JAHORINA
synonymous for a mythical place of overall beauty and untamed natural joy

There are rare places like Jahorina, where nature has been so generous and give it all of that which makes it attractive and acceptable for all top sportsmen, hunters, fishermen, hikers, farmers and those whose senses are eager to enjoy the tranquility of natural beauty. The clean mountain air rests not only the body but the soul. Jahorina is not like other mountains. You are never alone there, because it is all in you and in front of you. With its silence, remote and beautiful scenery, or snow-covered slopes, springs and streams, its diverse flora and fauna is the most beautiful in a series of jewels in Republic of Srpska.


Jahorina belongs to the Dinaric Mountains. Length of the massif that dominates and that there are no clear morphological, biological, hydrological boundaries, as well as clear boundaries between the neighboring mountains is 25-30 kilometers, a width of 5-15 kilometers. The highest peak is Ogorjelica - 1916 meters. The fact that it is located on the impact of two climates (Mediterranean and Continental) its terrain, geology, vegetation cover and river basins as important climate modifiers give it certain specific characteristics. Snow on the mountain is present about 180 days a year, from November to April. Its average height is nearly 100 cm and the lowest temperature is in January with a daily average of -9.9 degrees Celsius. Fog is rare and occurs in the spring and fall. There is no strong wind from the north, on the peaks of Jahorina winds blow in south direction.

Because of the geology, that doesn’t leak water, Jahorina has many springs, especially in the upper parts, and usually at the same altitude. Around hundred of wells and springs are like a spider web that weaves net toward the rivers Miljacka, Prača and Zeljeznica. Cold, clear and clean water of Jahorina streams and rivers has many fish, where even the most feared anglers can satisfy their passion. First of all, there is the brown trout, then chub, gudgeon, grayling, huchen and a crayfish.

Forests occupy the large expanse of Jahorina. Green decor of coniferous forests is soothing and the refreshing scent of coniferous resin relaxes body. From the first glades and on to the top there are bands of oak, beech - fir and fir - spruce forests. Above them there is mountain and hill maple. At the top the forest becomes less frequent with flattened juniper trees and in the highest peaks it’s covered with moss.

From low forest vegetation Jahorina is rich in blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, mint, gentian, St.John's wort, dandelion, elder and all types of fungi. With its evergreen and deciduous forests, clean water and wild fruits Jahorina offers favorable conditions for the habitat of many precious and rare wild animals as well as huge wild beasts.

Jahorina hunting territory is of 12,500 hectares at an altitude of 590-1910 meters. Hunting associations and local people have equipped the hunting grounds for a feeding site for hunting bears, arranged the places for food and salt, provided a watering place and planted tuberous food. Out of animals that have found their habitat in the area of Jahorina deer should be singled out, and it can be found throughout the hunting area, and the bear as the most attractive wild beast. There are also wild boar, chamois, wolf, fox, badger, wild cat, marten and golden marten, rabbit, otter, which inhabits streams and rivers.

Casual and temporary residents of Jahorina are partridge, grouse, migratory birds that remain in Jahorina for some time on their way south and the hawk and the eagle as permanent residents.

Remains of medieval cities and fortresses and medieval thumb are interesting cultural - historical monuments that bear witness that this region was once the crossroad of all major roads, but also the center of the land of  Pavlovic’s, one of the most powerful and most prominent families of the Bosnian state during rule of king Tvrtko Kotromanic.

Although not examined enough there are witnesses of an era, the remains of the city of Pavlovic’s, which is built in 1415th year next to Praca. At the site of Praca there are two mineral springs, and one of them is called Kiseljak. According to tradition, this water cures stomach illnesses and the ancient Romans believed in its healing properties evidenced by the remains of a Roman water pipes and ceramics.

From the Middle Ages are the remains of a fortified palace on a spring of Pale’s Miljacka who belonged to the famous Serbian despot Jerina, wife of despot Djuradj Brankovic. It is believed that the Pavlovic’s land owners are buried in a small necropolis. On an not accessible ground above the place where Pale’s and Mokro’s river Miljacka meet in Bulozi, there are few historical data that witnesses about old town Litovac - the stone ruins and folk traditions that guide us to the Stari Grad (Old City) - Hadidjeda where once money was coined for the medieval Bosnian state.

All of this as well as some interesting places, like Orlovača cave are located at homonymous rocks in Mokro on the 16th kilometer on the road from Sarajevo to Sokolac and that is according to experts one of the most interesting and beautiful in the former Yugoslavia, and then, placed high in the rocks, the mythical Romanija’s Novakova cave famous for outlaw Starina Novak, and caves in Bogovici, Litovac in Miljacka bed and Lednjača cave from which was 20 years ago ice took out in the summer sun, and all of that makes this rare and interesting touristic attractive region.

Although not properly exploited medical tourism has a perspective on Jahorina, which has favorable climatic elements that have a beneficial effect on human health. This primarily refers to chronic lung disease, closed TB, anemia and pure air rich in oxygen and ozone without aletgena has a calming effect on simple nervous diseases and positive effect on recovery from severe illness.

Yet when someone mentions Jahorina first association is snow and skiing, just because Jahorina has Rajska Dolina (Paradise Valley). This Repušin’s valley as the locals call it, because of its beauty and uniqueness from skiers got name Paradise. Since 1923. when skis were first time used on bare Jahorina, the plateau Vukelina’s water, this mountain offers excellent conditions not only for elite athletes but to all lovers of winter sports, games and joys on the snow. These olympians made their first steps on the snow here: Zoran Cosic, T. Lopatić, Momo Skokić, Vlado Lucic, Mirjana Granzov, and Jelena Lolović, who were at the Olympic Games in Alpine and Nordic events, and spread the fame of white sport and East Sarajevo throughout the world, because of which we respect and appreciate them very much. Today on Jahorina, where one can easily come from Sarajevo from two directions: the main road in length of 28 km through Pale and 32 km over Trebevic, skiers can use more than 20 km perfectly groomed slopes for alpine skiing connected with ski lifts - with total capacity of 10. 500 skiers per hour, and for the youngest there is always functional baby - lift.