"Moj Kupresu visoka ravnino" Kupres by elae

Kupres Travel Guide: 57 reviews and 187 photos

My hometown...It is where I am free...in the woods

The highest settlement in central-west Bosnia is home to the country's most rugged inhabitants. At 1,200m above sea level, Kupres is covered in snow for at least five months of the year.
he long and bare valley of Kupresko Polje creates harsh winter conditions. It also makes Kupres a main winter recreation destination in western Bosnia. A very rich aspect of Bosnian Croat culture has emerged in this tiny town between Bugojno and Livno. Many of the traditions that are only performed for folk shows in other places are regularly practiced here. The old methods of farming are celebrated on the first Sunday of each May with the Strljanica competition. Expansive fields of long grass are hacked down with traditional sickles to see who is the most skilled in quick cutting. It may seem funny but try it out and you will see not only the skill needed but also the tremendous back and forearm strength that the 'sport' requires. Kupres is known throughout the country for this annual event. Horse races, an almost forgotten rural event, happen each year in the fields of Kupres as well.

The traditional Ganga and Becarac song of the hajduks can often be heard echoing through the valley. Due to the high altitude, many of the local residents cannot rely on farming for a living and often partake in sheep-raising. Most folks from in and around Kupres will attest to the great grilled lamb and sheep's cheese prepared in the traditional Kupres way. If you have the opportunity to eat with a local family, don't pass it up. Kupres is a transit town from central Bosnia to Livno and the Adriatic coast. Daily buses to and from Vitez and Travnik stop in Kupres if requested.

***the lake is in JAPAGE, it is a special area with a lot of rare protected plants,very unique and beautiful***

If you want to see the whole area and some really RARE plants visit my TRAVELOGUE - down under :)

This is the place where I broke my leg one season***so be careful***

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:it is where my heart is
  • Cons:heartache
  • In a nutshell:mountains, mAgic, moonlight,
  • Intro Updated Feb 20, 2009
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  • tropicrd's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    I love your wildflowers and your passion for your hometown.
    Cheers from Cairns Australia

  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2009 at 5:03 AM

    Beautiful wildflowers, I think that it is the one thing I miss living here in the desert. But then when we DO have a good rain, then the desert blooms and makes a fantastic display. Martin

  • Anjutka's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Nice notes about your hometown. Hope to visit your country one day. Greetings from Austria

  • grishaV1's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    you truly made me want to go out for fotographie again, you pics are really nice, thanks so much for sharing!

  • diosh's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2008 at 3:43 AM

    Wow- what fantastic pages. Must read them in full- when I eventually get out of Misc.!! D x

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2008 at 1:04 AM

    Hello! I very much enjoy reading about VT-members hometowns, no matter how small they are, and your page was very, very interesting! My ratings are definitely with you! Greetings from the desert / Jess in Dubai :-)

  • Propermark's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2008 at 2:35 AM

    Hi! Nice pics and of unknown city to me :)) Keep it up!! Have a nice day and welcome to my pages if u wish :)

  • trvlrtom's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2008 at 8:42 AM

    Love the winter pictures of you home!

  • GillianMcLaughlin's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:31 AM

    These area really great tips. I have been hoping to visit your country for a long time - you have just ncreased this wish. Amazing tradition about the tatoos! Many thanks

  • anna-m's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Prelepe fotografije!


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