EUROPE is full of fantastic holiday destinations that tourists have not yet fully discovered or taken advantage of.
For every Spanish beach or Greek island full of vacationers, there are many other places you could visit that are just as beautiful and far less crowded.
A country that often goes under the radar is Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has a lot to offer – from fascinating history, amazing nature and beaches with clear blue seas.
In the capital, Sarajevo, there are attractions such as Bascarsija – the city’s oldest bazaar and the city’s cultural center.
The market is a great place to find traditional dishes like cevapi, flatbreads filled with grilled meat, and burek, puff pastries filled with cheese, spinach or even sour cherries for dessert.
The city’s Turkish influence can be seen in the bazaar, with traditional coffee, clothing and carpets on the many stalls.
Elsewhere there is the War Tunnel or Tunnel of Hope, a remnant of the Bosnian War, originally built in 1993 to bring aid and humanitarian supplies into the city.
It is one of many websites that help people learn about the relatively recent conflicts that have taken place in the region.
There is much more to discover away from the city Dan Flying Solo discovered.
The travel blogger explained that his favorite thing to do in the country is to get out and explore the nature it has to offer.
He said: “Bosnia and Herzegovina remains a relatively remote – and affordable – destination in Europe.”
“After two intensive diving visits, I am convinced that the country’s greatest asset is its fascinating, almost photoshopped lakes, lush landscape and high hiking trails.”
Others are convinced by the Bosnian lakes, and the outstanding ones include Lake Bilećko, Lake Boračko and Lake Perućac.
The latter has a water temperature of around 22°C in the summer months, making it a wonderful place to cool off on a hot day.
Visit B&H said: “Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the most water-rich countries in Europe and the beauty of the rivers and lakes is breathtaking.”
Perhaps the most famous place to see water in Bosnia is the city of Mostar, with its reconstructed Ottoman Empire bridge Stari Most, one of the country’s most famous landmarks, spanning the Neretva River.
Every summer, brave people throw themselves off the bridge as part of an annual diving competition, and the town’s men also traditionally jump off the bridge.
Architectuul said: “The practice dates back to the time when the bridge was built.”
“It is a tradition for the young men of the city to jump from the bridge into the Neretva.
“As the Neretva is very cold, this is a very risky undertaking and only the most experienced and well-trained divers will attempt it.”
Other attractions include the town of Blagaj, not far from Mostar, which many compare to a fairy tale Responsible travel.
One of its highlights is a monastery originally built for a dervish cult.
They wrote: “This town has an almost fairytale quality, nestled on a rock face through which flows a source of the Buna River.”
“Also set into the rock is an ancient ‘tekke’ or dervish monastery, which is quite impressive for a mystical cult.
“Here, take a walk along the river or just hang out at one of the river cafes and watch the world go by.”
However, for the more traditional vacationer who likes to spend their vacation on the beach, there is more than enough to enjoy.
The town of Neum is arguably the best place to visit the Bosnian coast Beach searcher praises its landscape and its waters.
They write; “The city of Neum is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is famous for its magnificent mountain landscape and turquoise waters of incredibly deep color.
“It seems that nature created it for one purpose – to make your vacation unforgettable.”
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Flights to Sarajevo take just over two and a half hours from London and cost around £35 return from UK airports.
A night in the capital can be booked from just £13 per night for two people.