Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country full of breathtaking landscapes, fascinating history and warm hospitality. But when is the best time to travel to Bosnia to experience this unique country from its most beautiful side? The answer depends entirely on your individual preferences and travel plans.

We are a boutique travel agency based in Sarajevo, and have experienced all seasons. We can therefore tell you the best travel time in Bosnia and Herzegovina for your preferences and activities. Let’s start straight away:


No time for the whole article? The best travel time for Bosnia and Herzegovina summarized:

  • Spring (March to May):  Pleasant temperatures, mild conditions, but months with the most rainy days. Ideal time of year to explore historic cities like Sarajevo
  • Summer (June to September):  Warm and dry, ideal for beach holidays and outdoor activities. Especially in Herzegovina, it is very hot for a long time and is a high tourist season. It is pleasantly warm on the mountains or by the lakes
  • Autumn (September to November): Mostly still pleasant temperatures and mild conditions in the off-season. Breathtaking autumn colors from October. The best weather for hiking, for example in Sutjeska National Park
  • Winter (November/December to February/March):  Cold and snowy, ideal for winter sports, especially in the Sarajevo region of the Dinaric Mountains. In Herzegovina, winters are mild and humid, but windy, and many attractions are closed

The best time to travel in Bosnia and Herzegovina is from April to October – and then it just depends on what you want to do most.


The climate in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a temperate continental climate, characterized by large temperature differences between summer and winter. The interior has a continental climate, while the coastal region close to the Adriatic has a Mediterranean climate. In between, the country has some other climate zones, such as alpine or sub-Mediterranean climates. In general, Herzegovina is Mediterranean, Bosnia is continental.

Spring (March to May):

Spring often offers pleasant temperatures and mild conditions, especially in Herzegovina from April onwards it is often pleasantly warm with many hours of sunshine. The landscape comes to life. In Bosnia, most precipitation falls in spring, but there can still be snow at higher altitudes. The beginning of spring is therefore not the best travel time for hikes, but it is ideal for city trips and rest, even in tourist places.

Summer (June to September):

In the summer months it is warm and dry across the country. The sun shines abundantly and precipitation is rare. Ideal for beach holidays and outdoor activities. Summers in Herzegovina are very hot and dry, with maximum temperatures reaching 40°C or more. It is a little cooler in the mountains. June to August is also the main travel time for the country – you have to be prepared for more tourists, especially in midsummer.

Autumn (September to October/November):

Autumn is ideal for sightseeing, city trips and active holidays. On average, early autumn in particular still offers many sunny and few rainy days. After it is very warm in summer, you now have pleasant temperatures that are particularly suitable for hiking.

Winter (November to February):

Winter in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be cold and snowy, especially in the mountains. In the valleys the minimum temperatures are usually around freezing point. Snowfall is common in the interior of the country, with the coldest month with the most snow being January. Meanwhile, the Mediterranean Herzegovina experiences milder winters with little snow but rain and wind. Winter sports enthusiasts get their money’s worth in winter – especially on the Olympic mountains around Sarajevo.

Best time to travel to Bosnia for various activities 

Hiking and trekking:

The best time for hiking in Bosnia and Herzegovina is late spring or early summer (May and June) and autumn (September and October), when temperatures are pleasantly mild, there is little rain and the snow on the mountains has melted.

Rafting and kayaking:

Early summer (from May to July) is best suited for this, when the rivers still have a lot of water. In summer, water activities can sometimes no longer take place due to low water levels.

Beach holidays:

The summer months (July and August) are best when it is sunny for a beach holiday on the Adriatic or the country’s mountain lakes. But this is also the most popular time to travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina, so it gets crowded

City trips

Sarajevo, Mostar and other cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be visited all year round. However, in spring and autumn the weather is particularly pleasant for extensive exploration of the historical places and a visit can also be combined with outdoor activities.

