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ABOUT US

As of 2024, The Most Beautiful Villages of Bosnia and Herzegovina have officially become a part of the Federation of the Most Beautiful Villages of the World. Bosnia and Herzegovina has become the first country in the Balkans and the twelfth country globally to attain this prestigious membership.

The Federation of the Most Beautiful Villages of the World recognized BiH’s candidacy at the General Assembly of the International Federation, which was held in Wallonia, Belgium from May 2 to 5, and all delegates welcomed BiH. With this, The Most Beautiful Villages of Bosnia and Herzegovina joined the International Federation of the Most Beautiful Villages in the World.

UNIQUE CHARACTER

Finding themselves at the crossroads of Western and Eastern civilization, villages and rural settlements in Bosnia and Herzegovina testify to the rich cultural heritage that represents the country and its people. The influences of the Greek, Roman, European medieval and Ottoman empires can be seen through many preserved monuments or remains.

BiH is also rich with biodiversity and beautiful nature. This diverse cultural heritage is manifested through monuments or architectural gems and through an intangible tradition that lives on through craftsmanship, cuisine, music, dance and hospitality.

The „Najljepša sela Bosne i Hercegovine“ is a label of excellence that is intended to be recognized internationally and the name of the label in English is “Most Beautiful Villages of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, and its abbreviation is MBV BiH.

OUR VALUES

The “Most Beautiful Villages” brand encompasses a blend of three different elements of heritage, which together contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage. These elements include the natural heritage and ecosystem diversity of the surrounding landscapes and region, architectural heritage encompassing monuments, buildings, and archaeological sites, and the unique characteristics of local culture, including lifestyle, art, skills, and gastronomy.

The main goal of the “Most Beautiful Villages” label is to have a positive impact on economic growth, preservation of cultural heritage, and promotion of sustainable development in rural areas. Additionally, the initiative aims to advance the progress of villages and rural environments and guide them towards achieving the goals of sustainable tourism.

THE VILLAGES

Blagaj

An oasis of peace and natural harmony, located on three rivers, is a place known for its rich cultural and historical heritage and natural beauty. One of the main attractions in Blagaj is the Old Town, which was the birthplace of Bosnian Queen Katarina Kosača-Kotromanić. The old town of Blagaj is one of the largest fortresses in the region, with impressive stone walls and typical medieval towers.

Bratač

Bratač boasts a remarkable abundance of historical heritage on the Nevesinje plateau, including ancient Roman remains, a medieval bridge known as Ovčiji brod, and the river Zalomka sinkhole, which has been declared a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bridge, which was constructed during the Ottoman rule, is believed to have existed even during the Roman Empire, as evidenced by the Roman road that leads to it.

Gornji Srebrenik
Gornji Srebrenik is located in the heart of the Majevica mountain, a beautiful natural treasure of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which takes your breath away with its extraordinary landscapes and natural beauty. This idyllic location is situated near one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Bosnia and Herzegovina, nearly 700 years old. Along with an abundance of significant historical monuments, Gornji Srebrenik represents a precious cultural heritage and bears witness to past times.
Guča Gora

Guča Gora village is situated on the inclines of Vlašić mountain, which was designated as a nature park by the Travnik municipal council in 2007. The primary point of interest in Guča Gora village is the Franciscan monastery, which was constructed in the architectural style of the 19th century. The Franciscan monastery in question was frequently visited by Ivo Andrić, the Nobel Prize laureate.

Kraljeva Sutjeska

The Franciscan monastery in Kraljeva Sutjeska stands as its most prominent landmark, complemented by the historic Dusper house, dating back to the early 18th century and recognized as central Bosnia’s oldest home, protected as a national monument. Nearby, an ancient mosque, built swiftly according to local lore, remains untouched since its construction. The area also features the ruins of the pre-Ottoman Bosnian royal court on Grgurevo hill, alongside the Gothic-style palace chapel of St. Grgur.

Krupa na Vrbasu

This little paradise is recognizable for its natural beauty, including the Krupa River, which hosts rafting competitions, which is one of the most popular activities. This is precisely why the biggest attraction of this village are the vivid waterfalls and mills on the Krupa River. While the medieval town of Greben offers the best panoramic view.

