Bosnia and Herzegovina
Welcome to the heart-shaped land. Although only 14 km of the EuroVelo 8 route passes through Bosnia and Herzegovina, you will actually be cycling along the whole of the country's coastline! The route enters from Klek in Croatia and after passing through border control, you will head towards the only town on the country's coast, Neum. The town is famous for its sandy beaches and is a popular tourist destination.To top it off the setting is framed by beautiful rolling green hills and the bay has the feeling of a peaceful haven rather than a country's port.
Several kilometers south-east of Neum, you will reach another border control as you are about to re-enter Croatia. So, it is only a fleeting visit to a beautiful country but if you would like to see more, some 50 km north of Neum you will find the famous nature park of Hutovo Blato, which would make an interesting excursion.
This little section of Bosnia and Herzegovina is bordered on either side by the two contiguous parts of Croatia and you will have to cross the quaint Neum 1 and Neum 2 border crossings as you enter and leave the country but don’t be alarmed, it’s mostly a formality and people are generally just waved through.
Photo credit: Zlatko Unger (flickr.com)