Ringed by mountains, Sarajevo is a unique city with an enticing East-meets-West vibe all of its own. It was once renowned as a religious melting pot, earning it the epithet ‘the Jerusalem of Europe’. Within a few blocks you can still find large Catholic and Orthodox cathedrals, Ashkenazi and Sephardic synagogues, and numerous mosques. Moreover many travellers see in Sarajevo a Slavic mini-İstanbul with their imaginations and travel memories fired by spiky minarets, grilled kebabs and the all-pervasive aroma of ground coffee.
For a small town in the middle of the Balkans, Sarajevo has often reached the headlines of the world media. First were the shots that lead the world to the Great War, then the 1984 Winter Olympics and then the longest siege of a city in the history of warfare. Despite the city’s recent, traumatic history Sarajevo is surprisingly a warm, welcoming and fabulously cool destination mostly due to the fun-loving, easy-going people of Sarajevo.