Nestled in the enchanting landscapes in the western part of North Macedonia, the Municipality of Vevchani proudly holds the distinction of being the first destination in the country recognized in the prestigious Green Destinations Top 100 Good Practice Stories. This accolade is a testament to the municipality’s commitment to sustainable tourism and its exceptional natural and cultural offerings.
Vevchani boasts a breathtaking protected area that encompasses a diverse range of natural wonders. The Monument of Nature “Vevchani Springs” is a sanctuary of pristine beauty, with gushing springs, crystal-clear streams, and lush vegetation. This protected area supports remarkable biodiversity, harboring a wealth of plant and animal species that thrive in this ecological haven.
Adding to the region’s natural charm is the majestic Mount Jablanica, nestled within the protected area of Vevchani, a mountain paradise renowned for its exceptional natural rarities, towering peaks, lush forests, and diverse ecosystems that make it a haven for biodiversity and playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The forests are a sight to behold, with their dense canopies and vibrant hues. They are home to a myriad of plant species, including rare and endemic varieties. From the majestic beech and oak trees to delicate wildflowers that carpet the forest floor, the flora of Mount Jablanica is a testament to the region’s rich natural heritage.
The heart and soul of Vevchani ultimately lie within its warm and welcoming community. The locals are passionate about their traditions and eager to share their way of life with visitors. Engaging with the community allows travelers to gain a deeper understanding of local culture, participate in traditional festivities, and even learn age-old crafts and skills.
Vevchani’s sustainability journey is commendable, as the municipality engages in initiatives to minimize its environmental impact, conserve natural resources, involve the local community in decision-making processes, and promote responsible tourism practices. The destination particularly takes pride in its Good Travel Seal certified businesses which prioritize sustainability and eco-friendly practices. These businesses play a crucial role in preserving the region’s natural and cultural treasures while providing visitors with unforgettable experiences.
All in all, the municipality of Vevchani stands as an example of sustainable tourism and responsible practices. Its protected area, rich biodiversity, unique architecture, cultural heritage, and commitment to sustainability make it an ideal destination for travelers seeking an authentic and environmentally conscious experience. Vevchani’s Good Travel Seal certified businesses, traditional cuisine, and vibrant local community further contribute to the destination’s appeal. A visit to Vevchani is not just a journey through stunning landscapes but a chance to support and engage with a community dedicated to preserving their natural and cultural treasures for generations to come.
The Bay of Kotor faces noise pollution, and hazards caused by the irresponsible operation of vessels. Violations of speed and navigation rules not only endanger humans but also the entire marine ecosystem. This type of behavior not only affects humans but also poses a threat to numerous animals who have been run over, injured, or forced out of their natural habitats. The decline in fish population and the increasing number of turtles being harmed are direct consequences of uncontrolled rides in the bay, which have yet to face adequate penalties.
Due to various human activities, such as shipping, recreational boating, and underwater construction, the marine environment is constantly subjected to noise pollution. This noise can significantly impact marine life, including dolphins, by disrupting their natural behaviors, communication, and feeding patterns. The absence of “silent spots” means that dolphins in the Bay of Kotor and the wider Mediterranean Sea are constantly exposed to anthropogenic noise, which can harm their well-being and overall ecosystem health.
Efforts to mitigate noise pollution and create quieter areas within the marine environment are crucial for the conservation and protection of marine life, including dolphins.
Join a visit with purpose and sign up for responsible boat tours that help make a difference for our Mediterranean Sea. You help the adoption of sustainable practices in the boat tour niche by choosing responsible drivers who follow speed regulations. You can have an impact on preserving marine biodiversity by joining these leisurely, slow boat tours that offer opportunities for fascinating encounters with local marine life.
During each boat tour, you’ll be accompanied by one or two experts in marine mammals who will enhance your journey with educational stories. Furthermore, you can get an up-close experience of marine life using our hydrophone:
Welcome to contribute to the conservation of the marine ecosystem in the Bay of Kotor and to be the catalyst for meaningful change!
Tivat’s city center by the seaside “Pine” attracts people from near and far and traditionally forms the midpoint of its social life. Visitors and locals appreciate to linger and stroll where there is no car traffic and the views are open to the beautiful bay. A disruptive factor in the charming cityscape of Tivat had been that unsightly electrical cabinets were standing around in many places in the middle of the city, spoiling the idyllic image of this place. Necessary, yet ugly pieces of infrastructure met in most human settlements with electricity – things we see everyday and have learnt to ignore. The boring, dreary gray of these “transformers” did not fit into the lovely surroundings. In order to improve this situation, the Tivat Tourism Organisation invited local artists to brainstorming on how to change the picture. The “TransformaTivat” idea was soon born. The project aimed not only to solve the problem of unattractive electrical cabinets, but also to involve the local community, in a new cooperation with artists, to share meaningful messages with affordable interventions. The goal was also to stimulate residents and visitors to slow down, stop, reflect, start conversations – and enjoy the sustainable transformation of the city, which is visible in many other ways as well.
Painted by local artists, the cabinets located along the promenade stretch from Pine to Kalimanj, seek to add a touch of beauty to Tivat’s urban landscape. Apart from the visual appeal offered freely to any passer-by, this is also a form of social activism. Each box is unique and distinct, expressive of the individual artistic character, and guided by the universal idea that we are not alone in the world. The works are also wake-up calls in quest for truth: we are all, with everything we do, directly responsible for the planet Earth, nature and all living things.
