Racked by a sectarian civil war in the late 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the new states that emerged out of the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991.
Still showing some scars from its turbulent past, Mostar is a cultural crossroads and compact Ottoman frontier town. In the Old town, a tangle of cobbled streets lead to historic buildings, as well as the Old Bazaar, where you sip Turkish coffee. Bosnians love to drink coffee - they can sit up to a few hours and 'mahalati', which is their way of socializing.
Bus from Mostar to Sarajevo
The bus journey from Mostar to Sarajevo is very scenic - valleys, mountains, lakes, and villages; all while listening to thumping Bosnian folk music.
The capital city is often called the European Jerusalem due to its multi-faith mix. The Old Town (Stari Grad still has very visible Islamic and Ottoman influences. Even though Bosnia is one country, it's actually divided into two entities: Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo is split between the two entities, the much less visited Srpska side will feel like a trip back into time.