According to my research, there are four national parks and three nature parks in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Don't hold me by my word, I'm not entirely sure is that a complete list. I did some research about protected areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina and that is the information I found. There are many beautiful parks in this country, but not all of them have the status of a Nature Park. Speaking of which, both National Park and Nature Park are terms used specifically for protected areas of nature. Both have to met certain standards to be awarded this title and are typically regulated by conservation laws.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NATIONAL PARK AND A NATURE PARK
National Park and Nature Park are terms that are sometimes incorrectly used as synonyms, for there is a difference between them. National park is defined as category II type of protection areas. Nature park is also a protected area, but it falls under III or IV type of protected areas. A Nature Park typically involves long term protection planning and protection, but the laws governing National Parks tend to even more strict. If you check Wikipedia (English article) for the definition of the word Nature Park, you'll see a photograph of Hutovo Blato listed as an example. Isn't that cool?
PROTECTED AREAS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
The three Nature Parks in Bosnia and Herzegovina are: Hutovo Blato (founded in 1995), Blidnje (founded in 1995) and Bardač ( also founded in 1995). The four National parks are Sutjeska (founded in 1965), Kozara (1967), Una (2008) and Drina National Park (founded in 2017). As the title indicated, today I will focus on two nature parks: Hutovo Blato and Blidinje. The reason why I'm focusing on these two is because I have visited both of them (and more than once). So, I think I can give you a pretty good idea of what to expect and give you some ideas about what to do there. I haven't visited the third Nature Park that is to be found in the country. Once I visit it, I might blog about that too, but for now I'll stick with what I know.
NATURE PARK HUTOVO- A WETLAND WORTH A VISIT
I wrote about Hutovo Blato a number of times, so I'll leave you with photographs of my previous visits and links to my previous posts in case you want to find something out about this amazing place. These photographs will also give you a chance to see what this place looks like in spring and summer. For me, Hutovo Blato is the perfect spring destination. So, if you're thinking about visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina, make sure you stop for a visit here as well.
|WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN HUTOVO BLATO|
|THE MAGIC OF NATURE PARK HUTOVO BLATO|
|VISITING HUTOVO BLATO IN A PASTEL DRESS|
Boat rides are definitely a fun activity to do in Hutovo Blato. It's all about that interaction with the environment. If you like boats, its definitely something you should try. For more information about boat rides, feel free to visit my old posts. Basically, the typical boat rides aren't expensive because the cost can be split between passengers on board. Once you get to this park, you just go and ask around, there should be some boats available for a drive around. You can also pay for a private ride, but that would be a more pricey option. Best option is to split the costs among people you come by around (or come with). The boat rides I had here were such amazing experiences, I can't recommend them enough. It is also nice to feel the breeze that way because it can get very warm here in spring.
|HUTOVO BLATO REVISITED|
NATURE PARK BLIDINJE
I have visited nature park Blidinje three times so far and I've enjoyed each visit. I blogged about it a number of times, so not to repeated myself too much, I'll leave you with links to my old posts and photographs taken at this place. What I will stress is that this nature park is definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. If you love mountains, this place is a must visit.
HOW TO GET TO NATURE PARK BLIDINJE?
HOW TO GET TO NATURE PARK BLIDINJE?
The easiest way to get there is by car. Depending on where you are coming from, you will need to take a different route. If you're visiting the Adriatic sea and/or Croatia, you should note that Blidinje is only an hour and a half drive away from the sea (but it might be more if there is heavy traffic in summer, I should add). Driving through Neretva canon is a pretty good idea, just because it is so beautiful and as such worth a visit. I do recommend driving through Neretva Canon if you get the chance but other routes are fine as well. We tried them all, but more about that some other time.
|HOW TO GET TO NATURE PARK BLIDINJE|
|WHERE TO STAY AT IN NATURE PARK BLIDINJE|
|NATURE PARK BLIDINJE|