Capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nestled within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia, it is surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of the Balkans.

Sarajevo is the political, social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a prominent center of culture in the Balkans, with its region-wide influence in entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts.

Due to its long and rich history of religious and cultural diversity, Sarajevo is sometimes called the “Jerusalem of Europe”[1] or “Jerusalem of the Balkans”. It is one of only a few major European cities which have a mosque, Catholic church, Orthodox church and synagogue in the same neighborhood.

The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event which took place from 8–19 February 1984 in Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia, in present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Sarajevo is a city with a soul. And to feel its soul, the best is to come and live it.

Take a stroll through Sarajevos old town Baščaršija

Baščaršija is Sarajevo’s old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city, Sarajevos old Bazaar is the heart and soul of Sarajevo and a meeting point for locals. Baščaršija was built in the 15th century when Isa-Beg Isaković founded the town. The word Baščaršija derives from the Turkish language. It’s a unique ambience and vivid place, full of traditional restaurants and souvenir shops. The Sebij, located at the center square of Baščaršija, is one of the symbols of Sarajevo. It is also known as the pigeon square by tourists as it is always surrounded by them.

What to visit

Visit the GaziHusrev-beg Mosque

The GaziHusrev-beg is a mosque in the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Built in the 16th century, it is the largest historical mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the most representative Ottoman structures in the Balkans. Being the central Sarajevo’s mosque since the days of its construction, today it also serves as the main congregational mosque of the Islamic Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in the Baščaršija neighborhood.The mosque also has a public šadrvan, a fountain for ritual washing, an outdoor praying area, an Islamic bookstore and the tomb of Gazi Husrev-beg.

Visit the Vjecnica (City hall)

Vijecnica is the most extravagant building constructed during Austro-Hungarian occupation. It represents the meeting of civilizations of East and West. Today, in the building are situated the national and university libraries.

Walk across the Latin Bridge

Latin Bridge is an Ottoman bridge over the river Miljacka in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The northern end of the bridge was the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Gavrilo Princip in 1914, which became casus belli of World War I.You can find a museum which documents the events of that day.

See Morića Han

Morića Han is a han originally built in 1551 in Sarajevo, Ottoman Empire. After a fire in 1697 it was reconstructed in its current form. Morića Han is one of the buildings which were financed by and belonged to Gazi Husrev-Beg’s endowment. It is the only surviving han in Sarajevo. It is located in Baščaršija, Saračistreet, in Stari Grad

See the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

It was established in 1888, having originally been conceived around 1850. In 1913, the museum building was expanded by the Czech architect Karel Pařík who designed a structure of four symmetric pavilions with a facade in the Italian Renaissance Revival style. The four pavilions contain the departments of archaeology, ethnology, natural history, and a library. After being closed for several years due to heavy damage in the recent war, the museum has re-opened and is in the process of mounting new and pre-existing exhibits.

It has a library with 162,000 volumes.

Check the time at Sarajevo Clock Tower

The only clock which shows lunar time.The clock tower, at 30 metres, is the tallest in all of Bosnia, and dates back to the 17th century when it was constructed by Gazi Husrev-beg next to the mosque that also bears his name. The tower has a staircase with 76 wooden steps arranged in a square, and displays the time on all 4 sides.

See the whole city from the Avaz tower

If you want to see the whole city, visit Avaz Twist tower, because of it amazing view from the 36th floor. It is the highest skyscraper in the Balkan region of Europe. This is the best spot to view the city.The view is picturesque and breathtaking.

Sarajevo - capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Spring of the Bosna river

The spring of the Bosna river is a tourist attractions which is located in Sarajevo outskirts (Municipality of Ilidza). A unique combination of urban surroundings and untouched nature which we recommend to visit. The spring consists of several small islands that are banded by bridges over streams which form the river Bosna, one of the most beautiful rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

If you are a fan of nature and beautiful landscapes, this place is unavoidable if you are visiting Sarajevo or Bosnia and Herzegovina. The water temperature in the summer makes air pleasant. Lush vegetation and light breeze from Igman will give you a pleasant feeling which is unforgettable. You also have the opportunity to drive with barouche through the long-distance woodcarving, and there are other interesting attractions such as restaurants and playgrounds for children, spas, archaeological sites and necropolises in the village of Vrutci, as well as Austro-Hungarian villas. Beside of these spring of Bosna river attractions for visit, you can still feel the inevitable breath of untouched nature.

