Water Wonders

Discover the captivating waters of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country often referred to as the “Blue Heart of Europe.” With diverse rivers, pristine lakes, and breathtaking waterfalls, this enchanting destination is a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

Enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Una, Neretva, and Drina rivers, renowned for their stunning beauty and thrilling rafting opportunities. Explore the tranquil shores of breathtaking lakes such as Jablanica, Prokoško, and Pliva, where you can indulge in swimming, fishing, or simply basking in the serenity of nature. Admire the power and majesty of cascading waterfalls, including Kravica and Skakavac, where the rushing water creates a mesmerizing spectacle. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s commitment to sustainability is evident in the preservation of its water resources, making it a true ecological gem. Whether you seek adventure, tranquility, or simply a connection with nature, the waters of Bosnia and Herzegovina offer an unparalleled experience that will leave a lasting impression on your heart.

Sea

Bosnia and Herzegovina boast a unique connection to the sea through the Neum corridor, a narrow strip of coastline which, like a beautiful ribbon, extends along the Adriatic Sea. From creating memories of sun-kissed days and laughter-filled beach outings to swimming and sports activities, entertainment and summer retreats along the Adriatic’s clear waters, the country’s connection to the sea provides an idyllic environment worth experiencing.

Neum Coast

Neum Coast blooms with allure, delivering experiences that seamlessly blend relaxation, adventure, and the timeless beauty of nature and culture combined. Savor moments of peace, joy, fun and entertainment along the picturesque coastline where a plethora of opportunities for water and sports activities emerge. Although beautiful throughout the year, the Neum coastline is particularly enchanting during the summer season, when Mediterranean charm, pleasant climate, radiant sunshine, and a relaxing atmosphere captivate its beaches, corners, and streets. Whether visiting as an individual or in group, Neum coast is guaranteed to amaze through its diverse culinary delights and seaside restaurants, unique ambiance, vibrant nightlife, and refreshing beach experiences.

Rivers

Bosnia and Herzegovina, lovingly known as the river country, is a paradise for water enthusiasts. Its mountains cradle numerous rivers that rise and wind their way through canyons before reaching the Adriatic and Black Sea basins. The rivers are not only breathtakingly beautiful but also teeming with life, making them an integral part of the country’s unique charm.

Una River

Often considered the jewel of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s rivers, the Una springs from the Plješevica and Stražbenica mountains. This river flows gracefully for about 212.5 kilometers, shaping part of the western border. The clear waters, home to 28 different species of fish, stage the annual Una Regatta, an event that combines the thrill of sports with the charm of local tourism.

Neretva River

As one of the world’s coldest rivers, the Neretva stands out with its emerald green waters. Originating from the Zelengora and Lebršnik mountains, this river flows for 225 kilometers through Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its brisk currents and abundance of fish attract adventurers and nature lovers alike, while its rafting-friendly stretches promise an adrenaline-filled ride.

Drina River

Forming a large part of the natural border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, the Drina boasts a canyon that plunges to depths of up to 1000 meters. The Drina River is a paradise for angling enthusiasts, with its tranquil waters offering the perfect backdrop for rafting and other activities.

Trebižat River

Nestled in Herzegovina, the Trebižat River unveils two stunning natural spectacles – the Kravice and Koćuša waterfalls. These cascades, along with the river’s suitability for canoeing and kayaking, make Trebižat a must-visit for those seeking both tranquility and adventure.

Vrbas River

Traversing the western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Vrbas River has shaped a beautiful canyon adorned with rapids, waterfalls, and beaches. The Vrbas River is also home to the unique Dayak boat from Banja Luka, named after the pole used to propel it. It is a world-renowned whitewater rafting destination.

Sana River

Known for its healthful waters, the Sana River springs from the karst plateau near Donja Pecka and Jasenovi Potoci villages. As it flows from Ključ to Sanski Most, the Sana River transforms from a cold, clean karst river to a normal river flow, making it a fascinating testament to nature’s diversity.

Rakitnica River

Rakitnica, a tributary of the Neretva River, has carved a 26-kilometer-long canyon that reaches depths of up to 1000 meters and, at some spots, narrows down to just one or two meters wide. This canyon, between Bjelašnica and Visočica southeast of Sarajevo, is home to brook trout and otters – a testament to the purity of the water. The adventure of navigating the last 6-7 kilometers of the Rakitnica canyon to the Neretva’s mouth is a demanding yet exhilarating journey that requires physical fitness and adaptability.

Trebišnjica River

As one of the largest sinkhole rivers in Europe, the Trebišnjica River flows 96.5 kilometers through Herzegovina, with most of it underground, into the Neretva. Known for its abundant rainfall, the Trebišnjica river basin is one of the wettest regions in Europe, promising a refreshing adventure with every visit.

