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Even the most handsome men do not have the same momentary effect on the world as a truly beautiful woman does - Jonathan Carroll, actor

Have you ever heard of a place in Europe renowned for beautiful & irresistible women? A place where a majority of women look like models? At the same time, a place where allegedly there is one man for every seven women? A place that male tourists (mainly from Western Europe) call heaven on earth? According to all parameters, facts, visitors’ opinions, and legends - the most beautiful women in the Balkans live in Banja Luka.

Fatal women

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©iStock/EdwardDerule

The first and most striking observation from all visitors to this city is always about the ladies. They all agree unanimously that the women of Banja Luka are beautiful. Indeed, they really pay attention to their appearance, sometimes perhaps too much. It is not only about the attractive way of dressing but also their body language and behavior. Women take the competition very seriously here, hence they try to look their best. It is particularly interesting and intriguing for foreign tourists to observe these fatal women.

Seven women for one man

© City of Banja Luka / unknown author
© City of Banja Luka / unknown author

The second and equally striking observation concerns the number of ladies in Banja Luka. In the eyes of visitors, it looks as if only women live in this city, and they all speak about it. This also created the legend that the female/male ratio in Banja Luka is 7:1. Yes, seven women for one man. But according to the last census from 2013, this is false. However, Banja Luka is an absolute winner of Bosnia & Herzegovina when it comes to single ladies, with around 20 000 unmarried women. The reason for male tourists’ belief that Banja Luka has more women than men is simple – they are so hypnotised by the beauty of ladies that they do not notice anything else.

The city of women

© City of Banja Luka / unknown author
© City of Banja Luka / unknown author

Since the beauty and charm of local women are well-known throughout the region, the city officials had an idea to launch the project called “Banja Luka – the City of Women”, including the construction of a door and two female statues on the two highway entrances of the city. Symbolically, those statues, each 18,5 meters high, would welcome all visitors to the city of women, the only one in the world.

What to do and where to stay

When in Banja Luka, especially if in a couple, indulge with your partner in a peaceful 2-hour romantic walking tour in Banja Luka and witness some stunning areas. Bond with nature and hear local love stories. Alternatively, take a peek behind Banja Luka’s big tourist attractions and treat your eyes to a few hidden gems of the city on this walking tour. After all that walking around, finding a quiet place to stay is best. I suggest booking your stay at the Hotel Intera or Courtyard by Marriott Banja Luka, both recently built complexes close to the city center.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Banja Luka
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Banja Luka
Trg srpskih vladara 3, Banja Luka 78000, Bosnie-Herzégovine
Kastel Fortress, Banja Luka
Kastel Fortress, Banja Luka
Banja Luka 78000, Bosnie-Herzégovine

Feminine name

© Kamelija / unknown author
© Kamelija / unknown author

Apart from being the least known European capital, the greenest & the most adventurous city in Bosnia & Herzegovina, and a gastronomic and party hub, Banja Luka is, above all, a city of (pretty) women. Even its cute name is feminine, not without a good reason. Fine-looking & flawless in terms of appearance, yet irresistibly striking. No wonder it created a legend that the most beautiful women in the Balkans live in awe-inspiring Banja Luka. Many would say – not only a legend.


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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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