Bijambare Caves and Lunch in a Bosnian Village
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Cave exploring: A massive quarter-mile long central cave branches off into four distinct caverns with stunning stalactites, pillar formations, and fossilized relics from prehistoric times.
- Bijambare preserve: Its picturesque meadows, sprawling mountains, and swirling creeks are set above the region's most unique feature, a system of corridor-like subterranean caves with spectacular rock formations.
- Ethno Beys Village: At this amazing recreation of a traditional settlement, modest homes are made of rich timber, with sharply angled roofs surrounded by stone walkways. Enjoy lunch prepared in the authentic Bosnian style.
About This Sarajevo Tour
The word karst has unclear origins. We know its meaning: a landscape of soluble rock formations that often includes sinkholes, caves, and groundwater lakes. But before the German language made it widespread, historians aren't sure if it came from Slovenian, Italian, or some hybrid Romance language.
Bijambare is the very prototype of such a place. The dense rows of evergreen pine trees that reach up to a massive blue sky are gorgeous enough to warrant a trip on their own, but Bijambare's subterranean system of corridors and rocks is its shadowy core.
Erosion painted this darkly beautiful work on a canvas of limestone and soluble rock. The jagged walls and stone piles strewn throughout were created over millions of years. Stone tools from roughly 10,000 B.C. were discovered here in 1967 and archaeologists believe that many more remain buried, along with skeletons of deer, bears, and prehistoric species that no longer exist.
We might not know where the word that describes it comes from but one thing is certain: Its cavernous hallways, jagged stalactites, sweeping arches, and pile-like, rust-colored stalagmites will leave you speechless.
Rock the rocks
The solid walls and huge, open spaces of the Bijambare cave system provide the perfect acoustics for live music – part of the reason the system's largest cavern is nicknamed "concert hall." Over the years, this cave and its 98-foot-high walls have been the venue for several concerts and even a wedding ceremony.
Please make your way to the front of Sarajevo City Hall: Obala Kulina bana 1, 71000 Sarajevo. Look for our representative with our logo sign.
Ethno Beys Village does not operate year round, if it is closed, we will provide local delicacies lunch elsewhere.
Expect a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over gravel and cobblestones, with some steps to climb. It is not wheelchair accessible. Travelers with limited mobility may not see all sites fully but can participate at their discretion.
Scenic, Walking Tour, Adventure
Lunch - Local Favorites
English, Spanish, Italian, French, German
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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