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Secret lair, Vjetrenica Caves

Our last stop is this dark mountainside cave, which is 700m  long and close to the border with Croatia.

“The people who lived in here had the earliest form of air conditioning,” jokes our guide. It is a wind tunnel, and stays at 10ºC all year round.

Inside, stalagmites, stalactites and other swirling, gnarled and smooth rock formations hang from the walls. The floor is pretty slippery, but we’re happily checking out the caves until our guide stops to tell us a leopard’s skeleton was found just next to where we’re standing.

Looking nervously back into the darkness, we hurry on, until we reach a calm, sheltered lake which is home to the slithery human fish – a blind amphibian named so for its fingers and pinky skin. Yick.

This cave certainly isn't somewhere I'd like to get stuck, but outside in the open air, surrounded by the towering green mountains and brilliant Herzegovinian sunshine – well, that’s a different matter entirely.

More Bosnian road trip stops

credit: Michael Paschos

Best for ... ottoman ruins: Pocitelj

A UNESCO-protected fortified Turkish town nestled on the side of a cliff. Hike up to the top for awesome views.

Best for ... ancient history: The Bosnian Pyramids, Visoko

These grassy structures – one with four perfectly shaped slopes pointing up – are thought by some archaeologists to be the oldest in the world.

Best for ... modern history: Srebrenica

In 1995, 8000 Bosnian Muslims were killed by Serb forces at Srebrenica in a massacre that pushed the UN to end the war. Pay your respects at the memorial.

Best for ... city living: Mostar

Bosnia’s second city is surrounded by mountains, gets plenty of sun and has an East-meets-West vibe, with mosques, bars, Austro-Hungarian buildings and an Ottoman old town.

Best for ... a hell of a view: Lukomir

Make the 1469m trek up to Bosnia’s highest village. In the mountains outside Sarajevo, its residents follow a traditional way of life.

See Bosnia on

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