Jahorina Mountain

Jahorina Olympic Resort is one of the most popular winter resorts. It is located 30 km east of Sarajevo. During the Olympics in 1984, it was venue of the slalom and grand-slalom competitions. Jahorina Mountain, a true winter wonderland. Jahorina is an ideal summer destination for people who enjoy beautiful nature, fresh mountain spring, thick forests and green grasslands. During winter, Jahorina is an idyllic combination of now cover, clear blue skies and fresh mountain air.

Visit Lukomir Village

Lukomir is the last true Bosnian village. It is located near Bjelasnica Mountain. In this village, life remains as it was 100 years ago. Stećci (medieval thombstone) are a proof that there were a settlement a few centuries ago confirm the claim that the village’s current inhabitants are descendants of pastoral nomads from Herzegovina.

Unique architecture and the tasty food that is prepared according to the villagers’ traditional recipes.

Traditional food in Sarajevo

The citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina truly enjoy the tasty and healthy food and drink. Traditional food is often prepared with meat, and meals are plentiful and delicious. The meat is of extraordinary quality, often organic, and well prepared.

When you travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, be sure that you enjoy traditional dishes. Food in Bosnia and Herzegovina puts a spin on Balkan entrees and has a little something for every traveler, whether you love a good steak or you’re strictly veggie.

If you like meat and potato courses, you’ll be thrilled with the options you will find for entree selections in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Sarajevo is a paradise for meat lovers and it’s full of small cafes and restaurants offering cevapi, a traditional skinless sausage served with delicious pitta bread. Places serving it are known as Cevabdžinica and each has its own name.

No matter what you order in Bosnia and Herzegovina you will be served bread in almost all cases which is traditionally consumed in large quantities in Bosnia. Soup and salad are also common dishes that make up a complete meal in Bosnia.

Desserts are tasty and good, because most are made with local products. Traditional sweets from Bosnia and Herzegovina are baklava, kadaif, ružice and tufahije.

Black coffee is inevitable in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the very ritual of drinking and enjoying coffee with friends and acquaintances.

Most common and most popular homemade spirit is the plum brandy, other local fruits are also common: cherry, apple, pear, etc.,

Basic Information

Sarajevo capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina (located in central Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina is Sarajevo. The Sarajevo metropolitan area, including Sarajevo Canton, East Sarajevo and nearby municipalities, is home to 555,210 inhabitants.

Foca (located in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina); Mostar (located in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Sarajevo International Airport (B&H); Podgorica International Airport (MNE); Dubrovnik International Airport (CRO)