Pliva River

The Pliva River, a 33-kilometer-long tributary of the Vrbas, springs from the foot of the Smiljevac – Jastrebnjak Mountain. Famous for its stunning 22-meter-high waterfall in Jajce, the river also boasts two lakes – Malo and Veliko Plivsko. These lakes, which never freeze, offer year-round rowing opportunities and nature retreats. The “hard” water in the lakes makes them especially suitable for rowing sports, offering a unique experience for water sports enthusiasts.   

Tara River

Flowing through the breathtaking Tara Canyon, the deepest in all of Europe, the Tara River is a true natural wonder in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters and dramatic canyon walls, this river offers an unforgettable rafting experience. Considered one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, the Tara River attracts adventure enthusiasts from around the world. Rafting down its rapids, surrounded by untouched nature and stunning landscapes, is an adrenaline-filled journey you won’t want to miss.

Bregava River

In the picturesque region of Herzegovina, the Bregava River enchants visitors with its emerald-green waters and charming landscapes. Best enjoyed in the town of Stolac, this river meanders through lush valleys, offering a tranquil setting for fishing, canoeing, and exploring the surrounding nature. The Bregava River is known for its abundance of fish, making it a popular spot for anglers seeking a rewarding fishing experience, but also hidden waterfalls ideal for swimming.

Bosna River

As the name suggests, the Bosna River holds great historical and cultural significance in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This river flows through the heart of the country, passing by historic landmarks and picturesque landscapes. The Bosna River Source is closely located in the country’s capital, Sarajevo, and offers a serene escape from bustling city life. Take a stroll along its banks, enjoy a picnic by the water, or explore the charming villages and ancient bridges that adorn its shores.

Waterfalls

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s waterfalls are not just mere cascades of water; they are the epitome of nature’s artistry, each with its own unique story and a spectacle in its own right.

Štrbački Buk and Martin Brod Waterfalls

Towering at 24.5 meters, Štrbački Buk is not only the highest waterfall in the Una National Park but also its crown jewel. A testament to nature’s relentless artistry over thousands of years, it has been a muse for artists and nature enthusiasts alike. Una river, from which it flows, is said to have been named by a Roman soldier, captivated by its singular beauty. In the same area, Martin Brod Falls offer a spot of adventure for rafting enthusiasts and a sanctuary of serenity for those seeking tranquility in untouched nature.

Kravice Waterfall

This small oasis, located 40 kilometers from Mostar, is a spectacle of nature’s grandeur. Created by the travertine-bearing River Trebižat, the waterfall reaches up to 28 meters in height and almost 150 meters in width. Its state-protected status shields the diverse vegetation that has enveloped the waterfall, offering an astonishing display of grass, hemp, moss, and lichens.

Waterfall in Jajce

Dating back over 50,000 years, this waterfall has been recognized as one of the 12 most beautiful in the world. At its peak, it reaches a height of 18 meters. Unlike many others, this waterfall is conveniently located within the city’s epicenter, only a few minutes walk from the historic Jajce fortress and the city’s old town.

Provalija Waterfall

Near the town of Stolac, the Provalija waterfall on the Bregava River creates a unique geomorphological spectacle. As the river winds through the city center, the uneven banks offer a perfect spot for swimming and riverside enjoyment. The waterfall’s beauty, combined with the historic “Old Mill” tavern nearby, offers a truly immersive experience.

Skakavac Waterfall near Kotor Varoš

Deep within a lush forest and standing about 20 meters tall, this waterfall brings to mind scenes from exotic rainforests or blockbuster movies. The journey to the waterfall is a symphony of bird songs and the soothing sound of running water.

Bliha Waterfall

Standing at a height of 56 meters and just 14 kilometers from Sanski Most, this waterfall is known for its dramatic cascades where water plummets off the rock, creating an unusual and captivating scene.

Skakavac Waterfall near Sarajevo

This waterfall, the highest in the country at 98 meters, was rightly declared a protected area in 1954. Located just 12 km from Sarajevo’s city center, it’s an ideal destination for nature lovers and cyclists. During winter, its frozen form becomes a spectacle of mesmerizing shapes.

Skakavac Waterfall in Sutjeska National Park

With a height of over 70 meters, this waterfall offers a refreshing escape from the rainforest’s humidity. The hour-long walk through the rainforest to reach it may be a challenge, but the sight of the waterfall makes it worthwhile.

Koćuša Waterfall

In the village of Veljaci near Mostar, the Koćuša waterfall is a resplendent natural gem of Herzegovina. With a drop of over five meters and spanning more than 50 meters, it is a sight to behold. This waterfall becomes a blissful retreat for relaxation during the scorching Herzegovinian summers. Its roaring sound along with the rich flora and fauna makes you feel like you’re in an exotic, far-off land.

