Almost simultaneously with British online newspaper The Independent recommending Sarajevo as one of the best cities to visit in 2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina appeared on yet another list of places worth paying a visit in the upcoming months.
Los Angeles Times published a list of ten great destinations to consider in 2020, which includes Cairo, Waterton Glacier International Peace Park in Canada, Costa Rica, Japan’s former capital Kyoto, Maldives, Swedish Lapland, Canada’s Vancouver, Wales, Washington D.C., and - as the first one on the list, actually, since it was compiled in alphabetical order - Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Author of the article reminded that the Bosnian War had ended in December 1995, and noted that “the multicultural nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has begun a new chapter with rising tourism”.
“Through the first nine months of 2019, visitor arrivals increased 11 percent to 1.2 million”, LA Times reported. “The center of gravity is Sarajevo, the capital whose old town includes churches, synagogues and mosques that date back centuries”.
Author reminded that the cable car to Mount Trebevic, “a 1984 Winter Olympics venue destroyed in the fighting of the early ’90s”, reopened in 2018.
Visit to the 16th century Old Bridge in Mostar is a popular day trip about 130 kilometers southwest of Sarajevo. “Mostar hosts summer music festivals and an August high-diving competition”, the LA Times reported.
“The town of Medjugorje, southwest of Mostar, has been a Catholic pilgrimage destination since reported sightings of the Virgin Mary on Apparition Hill began in 1981. The pope authorized the site as a pilgrimage destination in May 2019”, the author concluded.