Outdoor activities in town and around Sarajevo

The nature in and around Sarajevo is gorgeous and there are many attractive locations that are ideal for outdoor activities just a ten to forty minute-drive from the center of town.

Whether you love to walk in the mountain air or try some adrenaline sports, you are sure to find the perfect way to spend your free time in Sarajevo.

City walking areas and parks are favorite destinations for bicyclists, runners, rollerbladers, skateboarders and others who love sports and nature, especially on weekends and holidays.

Ambassador's Alley is located in the eastern part of town, with more than 150 linden trees that have been planted by diplomats who have served in BiH. Ambassador's Alley will lead you to Dariva, which is home to a rock climbing site of the same name. There is also the nearby Babin Zub, one of the first rock climbing sites in the region.

On the other end of town is Ilidža, home to the beautiful Velika Aleja. You can either walk along it or take a horse-drawn carriage to reach Vrelo Bosne, a natural monument.

Wilson’s Promenade is the most popular walking area and serves as an oasis of peace in the center of town. The road that runs parallel to this walking lane is closed to traffic on weekends and after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and the popular “Vils” is teeming with visitors of all ages who enjoy recreational activities and sports. There are some spots that have exercise equipment, as well as a few fenced-in play areas for children and dogs.

The public bicycle system, Nextbike, makes it easy to get around town. Bikes are available at a few rental stations and bike paths are marked in most parts of town.

A great way to become better acquainted with Sarajevo is to participate in the Giro di Sarajevo, the city’s largest bike race, with a 16-kilometer course that wraps around town. This year’s Giro is set for September 3.

Runners from all over the world come to participate in the Sarajevo Half Marathon. This 21-kilometer race passes through the most attractive parts of town and is certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations. The 2017 Sarajevo Half Marathon will be held on September 17.

Sarajevo golfers enjoy the VF Golf Course, with its six holes, driving range and practice area. The course is located in the city neighborhood, Kromolj, on a hill that is surrounded by forests.

The Safet Zajko Center for Education, Sport and Recreation offers tons of outdoor activities: an athletic track, alpine training park, football field with artificial turf, tennis courts, long jump track, basketball court, sand courts for basketball and volleyball, a few children’s playgrounds….

Thermal Riviera in Ilidža offers some relief from hot summer days and the complex has indoor and outdoor swimming pools filled with thermal water and offers activities for the entire family.

There are a few horse clubs on the hills around town that offer riding lessons and the pleasure of getting to know these noble animals.

A walk up to Čavljak and Skakavac Waterfall offers the perfect escape from the city streets and caving enthusiasts can enjoy some of the caves around Sarajevo, the most popular of which are BijambareOrlovača and Novakova Pećina (Novak’s Cave).

During winter months, both residents and Sarajevo visitors enjoy skating at the Zetra Olympic Complex, as well as at the attractive skating rink installed as part of the Sarajevo Holiday Market. This event and its many attractions draw visitors of all ages during the winter tourist and holiday seasons.

Activities on the Olympic Mountains

The Olympic Mountains are located within a 30-kilometer radius from the center of Sarajevo and are easy to reach because they are connected to town by good roads and city buses run to some of the mountain destinations.

Sarajevo mountains are perfect places every season of the year for those who love walking, hiking and extreme sports, whether as amateurs or professionals.

The terrain around Sarajevo is perfect for mountain biking, as confirmed by National Geographic Traveler, which has named BiH and Sarajevo one of the world’s top ten adventure travel destinations for its fantastic mountain bike trails.

So far, about 150 kilometers of trails have been marked on the mountains, BjelašnicaIgman and Treskavica.

Treba Downhill is an event that offers the best chance to compete in this sporting category. It is one of the most popular races of its kind in mountain biking’s fastest discipline and will be held this year on Mt. Trebević from August 19 to 20.

There are places outside of town that are perfect for riding quads, which can be rented at the Brus recreation site on Mt. Trebević. Here you will also find excellent courses for paintball, basketball, volleyball and futsal.

Not far from Brus is Sunnyland, a unique amusement park for children and adults. The main attraction is the 600-meter-long adrenaline-pumping Alpine Coaster, which was installed on the slopes overlooking Sarajevo, so you can enjoy a wonderful view of town during the crazy ride.

Mt. Trebević is also home to the protected rock climbing site, Via Ferrata Bijela Stijena (White Rock), a real challenge for rock climbers which also offers a wonderful view of Sarajevo.

Major international events are often held on the mountains around Sarajevo. There is Vučko Trail, a race with 13-, 36- and 65-kilometer trails, which will be held on July 1 on Bjelašnica and Visočica. There is also the Jahorina Ultra Trail which includes four races of various lengths and is set to take place on July 29 and 30.

The tour agency, MeetBosnia, is available for visitors who are keen to get to know hard-to-reach areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The company specializes in off-road tours with UTVs, as well as tours that combine rafting, canyoning, paragliding….

There are several extreme sports clubs that offer paragliding on Bjelašnica and Jahorina and motorcycle lovers can hardly wait for July 1 and 2, when The Days of Revenge, a Hard Enduro motorcycle race, will be held on Bjelašnica.

Sarajevo and East Sarajevo will co-host the 2019 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EYOWF), the largest sporting event for young athletes. For the past few winters preparatory events for slalom, giant slalom, snowboarding, hockey, etc. have been held on the mountains around Sarajevo

During the winter, Bjelašnica, Igman and Jahorina offer more than 40 kilometers of ski lanes that are perfect for skiers of all levels, from beginners who are starting out on easy lanes and skiers who are just warming up on medium-hard courses to those making descents on adrenaline-pumping lanes geared for professionals.

Jahorina is a relatively flat mountain, but Bjelašnica has glacial valleys, limestone peaks, expansive plateaus and untouched beauty.

Mountain centers also offer Nordic skiing and racing, snowshoeing, ski touring (a mix of skiing and hiking), winter climbing, snowmobiling, snow biking, ski sledding….

Štinji Do on Bjelašnica is an excellent place for snowboarding enthusiasts, as well as for those who love sledding and snowmobiling. The Red Bull Home Run, a massive downhill event held for snowboarders and skiers on some of the mountains, offers an unforgettable experience during the winter months, as does the FIS Snowboard Europa Cup, the largest snowboarding event in BiH.