Winter sports:

Winter sports enthusiasts get their money’s worth in the mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina in winter (December to February). However, snow reliability on the snow depths of the Olympic Mountains has decreased more and more in recent years. We would no longer recommend a visit in December or early January.

You see, Bosnia and Herzegovina offers something attractive in every season. With the right planning, you can make your holiday in this beautiful country an unforgettable experience.

Additional information about traveling to Bosnia:

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Sarajevo – the perfect destination for culture and nature lovers and foodies alike! This city tah we call home is a fascinating melting pot of cultures – from the Slavs to the Bosnian Kingdom to the Ottomans and Austria-Hungary, this city has seen a lot.

Although we have lived here for years, we love to stroll through the old town, where the history of past centuries is still alive, or drive up to the surrounding mountains, where various outdoor adventures await.

In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know for your holiday in Sarajevo. We can already promise one thing: You will be enthralled by a unique blend of history, culture and nature – to really immerse yourself, we recommend exploring the city with an experienced city guide who can unravel the layers of the different eras for you. Read more

Picture this: you’re strolling along a hidden canyon, the sound of birds and a soft breeze stirring the leaves is all you hear. The scent of wild mint ingles with the warm breeze. Suddenly, you cross a corner and there it is: nestled at the edge of Europe’s second-deepest canyon: A small village, stone houses with tin-covered roofs to withstand the strong winds and weather. Sheep grazing on rock-fenced meadows, the bark of a dog announcing your arrival to the villagers… This isn’t your typical European jaunt! This is Bosnia and Herzegovina – a treasure chest of off-the-beaten-path adventures waiting to be unlocked. Read more

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Bosnian food is hearty, often boiled or grilled – real soul food. And generally prepared from a few, but regional and seasonal ingredients. This makes dishes from Bosnian cuisine particularly delicious despite their simplicity! Visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina, you will taste the Turkish influence of the Ottomans, but also of Austria-Hungary, is visible in Bosnian cuisine – an exciting mix.

And don’t worry: Contrary to popular belief that vegetarians are often poor in the Balkans, you can find some delicious meatless dishes in Bosnian cuisine! 

Here are our favorite 9 Bosnian foods you should definitely try!

1. PITA – THE GREASY, CRISPY NATIONAL PASTRY

Every country has its own version of fast food. And in Bosnia and Herzegovina it is pita. Bosnians love this greasy, flaky snack at any time of the day. And no, pita is not pita bread!

Pita is made from a type of puff pastry and various fillings. The most common types are burek (filled with minced meat, usually beef) and vegetarian variants: sirnica (filled with cheese), krompiruša (filled with potatoes) and zeljanica (filled with spinach).

Pita is a hearty meal and is often eaten with yogurt. You can buy it in bakeries (pekara) or in buregdzinicas where they bake fresh filo dough pastries throughout the whole day.

2. ĆEVAPČIĆI – THE FAMOUS MINCED MEAT SAUSAGES

Ćevapčići (sometimes shortened to Cevapi) are THE national dish of Bosnia and Herzegovina and hugely popular. They are prepared differently in every part of the country. There is Ćevapčići from Travnik, Ćevapčići from Banja Luka and Ćevapčići from Sarajevo.

In Sarajevo, minced meat sausages are traditionally made from veal and served in flatbread called somun and with kajmak, a type of sour cream.

They taste best in a Ćevapdzinica, a shop that focuses solely on preparing this speciality. Here, freshly grilled food is available throughout the day.

3. DOLMAS – COOKED COMFORT FOOD

In Bosnia and Herzegovina and throughout the Balkan cuisine, a variety of vegetables whose main ingredient for the stuffing is ground beef and rice: bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini or onions and even sauerkraut. In all Balkan countries you will find dolma, the stuffed vegetable.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, they are sold in aščinicas – traditional Bosnian restaurants that serve stews, soups and stuffed vegetables. Whatever has been prepared for the day is only available in the aščinica until it is sold out. Most locals have a quick lunch here.