The TransformaTivat tour is an offer for an eye-appealing excursion, for locals and visitors alike, to explore and enjoy adorned cabinets as mini works of public art. The tour is a perfecly accessible little tour to everyone enjoying murals, public and street art.
In an oasis of greenery with its typical Mediterranean spirit, at the foot of Leotar mountain, lies Trebinje, one of the most beutiful towns in Republic of Srpska. Its magnificient scenery
makes it very attractive for many visitors.Trebinje is located in the southernmost part of Republic of Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina), on the crossroads between the towns under protection of UNESCO (Kotor, Mostar and Dubrovnik), and only 25 kilometers away from the Adriatic coast. Very favorable traffic-geographical position and Mediterranean climate with a lot of sunny days (260 a year) make it an ideal place for living or spending a perfect vacation and it also favors cultivation of various agricultural crops. It has 32.000 inhabitans and occupies an area of 904 km2, at an altitude of 273 meters. Trebinje is an economic, cultural and tourist center of the East Hercegovina region. It is rather harmoniously bulit and well planned town Trebinje is amongst most impressive small towns in Bosnia-Hercegovina. It’s a destination for rural and active holidays with an exceptional ratio of quality and price. It offers to its visitors a unique combination of Eno gastronomy, Herzegovinian hospitality, authentic tradition, culture and a diverse landscape.
“The awe-inspiring Monument of Nature “”Skakavac,”” is a true gem among tourism destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Standing tall at 98 meters, this magnificent waterfall is renowned as one of the highest in the entire Balkans. Protected since 1954, the area spanning 4.00 hectares is a nature lover’s paradise teeming with native flora and fauna, including the elusive Bosnian lily (Lilium bosniacum) found exclusively in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Explore the 13th to 15th-century necropolis tombstones (stećci) near Babin Creek, a testament to the region’s rich historical heritage. Surprisingly, this natural wonder lies a mere 12 km away from Sarajevo’s city center, offering convenient access to a unique and unforgettable natural and cultural experience.”
“Discover the hidden gem of Konjic, located in the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where wonders of cultural heritage and exciting adventures await you!
With a rich history and 25,148 friendly inhabitants, this city boasts the largest number of cultural monuments in the region. Konjic is also a paradise for adrenaline junkies, as it offers world-class rafting, kayaking, and canyoning on the enchanting Neretva River and in the Rakitnica Canyon. Nature lovers will be captivated by the magnificent Prenj and the serene beauty of the Boračko Lake and Jablanica Lake. Step back in time with a visit to the UNESCO Wood Carving Museum and the mysterious D-0 ARK site- Tito’s Bunker. Konjic is the dream of every outdoor enthusiast, where hiking, camping, mountain biking, and paragliding are within reach. Discover the charms of Konjic and create memories that will last a lifetime!”
Kozara National Park with its natural beauties represents a great place for nature lovers. Mountain springs and streams of clean, drinking water can be seen in the whole National Park area. Some parts of the watercourses are very picturesque, narrowed in the form of canyons and gorges which makes an impression on visitors. Sites such as Zeciji kamen (a waterfall) and Gumlinski tjesnac (a gorge) are worth seeing. The peaks of the National Park boast beautiful views of the surrounding area. Picturesque landscapes can be seen from numerous viewpoints. The Park is home to over 900 plant species and its vast and dense coniferous and decidous forests hide various animal species. The center of cultural life is a Memorial Complex with a museum, memorial wall and 33 m high monument.
“Bosanska Krupa, an emerging tourist destination, captivates visitors with its pristine beauty and abundance of natural wonders. Nestled amidst the city are two enchanting, crystal clear rivers, weaving a spellbinding tapestry through the landscape. The focal point of this picturesque setting are the captivating “”Zeleni otoci”” or Green Islands – a mesmerizing city park formed by eight river islands.
As you traverse this idyllic sanctuary, a sense of tranquility envelops your soul, and you witness a seamless harmony between man and nature. The medieval fortresses and cultural landmarks scattered throughout the city serve as a testament to its rich historical heritage. Adventure enthusiasts can revel in the plethora of outdoor activities, offering opportunities to embrace life to the fullest.”
“Tišina Wetlands: A Natural Water Wonderland
Tišina wetlands are a hidden gem nestled in Republika Srpska’s enchanting Municipality of Šamac. This protected wetland complex, comprising Mala Tisina, Velika Tisina, and Zandrak ponds, offers an untouched continental natural habitat. Thriving in harmony, Tišina Pond plays a crucial role in preserving diverse plant and animal species, influencing the region’s ecosystem with its flood plain protection.
Prepare for tranquility as you explore Tišina’s wetlands’ lush surroundings. Covering 196.49 hectares, the picturesque landscape captivates nature enthusiasts and curious travelers alike. With over 130 bird species and 21 fish species, this aquatic wonderland promises unforgettable moments for birdwatchers and aquatic enthusiasts. The destination offers kayaking and canoeing, sport fishing, walking paths, a campsite, and a plethora of cultural heritage activities and events to make this a worthwhile stopover in your discovery of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
Its central location, alongside the interurban road that connects the north with the south of Albania, makes Belsh suitable for economic interactions and development. Artifacts and ceramics found at archeological sites confirm the development of the first proto-urban Illyrian towns. Research also shows that during ancient times, the characteristics of the region helped in developing of the area as a cultural and economic center.