What our dear guests had to say

PRICELESS !!! We were delighted first time we came here, and second we were overwhelmed again. Encijan is arranged and clean but still wild, without exaggerating - a real fairy tale. Tara, one of the most beautiful river I have ever seen, here is unreal, almost like emerald. People and service were excellent all the time and we felt like home. Just imagine yourself deep in the highest river canyon in Europe , surrounded with untouched nature and peace. One is for sure, this atmosphere and scene you will never forget. Unique place and people and much more 🙂
Milana L
Milana L
So great When I decided to go rafting with my boys and friends, I expected beauty, but now I was thrilled. The camp is beautiful. The service is top notch. Great food. A great skipper on rafting. I would recommend it to anyone who loves untouched nature, relaxing by the river and the chirping of birds and a real Tara experience. We will definitely come again.
Ivana Petkovic
Ivana Petkovic
Raj za ljubitelje prirode Nestvarno mesto uz samu reku Taru! Prelepa priroda, neverovatna reka i boje koje okruzuju kamp. Ljubazno osoblje, raznovrsna i ukusna hrana! Profesionalni skiperi, osoblje na usluzi 24h. Domaćinska atmosfera i dobar provod! Sve preporuke!
Kristina K
Kristina K
The most amazing place I have been going to this camp 4 years in a row now with my friends... This is the most amazing place, beautiful camp - like from the fairytale 🙂 Nature is unreal, view and the river also. Food in the camp is the best food we ever had, you can't buy this in any restaurant 🙂 Definitely we will be going again and make visits traditionally once a year at least!
We'll be back Apsolutno bez ikakve zamerke na bilo šta. Domaćin je, pre svega, gospodin. Osoblje je prijatno, sve je laganica, bez ikakve frke i žurbe, što apsolutno i priliči ovakvom mestu. Stvoreno za opuštanje. Hrana je odlična, smeštaj i kućica u kojoj smo bili uredni i čisti. Definitivno se vraćamo, možda čak i jako brzo.
Darko D
Darko D
Darko Odlicno mesto za odmor i beg od urbanog zivota... Rafting sa obucenim skiperima se pretvara u pravo zadovoljstvo posle prvog zaveslaja... Hrana preeedobra, usluga i atmosfera takodje... Vidimo se ponovo...
Dino Sehic
Dino Sehic
Unforgettable rafting Beautiful nature, great hosts, delicious food, positive energy all around ... For true lovers of untouched nature and its hidden beauties on the way out of the Tara canyon, a camp that rests both soul and heart. Beautiful people who will welcome you and recharge your batteries with their positive energy. All in all, rafting to remember and a desire to come back again.
Jana T
Jana T
Vraćaćemo se! Prvi put sam u Encijan došla kada sam imala 9 godina. 15 godina kasnije - i dalje se vraćam. Možda je dovoljno reći da se desilo da mi je pao rođendan na vikend kada smo u kampu i da gazda, kada je to saznao, angažovao ljude da mi donesu tortu u kanjon. Milan Šerpas i ekipa učine da svako ko dođe odluči da obavezno dođe još jednom, ili bar preporuči drugima da posete. Smeštaj je udoban i čist, Milan uvek vodi računa da na najbolji način rasporedi goste po njihovim potrebama. Smeštajne jedinice su od 3 do 7 kreveta, uglavnom bungalovi. Toalet i tuševi su odvojeni od jedinica, ali ih ima veliki broj te je čekanje zaista svedeno na minimum. Volela bih da dočaram oduševljenje moje ekipe hranom, ali ću ipak ostaviti da se još neko sam iznenadi. Bitno - raspon i izbor su ogromni, niko neće ostati gladan a i ukoliko iz bilo kojih razloga ne možete da jedete nešto iz tog izbora, oni vam uvek dodatno spreme nešto. A obradovaće vas i krofnama! Mesta za odmor i opuštanje ima i više nego dovoljno - od hamoka, preko ležaljki, stolova sa stolicama na više mesta u kampu. Vaše je samo da nađete šta vam se najviše sviđa. Spust niz reku je sjajan, nekad dinamičniji u zavisnosti od doba godine (jul-avgust je najniža i najmirnija voda; april-maj najviša i najbrža). Skiperi su jako iskusni i fenomenalni momci. Spust kao spust nije opasan što svedoči da sam ja išla sa 9 godina a moja sestra sa 5. Dobija se kompletna oprema i uz slušanje instrukcija koje daje skiper - nema opasnosti ni za najmlađe. Posle večere često bude svirka sa muzikom uživo, kamp ima svoje ozvučenje a vrlo često i gosti nose svoje zvučnike te može i da se proveseli uveče. Upaljena je logorska vatra, ceo kamp je osvetljen malim fenjerima te je ambijent uveče možda i lepši nego tokom dana. Za one koji bi ranije legali i žele kompletan mir preporučujem da traže smeštajne jedinice bliže toaletima a dalje od šanka/kuhinje/centralne vatre. Kamp se nalazi na samom početku dela koji je predviđen za spust i u tu tačku dolaze ljudi i iz ostalih kampova, tako da ne dozvolite da vas razočara što se najduže vozite dok drugi brže stižu. Vaša nagrada je da ujutru ne morate u opremi da se vozite do početne tačke, već samo sednete u čamac i krenuli ste. Šanse su da ćete na par dana zaboraviti obaveze i samo se isključiti od stresa. Dolazila sam sa mnogo ljudi u životu a dobila sam samo jednu zamerku: Što smo došli samo na tri dana?
Jasmina Miljkovic
Jasmina Miljkovic
Nema bolje Već sedmi put smo muž i ja gosti ovog kampa, što govori o tome da li smo zadovoljni. A malo je reći da smo zadovoljni, jer ono što pruža ambijent, osoblje, kvalitet usluge i hrane retko gde se nalazi. Ovo mesto je naš privatni raj, beg od histerične svakodnevice i prilika za mentalni i fizički reset. Besprekoran domaćin, uvek zanimljivi gosti, a svaki sledeći dolazak je nova avantura koja pruža i više nego što očekujemo. Nema greške. Za svaku preporuku! Ivan i Jasmina Miljković, Beograd
Isidora Miljković
Isidora Miljković
Mind-blowing! Not your average, generic camp! With all due respect to other camps, there's no comparison between Encijan and others! Location of the camp is unbeatable, untouched nature all around, beautiful cabins and common place that conform to surrounding nature and a view of magnificent turquoise Tara. The staff couldn't be more polite, they really make you feel taken care of. And the food is.. WOW! And if you have some special requests regarding your nutrition (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.), you need not worry, all your wishes will be met with. August of 2020 was the second time I went to Encijan, first time with my family and this time with friends, so it's safe to say that this camp is perfect for everyone and for every occasion. And I had fun every time 🙂 In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend Encijan! ♥

