked trail. During the summer there are seasonal garden bars offering food and drinks. A ticket for entrance to the waterfalls is €3.
Martin Brod is a village, which, like Štrbački buk, is located within Una National Park. Situated at the exit of two canyons, this village is the place where the Una and Unac rivers meet.
Numerous travertine deposits that create cascades, fast rapids, islands and several waterfalls, make this location one of the most beautiful and attractive parts of the National Park. At 54 metres, one of the falls is the highest on the River Una.
According to legend, the village is named after a young girl, Marta, who fell in love with a soldier. While crossing the river to reach her beloved, the strong currents pulled her into the water and she drowned. As for the name Brod, which ordinarily means ship, it is a term that the people of this region often use to refer to anything used to cross a river.
Once you are in Martin Brod, do not miss the opportunity to taste the famous trout in Motel UNA-C, as well as the celebrated cornel brandy.
Access to the largest waterfall named Milanćev buk costs a mere €1.
The mountain stream Perućica, in the rainforest of the same name, forms Skakavac Waterfall, which is a managed nature reserve within Sutjeska National Park. At a height of 75 meters, this is one of the highest waterfalls in the country.
Perućica, a place where pristine forests of beech and spruce grow under the mountain of Maglić (2,386 m), is separated from Zelengora mountain by the canyon of Sutjeska. The Perućica stream intersects the forest, flowing down between two steep rocks until it falls, then continues from the karst limestone precipice to the mouth of the River Sutjeska in the valley of Tjentište.
The waterfall is best observed from a viewing point, located on the opposite side, from where you can also see a large part of the rainforest. The road to this lookout point leads through the forest, and although it is not very long, it is truly fascinating.
Located in the medieval town of Jajce, these are among the most impressive waterfalls in South-East Europe and are often listed among the most beautiful in the world. The current highest point is around 22m but, over time, many changes have been necessary to save the supporting rock face from collapse.
The waterfalls are located at precisely the point where the River Pliva ends and plunges into the River Vrbas. A short distance upstream from the falls, the River Pliva also creates two amazingly beautiful lakes: the Large and Small Pliva lakes. Taken as a whole, it is one of the places with the greatest "wow effect" in the entire country. If we add a tour of the old royal city of Jajce, one needs to plan at least one day for this destination.
Located 11 kilometres from the picturesque town of Fojnica, these are the least known falls on this list due to their relative inaccessibility. This is indeed unfortunate, considering their beauty. The most interesting fact about this site is that the River Kozice in this area, over a distance of only 1,000m, drops no less than 300m through a series of waterfalls and rapids. Among them, the most prominent are three waterfalls with heights ranging from 10 to 20 meters.
Only one kilometre away from here there is an old Bosnian village where people still live in an old, traditional way, with little influence from the modern world.
Koćuša Waterfalls, which are located near Ljubuški on the River Mlade and transform below the falls into the River Trebižat, are approximately 50m wide and 5m high. Aside from ensuring much needed refreshment during scorching summer heat, they are especially interesting due to a wealth of flora and fauna. Boasting a variety of tourist facilities, they represent an ideal place for swimming, lunch and afternoon tea. Once there, you can take a road that will take you in a southwest direction towards the Kravica Waterfalls, so you can visit them both in the same day.
A brief advice I can give you when you visit this beautiful place: the wet rocks are particularly slippery; so do watch your step. Everything else is pure pleasure.