"Troubled past in a magnificent setting" Foca by augustiner

Foca Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 30 photos

Gateway to nature paradise

Foca is situated in southeastern Bosnia and Hercegovina close to the border with Montenegro. The Municipality is significant for its natural treasures. The region includes some of the finest rafting, the highest mountains of the country and the largest remaining rain forest in Europe, Perucica, located in the oldest national park, Sutjeska. The Tara Canyon is the largest in Europe, the water of the river is potable in the 140 km of its flow and the largest drinking water source on the continent. The biodiversity in this area is incredible. This area was a plant refuge during several glacial periods. Most of the nature is unspoilt and untouched, over 1000 plant species call the Tara valleys their home, 25 of them endemic, found nowhere else. I hope the government is strong enough to put some sustainability policies in place when IKEA knocks on their door.

Foca has seen dreadful events in the last two wars in the last century. The town has roughly 40.000 inhabitants, many of them displaced Serbs from Sarajevo and other parts of the country, who have filled the gap for the Muslim half of the population, that was expelled in the last war.

The town is on the way to recuperation. These type of wounds do not heal fast, but several thousand of the old inhabitants have returned and tourism is definitely on the rise. Both are an indicator for an improving political and economical climate, but there is a long way to go.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Last European wilderness, closer than Grand Canyon
  • Cons:Everybody drinks out of beer cans, no style!
  • In a nutshell:This place has many things that Europe has lost
  • Last visit to Foca: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Sep 30, 2009
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