Here you will not only find dolmas, but also a selection of boiled and cooked meat dishes such as goulash or paprikaš. Soups such as the Bosnian bean soup Grah or the famous Begova Čorba with okra are also served here – in short, everything that is soul food.

GET TO KNOW ALL THESE BOSNIAN DISHES AND MORE ON OUR SARAJEVO FOOD TOUR!

4. GRILLED FOOD – THE BOSNIAN NATIONAL SPORT

Grilling is almost a national sport in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is a unique tool here for making dishes particularly juicy and tender: the sač, a large metal lid in the shape of a bell under which various dishes are prepared. Hot coals are placed on the bell and ensure that the dishes prepared in the sač are cooked at an even temperature and retain their juiciness and flavor. Would you like to make a sač yourself? Then spend an afternoon in our family garden!

Around Jablanica, lamb on a skewer is also a real delicacy. Traditional dishes in Bosnia and Herzegovina are often regional – and here in and around Lake Jablanica you can find the best.

5. KLEPE – BOSNIAN DUMPLINGS

You will find this traditional Bosnian dish, a Bosnian version of ravioli, in many traditional restaurants – it is one of the traditional dishes that is still cooked a lot in Bosnian households. As with pita and burek, of course, every Bosnian housewife has her own recipe.

In general, Bosnian ravioli are often prepared and eaten with sour cream and lots of garlic or a kind of paprika sauce.

6. BOSANSKI LONAC – THE DISH FROM THE MIDDLE AGES

This Bosnian pot made from a variety of meats dates back to the time of the Bosnian Kingdom. Depending on the region, beef, lamb, game or a mixture of all of these is used, as well as different vegetables. Everything is layered, poured with water and then cooked until the meat is very tender, and the vegetables are cooked. This old dish is no longer on the menu everywhere, but if you get the chance, you should try it.

7. MEZZE – THE BEST SAUSAGES AND CHEESES

As is common in Mediterranean cuisine, there are often mixed starters to share: Ajvar, various types of cheese, and various types of sausage such as the beef ham Suho Meso are served before the main course. The Bosnian version of antipasti, so to speak.

Each region has its own types of ham and sausage, often made from pork in Herzegovina and Mostar, and beef in the Muslim parts of the country. Almost every region also has its own type of cheese. The cheese from Travnik or Livno is particularly well-known.

8. BAKLAVA – SWEET AND IRRESISTIBLE

The influence of the Ottoman Empire is often still visible here in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in the sugary desserts. And Bosnians love sweets. There is also baklava here – although it is not made with pistachios, but with walnuts and soaked in sugar syrup.

You will find this sweet puff pastry all over the Balkans, including Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

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9. TUFAHIJA – THE “BAKED APPLE BOSNIAN STYLE”

Another typical Bosnian dessert is tufahija – an apple filled with walnuts, covered with syrup and served with whipped cream in a large glass.

AND WHAT DO PEOPLE DRINK IN BOSNIA?

Bosnians love coffee – it is drunk here in the country at any time of the day or night. Black and bitter, with sugar and a little sweet on the side. On our city tour you can learn how Bosnian coffee is prepared and drunk and why it’s not the same as Turkish coffee.

And if you want something alcoholic, then of course Rakija is popular in Bosnia and throughout the Balkans. The notorious fruit brandy, often made from plums (Šlivovica), but also from quince, apple, apricot or pear. But please note: Rakija is not a shot, but is drunk sip by sip. A glass of water is always ready at the side. Do you want to learn more about Rakija? Book a Rakija tour with us and taste different varieties!

We hope this post has made you want to try Bosnian food and Bosnian cuisine! Check out our foodie tours and book a cooking class, barbecue, food tour or rakija tasting!

Sutjeska National Park is located in the Republika Srpska region of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Here, you will find the highest mountains in the country and the Perućica primeval forest, the last primeval forest in Europe! The park has a variety of hiking trails, from easy to challenging, that allow visitors to explore the breathtaking nature of the region. This article provides an overview of the hiking opportunities in the park.

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