southwest of Sarajevo, Ilidza has long been a close retreat
for city dwellers to enjoy the thermal springs, recreation
centre and the lovely park at the source of River Bosna
called Vrelo Bosna.
park has acres of lush green fields, gushing fresh
waters that spring from the surrounding mountains, a
recently upgraded park where children can play and two tasty
traditional restaurants near one of the largest cascades in
the park. The springs are accessible by car, foot, bike or
horse and carriage. The long tree-lined aleja is
closed to vehicle traffic and is perfect for a jog, walk or
bike ride. It is possible to take a 10KM horse and carriage
ride from the top of the avenue in an old carriage from the
This is the only place in Bosnia
and Herzegovina that still practises this tradition.
Not far from the source is the Roman bridge. Although
it resembles a Roman bridge it is of Ottoman design. The
bridge was merely named after the ancient settlers of this
region. Ilidza is one of the fastest developing tourist
areas around Sarajevo. There is now a large
indoor/outdoor thermal pool complex open all year round.
Terme Hotel has recently opened a full service spas and
centre. If you are looking for less expensive accommodation
than found in the centre of town, Ilidza has many good
hotels and can be up to 20% cheaper.Ilidza is connected to
Sarajevo by regular buses and the trams travel all day to
the city centre and back.