Bijele Vode Ilino | Goražde

Is it a clever trick of this mesmerizing land that it conceals its most precious gems in the most unexpected corners? As one of the characters in Derviš Sušić’s captivating novel, Spies, pondered, perhaps the answer lies in the fact that this country loves to hide its beauty in the most challenging-to-reach places. And one such hidden gem awaits you on the journey from Sarajevo to Goražde, a winding path through Pale, Prača, and Hrenovica, leading you uphill through a dense forest. Brace yourself for a thrilling adventure as you navigate countless serpentine turns until suddenly, like a grand revelation, an enchanting panorama unfolds before your eyes—a tapestry of emerald-hued hills and valleys embraced by lush forests.

At first glance, it may appear as if you’ve stumbled upon a forgotten wilderness, an abandoned haven where nature reigns supreme, and the only sounds to be heard are the melodic symphony of chirping birds and the occasional footsteps of elusive wildlife. But as the saying goes, appearances can be deceiving. Right in the heart of this seemingly untouched paradise lies the magnificent Bijela voda, a harmonious blend of a hunting retreat and a captivating tourist sanctuary. Step into Kriva Draga, the chosen abode of Nedim Alagić, fondly known as Peda among friends and visionaries.

Peda’s passion and dedication breathed life into this haven. Starting with an old forestry house, he meticulously restored and transformed it into a cozy haven. Along his path, Peda secured a precious 30-year hunting concession, giving birth to a dream that now stands tall—a restaurant, a motel adorned with fifteen elegant rooms and a luxurious suite, and a conference hall that exudes sophistication. But the jewel in the crown remains the hunting-tourist complex, surrounded by six charming bungalows and two newly-crafted apartments, where every detail speaks of a rustic elegance reminiscent of the finest lodges.

Amidst this captivating retreat, nature beckons with open arms, offering a myriad of activities and delights. Dive into the refreshing waters of the inviting swimming pool, test your skills on the sports fields where football, handball, and basketball reign supreme, or embark on a thrilling adventure along the 350-meter ski slope, with the gentle hum of the cable car heightening your senses.

And if you thought that was all, there’s an extraordinary tale unfolding within the folds of Kriva Draga—the protection of the majestic brown bear. Their shared mission: to safeguard and revive the brown bear population in this very territory. Deep within the vast Prača forests, you’ll witness dedicated feeding spots and observation posts, providing a unique opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Guided by experts in the field, Peda’s vision transcends mere conservation; it embraces the hope of cultivating a thriving bear population, ensuring their preservation for generations to come.

So, dear traveler, prepare yourself for an extraordinary journey to Bijela voda—a place where nature’s allure intertwines with the warmth of Bosnian hospitality. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the unspoiled wilderness, find solace in the breathtaking landscapes, and embrace the harmony of this hidden paradise. In the realm of Bijela voda, adventure meets tranquility, and every step unveils a story waiting to be told.

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