Lukomir

Lukomir is the highest village in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a protected national monument, which is also a living ethnological museum. The traditions of nomadic tribes and inhabitants of the Dinaric plateaus shaped its culture. With scattered tombstones from the 14th and 15th centuries, its specific geography provides a window into the ancient past. Wooden houses made of oak, fir and beech in Lukomir complete the rugged mountain landscape of the Rakitnica canyon.

Martin Brod

Martin Brod, situated along the Una River, is renowned for its travertine barriers and waterfalls, notably Milanev buk, a 50-meter-high cascade on the most picturesque stretch of the river. The village is also known for its historic grain-grinding watermills and traditional eco-machines called “bunica.” The Rmanj Monastery, dating back to the fourteenth century, stands at the town’s entrance, adding to its cultural and historical allure.

Mijakovići-Dragovići-Bobovac

Bobovac, located near the village itself, is the cradle of the medieval Bosnian Banate and the Bosnian Kingdom, as well as the last home of Queen Katarina Kotromanić. What perhaps most enchanting in this area today is its inspirational natural heritage. The villages of Mijakovići-Dragovići are recognizable for their customs and preservation of tradition, as well as the rich history of medieval Bosnia.

Ostrožac

Ostrožac, situated amidst the scenic splendor of a well-preserved castle and the river Una, provides a captivating ambiance reminiscent of a fairy tale. The town of Ostrožac is characterized by a complex of buildings that includes a medieval fort, an Ottoman fortress, a castle built during the Austro-Hungarian period by Lothar Von Berks, and a series of contemporary sculptures situated within the natural environment of the Old Town.

Pecka

The Church of the Holy Prophet Elijah in Pecka features a single-aisled design with a five-sided apse. Constructed in 1858 by Bodo Simić, a merchant from Čipuljići near Bugojno, it includes a later-built bell tower. The church walls are adorned with numerous windows adorned with carved rosettes and geometric ornaments.

Prokoško Jezero

A nomadic village cut off from the world for 6 months of the year – Lake Prokoško is unique in its natural beauty. On the slope of the glacial lake, shepherds still come with their flocks, collect forest fruits and plants, and carefully guard the lake’s endemic newt. Due to its natural and ambient beauty, and its specific glacial formation, Lake Prokoško is often called the Eye of the Mountain. In 2005, the Prokoški Lake area was declared a natural monument.

Ravno

he Municipality of Ravno is distinguished by its exceptional natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, featuring numerous remnants of past civilizations that provide valuable insights into the history of the region’s former inhabitants. Located in southeastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ravno exudes the opulence and mystery of its historical imprint, influenced by its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. The local community has uniquely utilized natural resources, such as water, to operate technologically advanced mills and cultivate quick-ripening vegetables in fertile lands.

Stupe

Livno offers one of its most prominent attractions in the form of semi-feral horses that inhabit the Krug plateau in close proximity to the town. We are referring to equine descendants that were previously utilized in agricultural practices, but were subsequently abandoned due to the emergence of contemporary mechanization. It is important to note that we are not discussing horses that were originally feral. Due to the lack of organized human care for nearly 50 years, these individuals traverse tens of kilometers daily to obtain sustenance and hydration.

Umoljani

Umoljani village is a historical crossroads shaped by both Mediterranean and Continental influences, marked by centuries of human interaction and conflict. Its rich heritage includes natural features like Sedrenik’s watermills, the seasonal Katun settlement of Gradina, Studeno polje with its winding Studeno Potok, and the Studeni stream’s waterfalls. The area also boasts medieval tombstones adorned with intricate decorations, reflecting a blend of realistic and symbolic motifs.

Vranci

Located near the Roman Bridge in Vranci, there’s a structure called ta’te, also known as Turkish planks or a belfry. It consists of beams, a roof, and metal plates designed for ringing a bell, although no bell is present. Bells were prohibited by the Ottoman Empire in this area until 1872, when a belfry was built next to the Kreševo monastery church. The locals then built ta’ta to rotate and ring as substitutes for the church bell.

Vranduk

The village of Vranduk is located on the left bank of the Bosna River, adjacent to the remains of the ancient town. Historical records indicate that the Vranduk Fortress functioned as a protector of the entry to central Bosnia, as it is situated at the highest point of a steep and impassable ravine. At the same time, the Fortress stands as the focal point, enhancing the beauty of this enchanting community.

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