Ždrimac Waterfall

A hidden gem of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ždrimac waterfall is a less-known wonder located near Gornji Vakuf in the village of Ždrimci. Rising 29 meters high and carved between two rocks, it offers an awe-inspiring spectacle. Some locals also call it Crndolski, named after the stream Crndol that flows there. Regardless of the name, its beauty is indisputable and captivating.

Lakes

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a heaven for breathtaking lakes, scattered throughout its mountains, villages, and towns across the country. Surrounded by stunning landscapes, these lakes boast crystal-clear waters that beckon nature enthusiasts and travelers seeking both serenity and adventure. Whether you yearn for peaceful tranquility or thrilling water activities, the lakes of Bosnia and Herzegovina offer a diverse pallet of unforgettable experiences. Dive into the pristine beauty of these enchanting lakes and allow their serene ambiance and majestic vistas to leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Prokoško Lake

Located in the Vranica mountain range, Lake Prokoško is a glacial lake known for its endemic species, including the unique manfish and newt. Surrounded by huts and katuns, this untouched natural gem offers a tranquil retreat. The lake’s pristine waters are rich in trout, and visitors can enjoy local specialties while resting in the herdsmen’s huts.

Rama Lake

Located in Prozor-Rama, Lake Rama is an artificial reservoir on the river Rama. Encircled by the majestic mountains of Raduša, Makljena, Ljubuša, and Vrana, the lake boasts clean waters sourced from the Adriatic basin. With its scenic location and unspoiled beauty, Lake Rama offers a picturesque escape for nature lovers.

Blidinje Lake

As the largest mountain lake in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lake Blidinje is a protected geomorphological nature monument within the Blidinje Nature Park. Situated between the Čvrsnica and Vran mountains, the lake experiences significant water level fluctuations, and its frozen surface adds to its winter charm. Surrounding the lake, you’ll find residential buildings and a well-equipped ski resort, creating a perfect blend of nature and recreation.

Perućac Lake

Spanning between the municipalities of Srebrenica and Bajina Bašta in Serbia, Lake Perućac is an artificial accumulation lake formed by damming the Drina River. Its crystal-clear waters stretch through the picturesque Drina Canyon, offering a navigable route and stunning views of the Tara Mountain slopes. The lake is renowned for its diverse fish species, making it a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts.

Buško Blato

Extending across an impressive 55.8 square kilometers, Buško Blato is a vast natural lake situated at an altitude of 716 meters. Located between the municipalities of Livno and Tomislavgrad, this expansive reservoir is one of the largest in Europe. While its fish population is rich, the water level fluctuations during summer pose a risk to the fish stock. Nevertheless, Buško Blato remains a captivating destination for its sheer size and scenic surroundings.

Bileća Lake

Situated near the town of Bileća in eastern Herzegovina, Lake Bileća is the largest artificial reservoir in the Balkans. With a surface area of approximately 33 square kilometers and a depth of 104 meters, this vast lake offers impressive dimensions. Its waters serve the needs of the Trebinje I hydropower plant and provide a beautiful backdrop against the backdrop of the Panik archaeological site.

Boračko Lake

Enveloped by the majestic Prenj, Visočica, and Bjelašnica mountains, Boračko Lake is one of the largest lakes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Known for its crystal-clear waters, it provides an idyllic setting for swimming, relaxation, and water sports. Fishing enthusiasts will be delighted by the abundance of trout and crayfish, adding to the charm of this natural mountain oasis.

Alagovac Lake

Situated near the charming Nevesinje and tucked between the untouched nature of the foot of Mt. Velež, Alagovac Lake is an oasis that truly shines throughout the year. From camping to barbecue and sports activities to panoramic sightseeing, biking, and fishing, Alagovac represents an idyllic destination whose captivating nature keeps delivering.

Balkana Lake

Balkana Lake is a pearl situated on the foot of Mt. Lisina and close to Mrkonjić Grad. Containing two artificial lakes, camping and barbecue sites, restaurants and a hotel, charming bungalows, arranged sports fields, and exciting trails that lead through surrounding forests, Balkana Lake is the true epitome of a joyful retreat within untouched nature. From being a glittering green oasis in summer to often becoming a picturesque ice rink in winter days, Balkana Lake captivates throughout the year. Every visit to Balkana Lake imprints long-lasting memories.

Pannonian Salt Lakes

In the heart of Tuzla, one of the largest cities in the country, lies a unique complex adorned by three artificial salt lakes and salt waterfalls. This magnificent blend of natural resources and human creativity is a synonym for fun, joy, excitement, and recreation. The complex consists of an amusement park, a geological museum, exciting slides, cascades and lakes, sports fields and fitness center, gastronomic facilities as well as an archaeological park. Pannonian Lakes are a salt oasis where peaceful recreation meets adventure as well as rejuvenation of body and mind.

