British online newspaper The Independent has included Sarajevo on the list of the 10 best cities to visit in 2020.
One of the authors of the article, Cathy Adams, reminded that Sarajevo has been given a three-times-weekly direct flight from London Luton with Bosnia Airlines, “which makes spring 2020 the perfect time to explore this once-war-torn, now-vibrant capital”.
“The cafe culture here rivals any western European capital - a cup of Bosnian coffee and baklava is the perfect shot in the arm at any time of day - and old-style Ottoman charm emanates from every pore in its cobbled old town”, the author wrote.
“Those interested in the World War One can see the spot where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated - whose death precipitated the invasion of Austria-Hungary into Serbia”, she reminded.
The Independent’s list of best cities to visit in 2020 also includes Galway (Ireland), Durham (U.K.), Bonn (Germany), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Marseille (France), Nashville (U.S.), Vilnius (Lithuania), Essaouira (Mexico), and Amman (Jordan).
This is not the first time that cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina - and the country itself - were labelled as top tourist destinations by prominent international media outlets.
One-and-a-half year ago, The Independent included Bosnia and Herzegovina on the list of destinations to visit in 2019. More recently, U.S.-based web portal Matador Network included Mostar on the list of seven most underrated romantic cities in the world, luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler mentioned Kravica Waterfalls as one of the 20 most beautiful places in Europe, while CNN Travel included Sarajevo on the list of ‘20 beautiful European cities with hardly any tourists’.