Sarajevo may not strike you as the typical Balkan summer destination, but don’t be fooled. The locals take advantage of the warm weather to sit for hours in outdoor cafes, and the city’s atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. Plus you’ll be able to catch the Sarajevo Film Festival and the cultural festival Baščaršija Nights.
What to see?
A trip to Sarajevo starts in the old town, around the Bascarsija (Old Bazaar). With the sounds of the muezzin call to prayer overhead, and a maze of streets lined with vendors selling intricate carpets and silver goods, you’ll think you landed in the Middle East. But turn a corner and encounter stunning medieval churches next to European-style cafes for a true melting pot experience. In this city, religious coexistence is evident everywhere - you can visit the stunning Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque, Sephardic Synagogue, and Sacred Heart Cathedral in the same afternoon. Check out the old Ottoman trading quarter to pick up some souvenirs and explore the city’s pre-war history.