Pliva Lakes

Just a few kilometers from the royal town of Jajce magnificent Pliva Lakes are found. The two Pliva Lakes are ideal for kayak, canoe, and paddle boat rides, summer refreshments, and bonding with nature. Those who seek inspiring sites are going to discover amazing landscapes and works of nature intertwined in a beautiful fashion. The charm of this nature gem is further emphasized by well-preserved watermills that proudly remind of local customs and traditions from the past.

Salakovac Lake

Salakovac Lake is a charming excursion site located near the City of Mostar. By providing a peaceful ambiance, this lake is particularly attractive during the summer season when locals tend to visit to escape the summer heat and bustle of the city. Besides fun and summer joy, the lake is also popular among fishermen.

Mašica Lake

Mašica Lake is tucked in an accessible yet beautiful forest, on the very edge of the Tajan Natural Monument where nature comes alive in different shapes and forms. From endemic plants and endangered fauna to historic stone bridges, mysterious caves, extraordinary green landscapes, water streams, and canyons, Mašica Lake and Tajan Natural Monument impress throughout the year. Positioned near Zavidovići and Kakanj, Mašica Lake is a true green oasis in whose surroundings a plethora of cycling, trekking, and hiking experiences takes place. To visit Mašica Lake is to witness nature’s creativity unfold in front of you, in all its beauty. 

Klinje Lake

Often described as a hidden gem of the Republic of Srpska, Klinje Lake is a haven for excursionists and those who enjoy testing their fishing skills. Situated about 8 kilometers from Gacko and known for its attractive 26-meter-high stone arch dam which dates back to the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, Klinje Lake makes the already-picturesque landscapes even more inspiring.

Manjača Lake

Located near Banja Luka, Manjača Lake is quickly shaping into one of the prominent excursion spots in Banja Luka and its surroundings. Manjača especially blooms during the summer season, when it becomes a haven for sports and water activities. Refreshing air, clear waters, herbal plants, walking and cycling trails, adventure, entertainment, and sports fields are just some of the reasons why Manjača generates an increase in interest from locals as well as tourists.

Modrac Lake

Formed in the 1960s, this eye-catching lake is located in the municipality of Lukavac, near the city of Tuzla. Embraced by picturesque nature, in the surroundings of Modrac Lake one can find several beaches, restaurants, and accommodation facilities that enhance the overall experience of outdoor joy and adventure. Modrac Lake particularly shines during summer.

Svitava Lake and Hutovo Blato

Svitava Lake is an artificial lake situated near the captivating Čapljina and Nature Park Hutovo Blato. It is as though the entire area has been a playground where nature decided to engrave its marks, creating inspiring landscapes and unique features. Hutovo Blato, which is home to diverse flora and fauna, also contains a few interconnected lakes that contribute to its mesmerizing beauty. From exploring one of the most significant nature and bird reserves in the country, enjoying photo safaris, recreation, and sports activities to panoramic sightseeing, Hutovo Blato and Svitava Lake inspire in various ways.

Šator Lake

Šator Lake is a true jewel of Šator Mountain and is often visited by nature lovers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Often defined as one of the most beautiful lakes in the country, Lake Šator complements the positive experience of almost every tour on Mount Šator, otherwise known for its landscapes, endemic species, and stunning views. When exploring Mt. Šator, a visit to Šator Lake is icing on the cake that elevates every hike, making the overall outdoor experience even better and more memorable.

Zvornik Lake

Situated on a border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia on the east, Zvornik Lake is an artificial reservoir on the iconic Drina River, tucked in a charming environment that refuels. Small beaches, weekend houses, and catering facilities increase the attractiveness of Zvornik Lake where kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and swimming are some of the activities that can be experienced.

Lakes Ravna Planina

Two artificial lakes were created within Ski Center Ravna Planina, about 1300 meters above sea level. Located in a very intriguing location where plenty of mesmerizing sites unfold, the lakes of Ravna Planina enjoy attention throughout the year, while especially blooming in the summer season. From recreational fishing, pedal boat rides, swimming, gondola, and zip line rides to fascinating mountain views and gastronomy, the lakes of Ravna Planina further enhance all the joy and attractiveness of Ravna Planina and its surroundings.

Grabovica Lake

Stretching approximately 12 kilometers in length, Grabovica Lake originates in Jablanica and extends towards Mostar. The tranquil atmosphere of its surrounding environment provides an ideal setting for leisurely exploration and relaxation, offering a serene escape from the urban bustle of nearby towns. Particularly noteworthy are the charming vistas of the Čvrsnica and Prenj mountains, which form a stunning backdrop alongside the captivating canyon.