Spectacular highlands of Blidinje Nature Park

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At merely two hours drive from the Adriatic Sea, in the hearth of Herzegovina, the nature has created a unique mountain pearl Blidinje, where one can relax both the body and the soul. Whether it be a desire for hiking, biking, walking or skiing, any nature lover will fall in love with breath-taking landscapes.

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The Blidinje Nature Park is located on a large area of three mountain chains Čvrsnica, Čabulja and Vran. This park is a unique natural phenomenon, that includes many endemic species of flora and fauna with a lot of sources of clean, drinkable water. It is known as one of the largest habitats of endemic white-bark pine (Pinus leuco dermis).

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This Nature Park was named after Blidinje Lake, located at the bottom of the place called Dugo Polje at a height of 1184 meters above sea level. The lake is a direct result of a glacial retreat, spread on six square kilometres with a relatively shallow depth. This runway for ice, water and debris did not, however, prevent a wide range of life forms from prospering here. Three types of wild thyme and dozens of wild flowers cover the valley and mountain sides in the spring and summer.

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The most famous landmarks of this special park are rich archaeological sites, particularly a necropolis with 150 tombstones - stećci in Dugo polje. Dating back to the medieval age, these tombstones have been designated as national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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If are visiting this region in winter, you can enjoy skiing in the modern ski center, located on the altitude of 1800 m at the foot of the mountains Vran and Čvrsnica. This is a favourite ski destination for the visitors from Herzegovina and Dalmatia.

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Ljiljana Krejic

Ljiljana Krejic

I am Ljiljana, from Bosnia & Herzegovina. Being a journalist, I can't escape from that perspective when travelling. My mission is to make you explore the last Europe’s undiscovered gem.

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