…a city where you arrive as a guest and leave as a friend…
Bihac offers a delightful blend of cultural heritage, scenic landscapes, and friendly locals, making it a truly memorable destination in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Explore the Old Town
Begin your exploration by immersing yourself in the charm of the Old Town (Stari Grad) with its well-preserved Ottoman-era architecture and the iconic Kapetanova Kula (Captain’s Tower) providing panoramic views.
Visit Historic Landmarks in & around Bihac
Enjoy the Local Cuisine
Take a stroll along the picturesque Una River promenade, lined with charming cafes and restaurants, where you can savor traditional cuisine and experience the warm hospitality of the locals.
Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the famous Bihac freshwater fish, a regional specialty!
Indulge in the local cuisine and savor the flavors of the Una River by visiting the charming Restoran River Dock. This unique dining establishment offers a delightful experience as you enjoy your meal on a boat floating on the tranquil waters of the river.
And for a truly immersive and authentic dining experience, head to Ethno village Čardaklije. Nestled amidst the scenic beauty of the region, this ethno village showcases the traditional Bosnian way of life and offers a unique dining experience. Enjoy the warm hospitality as you savor mouthwatering dishes, including the famous Bihac freshwater fish.
Experience Natural Beauties in & around Bihac
Experience the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Bihac by venturing into the captivating Una National Park and it’s famous waterfalls Strbacki buk & Martin Brod.
Engage in exhilarating activities such as white-water rafting and kayaking, navigating the emerald-green waters of the Una River and its stunning canyons. Immerse yourself in the park’s abundant flora and fauna, discovering hidden waterfalls and indulging in peaceful boat rides amidst lush surroundings.
For nature enthusiasts, hiking and cycling along the scenic riverbanks present opportunities to witness breathtaking landscapes and encounter diverse wildlife. Explore the park’s vast network of hiking trails, tailored to different skill levels, and embrace the serenity of this picturesque haven.
Continue your exploration of the natural wonders surrounding Bihac by visiting the Japodski Islands, a collection of enchanting islets nestled in the emerald waters of the Una River. These islands offer a tranquil retreat where you can immerse yourself in untouched nature, take leisurely walks along the riverbanks, and witness the harmonious coexistence of wildlife and pristine landscapes. Indulge in the serenity of this hidden gem, basking in the tranquility that the Japodski Islands have to offer.
Take a Day Trip to Nearby Places
Additionally, take a day trip to nearby destinations like Jajce, known for its medieval castle and stunning Pliva Waterfall, to Banja Luka, known for its lively nightlife scene, to Plitvice Lakes, enchanting cascades amidst pristine nature.
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For accommodation, consider seeking lodging on the banks of the Una River. This will provide you with a unique opportunity to stay in close proximity to the river and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the surrounding nature. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the flowing water and wake up to picturesque views right outside your doorstep.
One highly recommended option is Hotel Konak na Uni, located in the heart of the city’s historic core. Or if you’re looking for a more premium experience, but outside of town Bihać, Hotel Kostelski Buk is an excellent choice.
With its rich history, natural wonders, and warm hospitality, Bihac offers an unforgettable experience for every visitor. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, this charming city in Bosnia and Herzegovina will leave you with cherished memories and the feeling of leaving as a friend.
…an Open-Air Museum…
Bosanska Krajina, a region in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is like a small Scotland adorned with its old towns, towers, and fortresses that served as guardians of the northwest border of the country, defending against enemy invasions. As you travel through the valley of the beautiful Una River, one of the cleanest rivers in Europe, your gaze will be captivated by the hills and slopes on which the ancient towns and fortresses are perched, symbolizing the region’s historical defense.
In the vicinity of Kulen Vakuf, proudly standing on steep cliffs, is the old town of Ostrovica, bearing witness to distant times and the heroic lives of its inhabitants. Many of the traditional Krajina folk songs were born in the heart of this region, often referred to as the fierce Krajina. Besides Ostrovica, the Valley of Heroes, which includes Orašac, Kulen Vakuf, and Klis, is home to several other historical landmarks, such as the Orašac tower, the Kulenović fortress on Prkosima, and the Kulenović tower on Ćukovi.
It is challenging to list all the cultural and historical gems that preserve the memory of the heroic history of this part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Rmanj, Kulen Vakuf, Havala, Ostrožac, Vrnograč, Kamengrad, Sokolac, the old town of Pset, and many others are just a fraction of the rich cultural, historical, and architectural heritage of Bosanska Krajina. If we add the old towns of Bužim and Velika Kladuša to the list, this part of Bosnia and Herzegovina rightfully carries the title of an open-air museum.
Life on the Border
The old towns, towers, and fortresses of Krajina served as guardians of the northwest border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, facing frequent enemy attacks on its sovereignty and integrity. The heroic Krajina songs, featuring epic figures like Mujo and Halil Hrnjić, Hurem-aga Kozlica, Mustaj-beg Lički, and Budalina Tale, bear witness to the constant state of war that this part of Bosnia and Herzegovina experienced. They sacrificed their lives in defense of honor and homeland.
What defines this type of poetry is the distinctive Krajina border-warrior mentality, which, throughout history, from the fall of the medieval Bosnian state through the Ottoman rule and to the present day, reflects the constant turbulence and conflicts. Such a way of life on the edge and on the border naturally manifested in the folk culture, providing an authentic testimony to the social dynamics and aesthetic norms of that bygone era in Bosanska Krajina.