Attractions from our region

Bosnia and Herzegovina, a heart shaped land, has a lot to offer when It comes to tourism. Spacious mountain views, emerald green lakes, beautiful landscape and picturesque towns. West and the East meet here, so you will learn a lot about cultures, traditions and people. Share what you have learned with your friends at Encijan’s campfire. When It comes to the tours that we organize, here are some destinations that we recommend you to visit

  • Višegrad is a town and municipality located Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is resting at the confluence of the Drina and the Rzav river.
  • Trebinje is the southernmost city in Bosnia and Herzegovina situated on the banks of Trebišnjica river in the region of East Herzegovina.
  • Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and is the fifth-largest city in the country.
  • Sarajevo is the capitaland largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nestled within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia

Choose your ADVENTURE !

According to our many years experience in outdoor tourism, we are able to offer you more variants from our well designed arrangements (or packages) from one day and multiple days adventures tour in our country.

We have created programs which will exceed all your expectations! Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, nature lover, history buff or even foodie – do not worry, we have got you covered! Choose a program that fits your personality the best and live through an unforgettable experience!

It`s your choice

  • Package that offers visit to National park Sutjeska, primeval Forest Perucica, experience rafting along Tara River, and as a crown at the end, enjoy in the view from the B&Hs tallest mountain.
  • Hiking trough one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe. Jeep and photo safari trough National park Sutjeska combined with Tara River Rafting.
  • Taste rafting and experience two relaxed nights in the heart of the Canyon! Package for those who do not rush, and want to spend one more night in the Camp after rafting experience, and go back on trip home, really relaxed.
  • Trekking along most beautiful part of National Park Sutjeska, visit to Primeval forest Perucica, Prijevor plateau and swimming in emerald green Trnovacko lake at the bottom of Mt. Maglic all combined with Tara rafting

Additional information

Organic food

Our traditional homemade cuisine and organic food prepared at our Camp Encijan, which we offer as part of our packages, is another reason why most of our long term and satisfied guests wish to visit us again. The huge amounts of our delicious home-made food is prepared with love and in a traditional way, entirely from fresh organic food which we provide from our natural surroundings. In a moment, every new bite know to send you to some other and slightly forgotten dimension, in a time of our grandmother’s cuisine. Our home cuisine is the main reason why our guests decide to come back again and again.

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Camp Encijan has capacity of 100 beds in 15 mountain huts (bungalows). All huts are built entirely from natural materials, breathable and comfortable. Furniture within the bungalow is new. Two mountain houses – chalets (each 55 m2) are fully furnished with new furniture and comprise of bathroom, kitchen and a spacious living room on the ground floor and two double bedrooms in the attic. Toilets, sinks and showers are decently furnished, immaculately clean and fully meet the needs of a modern person.Hot water is available in showers.

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How to reach us

At the border crossing of Scepan Polje, when submitting documents to border police officers, it is necessary to emphasize that you are going to the Tara canyon to Brstanovica. After completing the registration (in case you coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina turn round and turn back only 100 m, and if you are coming from Montenegro, you go only 100 m forward) where you turn off right from the main road and turn on the local asphalt road leading along the river Tara towards Brstanovica. For more information on how to get to us, see the link below.

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