This tiny mining town is
situated some 50 kilometers north from Sarajevo lives around
10000 people. The town is rich with archeological findings
from different epochs – on several surrounding locations are
found remains of prehistorical period, such as copper
artifacts in Brgula.
Artifacts from Vares can be viewed at the Kraljeva
Sutjeska Monastery Museum, which is 30 kilometers away from
the town. The early Middle age also left its stamp - it is
the Christian Basilica in Dabravina and remains of
old Illyrian city on surrounding mountain Zvijezda. In the
center of the town there stand, almost next to each other, a
mosque, one catholic and another orthodox church. Nearby is
also the oldest church in Bosnia and Herzegovina from XVI
century, known as The Little church.
In the town center itself, there is an old stone bridge
that resembles to the majority of one arched bridges from
Ottoman period. This bridge is considered to be similar by
the building method to the Old bridge in Mostar.
If you are a nature lover, you will not be disappointed
with Vares. The region is abundant with different relief
forms, suitable for hiking, with fascinating landscapes.
Walking through these sites you will meet colorful valleys
with surrounding mountains of Zvijezda, Perun, Ravan planina
and Greben, overgrown with dense, century old juniper, fig
and beech forest.
Zvijezda Mountain is a real botanical garden where one can find a natural rarity of moorland called “Jilda”, with endemic and medicinal herb yellow gentianella. In the greenery of this beautiful mountain, circled with dense conifer forest, is situated a
tourist resort Doli, where guests can use bungalows and taste delicious homemade meals.